Architects’ body shortlists Apex in top award scheme

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THE Apex has been shortlisted for one of the UK’s most prestigious architectural awards.

The Bury St Edmunds venue is one of 12 finalists chosen by the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) East from 36 entries from Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

The Apex has been shortlisted for a RIBA award

The Apex has been shortlisted for a RIBA award

Buildings shortlisted range from a private housing estate in Harlow to a reception and hide complex at the RSPB Titchwell Reserve in Norfolk.

Riba’s awards jury is visiting the shortlisted premises this month and the winner is officially announced on May 19. Buildings that win a Riba award are eligible for the national Riba Stirling Prize.

Riba’s eastern director Louise Todd said: “The competition this year is fierce due to the high quality of award submissions in the East.

“The Riba Awards reflect the diversity of architecture and recognise the wide variety of skills involved in delivering good buildings. They reward the best buildings throughout the region, allowing for responses to local contexts of style, scale and materials.”

The Apex was designed, with the arc, by the internationally renowned Hopkins Architects, whose buildings have won awards since the late 1970s.

The arc has already won a British Council of Shopping Centres Gold Award, FPDS Plasters’ Award, for its outdoor plastering, and a Lighting Design Award.

Hopkins’ other award- winning designs include the London 2012 Olympic Velo Park cycling venue. The company also designed the Mound Stand at Lords cricket ground, facilities for the USA’s Yale and Princeton universities and the Offshore Residential Towers in Dubai.

The Apex’s venue director Tony Doherty said: “We’re delighted that The Apex has been shortlisted by Riba. This is a truly iconic building with amazing acoustics and has already received numerous accolades from visitors and performers alike.”