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Record number of winners revealed at 2017 RIBA East Awards

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Walters & Cohen Architects’ Buddhist retreat in Suffolk has been crowned RIBA East’s Building of the Year, as the region celebrated a bumper year for awards 

The practice’s Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre – featuring a number of single-storey charred timber buildings – was overall victor among a record 17 winners announced at this year’s RIBA East Awards. 

Other regional winners – whittled down from a 31-strong shortlist – include 6a architects’ timber-clad student accommodation for the University of Cambridge; a private home in Hertfordshire by Coffey Architects; and the Heong Gallery in Cambridge by Caruso St John Architects.

Also triumphing are 53 homes and a community centre in Essex by Bell Phillips Architects; a low carbon building with thatch cladding for the University of East Anglia by Architype; and a private house in Suffolk by Mole Architects.

Architype’s university building also won the RIBA East Sustainability Award, while its clients for the scheme –Adapt Low Carbon Group and the University of East Anglia – were named RIBA East Client of the Year

St Albans Abbey by Richard Griffiths Architects, and a stables and pottery building in north Norfolk by Hopkins Architects, were announced as joint winners of the RIBA East Conservation Award.

Richard Griffiths Architects also won the RIBA East Project Architect of the Year Award, while Lisa Shell Architects with Marcus Taylor won RIBA East Small Project of the Year for their cork-clad Essex home, Redshank. 

In addition, schemes by Marks Barfield Architects, Eric Parry Architects, and Platform 5 Architects all received 2017 RIBA East Awards.

However, a number of schemes by high-profile architects missed out. These include Adam Khan Architects’ Play Barn in Fakenham, Norfolk; Hawkins\Brown’s Bishop’s Stortford College in Hertfordshire; Richard Murphy Architects’ Anglia Ruskin University Young Street campus in Cambridge; AHMM’s Alconbury Weald Club in Huntingdon; and two schemes by Cowper Griffiths Architects.

All the victorious buildings will now go on to be considered for national honours, with the successful projects revealed in June. The six finalists for the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize will be drawn from these national winners.

The RIBA East Awards were presented at a ceremony at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, last night (Thursday 18 May).

RIBA East regional director Louise Todd said: ‘The jury had a really difficult task in selecting the winners, which says a lot for the strength of the shortlist and the creativity of the architects involved.

‘These buildings all demonstrate that by engaging with an architect, clients can achieve remarkable buildings that improve our communities and enhance people’s lives.’

The 2017 RIBA East Award winners 

Combined Colleges Boathouse, by RH Partnership Architects

Combined Colleges Boathouse, by R H Partnership Architects

Combined Colleges Boathouse, by R H Partnership Architects

Source: Andrew Hatfield

Cowan Court, Cambridge, by 6a architects

Cowan Court, Cambridge, by 6a architects

Cowan Court, Cambridge, by 6a architects

Source: Johan Dehlin

Cowan Court, Cambridge, by 6a architects

Heong Gallery, Downing College, by Caruso St John Architects

Heong Gallery, Downing College, by Caruso St John Architects

Source: Ioana Marinescu

Heong Gallery, Downing College, by Caruso St John Architects

Lode House, Lode, by Henry Goss Architects

Lode House, Lode, by Henry Goss Architects

Lode House, Lode, by Henry Goss Architects

Source: Henry Goss

Lode House, Lode, by Henry Goss Architects

The Welding Institute, Cambridge, by Eric Parry Architects

The Welding Institute, Cambridge, by Eric Parry Architects

The Welding Institute, Cambridge, by Eric Parry Architects

Source: Dirk Lindner

University of Cambridge Primary School, by Marks Barfield Architects

University of Cambridge Primary School, by Marks Barfield Architects

University of Cambridge Primary School, by Marks Barfield Architects

Source: Morley von Sternberg

University of Cambridge Primary School, by Marks Barfield Architects

Redshank, by Lisa Shell Architects with Marcus Taylor

Redshank, by Lisa Shell Architects with Marcus Taylor

Redshank, by Lisa Shell Architects with Marcus Taylor

Source: Helene Binet

The Echoes, Grays, by Bell Phillips Architects

The Echoes, Grays, by Bell Phillips Architects

The Echoes, Grays, by Bell Phillips Architects

Source: Kilian O’Sullivan

Modern Detached, by Coffey Architects

Modern Detached, by Coffey Architects

Modern Detached, by Coffey Architects

Source: Timothy Soar

St Albans Abbey, by Richard Griffiths Architects

St Albans Abbey, by Richard Griffiths Architects

St Albans Abbey, by Richard Griffiths Architects

Source: Richard Griffiths

St Albans Abbey, by Richard Griffiths Architects

Backwater, Wroxham, by Platform 5 Architects

Backwater, Wroxham, by Platform 5 Architects

Backwater, Wroxham, by Platform 5 Architects

Source: Alan Williams

Backwater, Wroxham, by Platform 5 Architects

Carrowbreck Meadow Passivhaus homes, Norwich, by Hamson Barron Smith

Carrowbreck Meadow Passivhaus homes, Norwich, by Hamson Barron Smith

Carrowbreck Meadow Passivhaus homes, Norwich, by Hamson Barron Smith

Source: Jefferson Smith

Carrowbreck Meadow Passivhaus homes, Norwich, by Hamson Barron Smith

Holkham Hall Stables and Pottery Building, Wells-next-the-Sea, by Hopkins Architects

Holkham Hall Stables and Pottery Building, Wells-next-the-Sea, by Hopkins Architects

Holkham Hall Stables and Pottery Building, Wells-next-the-Sea, by Hopkins Architects

Source: Martine Hamilton Knight

Holkham Hall Stables and Pottery Building, Wells-next-the-Sea, by Hopkins Architects

The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich, by Architype 

The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich, by Architype

The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich, by Architype

Source: Nick Caville

The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich, by Architype

Marsh Hill, Aldeburgh, by Mole Architects

Marsh Hill, Aldeburgh, by Mole Architects

Marsh Hill, Aldeburgh, by Mole Architects

Source: David Butler

Marsh Hill, Aldeburgh, by Mole Architects

Peacock House, Aldeburgh, by BHSF Architekten with Studio-P

Peacock House, Aldeburgh, by BHSF Architekten with Studio-P

Peacock House, Aldeburgh, by BHSF Architekten with Studio-P

Source: Benedikt Redmann

Peacock House, Aldeburgh, by BHSF Architekten with Studio-P

Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat, Walsham le Willows, by Walters & Cohen Architects (Building of the Year)

Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat, Walsham le Willows, by Walters & Cohen Architects

Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat, Walsham le Willows, by Walters & Cohen Architects

Source: Will Scott

Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat, Walsham le Willows, by Walters & Cohen Architects

 

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