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Four Suffolk projects are Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) East Award winners.

They are: Stone Cottage, near Bury St Edmunds, by Haysom Ward Miller Architects, Aldeburgh House, Aldeburgh, by David Walker Architects, NW2 Participation Building and Theatre Square, Ipswich, by WGP Architects, and Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, by Nissen Richards Studio.

Stone Cottage, near Bury St Edmunds (56881375)
Stone Cottage, near Bury St Edmunds (56881375)

The RIBA jury were 'delighted' with Stone Cottage, an architect's family house 'crafted with modest resources and a degree of self-build, but creating a characterful, poetic new lease of life for a former four-room labourer’s cottage'.

Aldeburgh House (56881498)
Aldeburgh House (56881498)

Aldeburgh House had been an 'unpromising' 1960s bungalow on the edge of Aldeburgh’s golf course, but the outcome of a ten-year self-confessed ‘labour of love’ had a 'mesmeric effect' on the visiting panel.

NW2 Participation Building, Ipswich (56881420)
NW2 Participation Building, Ipswich (56881420)

NW2 Participation Building was built to house the New Wolsey Theatre’s youth and participation activities and the project included a reimagining of the public spaces that surround the theatre.

The jury said the building 'shows how even the most unpromising locations can start to be repaired and brought back into a proper civic dialogue'.

The Sutton Hoo tower (56881440)
The Sutton Hoo tower (56881440)

The Sutton Hoo project features a tower commissioned by the National Trust to enhance visitors’ ability to appreciate and comprehend this 'deeply significant historical landscape'.

The work by Nissen Richards Studio has involved a refresh of the original visitor centre and its exhibits of elements from the burial mounds, a clearing out and recasting of Tranmer House, the original house on the property, as well as the bold tower, the jury report said.

All RIBA East Award winners will now be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced in June.

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning projects later in the year.

The Suffolk regional winners missed out to 36 Storey's Way, Churchill College, Cambridge, by Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture, for the title 2022 RIBA East Building of the Year.

36 Storey's Way, Churchill College, Cambridge, by Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture (56890886)
36 Storey's Way, Churchill College, Cambridge, by Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture (56890886)

RIBA president Simon Allford said: “Winning a regional Building of the Year Award is a major achievement.

"Across the country projects have been selected for this accolade because they are exemplars of the very best of innovative, intelligent and delightful design.

"The results of positive collaboration between architect and client, and design team and contractor, they demonstrate that high quality, sustainable architecture can positively impact the lives of the people that engage with it.

"My warmest congratulations to all those involved.”

The RIBA Regional Building of the Year Awards were presented at a ceremony at the RIBA’s headquarters in London on Tuesday evening.

36 Storey's Way, Churchill College, is one of 17 projects which received a 2022 RIBA East Award, announced earlier this month.