Here are the Norfolk buildings contending for the ‘Oscars’ of architecture

The UEA Enterprise Centre. Pic: Darren Carter.

The UEA Enterprise Centre. Pic: Darren Carter. - Credit: Archant

They are the architecture world's equivalent of the Oscars and 10 building projects in Norfolk are in with a chance of winning top accolades.

The King's Lynn Innovation Centre. Picture: Ian Burt

The King's Lynn Innovation Centre. Picture: Ian Burt

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has shortlisted 36 projects in the RICS awards, across eight categories. They will compete for the coveted overall Project of the Year title for the East of England.

Norfolk projects include:

• The Abbey Experience, Wymondham: The project has created extensions to the abbey, linked through the ruined east monastic tower.

• Boardman House, Norwich: The £3.5m refurbishment of the Grade II listed building in the city centre by Hudson Architects created a new home for the architecture programme and media faculty at the Norwich University of the Arts.

Bowthorpe Care Village, near Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams

Bowthorpe Care Village, near Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams


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• King's Lynn Innovation Centre: Described as a 'stunning new landmark building situated on a gateway site near to King's Lynn', the centre offers office space for start-up businesses.

• The Enterprise Centre, Norwich: The University of East Anglia project showcases low-carbon architecture. RICS says: 'The design reflects an ambitious vision to create a high quality and truly sustainable building for people, the environment and the economy.'

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• Bowthorpe Care Village, Norwich: Built through a partnership between NorseCare, Saffron Housing, the Homes and Communities Agency, Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council, a central hub, with a restaurant, café, hairdressers, bar and community shop, connects to NorseCare's Mayflower Court, an 80-bed specialist dementia care home and The Meadows, Saffron Housing Trust's 92-apartment housing-with-care scheme.

• Carrowbreck Meadow, Hellesdon: A development of 14 Passivhaus homes by Broadland Growth - a partnership between Broadland District Council and NPS Property Consultants Limited.

One of the new Passivhaus eco standard homes at Carrowbreck Meadow at Hellesdon. Picture: DENISE BRA

One of the new Passivhaus eco standard homes at Carrowbreck Meadow at Hellesdon. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Other shortlisted properties are: Cavendish House, in St Andrews Street, Norwich; the UEA's Hickling House and Barton House; restoration of Norwich's Assembly House and Backwater - a private home on a secluded lagoon in the Norfolk Broads.

Smokehouse Court in Southwold is among seven Suffolk properties shortlisted.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in May.

The Wymondham Abbey Experience. Picture: SOUTH NORFOLK COUNCIL

The Wymondham Abbey Experience. Picture: SOUTH NORFOLK COUNCIL - Credit: Archant

Boardman House at the Norwich University of the Arts (NUA). PIcture: Hudson Architects

Boardman House at the Norwich University of the Arts (NUA). PIcture: Hudson Architects - Credit: Archant

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