arc-hitectural award win

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THE distinctive and unique design of The Apex and the arc has been acknowledged with an award for architectural excellence.

The new development in Bury St Edmunds, designed by Hopkins Architects, received a special award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) yesterday.

Seven other buildings in the East also received 2011 Riba awards, making up a total of 89 recipients in the UK.

Cllr John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “I am delighted that the architectural merit of The Apex and arc development has been recognised.

“It has already established itself as a thriving and popular part of Bury St Edmunds and not only does it look good, it is providing a terrific economic boost for the town.”

The arc comprises 25,000 sq metres of retail space and 62 flats all centred around the state-of-the-art entertainment venue, the Apex.

Tony White, from Hopkins Architects, said: “We are delighted that the contributions of all involved have been recognised with this award, not least those at the council whose foresight and determination to see the project through without compromise have given Bury an asset for today and for generations to come.”

Ruth Reed, Riba president, said: “This year’s winners show that in spite of a terrible worldwide recession, many exceptional buildings have been, and continue to be, built in the UK and overseas.”

Louise Todd, Riba regional director for the East of England, said she was ‘inspired’ by what the architects had brought to each of the eight projects in the east.