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RIBA reveals East region awards shortlist

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Two projects in North West Cambridge are among a 19-strong shortlist for this year’s RIBA East regional awards

The buildings in the University of Cambridge’s new urban district – Storey’s Field Community Centre & Nursery by MUMA and RH Partnership’s Swirles Court post-graduate student housing – are joined on the list by schemes including a cemetery built of rammed earth and the restoration of a Second World War transmitter block. 

The winning buildings will be announced during a dinner at the Welding Institute’s Granta Centre, designed by Eric Parry Architects and one of last year’s winners, on 24 May. 

The regional award winners will be considered for a RIBA National Award. The shortlist for the Stirling Prize is drawn from the national award-winning buildings. 

RIBA East director Louise Todd said: ‘That 19 projects should make it through is testament to the inspiring architecture that the East of England offers.

‘Eight of the projects involved practices based in our region. This demonstrates the wealth of knowledge and talent that exists locally to work with clients to create remarkable buildings, both new build and restoration or re-use.’ 

The shortlist

  • 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
  • Swirles Court post-graduate student housing, Cambridge, by RH Partnership Architects
  • Aura housing, Great Kneighton, Cambridge, by TateHindle
  • Stephen Perse Foundation new sports and learning building, Cambridge, by Chadwick Dryer Clarke Studio & LSI Architects
  • Fijal House, Ely, by Mole Architects
  • West Court Jesus College, Cambridge, by Níall McLaughlin Architects
  • Magna housing, Cambridge, by bptw partnership
  • St Chad’s housing, Thurrock, by Bell Phillips Architects
  • White Heather House, Southend-on-Sea, by SKArchitects
  • Bracelet Close housing, Thurrock, by Bell Phillips Architects
  • The Deerings, Harpenden, by Gresford Architects & Nicholas Tye Architects
  • Hutton Hub, University of Hertfordshire, by Vincent Gorbing and Stride Treglown
  • Bushey Cemetery, Hertfordshire, by Waugh Thistleton Architects
  • Henry Moore Archive, Hertfordshire, by Hugh Broughton Architects
  • Downs House, Suffolk, by James Gorst Architects
  • Five Acre Barn, Suffolk, by Blee Halligan
  • Bawdsey Radar Transmitter Block, Suffolk, by Freeland Rees Roberts Architects
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