MUMA’s Storey’s Field Community Centre and Nursery in Cambridge has been named RIBA East’s building of the year for 2018
The £8.3 million project, described by the judges as an ‘example of the very best in British architectural design’, was one of 11 regional award winners in the eastern area.
Part of phase 1 of the ambitious North West Cambridge development, the scheme also picked up the RIBA East Sustainability Award 2018.
Other special prize winners included Blee Halligan’s 450m² Five Acres Barn, a bed and breakfast near the Suffolk coast, which was crowned RIBA East Small Project of the Year 2018.
Meanwhile the region’s client of the year went to homeless charity HARP, the client behind White Heather House in Southend-on-Sea by SKArchitects.
Chair of the jury Russell Brown of Hawkins\Brown Architects said: ‘The eastern region covers such a range of circumstances, building values and social strata that it is nearly impossible to stretch the same judging criteria across the whole area. Unsurprisingly, there are the “haves” of the Cambridge colleges and the new communities on the outskirts of the city. In this context, people expect near perfection, and it is often achieved.
‘In the “have not” areas of Tilbury or the backstreets of Southend, expectations are low and the work of the architect is obviously more challenging but more life-changing, more needed, and in many ways more inspiring.’
He added: ‘The eastern region has found itself with two really finely crafted buildings in the Storey’s Field Community Centre and Nursery, and West Court at Jesus College [by Níall McLaughlin Architects]. There are a couple of intriguing small projects including Five Acre Barn bed and breakfast, and there is White Heather House for homeless women and Bell Philips’s housing in Tilbury which are genuinely heroic acts of architecture that already transform their residents’ lives.’
The regional award winners will now be considered for a RIBA National Award, announced on 21 June. The shortlist for the Stirling Prize is drawn from the national award-winning buildings.
RIBA East regional award winner 2018: Storey’s Field Community Centre & Nursery, Cambridge, by MUMA
Source: Alan Williams
The RIBA East regional award winners in full
- New Library, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, by MCW Architects
- The David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, by Nicholas Hare Architects
- Storey’s Field Community Centre & Nursery, Cambridge, by MUMA
- Aura housing, Great Kneighton, Cambridge, by TateHindle
- Stephen Perse Foundation new sports and learning building, Cambridge, by Chadwick Dryer Clarke Studio and LSI Architects
- West Court Jesus College, Cambridge, by Níall McLaughlin Architects
- St Chad’s housing, Thurrock, by Bell Phillips Architects
- White Heather House, Southend-on-Sea, by SKArchitects
- The Deerings, Harpenden, by Gresford Architects and Nicolas Tye Architects
- Bushey Cemetery, Hertfordshire, by Waugh Thistleton Architects
- Five Acre Barn, Suffolk, by Blee Halligan
RIBA East regional awad winner 2018: Five Acre Barn, Suffolk by Blee Halligan
Special prize winners in full
- RIBA East Building of the Year 2018 sponsored by Artifice Press Storey’s Field Community Centre and Nursery, Cambridge, by MUMA
- RIBA East Sustainability Award 2018 sponsored by Geberit Storey’s Field Community Centre and Nursery, Cambridge, by MUMA
- RIBA East Project Architect of the Year Award, sponsored by Taylor Maxwell Tom McGlynn of Níall McLaughlin Architects for his work on West Court Jesus College in Cambridge
- RIBA East Conservation Award 2018 The David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, by Nicholas Hare Architects
- RIBA East Small Project of the Year 2018 Five Acre Barn, Suffolk, by Blee Halligan
- RIBA East Client of the Year, sponsored by Tobermore: HARP, the clients for White Heather House in Southend-on-Sea by SKArchitects, Westcliff-on-Sea
RIBA East Client of the Year, sponsored by Tobermore: HARP, the clients for White Heather House in Southend-on-Sea by SKArchitects, Westcliff-on-Sea