A record number of buildings in the East of 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:


St Bede’s Extra Care, Bedford, by PRP Architects

The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s Bedford School, by Foster Wilson Architects


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


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


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


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


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.


Notes to editors:

  1. For further information on any of the projects or access to high res images please contact: 01223 566285 or
  2. RIBA East Awards 2016 are sponsored by ET Clay Products, Heritage Clay Tiles, Historic England, Marley Eternit, SIKA and Tarmac.
  3. RIBA Awards have been running continuously since 1966 and are judged and presented locally. No matter the shape, size, budget oo location, RIBA award winning schemes set the standard for great architecture all across the country. RIBA Awards are for      buildings in the UK by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows.
  4. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members.


Posted on Wednesday 2nd March 2016

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