Awards recognise building revamps

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MAJOR building developments are to receive awards for enhancing the streets of Bury St Edmunds.

Revamps of West Suffolk College and Barclays Bank, as well as a development of houses and flats on the Howard Estate have been recognised in the Bury Society’s Architectural Awards.

The annual accolades are given to works of outstanding architecture.

Alan Jary, chairman of the Bury Society, said: “We’re delighted to have this year three which we feel have gone the extra mile when times are tight and people are cutting back. Imagination and creativity has been the name of the game.

“All three have enhanced the environment and uplifted the street scene where they sit.”

West Suffolk College has been honoured for its £1.8 million revamp of Suffolk House, in Out Risbygate. The south face of the building has been reclad to give it a more contemporary look including glass walls in the corridors as well as solar shading and a new roof. The second phase of the work at the back of the facility will be completed this summer.

Dr Ann Williams, principal of the college, said: “I’m delighted with the award as it recognises an architectural design for the future as opposed to the past.

“It’s great to be recognised for something that’s modern. It was a very tired 1960s building of no particular merit.”

The award for the houses and flats on the site of the former Merry Go Round pub, in St Olave’s Road, adds to its growing rosta.

The eight homes, built by Havebury Housing, won best social and affordable housing project in the Local Authority Building Control Excellence Awards for East Anglia.

Karen Mayhew, chief executive of Havebury, said: “It’s hugely rewarding for all those involved to see the transformation of a derelict site into stylish and attractive homes and a landmark scheme for the whole community.”

Barclays Bank has moved into a new state-of-the art facility, on Cornhill.

The awards will be handed out on Tuesday at the Athenaeum.

n Littlethorpe House, in Honington, designed by MLT Architects, has received the RIBA Suffolk Design Award and the LABC East Anglia Building Excellence Award for best sustainable building in East Anglia. It was also a finalist for best individual house.