Quay Place Shortlisted for Civic Voice Design Award
It has been announced today that Quay Place, in Ipswich, has been shortlisted for The Civic Voice Design Awards 2017.
The Grade II* church of St Mary-at-the-Quay opened to the public, as Quay Place last October, revealing the result of a £5.1m scheme that has been eight years in the making.
The project came about through a ground-breaking partnership between The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) and Suffolk Mind. It saw the rescue of the ‘at risk’ medieval church and its transformation into a unique heritage and wellbeing centre.
Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement and the awards are a celebration of well-designed housing, new build, heritage and public realm projects nominated by local community organisations.
Matthew McKeague, Director of Regeneration, CCT says: ‘We are extremely pleased to have been shortlisted for this Civic Voice award. We believe Quay Place is a very important project, one that will help demonstrate the vitally important links between historic buildings, good architecture, active communities and better health – principles at the heart of the civic movement.’
Sue Gray, Director, Suffolk Mind says: ‘Quay Place connects health, wellbeing and heritage in an inspirational way - as you walk into Quay Place you immediately feel the peace and see the beauty – this is a very tangible way for our wide variety of visitors to experience this amazing medieval building now restored for use as a community space for the 21st century and beyond. Our partnership with CCT has enabled use to reach a wider audience with our vision to improve the mental wellbeing of the people of Suffolk and bring an historic building back in to daily use, we are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award.’
The awards recognise buildings, places and spaces that are loved by local people, for both their high-quality design and positive impact on the local community.
18 schemes from across England have been shortlisted by the expert judging panel for their high-quality design and positive impact on the local community.