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21 projects shortlisted for RIBA East 2020 Awards

12 March 2020

Twenty-one buildings, ranging from a water tower conversion in Norfolk and a mosque in Cambridge - to the creative re-use of a derelict coalman’s barn in Hertfordshire - have been shortlisted for the RIBA East 2020 Awards.

Cambridge Central Mosque by Marks Barfield Architects © Morley von Sternberg

Out of an original 36 entries in the East of England, 21 will now be considered for a RIBA Regional Award. 

The Byre and Garrett by Hugo Hardy Architect © Siohban Doran

RIBA East regional director Louise Todd said: “Cambridge and its surrounds dominated the number of awards entries in the region this year, reflecting the significant investment and growth in the city. Shortlisted schemes across the region demonstrate a wide range of solutions to the client brief, whether it be new build, refurbishment or inventive re-use – we’re looking forward to visiting the projects later this month.”

The Water Tower by Tonkin Liu © Dennis Pedersen

The buildings that have been shortlisted are:


· 36 Storey’s Way, Churchill College, by Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture

· Cambridge Assessment, by Eric Parry Architects

· Cambridge Central Mosque, by Marks Barfield Architects

· A Contemporary Barn, by Ashworth Parkes Architects

· Corpus Christi College Old House Refurbishment, by NRAP Architects

· Imperial War Museums Paper Store, Duxford, by Architype

· Key Worker Housing, Eddington, by Stanton Williams

· Private house, Huntingdon, by Graham Handley Architects

· Private house, Cambridge, by Haysom Ward Miller Architects

· Private house extension, Stapleford, by NRAP Architects

· Private house, Cambridge, by Snell David

· Royal Papworth Hospital, by HOK International

· Student Services Centre, Cambridge, by Bennetts Associates

· Abcam, Cambridge, by NBBJ

· Fordham Abbey Dojima Sake Brewery, by SCABAL (Studio Cullinan & Buck Architects) with Kay Pilsbury Thomas Architects


· The Byre and The Garrett, Berkhamsted, by Hugo Hardy Architect

· Private House, Hemel Hempstead, by Kirkland Fraser Moor

· St Albans Cathedral Welcome and Learning Centre, by Simpson & Brown

· Oxhey Hall Farm, Watford, by Fletcher Crane Architects

· Woodside Mews, Watford, by TAS Architects


· The Water Tower, by Tonkin Liu

Imperial War Museums Paper Store by Architype © Richard Ash

All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury with the winning buildings announced at an awards ceremony on 20 May at Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre in Cambridge.

Several RIBA Special Awards will also be announced including the RIBA East Sustainability Award sponsored by Michelmersh, RIBA East Project Architect of the Year sponsored by Taylor Maxwell and RIBA East Building of the Year sponsored by Equitone.

A number of the Regional Award winners will then go on to be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will be announced in July. 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.

If you are a member of the press wanting more information on the RIBA East Awards shortlist (including access to images) then please email

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