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Suffolk Mind is celebrating, after picking up a national award for its heritage and well-being centre in Ipswich, putting the county on the map.
Quay Place, on the historic waterfront of the town, opened on 1st November 2016 and has been highly commended at the RICS awards in London, for outstanding work in conservation. The building faced competition from 12 others across the country, including Queen’s House & Bell Tower, Tower of London and Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon with Glynde Place in the south east winning the overall award.
The ceremony was hosted by BBC sports presenter and anchor of BBC breakfast, Dan Walker, and was held at the InterContinental Hotel, London Park Lane on Thursday 2nd November. The building conservation award was judged on various criteria including how much original material remains in the building and how it is used today.
Quay Place was originally built in the 1450s but has been unused since the Second World War. It’s grade II* listed and is one of three medieval churches in the old dockland area of Ipswich. By 2008, decay and the effects of a Victorian concrete floor threatened a crumbling fate for the building. The Churches Conservation Trust and Suffolk Mind stepped in, after successfully applying for £3.6 million of Heritage Lottery Fund money to repair the church, converting it into a venue for events and meetings. It is now being used for complementary therapies, mind and body exercise classes, workplace wellbeing training, and heritage activities.
Quay Place manager Ginny Idehen attended the event in London, “I am thrilled that Quay Place has been recognised for the amazing building that it is. It’s a beautiful church, seeped in history, which has been kept throughout the renovations. We were so pleased to open the doors to the public last year, and to share its heritage with people from Suffolk and beyond”.