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Suffolk Mind is celebrating, after winning another national award for its Heritage and Wellbeing Centre in Ipswich.
Quay Place, on the historic waterfront of the town, opened on 1st November 2016 and has been awarded at the Civic Trust Awards for the highest standards of historic building conservation.
The Civic Trust Awards is in its 59th year and is the oldest architectural and built environment awards scheme in Europe. The ceremony was held at the iconic venue of Old Trafford, home of Manchester United on Friday 9th March 2018. The aim of the Civic Trust Awards is to encourage the very best in architecture and environmental design and to reward projects that offer a positive cultural, social, economic or environmental benefit to their local communities.
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 Manchester, “I am over the moon that Quay Place has been recognised again for the hard work that was put in during renovations and beyond. It’s a beautiful building that welcomes anyone and everyone through the doors. Quay Place helps all of us to meet our emotional needs. We need to feel part of a community and we offer people many opportunities to connect. Through discovering the heritage of the building and the local area of Ipswich, and learning about how our lives are intertwined with those of the past, we can feel more grounded and part of something that is bigger than ourselves”.