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Essex brings home RICS East of England Project of the Year Award 2015

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Designer of Belfairs Woodland Centre wins RICS East of England Project of the Year Award for a completely different style of project.
Inkpen Downie Architects are delighted to have won the RICS Project of the Year East of England Award 2015 for their project at Clare Priory.
The Order of Hermit Friars of St Augustine at Clare Priory in Suffolk were aware that their beautiful parish church was close to capacity for their growing community.
Inkpen Downie Architects of Colchester were appointed to create a space that both fulfilled their requirements and complemented the existing building in terms of design and material quality.
It was decided that an extension was necessary but this needed to be designed carefully, taking note of the historical importance of this 13th century building and its designation as a scheduled ancient monument. Consultations with English Heritage followed along with detailed archaeological studies before construction began in 2012.
New arches were created in the metre thick rubble wall of the church to allow a very modern extension to the building. The original church after thorough refurbishment is now used as ante space gathering area and baptistry.
In the course of the design attention was paid to the comfort of the build and the whole area now benefits from warmth and light.

RICS judges said “ As well as providing an excellent example of conservation work, the new build is of a high quality design and construction. Furthermore, the priory has enhanced facilities that benefit the existing and wider communities. The project ensures that the future of this site is secure and will benefit many in years to come. Of all the high quality projects that the judges visited this year Clare Priory stood out as the one that deserved the accolade of being our Project of the Year”

Father David Middleton OSA of Clare Priory said “Lots of expressions of pleasure: tasteful, sensitive, stunning, beautiful, wonderful mixture of old and new – old and new complement each other”

John Inkpen of Inkpen Downie said “As architects we feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to be involved with such a sensitive and spiritual site and grateful to our clients for their unfaltering support throughout the project”

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