UCS building in running for more awards

UNIVERSITY Campus Suffolk's iconic Waterfront Building in Ipswich is in the running for two more awards. The eye-catching and eco-friendly building, with its black and white curved fa�ade and sloping sedum roof, is among the entries in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' East of England Awards for 2009, in both the Sustainability and Regeneration categories.

UNIVERSITY Campus Suffolk's iconic Waterfront Building in Ipswich is in the running for two more awards.

The eye-catching and eco-friendly building, with its black and white curved fa�ade and sloping sedum roof, is among the entries in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' East of England Awards for 2009, in both the Sustainability and Regeneration categories.

Last week, the UCS building was also named on the shortlist for the Royal Institute of British Architects Awards for the eastern region.

Also among the RICS candidates in both the Sustainability and Regeneration categories is the OrbisEnergy building at Ness Point, Lowestoft - Britain's most eastern point.


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The building is home to a number of companies specialising in the development of wind, wave and tidal power technologies, as well as being the headquarters of Renewables East, and includes a number of cutting-edge environmental features in its own right.

Another nominee for the RIBA awards last week, the Clay Field low-carbon homes project in Elmswell, near Bury St Edmunds, is also among the RICS entries, in the Sustainability category.

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Other candidates from Suffolk include the Grimwade Street student accommodation development in Ipswich which, like the UCS building, is entered in the Regeneration category, and the refurbishment and extension of five 16th Century almhouses in Benton Street, Hadleigh, overseen by the Hadleigh Grand Feoffment Charity, in the Building Conservation category.

In Essex, the entries include the Weston Homes Community Stadium, in Colchester - the new home of Colchester United Football Club - which was developed through an innovative public/private/non-for-profit partnership and is entered in the Community Benefit category.

In the same category are the Sunshine Children's Disability Centre in Tilbury and the South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre in Grays, with the final Essex entrant being G E Sworder & Sons' new auction rooms in Stansted, in the Sustainability category.

In total, the RICS regional awards have attracted 27 entries this year. Judging will take place during the spring with the winners being announced at a gala dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, May 14. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be booked at www.rics.org/eastevents.

The winning projects will then go on to compete in the grand final of the RICS international awards set to be held in London in October.

David Potter, RICS East operations director, said: “With a record number of entries this year the competition is even stronger. The 2008 awards raised the benchmark in all categories and this year's successful entrants will need to prove that their schemes demonstrate excellence within their specific category.

“RICS members are a vital link in delivering a low carbon built environment. Increasing economic return, sustaining the natural environment and protecting social values are not incompatible. The RICS awards provide a perfect opportunity to demonstrate this in action.”

The full line-up of entries in the East of England is:

Sustainability: Clay Field, Elmswell, Suffolk; University Campus Suffolk, Phase 1 Waterfront Building, Ipswich; Orbis Energy, Lowestoft; Greengauge Homes, Lingwood, Norfolk; New Auction Rooms for G E Sworder & Sons, Stansted; Innovation Centre and Business Base, Luton; Woodside Leisure Centre, Watford; Howard Dell School, Hatfield; Unit 4, Cambridge Business Park, Cambridge; Fujitsu, Stevenage.

Regeneration: Accordia, Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge; University Campus Suffolk Phase 1 Waterfront Building, Ipswich; Orbis Energy, Lowestoft; The Boathouse, Wisbech; Grimwade Street Student Accommodation, Ipswich.

Community Benefit: Borehamwood and Elstree Children's Centre, Borehamwood; Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester; Sunshine Children's Disability Centre, Tilbury; South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre, Grays; Anglesey Abbey Visitor Centre, Lode, Cambridgeshire; Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich; Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton; Hatfield Police Station and Custody Suites, Hatfield, Hertfordshire; Riverside Bridge, Cambridge.

Building Conservation: Almhouses, 110-118 Benton Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk; Oddfellows Hall Refurbishment, Sheringham, Norfolk; Hatfield Police Station and Custody Suites, Hatfield.

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