John Lyall Architects won two big awards at last nights RICS East of England Awards:
Project of the Year:
The Mill, Ipswich
Best Regeneration Project:
The Mill, Ipswich
We also received a special commendation in the Community Benefit category for
The Jerwood Dance House.
“The Mill” comprises a family of buildings centred on a courtyard and includes a 23 storey tower (the tallest building in East Anglia.) The scheme is a mixture of 327 residential apartments, a major dance house and theatre (see Jerwood Dance) bars, restaurants and shops.
This is a new purpose-built dance house for the regional agency, Dance East. The building includes four dance studios, one of which can be used for performances with flexible seating. The Arts council- funded project also includes changing facilities, physio/pilates rooms, offices, foyer and a restaurant facing the waterfront.
“It is evident that Cranfield Mill is qualitatively as well as quantitatively, head and shoulders above any other development along the harbourside”
Jan-Carlos Kucherak, RIBA Journal, November 2009
“On the face of it, what Lyall has achieved here is quite incredible. This is genuine mixed-use waterfront regeneration, and I know of no other scheme that has matched a significant arts organisation with speculative housing”
“This raises two points: the first is that British Architects, or at least John Lyall Architects, have excellent technical capabilities regardless of what material they work with; the second is that they are re-writing the rules regarding the meaning of materiality”
“And so to the tower, which I find quite beautiful – it has the allure of graphic design. Views form the countryside east of Ipswich conjure another powerful image: a 21st century cathedral rising high above the hillocks and trees”
Rory Olcayto, Architects Journal, October 2009
“…we chose the redevelopment of the former Cranfield’s Mill on Ipswich Waterfront, as Project of the Year, because the project required considerable courage on the part of the developers and great persistence by John Lyall Architects. The result is a landmark building for Ipswich.”
Award Judges summing-up - Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors 2010
“John Lyall’s skilful matchmaking between site, funding and occupier enriches a waterfront development in Ipswich – and offers lessons in practice in hard times”
Sarah Wigglesworth, Architecture Today February 2010
To read a review of the development read the full Architects Journal Article by Rory Olcayto- click here to open the PDF:
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