Scotts of Thrapston is delighted to announce that it has won a major RIBA design award for its innovative work creating a new young person’s centre in Suffolk.Bryn Lee (Design Manager) and

Richard Jarvis (Director) were handed the RIBA Suffolk Design Award for Lavenham Young Person’s Centre during a presentation dinner at Trinity Park, Ipswich.

The annual RIBA Suffolk awards have been running for more than 20 years and recognise buildings for their architectural design and quality. More than 20 entries were received for the 2018 awards, with a specially-selected judging panel visiting 10 shortlisted projects at the start of the year.

The Lavenham centre is a carbon efficient timber-framed building, which primarily offers pre-school education for two to five-year olds. It offers a bright and spacious purpose-built play space, staff room, office space, toilets and a separate ‘quiet room’ to support children with special education needs. A large outdoor play area was also created using natural resources to enhance the children’s learning and development.

We are absolutely delighted that our work has been recognised in this way. Sustainability and appearance were significant factors with a more natural aesthetic, externally and internally, being of paramount importance. The building was designed as a ‘hybrid’, using a traditional panelised timber frame with glulam supporting the main roof structure.

RIBA Suffolk Chairman Bryan Wybrow said: “There were some very notable entries and the judges decided to present two design awards and two commendations this year.”

The award stated that Lavenham Young Person’s Centre ‘sits well in the established context of the new Lavenham Village Hall and has many similarities, being designed by the same architect. Internally and externally, the materials and details are of high quality and the open and airy spaces were comfortably occupied by the full house of active children’.

To view the video of this award-winning building, take a look at our Education web page.