Triple triumph for apex building
The apex, a multi-purpose conferencing and event venue in Bury St Edmunds has only been open for 10 months but has already received a string of awards for its architecture at regional, national and European level.
The Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA) presented architects of the apex, Hopkins Architects, with an award for the venue’s architectural excellence. It was one of just 22 buildings singled out to then compete for the RIBA Stirling Prize, which recognises the best new buildings in the UK and Europe.
The apex’s second win was awarded by the Bury Society. There was no formal awards programme but having visited the venue on different occasions, the committee members agreed that the building deserved an award for the design, engineering and acoustic quality of the auditorium.
Chairman of the Bury Society, Alan Jary, said: “We seek to award items that deliver excellence and add to the quality of Bury St Edmunds. This year, we wanted to acknowledge the workmanship that has gone into building the apex – it is far from an everyday piece of work - and formally recognise the design and quality of the venue.”
The apex has also made the shortlist for the Wood Awards, Britain’s premier awards programme celebrating the outstanding design and craftsmanship of wood in buildings and furniture. The 2011 awards had nearly 350 entries, varying from modern newly built timber structures to sympathetic restoration projects. The apex has made it to the shortlist of 30 alongside four other buildings in the Commercial and Public Access category.
The judges of the Wood Awards include some of Britain’s highest profile architects, engineers, wood specialists and architectural journalists who will continue to deliberate until the end of August. The award ceremony takes place on September 27.
Owned and maintained by St Edmundsbury Borough Council, the apex is a multi-purpose venue used for a wide range of events.