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The Winners East of England

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Contents Introduction 

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Winners’ overview 

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Building Conservation 

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Commercial 

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Community Benefit 

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Design through Innovation 

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Regeneration 

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Residential 

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Tourism & Leisure 

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Project of the Year 

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RICS introduction The annual RICS Awards, East of England recognise exemplary built projects in the land, real estate, construction and infrastructure sectors that are positively contributing to their local communities. They also celebrate the talented RICS professionals and inspiring teams of built professionals behind them. A diverse range of innovative projects, of all sizes and budgets, made the shortlist this year and over the next few pages you will find out more about the category winners – and the esteemed ‘Project of the Year’ – not to mention the positive impact they are having on their local areas. You’ll also discover the firms – and the varied range of disciplines – that collaborated to deliver each of these winning projects. It is the vision and talent of these admirable partnerships that have brought these exceptional projects to life, so the winning teams should be very proud of their achievements and contribution to the region.

I’d like to thank our panel of RICS Judges for their time and commitment. The judging process is tough and challenging, particularly for the overall Project of the Year title as this is awarded to the category winner that demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and the highest commitment to adding real value to its local area. This year the prestigious title went to Chapel Green SEN School, Norfolk. Congratulations go to the team behind it for delivering such a remarkable, worldclass project that is having a resounding positive impact on its community. All category winners including the Project of the Year will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards, Grand Final in London, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category and vie for the ‘UK Project of the Year’ accolade. I wish them they very best of luck in representing the East of England and showcasing just what RICS professionals, together with other built environment professionals, can achieve. My sincere thanks to our sponsors for this year’s RICS Awards, East of England who helped make the awards ceremony such a fantastic celebratory occasion.

Matthew Howell RICS Managing Director, UK & Ireland

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Winners’ overview Once again, the RICS Awards 2019, East of England was an outstanding and inspiring evening. The awards continue to attract pioneering entries from all over the region and this year was no exception.

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Across the following pages you will see many examples of the exceptional talent and vision which make the East of England a fantastic place to live, work and, of course, visit. The category winners – Building Conservation, Commercial, Community Benefit, Design through Innovation, Regeneration, Residential and Tourism & Leisure – will now progress to the RICS Awards 2019 Grand Final in October to be held at The Lancaster Hotel, London. The full list of winning projects is:

Building Conservation

Regeneration

Winner Horsey Windpump, Norfolk

Winner Hillington Square Estate, Norfolk

Highly Commended The Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds

Residential Winner Goldsmith Street, Norfolk

Commercial Winner Essendonbury Farm, Hertfordshire

Highly Commended Conversion of Nissen Huts, Essex

Community Benefit

Tourism & Leisure

Winner Extension & Redevelopment of Grade II Listed Wells Maltings, Norfolk

Winner Hyde Hall, Rettendon

Design through Innovation Winner Chapel Green SEN School, Norfolk

Inspiring winners The RICS Awards 2018 were full of spectacular projects – here are some Project of the Year winners:

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, Birmingham, West Midlands

Get Busy Living Centre, Melton Mowbray, East Midlands

Aerospace Bristol, Bristol, South West

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Building Conservation

This award honours excellent work in the conservation of a single bui renovation or conversion to a new or original use.

Winner Horsey Windpump, Norfolk Surveyor: The National Trust Architect: Whitworth Owner/Client: The National Trust Developer/Contractor: MIllwright – TWCM Woodworking Nominated by: Whitworth Horsey Windpump is a landmark Grade II listed building with a fascinating past. It stood still and silent for 75 years after being struck by lightning in 1943. However, in 2015 the windpump closed for extensive repairs and restoration and has now been brought back to life.

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The judges said The judges were impressed by the care and attention to detail throughout the project. Wherever possible, original materials have been re-used. Where this has proven impossible traditional materials have been substituted. To ensure visitors can understand the mill in operation, guarding has been carefully designed to minimise its impact. Unusually, the full height of the mill can be accessed by visitors including the platform around the cap. The extensive view helps visitors understand the mill in the context of fenland drainage.

Shortlisted Earlham Hall, Norfolk Nominated by LSI Architects

Goldsmiths Mansion, Sudbury Nominated by Wincer Kievenaar Architects Ltd

Essendonbury Farm, Hertfordshire Nominated by Brooks Murray Architects

Horsey Windpump, Norfolk Nominated by Whitworth

The Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds Nominated by Whitworth

Highly Commended The Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds Surveyor/Architect: Whitworth Owner/Client: Bury St Edmunds Heritage Trust Developer/Contractor: Cubitt Theobald & Lodge and Sons Nominated by: Whitworth

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Commercial

This award honours an outstanding commercial property developme Judges were looking for evidence of a commercially successful proje

Winner Essendonbury Farm, Hertfordshire Surveyor:

Synergy Construction and Property Consultants Architect: Brooks Murray Architects Owner/Client: Gascoyne Cecil Estates Developer/Contractor: Ekins Builders Nominated by: Brooks Murray Architects Essendonbury Farm sits on the eastern edge of Hatfield Park. Designed and built to the exacting quality and aesthetic specifications of the owner, Gascoyne Cecil Estates, the listed barns have been sensitively restored and creatively brought back into productive use. Fully occupied by and designed to suit classic Aston Martin specialists’, Nicholas Mee & Co’s relocation from London, these onceagricultural buildings were reimagined to meet challenging technological requirements, host engineers and upholsterers, bring highly-skilled people, 8 and new purpose, to rural Hertfordshire.


ent whether retail, office, leisure, industrial or mixed use. ect.

The judges said This is a fantastic commercial development located in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. The level of workmanship, attention to detail and consideration to the surrounding environment is impressive. The buildings have been used to facilitate the tenant’s business in a highly successful way and the relationship between Landlord and Tenant is a modern customer service focused approach. This commercial property leads the way by promoting collaborative relationships which are sustainable and beneficial to all involved.

Shortlisted Essendonbury Farm, Hertfordshire Nominated by Brooks Murray Architects

Extension & Redevelopment of Grade II listed Wells Maltings, Norfolk Nominated by Prominent PR

Radio House, Cambridge Nominated by Liz Male Consulting Ltd

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RICS Matrics

Young Surveyor of the Year 2019 Celebrating inspirational surveying professionals Award categories are: • • • • • • • • •

Apprentice of the Year Asset and Facilities Management Building Surveying Commercial Property Land (Rural and Urban) Mentor of the Year Project Management Residential Property Quantity Surveying

• Valuation

Closing date for entries – 12 July 2019 *Open to all young surveyors, trainees and apprentices aged under 35.

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Community Benefit

This award recognises honours excellent excellent work achievement in the conservation in providing of aasingle facilitybui w renovation success through or conversion local community to a new or feedback. original Projects use. can be single o

Winner Extension & Redevelopment of Grade II Listed Wells Maltings, Norfolk Surveyor:

Daniel Connal Partnership Architect: Chaplin Farrant Owner/Client: The Wells Maltings Trust Developer/Contractor: Robson Construction Ltd Nominated by: Prominent PR The regeneration and extension of the Grade II-listed Maltings in Wells-next-theSea has seen an under-used historic asset regenerated into a first-class community resource. Hailed as a huge success, the Maltings now offers live events, activities, shows & enterprise space to the local community and visitors alike; more than 1,200 people use it on a weekly basis. Community focused from the outset, extensive local consultation has ensured that Wells Maltings is both a benefit and source of local pride for all.

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The judges said A building about the community, for the community. Wells Maltings offers both the permanent residents and seasonal residents of Wells-next-the-Sea something, whether it’s a insight into the towns heritage, local fine art, touring theatrical companies or the latest blockbuster film releases. This building is diverse, as is the ever-changing community and to the buildings credit, it keeps up, whilst also offering increased footfall into the High Street, where local retail benefits.

Shortlisted Cassiobury Hub, Hertfordshire Nominated by Knox Bhavan Architects

Extension & Redevelopment of Grade II Listed Wells Maltings, Norfolk Nominated by Prominent PR

St Bede’s Inter-Church Secondary School, Cambridge Nominated by Kier Property/Design and Business Services

Ely Southern Bypass, Cambridgeshire Nominated by VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd

Rosecroft Primary School, Norfolk Nominated by NPS Property Consultants Ltd

Stapleford Granary study centre for the arts and music, Cambridge Nominated by MCW Architects

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Design through Innovation

This award honours the use of outstanding innovation in designing a creativity and innovative design have enhanced a project across a wid

Winner Chapel Green SEN School, Norfolk Surveyor/Architect:

NPS Property Consultants Ltd Owner/Client: Norfolk County Council Children’s Services Developer/Contractor: Morgan Sindall Nominated by: NPS Property Consultants Ltd Chapel Green is a new purpose built SEND school for physically disabled and complex needs pupils in Attleborough, Norfolk. The school can accommodate 110 pupils from Reception to 6th Form age range and includes an innovative environmental and building technologies solution which combines passive ventilation, thermal mass and natural daylighting to provide exemplar teaching and learning spaces . The school also includes innovation in the accommodation, layout and uses of space, to provide an efficiently designed SEND school.

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a successful project. The Judges will look for evidence that use of de range of criteria.

The judges said A building designed from first principles, challenging what has gone before and putting its students at the forefront. The building is designed for its students, offering life developing skills outside and around it’s teaching rooms – the building is its own educational experience. As the students develop and grow, so does the building around them, taking them through various stages of life and the day-to-day skills required.

Shortlisted Anstey Hall Barns, Cambridge Nominated by Cowper Griffith Architects

Hyde Hall, Rettendon Nominated by Concertus Design & Property Consultants Ltd

The Meadows, Essex Nominated by calfordseaden LLP

Chapel Green SEN School, Norfolk Nominated by NPS Property Consultants Ltd

The Listening Station, Southwold Nominated by Beech Architects Ltd

Wesley College, Cambridge Nominated by Cowper Griffith Architects

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Regeneration

This award honours exceptional improvements to urban, rural or coa scheme conserved or improved the built or natural environment in a

Winner Hillington Square Estate, Norfolk Surveyor:

G C Baxter & Associates Ltd Architect: Feilden+Mawson LLP Owner/Client: Freebridge Community Housing Developer/Contractor: Lovell Partnerships Ltd Nominated by: Feilden+Mawson LLP Hillington Square is an urban scheme built between 1967 and 1971. The refurbishment includes extensive internal and external renovation including the construction of new stair cores, extensions and balconies. The overall design ethos is to overcome existing social problems and improve the quality of life for the residents through improved security. Phases 2 – 4 of the project delivers 144 newly refurbished units, 6 new stair and lift cores, selective demolition to open up the enclosed courtyards and landscaping works.

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astal areas. Judges were looking for evidence to show that the way that contributed to the viability of the area.

The judges said Two thirds through its overall redevelopment, the benefits to the local residents and surrounding community can be seen already. Taking what was a deprived and what appeared forgotten part of Kings Lynn, bringing it into the twentieth century, has not only improved the standard of living for its residents, but improved their sense of belonging, safety and community. Local businesses are investing in the surrounding area again and a real tangible difference has been achieved. The next phases will only take this further.

Shortlisted Goldsmith Street, Norfolk Nominated by R G Carter Ltd

Hillington Square Estate, Cambridgeshire Nominated by Feilden+Mawson LLP

Radio House, Cambridge Nominated by Liz Male Consulting Ltd

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Residential

This award honours an outstanding residential development of either Judges were looking for evidence of a successful project across a wid

Winner Goldsmith Street, Norfolk Surveyor:

Hamson Barron Smith Architect: Mikhail Riches Architects Owner/Client: Norwich City Council Developer/Contractor: R G Carter Ltd Nominated by: R G Carter Ltd Goldsmith Street is an exemplar development by Norwich City Council that reimagines the Victorian terraced street for the twenty-first century and sets new standards for social housing in the UK. This pioneering scheme forms part of the Council’s city-wide investment in modern, affordable homes for the people of Norwich. Designed by Mikhail Riches Architects and constructed by RG Carter, Goldsmith Street is one of the UK’s largest Passivhaus developments, offering sustainable urban living within 15 minutes’ walk of central Norwich.

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er a single building or overall scheme, either new build or conversion. de range of criteria.

The judges said A development unlike any other in Norwich. A scheme where social responsibility, community and energy efficient homes come together. Pushing the boundaries of social landlord developments, by not just looking at the developments profit levels, but how with good design and investment in highly efficient homes the end user will benefit from a sense of belonging, placemaking and cost-efficient living.

Shortlisted Anstey Hall Barns, Cambridge Nominated by Cowper Griffith Architects

Hillington Square Estate, Cambridgeshire Nominated by Feilden+Mawson LLP

The Meadows, Essex Nominated by calfordseaden LLP

Conversion of Nissen Huts, Essex Nominated by P A Scott Associates

Marton House, Woodbridge Nominated by Wincer Kievenaar Architects Ltd

Wesley College, Cambridge Nominated by Cowper Griffith Architects

Goldsmith Street, Norfolk Nominated by R G Carter Ltd

Pablo Fanque House, Norfolk Nominated by Conisbee

Highly Commended Conversion of Nissen Huts, Essex Surveyor/Architect: P A Scott Associates Developer/Contractor: RCP Developments Ltd Nominated by: P A Scott Associates

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Tourism & Leisure This award honours projects that make an outstanding contribution

Winner Hyde Hall, Rettendon Surveyor: Architect: Developer/Client: Nominated by:

Dudley Smith Partnership Concertus Design & Property Consultants Ltd Brooks & Wood Ltd Concertus Design & Property Consultants Ltd

Two outstanding buildings (containing a learning centre, restaurant and activity barn) were designed and built on the site of existing farm buildings. Our talented team worked closely to create a design with detailing that surpassed the client’s expectations. Although the time scales were very tight, we were able to maintain the programme and deliver a successful project which will be enjoyed for many years to come.

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to tourism and leisure facilities in the region or their locality.

The judges said Hyde Hall is a successful RHS garden but needed improved facilities. The new Hill Top Centre is a stunning building overlooking the gardens. It contains a restaurant, multi-use spaces and education rooms. Since opening the new facilities have been very busy, with the educational resource booked a year in advance. The scheme has been a great success leading to increased visitor numbers and provision of new resources for the benefit of the local and regional community.

Shortlisted Cassiobury Hub, Hertfordshire Nominated by Knox Bhavan Architects

Hyde Hall, Rettendon Nominated by Concertus Design & Property Consultants Ltd

Horsey Windpump, Norfolk Nominated by Whitworth

The Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds Nominated by Whitworth

The Listening Station, Southwold Nominated by Beech Architects Ltd

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Project of the Year

This award is honours presented excellent to thework project in the which conservation has been judged of a single overall bui renovation both the built or conversion and naturalto environments. a new or original use.

Winner Chapel Green SEN School, Norfolk Surveyor/Architect:

NPS Property Consultants Ltd Owner/Client: Norfolk County Council Children’s Services Developer/Contractor: Morgan Sindall Nominated by: NPS Property Consultants Ltd The school site was gifted to Norfolk County Council from a local land owner for the express purpose of providing new teaching and learning facilities. Chapel Green replaces an original school which was overcrowded, no longer fit for purpose and at the end of its life. The new school has been designed to meet the specific needs of the pupils and captures the ethos of the staff, parents and pupils of the school. This being to create a learning environment with suitable challenges for all the pupil’s diverse needs, which overcomes barriers to learning. The school achieves this in many ways, including ‘Total

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ilding as anor excellent structure example or a group of best of buildings practice or bystructures professionals andworking covers in Communications’, which is reflected in the layout and design of the building. The building form was designed to provide an environment suitable for the needs of physically disabled and complex needs pupils and follows the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) guidance on optimising school energy use or ‘Be Lean’- Passive design consideration. The use of a high mass exposed concrete roof deck has proven to be an innovation in passively performing teaching and learning accommodation. Each classbase has exposed concrete soffit, providing a thermal heat sink for the energy released during the day from the underfloor heating, ventilation and staff/pupil activities. At night, when the classbase is not occupied, the stored energy is slowly released by the high thermal mass soffit. This is then combined with sustainable natural ventilation strategy which allows fresh external air in via the extensive high level external windows to move across the soffit and leaves the building envelop via air extract terminals. This air movement thus removes excessive over heating during the day and night. The client’s brief was to not only replace the existing SEND school but, through extensive dialogue, research and design, achieve the highest possible quality accommodation for SEND physically disabled or complex needs pupils. With strong input from the Head, Chair of Governor’s and School Leadership team, additional accommodation and efficient use of spaces has been provided. At the

heart of the school is a double height dining ‘atrium’ and a hall where school activities and community events can take place. The innovative work of the Interior Design Team has resulted in a scheme that allows pupils to identify their own classbase and wider learning spaces. Subtle use of colour through the building provides key markers for pupils and staff such as wayfinding. Classbases have been paired together to allow for shared facilities, including large toilets/wet rooms for ambulant, wheelchair and bed bound pupils to maintain dignity. Each toilet room has celling hoist access with both high level and chair level wash hand basins, grab rails, mirror and additional storage for pupil specific equipment. Facilities also include a Life Skills flat which has been fitted out to replicate living accommodation in which pupils can prepare for ‘real life’ adult experiences and gain skills in self-sufficient living. This includes a kitchenette, living room space, bedroom space and en-suite toilet. The school includes a state-of-theart Hydrotherapy Pool with dedicated fully accessible gender specific changing rooms, hoist access and showers for ambulant, chair or bed-ridden pupils. A physiotherapy room and medical room provide further specialist support for pupils with complex needs, along with a sensory room. A walled garden provides space for the school to deliver learning experiences such as growing fruit and vegetables. The school was gifted a financial contribution for the creation of feature external play

space. The play mound includes a long ramp which provides wheelchair access from the school, specialist play equipment and climbing activities, such as a rope bridge and swing for wheelchair users. The play mound also provides tiered seating which faces the sport pitch. The school has a large flat grassed area which can be set out for sports team games such as football and a separate multi-use games area (MUGA) provides external sports facilities which can be used in all weathers. Each internal classbase has a dedicated external play and teaching and learning space. This external classbase space has a canopy to protect the pupils from the worst of the weather and has fixed and movable external furniture which provides boundaries and perimeters created by the staff for the individual needs of the pupils. The project has been warmly received by the local community. Initial concerns were raised during the Planning stages around the number of vehicle movements and the existing access through the narrow lanes of Old Buckenham was identified as a high risk. The solution included a new access road off the main B1077 Attleborough Road which was a substantial investment by the client in releasing the development opportunities of the proposed site, which was then arable farmland. The success of this project lies within the sympathetic and appropriate way the working features of the school have been carefully considered alongside the complex need of its users.

The judges said It’s been said that ‘Buildings Learn’, developing and adapting as society evolves. At Chapel Green SEN School this could not be truer. From applying first principles, good practice and actively putting the students at the forefront of design, the outcome is an inspiring and immersive development. As the students develop and learn, so does the building, by offering staged and progressive learning surroundings. The building effortlessly links inside with out and cleverly connects familiarity and the less familiar in a sympathetic way.

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