Record number of buildings in East England shortlisted for RIBA architecture awards

RIBA East today announced that it has shortlisted 25 projects for this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Regional Awards, the most ever to reach the second stage of judging. 

Amongst the shortlist is the quirky ‘A House for Essex’ in Wrabness and the community-led development of Gamlingay’s eco community centre, both in the running after being shortlisted from a record number of 52 entries.

The buildings that have been shortlisted are:

Bedfordshire

  • St Bede’s Extra Care, Bedford, by PRP Architects
  • The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s Bedford School, by Foster Wilson Architects

Cambridgeshire

  • 51 Hills Road, Cambridge, by Gort Scott Ltd
  • Alconbury Weald Club, by AHMM
  • Beth Shalom, Cambridge, by Cowper Griffith Architects
  • Cripps Building, St John’s College, Cambridge, by R H Partnership Architects
  • Gamlingay Eco Hub, by Civic Architects
  • Heong Gallery, Downing College, by Caruso St John Architects
  • Thorpe Hall Hospice inpatient Unit, Peterborough, by Jane Darbyshire & David Kendall

Essex

  • A House for Essex, by FAT Architecture
  • Brentwood School Learning Resource Centre, by Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture
  • Derry Avenue, South Ockendon by Bell Phillips Architects
  • Albert Sloman Library and Silberrad Student Centre, Essex University, Colchester, by Patel Taylor
  • The Avenue, Saffron Walden, by Pollard Thomas Edwards

Hertfordshire

  • New QEII Hospital, Welwyn Garden City, by Penoyre & Prasad

Norfolk

  • 50 All Saints Green, Norwich, by Carson & Partners
  • All Saints Green Student Residences, Norwich, by Carson & Partners
  • Bob Champion Research and Education Building, Norwich, by Hawkins/Brown
  • Cavendish House, Norwich, by Hudson Architects
  • Norwich University of the Arts School of Architecture, Norwich, by Hudson Architects
  • Play Barn, Fakenham, by Adam Khan Architects
  • Westlegate House, Norwich, by 5th Studio

Suffolk

  • Private House, Orford, by Nash Baker Architects
  • Private House, Bury St Edmunds, by Cassion Castle Architects
  • Suffolk Energy-from-Waste Facility, Great Blakenham, Suffolk, by Grimshaw Architects

Nicolas Tye, Chairman of RIBA East, and past RIBA Awards judge, welcomed the news:

“We have seen a diverse range of entries this year and it’s really great to see clients pushing for good design across such a broad spectrum, from community centres and religious buildings through to an energy-from-waste treatment facility.  All the architecture practices and their clients are to be congratulated for getting this far.  I look forward to hearing the jury’s verdict next month – I don’t envy them their task this year.”

All shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury in March, with the winners of an RIBA East Award being announced during the evening of Thursday 14 April at a celebratory event at St John’s College, Cambridge.

Regional winners will then go forward to be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced in June.  The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.