Last night [DATE?] should have seen the presentation of a range of awards for the best new buildings and refurbished, altered and conserved buildings in Cambridge for 2019. The awards evening was cancelled due to the Coro19 pandemic, however, this press release announces the winners and commendations that would have been handed out and applauded on the night.
Cambridge has a long history of architectural excellence with the Colleges acting as patrons over many centuries. More recently the City has been through a period of enormous growth both inside the City and around the perimeter with new developments emerging at Eddington and West Cambridge for the University, the Biomedical Campus at Addenbrookes Hospital and the ring of science parks and new neighbourhoods
surrounding the historic core.
This year’s awards illustrate the enormous range of construction projects in the City from the very large development forming Cambridge Assessments new office campus to the tiny gem of a terrace house owned and lovingly decorated by the 19th Century craftsman and designer David Parr. The awards recognise mould-breaking projects such as Marmalade Lane Co-housing as well as the craftsmanship and engineering excellence of projects such as the new Cambridge Mosque. It was a difficult and exciting year to
be asked to judge such a range of submissions.
Inevitably the judging looked at projects through the lens of the current climate crisis and the bar for projects needing to deliver both a social inclusiveness agenda and a sustainability agenda was particularly high.
The awards recognise those that aspire to retain the excellence that marks Cambridge out as different from other Cities. The CFCI is a body that represents all those who contribute to the built environment, from those commissioning the buildings to the craftspeople who deliver and finish them off.