Will Alsop’s £300 million Star of the East tourist attraction on the Norfolk fens could still see the light of day. The environmentally themed visitor attraction and biomass power station lost the recent “Landmark for the East of England” competition, but the team behind the project remain optimistic. The carbon-reduction campaign group, Cred, is in talks with developers and looking for new funding.
London-based practice Mouchel Parkman has been appointed by Norwich City Council to masterplan a residential development on a 30ha site in Bowthorpe, west Norwich. The 1,000-home masterplan is a key part of the council’s local plan and is one of the last remaining greenfield sites on the outskirts of Norwich earmarked for new development.
The RIBA East Student Prizes were won by Liz King and Max Kettenacker from the University of Cambridge, Bethany Wren from the University of Luton and Chris Harrigan from APU Chelmsford. RIBA East has also awarded six travel bursaries to architectural students keen to develop their knowledge of architecture abroad.
TP Bennett’s £10 million research facility for Cambridge University has been submitted for detailed planning permission. The 400,000sq m Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics features a three-storey glass atrium connecting a research facility and an academic centre. A decision is expected in three months’ time.
The signing of a £92 million PFI contract to refurbish and rebuild 37 schools in Norfolk has been put back four months. The contract, between troubled services giant Jarvis and Norfolk County Council, has been delayed due to failed discussions with Jarvis and Norfolk builder RG Carter. Jarvis is now looking for a new contractor to deliver the schools and Norfolk City Council hopes to sign a new contract in mid-November. Jarvis recently announced debts of £230 million and that it will have to write off £141 million. Despite the problems, Jarvis has confirmed to Norfolk County Council it is still committed to the project.
An award-winning headquarters for West Norfolk Council designed by Jeremy Stacey Architects may be sold because of job cuts at the council and a possible housing stock transfer. The innovative building was nominated for the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award in 2002, but could now be surplus to requirements, according to a report to councillors. The report recommends a study of the council’s office requirements before a decision is considered.