Essex School Wins Prestigious RIBA Architecture Award for the East of England

A school in Essex has won a prestigious architectural award. Brentwood Preparatory School was the only building in Essex to win a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) award this year in the east of England. The East of England winners were unveiled on May 5 and the school, designed by Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture#, was awarded as one of the best in the region.

The report written by the jury explains that this project is part of a 15-year relationship between the architectural firm and Brentwood Preparatory School. It has seen the establishment of a school reception, a teaching resource center and a sixth form centre, which won its own RIBA award in 2012.

The report states: “This latest project represents a shift in focus towards the preparatory school, taking into account a landscape of existing structures and spaces (including the listed Middleton Hall) and adding two significant new buildings to the mix to support expansion of the school.

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The RIBA Awards are organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects and aim to reward new buildings for their architectural value. Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture have also been shortlisted for the RIBA Awards in 2020 for housing built for Churchill College, Cambridge.

Last year the firm also won a Collaboration Award at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards for its work on Streatham and Clapham High School in London. Regional Jury Chairman Tom Holbrook commented: “The 17 winning projects in the Eastern Region this year illustrate the great diversity that architects’ spatial intelligence can bring to society: from the extension of a smallest piece to complex civic projects that have been crafted over the years.

“It was particularly exciting for the jury to see how these excellent projects have supported their curators and users through the pandemic in different ways, providing refuge and respite in uncertain times.” Other winners in the East of England category include a new primary school in St Neots and a lovingly restored museum in Ely, as well as several private homes across Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

The RIBA East Building of the Year 2022, sponsored by Taylor Maxwell, will be announced on May 24 during a ceremony at RIBA headquarters in London. Winners of the RIBA East Award will now be considered for a coveted National RIBA Award in recognition of architectural excellence, to be announced in June. The RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist for Best Building of the Year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award winning projects later in the year.

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