The Storey’s Field Centre and Eddington Nursery building designed by architects MUMA has won a National Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The community building is located at the heart of Eddington, the University of Cambridge’s new district in the City.

The National Award follows the success from last month’s recognition at the regional RIBA East awards ceremony when the building won three awards for their outstanding design: a RIBA East Award, the Sustainability Award and the RIBA East Building of the Year Award.

Heather Topel Project Director of the North West Cambridge Development said: “RIBA recognises some of the best quality architecture in the country so we are absolutely delighted that Eddington has this stamp of approval for the community centre located at the heart of our new neighbourhood.

“The University and MUMA have worked extensively with local communities throughout the design stages to create a new community building and performance arts venue, as well as a nursery, which people locally and beyond can take great pleasure in visiting.”

The Storey’s Field Centre opened in 2018 and has a programme of community and cultural events for the Eddington residents, wider Cambridge population and beyond. It is run through a joint venture between the University of Cambridge and Cambridge City Council.

At the RIBA East awards, the judges commented: “This is the very highest quality architecture. It shows how an architect can add joy, an enhanced experience of materials and human dimension to every part of a building…

“This is an example of the very best in British architectural design, when it is this good it offers ideas, skill and care in ways that transform the human use and experience of this building at every opportunity.”

The Storey’s Field Centre and Eddington Nursery building will go on to compete for the coveted RIBA Stirling prize. From 49 buildings receiving a National Award, 6 will be chosen for the Stirling Prize shortlist, which will be announced in July.

The Storey’s Field Centre is now open and hosts community and live performance events. For more information visit www.storeysfield.org.uk

The Nursery will open in Autumn 2018 as a facility for the University and local community.

You can read the citation from the RIBA East judging panel here.

The University of Cambridge’s David Attenborough Building by Nicholas Hare Architects and West Court for Jesus College, Cambridge by Niall McLaughlin Architects were also awarded a National RIBA award. Take a look at the RIBA National Award Winners for 2018 here.