Gallery: Buildings in Essex and Suffolk in line for architecture awards

Firstsite Colchester

Firstsite Colchester - Credit: Will Pryce

INNOVATIVE buildings from Suffolk and Essex have been included on a shortlist for the region’s top architectural prize.

A total of 19 buildings in the East of England are in the running for the prestiguous 2013 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Regional Award: East.

Suffolk constructions to make the list include Chantry Farm Barn in Denston, Private House at Walk Barn Farm and The Old Vicarage in Rendham. For Essex, the high-profile firstsite arts centre in Colchester designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects has also made the cut.

According to RIBA, the main criteria for buildings on the list is design quality irrespective of their style, size or complexity. The Institute says it is looking for buildings that have high architectural standards, demonstrate sustainable credentials and make a substantial contribution to the local community and environment.

Regional director of RIBA East, Louise Todd said: “Good building design has been proven to have a significant impact on the quality of our lives.

“This year’s shortlist reflects this through a range of projects from domestic homes to the workplace, and from conservation of our historic environment to the benefits derived from community projects. The shortlist demonstrates that even in constrained times committed clients working with talented architects can achieve architectural excellence.”

The shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury with the winners of the RIBA Regional Award: East due to be announced on the evening of Wednesday June 12 2013. Regional winners will be considered for a highly-coveted National Award, which will be announced at the same event.