Quay Place receives prestigious conservation award

We are thrilled that Quay Place, our latest regeneration project, has won the national AABC Conservation Award at this year’s Civic Trust Awards. This prestigious prize is given to a project that ‘demonstrates the highest standards of historic building conservation’ and ‘makes an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment.’ 

Quay Place is the realisation of a £5.1m scheme to rescue the ‘at risk’ Grade II* listed medieval church, St Mary at the Quay, in Ipswich. We worked with the mental health charity Suffolk Mind to transform the church into a wellbeing and heritage centre. It opened to the public in November 2016. 

The ambitious redevelopment was overseen by Molyneux Kerr Architects, and required a range of specialist expertise. Extensive repairs had to be made to the roof and historic fabric. Where possible, the team combined traditional methods with innovative approaches. A key part of the scheme was the insertion of a new mezzanine floor inside the original church building. We also added a contemporary, but complementary, two-storey extension to the southeast corner of the churchyard. The result is an uplifting, multi-purpose centre that secures the future of this important local landmark.

For more information about the Quay Place project, please visit our Regeneration pages.