The Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia (UEA) has added to its trophy cabinet with a national Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award. The recognition follows the three RIBA East awards it won last month.
RIBA national awards are given to buildings across the UK recognised as making a significant contribution to architecture. The judges praised The Enterprise Centre, saying “the building exudes a sense of calmness and freshness” and is a “tour de force in the exploration and use of sustainable materials but also a remarkable place to work and to enjoy”. All 49 national winners, including seven from the East of England, now compete for the highly-coveted RIBA Stirling Prize later in the year.
The Enterprise Centre is one of the UK’s most sustainable buildings and, since opening in 2015, has become a leading hub for entrepreneurs, innovators and businesses that are committed to creating a low carbon future, helping it to become one of the region’s most successful green business centres. Its other 25 awards include a Guardian Sustainable Business Award, “Best of the Best” from the British Council for Offices and a Civic Trust Award.
Prof John French, CEO of the Adapt Group, which is based at The Enterprise Centre, said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted to receive such a prestigious accolade as a national RIBA award. Architecturally, RIBA are the most significant awards for us and even to have won the initial three regional awards was a huge achievement. It’s fantastic recognition for Architype, the architects of the building, and the whole project team. Excitingly, this news coincides with our second anniversary of opening.”