Architects from Bury St Edmunds come second in international competition

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Feilden+Mawson architects in Bury St Edmunds have come runner up in an international competition to design a £2m visitor centre for the Cambridge Great Fen.

The contest attracted over 200 entries.

Feilden+Mawson in Bury St Edmunds who led the firm's team which came runner up in the �2m Cambridge Great Fen visitor centre project.

Feilden+Mawson in Bury St Edmunds who led the firm's team which came runner up in the �2m Cambridge Great Fen visitor centre project.

Stuart Jones, a partner at Feilden+Mawson, the only East Anglian practice to make the shortlist, jointly led the F+M team on the project.

“It was great to be part of a local firm competing internationally and standing toe-to-toe with the cream of Europe’s design teams,” he said.

The Royal Institute of British Architects managed the competition on behalf of an alliance of five statutory authorities that make up the Great Fen.

It was the most popular contest RIBA had run in the past year.

F+M’s entry was one of five designs to be shortlisted from a deluge of entries from all over Europe.

Great Fen, one of the largest and most important restoration and wildlife projects of its type in Europe, is a lifetime plan to create a huge wetland area, recreating a rich and diverse habitat which once covered huge swathes of Eastern England.

Just two fragments of wild fen, which once stretched for hundreds of miles across Eastern England, have survived the drainage programme of the 17th-19th centuries.

Over the next 50-100 years, 3,000 hectares of arable land will be replaced by lakes, fen, bog, woodland and scrub.

F+M received a £3,000 honorarium in recognition of its achievement.