Architects receive excellence award

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A FIRM has received recognition for the ‘excellent’ work it carried out on a housing project in Thetford.

At the Pride in Breckland Awards Rees Pryer Architects, based on the Drinkstone Office Park, in Kempson Way, Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds, was awarded the Architectural Excellence Award for its design of Thetford’s Saxon Bank housing scheme.

The scheme, designed for Iceni Homes, consists of a mix of 15 affordable houses and flats which are arranged around an open space representative of a village green.

Rees Pryer partner Jane Wilkie said the relationship between the development and its surroundings was important, with the timber used in its construction a symbol of the large forests nearby.

The firm, which was formed in January 2004 following the joining of two practices, Rees Associates and Pryer Associates, incorporated an environmentally friendly and sustainable approach to each of the scheme’s design stages, with the layout chosen for its ‘solar gain and natural day-lighting’.

Mrs Wilkie said: “We are extremely proud for this scheme to have won the award as it recognises the hard work and determination of the team. It is Rees Pryer Architect’s second award in two years, having won the Suffolk Association of Architects Design Award in May 2010 for the new sixth form and teaching Centre at Woodbridge School.

“Both schemes illustrate the practice’s efforts to improve environmental efficiency and reduce the impact of our buildings through sustainable architecture and design.”

The scheme was shortlisted for the award in February but the awards ceremony, which was attended by around 200 people, was held at RAF Marham last month.

Brooks and Wood of Ipswich were the contractors for the project, which was completed towards the end of 2009.