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RIBA East Awards 2016 shortlist

RIBA East 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.

RIBA East today (2 March 2016) 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-resolution 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 Limited and Tarmac.
  3. RIBA Awards have been running continuously since 1966 and are judged and presented locally. No matter the shape, size, budget or 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.

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