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Greater Cambridge Design and Construction Awards Ceremony 2022

The winners of the first Greater Cambridge Design and Construction Awards – which celebrate the best in placemaking, design and craft skills locally - have been revealed. 

An awards ceremony was held at Frankopan Hall at Jesus College at the University of Cambridge last night (Wednesday 16 March 2022.) 

The evening began with presentations from the shortlisted candidates, showcasing their submissions to the packed audience. The following awards were up for grabs at this year’s event: Best New Building over £2m, Best Conservation, Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building over £2m, Best Conservation, Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building under £2m, The David Mackay Award for Engineering and Sustainability, Craftmanship, Apprentice of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Site Manager of the Year.  

The awards are endorsed by the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service, a partnership between Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils, along with the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry (CFCI).   

The awards are intended to be as comprehensive as possible, encouraging entries from projects of all scales. Entries were welcomed from private home extensions to large developments, individuals to institutions. The list of categories for the building awards encompasses all aspects of construction including design, sustainability, engineering, quality of work, and construction. There are also People awards, to recognise the individual contributions to the industry. Later in the year, the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service will be hosting its virtual awards ceremony for the Considerate Construction Scheme. 

Best New Building over £2m (Joint winners) 

New College Library, Magdalene College 

Civil Engineering Building, University of Cambridge 

Project Atria, HLRI Building  

 New College Library, Nick KaneCivil Engineering BuildingProject Atria

(From left to right: New College Library, Nick Kane. Civil Engineering Building, Paul Raftery. Project Atria) 

Best Conservation, Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building over £2m 

The Works, Pampisford 

 The Works, external view by Nick Guttridge

(The Works, external view by Nick Guttridge) 

Best Conservation, Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building under £2m 

The Brewhouse, Peterhouse  

 The Brewhouse

(The Brewhouse) 

The David Mackay Award for Engineering and Sustainability  

Civil Engineering Building, University of Cambridge 

Civil Engineering Building, Paul Raftery

(Interior image: Civil Engineering Building, Paul Raftery)  

Craftsmanship  

New College Library, Magdalene College  

The Brewhouse, Peterhouse 

 Interior image New College Library, Nick Kane

 Interior image The Brewhouse

(From left to right: Interior image - New College Library, Nick Kane. Interior image - The Brewhouse)  

Apprentice of the Year 

James Burke, Assistant Project Manager – Bidwells. 

Young Professional of the Year  

Sam Alexander, Mechanical Estimator - Munro Building Services. 

Site Manager of the Year  

Simon Redgrave, Senior Site Manager - Cambridge Investment Partnership.  

A full list of winners, and those who received commendations can be found below.  

Cllr Dr. Tumi Hawkins, Lead Cabinet Member for Planning at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “It was an extraordinary awards event to gather and celebrate the recognition of talent in construction, craft skills, design and placemaking in our Greater Cambridge area. It was an honour to be a panel member as the award ceremony is a great demonstration of what Councils and developers are continuously able to achieve when they work in unison on local building projects. Events like this celebrate good design and raise the bar for new buildings I’m excited to see what future events like these and the work of our new Greater Cambridge Design Review Panel bring to fruition as we continue to shape the very best new designs and construction projects together.” 

Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport at Cambridge City Council, said: ‘The awards showcase the best that Greater Cambridge has to offer, in terms of both people and buildings. Each year, we continue to see innovation and excellence. Our officers work hard in partnership with owners, architects, and local communities to ensure good design is appropriate to its local context, which is also the objective of our new Design Review Panel. I look forward to seeing what the future has to hold for us in Greater Cambridge’.   

Meredith Bowles, Chair of the CFCI, said: ‘Making buildings takes years and the commitment of many people; it’s an achievement in itself. To make a great building takes so much more: the ambition of the owner; the vision of the design team; the tenacity and skill of the contractors. The Awards showcase the very best new buildings in Greater Cambridge and celebrate the efforts of those that make them happen.’ 

Awards list 

Best New Building over £2m  

Winners 

New College Library, Magdalene College Niall McLaughlin Architects 

Project Atria, HLRI Building Munro Building Services 

Civil Engineering Building, University of Cambridge Grimshaw Architects 

Commendations 

Akeman Street Housing Mole Architects Ltd  

Northstowe Education Campus Kier Group 

WongAvery Gallery, Trinity Hall Niall McLaughlin Architects 

 

Best Conservation, Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building over £2m 

Winner

The Works, Pampisford NBBJ 

Commendations 

King’s College, Garden Hostel Owers Warwick Architects  

United Reform Church, Downing Place Archangel Architects  

Best Conservation, Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building under £2m 

Winner  

The Brewhouse, Peterhouse Giles Quarme Architects  

Commendations 

Former Library, Mill Road Donald Insall Associates  

Monkey Roost, Gog Magog Way, Stapleford Owers Warwick Architects  

 

The David Mackay Award for Engineering and Sustainability  

Winner 

Civil Engineering Building, University of Cambridge University of Cambridge, Grimshaw Architects, Max Fordham, Smith & Wallwork 

Craftsmanship  

Winners 

New College Library, Magdalene College Niall McLaughlin Architects  

The Brewhouse, Peterhouse Vince Thorby, Thorwood Construction  

Commendations 

The Gables, Bartlow Chadwick Dryer Clarke studio 

WongAvery Gallery, Trinity Hall Niall McLaughlin Architects  

 

Apprentice of the Year  

Winner 

James Burke, Assistant Project Manager – Bidwells. 

Commendation 

Sergi Parera, Apprentice Surveyor - 3C Building Control Shared Service. 

Young Professional of the Year  

Winner 

Sam Alexander, Mechanical Estimator - Munro Building Services. 

Commendation 

David Digby, Development Manager - Cambridge Investment Partnership.  

 

Site Manager of the Year  

Winner  

Simon Redgrave, Senior Site Manager - Cambridge Investment Partnership. 

Commendation

Adam Hunt, Senior Site Manager - Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure Ltd. 

 

Notes to editors 

High resolution images of the award winners are available upon request.  

For further information contact Hannah Coetsee in the South Cambridgeshire District Council Communications Team on hannah.coetsee@scambs.gov.uk or the political contacts below:

  

Cllr Dr Tumi Hawkins (Liberal Democrat) on 07802 323269 or cllr.hawkins@scambs.gov.uk  

Cllr Nick Wright (Conservative) on 07808 267092 or cllr.wright@scambs.gov.uk  

Cllr Nigel Cathcart (Labour) on 01763 243637 or cllr.cathcart@scambs.gov.uk  

 

Cambridge City Council contacts:

Cllr Katie Thornburrow (Labour group), on 07480 246939 or katie.thornburrow@cambridge.gov.uk  

Cllr Tim Bick (Liberal Democrat group), on 07720 413173 or timbick01@gmail.com  

Cllr Sam Davies (Green/Independent Group) on 01223 756568 or sam.davies@cambridge.gov.uk 

  

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