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Quay Place in Ipswich wins Civic Voice Design Award

PUBLISHED: 10:14 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:35 17 July 2017

The opening of Quay Place wellbeing and heritage centre in Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The opening of Quay Place wellbeing and heritage centre in Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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A church which has been rescued from being derelict and transformed into a vibrant heritage and wellbeing centre has won a top award.

Rachel Barrett from the Churches Conservation Trust and Ipswich Society vice-chairman Tony Marsden receive the Civic Voice Design award for Quay Place. Picture: ROBIN GAYLARD Rachel Barrett from the Churches Conservation Trust and Ipswich Society vice-chairman Tony Marsden receive the Civic Voice Design award for Quay Place. Picture: ROBIN GAYLARD

Quay Place – formerly St Mary at the Quay – underwent a multimillion-pound restoration, part funded by a £3.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and opened in October as a hub for wellbeing by hosting therapy sessions, activities and classes.

Now, Quay Place has won the Highly Commended award in the Historic Buildings category of the Civic Voice Design Awards 2017.

The prestigious prize was given at the awards ceremony in London on Friday night, where Rachel Barrett from the Churches Conservation Trust and Ipswich Society vice-chairman Tony Marsden accepted the award.

The building has been nominated for a National Lottery Award, which requires public votes to win a £5,000 grant.

To vote for Quay Place, visit the website here.

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