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New designs are shortlisted for regional architectural award

PUBLISHED: 07:56 11 March 2015 | UPDATED: 07:56 11 March 2015

The new look gardens and new accommodation at the Great Hospital in Norwich.
Photo by Simon Finlay.

The new look gardens and new accommodation at the Great Hospital in Norwich. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Archant Norfolk.

Some of the region’s best-known, unusual buildings and landmarks have been shortlisted for an architectural award.

The new Bob Champion Research and Education building next to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe new Bob Champion Research and Education building next to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Four buildings from Norfolk and two from Suffolk are included in a shortlist of just 16 for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) East Awards 2015. There was a total of 38 entries.

Of the four Norfolk nominees, three are from Norwich. The newly- developed Westlegate Tower was formerly an office block which had stood empty for years, becoming an eyesore on the city’s skyline before being renovated into luxury apartments.

The medieval Great Hospital, which was founded in 1249 and has 15 listed buildings, was converted into a sheltered housing complex and assisted living houses in 2013.

The Bob Champion Research and Education Building is a £19m research building at the Norwich Research Park.

The renovation and conversion work on Westlegate Tower in Norwich nears completion.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.The renovation and conversion work on Westlegate Tower in Norwich nears completion. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The Old Barn in Melton Constable has also been shortlisted.

In Suffolk, Stakyard House, in Palgrave, near Diss, is nominated. The timber framed and part concrete property won the Ideal Home Show Blue Ribbon Award for best solo house in 2014. And the Studio in Aldeburgh – an artist’s studio transformed into an art deco beach-style home – is also in the running.

They go up against 10 buildings in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, including Addenbrooke’s multi-storey car park and the University Technology College building in Cambridge.

“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,” said Jon Greenfield, chairman of RIBA East.

“From small art studios through to a towering multi-storey car park – the first we’ve seen being entered for an award.

“All the architecture practices and their clients are to be congratulated for getting this far and I look forward to hearing the jury’s verdict next month.”

The buildings will now be assessed by a jury and winners of the award will be announced on April 16. The regional winner will be considered for the RIBA national award.

What do you think of the region’s selected architecture? Email rebecca.murphy@archant.co.uk


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