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RIBA East Awards 2017 shortlist

Record number of buildings in the East of England shortlisted for RIBA architecture awards.

24 March 2017

RIBA East today announced that it has shortlisted 31 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 a drawing studio on stilts, the conversion of a derelict windmill into a holiday home, and a number of new housing schemes, all in the running after being shortlisted from a record number of 62 entries.

The buildings that have been shortlisted are:


  • Alconbury Weald Club, Huntingdon by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)
  • Anglia Ruskin University Young Street Campus, Cambridge by Richard Murphy Architects
  • Aura, Great Kneighton by TateHindle
  • Combined Colleges Boathouse by R H Partnership Architects
  • Cowan Court, Cambridge by 6a architects
  • Heong Gallery, Downing College by Caruso St John Architects
  • James Dyson Building, University of Cambridge by Nicholas Hare Architects
  • Lode House, Lode by Henry Goss Architects
  • The Welding Institute, Cambridge by Eric Parry Architects
  • University of Cambridge Primary School by Marks Barfield Architects


  • Bracelet Close, Thurrock by Bell Phillips Architects
  • Redshank by Lisa Shell Architects with Marcus Taylor
  • The Echoes, Grays by Bell Phillips Architects


  • Bishop’s Stortford College Wynch Cottage, by Hawkins\Brown
  • Clock House Gardens Welwyn, by Stockwool
  • Modern Detached by Coffey Architects
  • St Albans Abbey by Richard Griffiths Architects


  • Backwater, Wroxham by Platform 5 Architects
  • Carrowbreck Meadow Passivhaus homes Norwich by Hamson Barron Smith
  • Holkham Hall Stables and Pottery Building Wells-next-the-Sea, by Hopkins Architects
  • Play Barn, Fakenham by Adam Khan Architects
  • The Abbey Experience, Wymondham by Freeland Rees Roberts
  • The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia Norwich, by Architype
  • The Great Hospital, Norwich by Cowper Griffith Architects
  • Westering House, North Norfolk by Cowper Griffith Architects


  • Marsh Hill, Aldeburgh by Mole Architects
  • Peacock House, Aldeburgh by BHSF Architekten with Studio-P
  • The Windmill, Cockfield by Beech Architects
  • Thomas Gainsborough School, Great Cornard by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat, Walsham le Willows by Walters & Cohen Architects

Nicolas Tye, Chairman of RIBA East, and past RIBA Awards judge, welcomed the news:

“We’ve had an amazing response to the call for Award entries this year and it’s really great to see clients pushing for good design across such a broad spectrum, from schools and religious buildings through to housing schemes and one-off homes. All the architecture practices and their clients are to be congratulated for getting this far. The jury has a difficult task on its hands.”

All shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a visiting jury during April, with the RIBA East regional award winners being announced during the evening of Thursday 18 May at a celebratory event at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. The event will be attended by RIBA President-Elect Ben Derbyshire and RIBA Chief Executive Alan Vallance.

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 on 22 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 press information please contact:

    John McMenemy
    01223 566 285
  2. Further details on any of the shortlisted schemes can be provided on request.
  3. RIBA Regional Award Category Sponsors for 2017 are Geberit, Marley Eternit, Taylor Maxwell and Tobermore. Microsoft is Exclusive Technology Partner, RIBA Awards 2017.
  4. 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.

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