Clare Priory church extension shortlisted for LABC Award

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Inkpen Downie Architecture and Design of Colchester have been shortlisted for an LABC (Local Authority Building Control) award for their design at Clare Priory Church in Suffolk.

Inkpen Downie, members of the National Churches Trust’s Professional Trades Directory, were appointed to design a new extension for a rapidly growing congregation at Clare Priory Church. Following years of consultation with public bodies planning was achieved for this Scheduled Ancient Monument site.

Will and determination

Working closely with Bury St Edmunds Building Control officers during the initial technical stages ensured all regulation compliance issues were identified and resolved at an early stage. The project endured the worst economic crisis seen for years together with severe weather conditions, but thanks to the sheer will and determination by all involved, the building was completed in July 2013.

It has now been shortlisted in the community category with the awards ceremony due to take place at St Andrews Hall, Norwich in June.

David MacDougall of Inkpen Downie said that the company is delighted to be shortlisted for a project that they are immensely proud of.

A design that really works

Client Father Bernard Rolls of Clare Priory said, "We have filled the church to overflowing twice already and seen a lot of visitors coming to view the church. The unanimous verdict is that it is a design that really works. They love the blending of the modern and the medieval. Quite a few have said, 'it should win prizes"

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