Great British Buildings Talks and Tours

Take an exclusive look at the pick of this year’s RIBA award-winning buildings in the East region. The RIBA is inviting anyone who has an interest in design and architecture to join the architects who created each of these amazing buildings for a one off talk or talk and tour, as they reveal the stories behind the building, what inspired them and what makes their building an RIBA Award winner.

The RIBA has organised a tour of the beautiful grade 1 listed Guildhall at Finchingfield, Essex on 23rd September 2014, at 6pm. Led by KPT Architects, who loving restored this amazing building. Built around 1470, The Guildhall has been the centre of community life for hundreds of years. For the first time in centuries, visitors will have the opportunity to see ancient features that have been lost over time, or become hidden within the fabric of the building. Hear about the specialist conservation required and the work of the Guildhall Trust, who, saved and brought back to life to the building, which was derelict and on the At-Risk register. The museum will be open all evening. A glass of wine will be provided. For more details please see the following link:

For the RIBA’s second event, we have chosen the Award winning Ash Court at Girton College, Cambridge. On 30th September 2014, Girton College will host a celebratory evening, starting with a drinks reception in the Stanley library. There will be an illustrated talk and tour of Ash Court by the award winning Allies and Morrison architects and an additional tour of the previous award winning Duke building by Dr. Gandy, curator, Girton College. For further information see

The award winning practice, Hopkins Architects are coming to Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge to give an illustrated talk of their award winning restoration of St George’s Chapel, Great Yarmouth on 7th October 2014. Restored to a cultural centre, this is key restoration project has revitalised its surroundings. Link:

Finally, on 11th November 2014 Cowper Griffith Architects will give an illustrated talk in Cambridge at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences about the beautifully conceived and designed Aroboretum in Norfolk. This building is strikingly contemporary given that it is situated in a conservation area. There will be an opportunity to hear how the architects worked closely with the planners to achieve this remarkable home and to ask questions. Please see the following link for further information

Events and Professional Development Co-ordinator at RIBA East, Delyth Turner-Harriss, commented:

“We’re thrilled with this years varied programme of talks and tours, exploring some of the amazing award winning buildings in the East region and are happy to celebrate great architecture with as many people as possible. Take this great opportunity to join with us to hear about these inspirational projects.”

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