Stowmarket’s shipping container cafe wins award
The project using shipping containers to create a cafe and toilets on Stowmarket Rec has won an RICS East of England Award.
Called @TheRec it is owned by the Bury St Edmunds based Suffolk enterprise agency Menta and Stowmarket Town Council and has won the Regeneration prize in the prestigious awards.
The award judges said: “The innovative and eye-catching use of containers to create a new café and meeting space, together with toilet facilities, has created a major change in the character and use of this recreation area. As a result, it has regenerated the use of this open public space.”
It is now the home of the GoMenta project for young entrepreneurs. The surveyor for the project was Dayle Bayliss Associates, Ipswich.
Pick Everard, the Bury St Edmunds based independent management, design and construction consultancy was highly commended in the tourism and leisure category for the £6.6m Hadleigh Park project in Essex and in the design through innovation category for the Julian Study Centre at the University of East Anglia.
Hadleigh Park was an Olympic legacy project to create an 18km network of walking and cycling paths and trails, connected to the London 2012 mountain bike course.
The £6.9m Julian Study Centre at the University of East Anglia creates 2,000sq m of learning spaces over four storeys.
Paul Darlow, Pick Everard regional director, said: “To have been highly commended at these prestigious industry awards recognises the hard work put in by our team and the fantastic projects that we have been able to deliver.”
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says its annual awards ‘showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the built environment’.
Judges select 12 regional award winners for each of the eight categories to go on to the national awards. The ultimate prize is Project of the Year.