Thanks to the sponsorship received from Suffolk College the Awards Evening
was held for the third successive year in the Lecture Theatre at the College
on 10 November. Eleven nominations were received including one for an
ongoing restoration. The nominations included large public and private and
small private projects.
The Chairman of the Society, Jack Chapman, welcomed the full capacity
audience of members and guests, and apologised that the Mayor was unable to
be present because the event coincided with a meeting of Ipswich Borough
The Chairman then introduced John Norman who on behalf of Suffolk College
gave a short illustrated presentation on the proposed development of the
area bounded by Rope Walk, Alexandra Park, the Waterfront and Grimwade
Street for new buildings to accommodate the work of Suffolk College and
establish a university campus.
This was followed by the main business of the evening which was a
computerised slide presentation by Chris Wiltshire, a former chairman of the
Society, in which each nomination was considered together with comments of
members of the panel of judges. At the end of the presentation Chris
announced the details of the awards which had been made.
Crown Courts, Chancery Road
A new building within Ipswich Village occupying
a very prominent position on a previously undeveloped site. It replaces
existing facilities close to the Civic Centre complex.
Endeavour House, Russell Road
A new building within the area designated as
Ipswich Village. (Photo below) The building was commissioned by TXU Energi
to be erected on the site of the building put up by Eastern Electricity in
the 1960s. TXU Energi went into liquidation before the completion of the new
building and as a result Suffolk County Council was able to purchase the
building considerably below market value for use as its headquarters,
replacing a collection of buildings in the area of Rope Walk and St Helen's
Turret Court, Turret Lane
A large new development of apartments on a former
industrial site adjoining the Old Cattle Market bus station.
Court, Friars Street
A large new development of apartments on an important
site adjoining the Unitarian Meeting House and the nearby Willis offices,
two Grade I Listed buildings.
6 St Helen's Street
A small two-storey rear
extension to shop premises opposite the Regent Theatre. The extension can be
viewed from the landscaped area in Upper Orwell Street.
Methodist Church and Community Hall, Bramford Road
A new building attached
to the side of the 19th century Methodist Church.
Former School, Cavendish Street
Refurbishment and conversion of a 19th
century school building into live/work units together with new buildings
also accommodating live/work units.
St Mary's, Woodbridge Road
A development involving the refurbishment of some
existing buildings and the erection of new buildings in the large area
previously occupied by the Convent and School of Jesus and Mary. There were
two nominations from within this development:
A new building erected at the entrance to the St Mary's
Woodbridge Road. (photo below)
A large square faced on one side by Holmwood, a 19th century
Listed building which has been converted into seven apartments, and on the
other three sides by new three- and four-storey houses. (photo below)
1 Hatfield Road
A private residential scheme involving a two-Storey
extension to an early 20th century house.
The former Sun Inn, 17 St Stephen's Lane
A nomination for a Special Award for the ongoing restoration
by the Atfield Family, which has been in progress for approximately ten
The awards made were as follows:
AWARD OF DISTINCTION for Endeavour House, Russell Road. Client: Suffolk
County Council Design: TTSP Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease
HIGH COMMENDATION for The Square, St Mary's, Woodbridge Road Client, Design
and Contractor: Hopkins Homes Limited
COMMENDATION for The Lodge, St Mary's, Woodbridge Road Client, Design and
Contractor: Hopkins Homes Limited
SPECIAL AWARD for the Atfield Family for their dedicated and painstaking
ongoing restoration of the former Sun Inn, 17 St Stephen's Lane. Client,
Design and Contractor: The Atfield Family
The award certificates were presented to the winning clients, designers and
contractors by Peter Underwood, the Vice-President of The Ipswich Society.
This is the first occasion since 1991 that an Award of Distinction has been
made for a new building, when it was for Churchgates House, Cutler Street.
In his presentation Chris Wiltshire had said of Endeavour House: "Overall,
the feeling of the panel was that it was the best designed and built
building in Ipswich for a long time. It was felt that it was a building
which works superbly well and looks good."
After completion of the formal business, members and guests adjourned to the
adjacent dining hall where excellent refreshments, prepared and served by
catering students at the College, were enjoyed. This also provided an
opportunity to discuss the projects with members of the winning teams.