We're delighted to announce our Project of the Year 2017 — Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge — and the other eight category winners for the RICS Awards 2017, East of England.

36 of the East of England’s most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at the RICS Awards 2017, East of England. TV Presenter Melissa Porter hosted this year’s sell-out ceremony, held at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, which attracted over 200 local property professionals.

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Project of the Year — Arthur Rank Hospice

Arthur Rank Hospice

The highly acclaimed Project of the Year title is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area. Arthur Rank Hospice — delivered by LSI Architects, Faithful + Gould and Barnes Construction for the hospice — has transformed the facilities with the use of latest technologies to support the community in end-of-life care.

The new hospice incorporates a commercial kitchen, day facilities and an education centre for the hospice to train healthcare professionals in good end-of-life care. The new hospice increases bed capacity providing 15 single rooms with en-suite facilities and two, four-bedded bays that can be adapted into two single rooms if and when required.

Winners & Highly Commended entries, from the eight other categories are:

Building conservation: Quay Place, Regeneration of St Mary at the Quay, Ipswich

Quay Place is the realisation of a £5.1 million scheme to rescue the "at risk" Grade II Medieval church, St Mary at the Quay, Ipswich, transforming it into a unique wellbeing and heritage centre. Delivered in partnership between the Churches Conservation Trust and Suffolk Mind, it is an exemplar conservation project, combining traditional approaches with cutting-edge innovation, and providing varied community engagement and training opportunities.The result is an uplifting, multi-purpose centre that secures the future of this important Ipswich landmark.

  •  Highly Commended: Wimpole Gothic Tower, Royston

Commercial: King’s Lynn Innovation Centre, King’s Lynn (sponsored by Sika Sarnafil Plus)

Feilden+Mawson have a high degree of experience in designing Innovation centres, many of which are in the region. Working closely with their client, Nwes, the new King’s Lynn Innovation Centre represents the very best of commercial design philosophy by providing start-up businesses that are proud to be associated with it. Flexible, well-serviced office space is supported by meeting rooms, conference and break-out spaces all of which enjoy a high degree of natural ventilation and daylight.

  • Highly Commended: No award

Community benefit: Arthur Rank Hospice, Cambridge

The £10.6 million state-of-the-art Arthur Rank Hospice is a new 24-bed facility for the Cambridge based end of life care charity. The building will serve families across Cambridgeshire and aims to address the regional demand for complex end-of-life care.

The design of the hospice is light, airy and modern and meets the standards of a hospital without feeling like one. Private garden spaces and extensive use of timber, help avoid a clinical atmosphere.

  • Highly Commended: Bowthorpe Care Village, Norwich

Design through innovation: The Enterprise Centre, Norwich (sponsored by Forbo Flooring)

The innovative approach applied to delivering the Enterprise Centre has underpinned the success of this project. At each and every stage the client and delivery team have questioned how things can be done differently and be improved upon. This approach has attracted a great deal of attention, form both the UK construction industry and overseas, setting a new precedent for sustainable design and proving that innovation need not limit architectural achievement.

  • Highly Commended: The David Attenborough Building, Cambridge

Infrastructure: Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project Phase 1, Rochford

The Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project is the largest project of its type attempted in Britain and Europe. The principle is to return farmland back to wetlands while providing renewed flood protection. The RSPB’s revolutionary conservation approach at Wallasea is on a ground-breaking scale, encouraging future progressive thinking in terms of sustainability, regeneration, innovation, design and scale. The project has demanded in-depth planning, preparation and collaboration, utilising expertise in engineering, construction, ecology and environmental management.

  • Highly Commended:  A138 Chelmer Viaduct, Chelmsford

Regeneration 37: Queen Street – Creative Business Centre, Colchester

37 Queen Street, built in the 1860s and located in the historic St Botolph’s area of the town centre, has served as a soldiers’ retirement home, a police station, a nightclub and bar. It has now been transformed by owners Colchester Borough Council into a Creative and Digital Business Centre, combining the building’s historic features with ultra-modern facilities and connectivity. The centre is a key part of our extensive regeneration strategy, which includes the iconic £28 million Firstsite contemporary art gallery.

  • Highly Commended: Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project Phase 1, Rochford

Residential: Bracelet Close, Thurrock

Bracelet Close, Corringham, is part of the first phase of a five-year social housing development in Thurrock, and comprises 12 new homes arranged around a central communal courtyard garden.The houses have been designed to make the most of the sloping former garage site, with views to the countryside beyond and outstanding levels of amenity and light. Bell Phillips Architects have placed a strong emphasis on high-quality design, construction and sustainability, lifting the overall quality of public housing in Thurrock.

  • Highly Commended: Carrowbreck Meadow, Hellesdon

Tourism and leisure: Mill Farm Windmill, Suffolk

A contemporary conversion and reconstruction of a derelict windmill to provide unique tourist accommodation. Nestled in Suffolk’s beautiful countryside, The Windmill Suffolk is located just two miles from historic Lavenham and provides stunning panoramic views across the rolling Suffolk landscape from the newly constructed zinc- and cross-laminated timber pod. Having previously lost its cap & sails, the project looked to reinstate its former landmark status as a prominent feature of the Suffolk landscape using an innovative and contemporary design approach.

  • Highly Commended: Cavendish House, Norwich

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