The team behind the extension of medieval Clare Priory is celebrating winning the Best Public Sevice Building title in East Anglia.
The project team was presented with the accolade by BBC presenter David Whiteley as a finalist at the LABC Building Excellence Awards ceremony in Norwich last week.
Work was commisioned by the Order of Hermit Friars of St Augustine at the priory.
Architect Inkpen Downie of Colchester first looked at the project in 2001 and investigated alternatives for enlarging the church, which was too small for its congregation. The project was held up by several setbacks.
Work was contracted to TJ Evers and the engineer was Ken Rush Associates.
Parishioners and friends raised £360,000 for the new building and this sum was matched by funds from the Augustinian Province of England and Scotland, with the parish fundraising team raising the remainder.
When the extension opened last July, Prior Father Bernard Rolls said: “Architecturally, it is a splendid building and works very well in terms of space. It is also very atmospheric. It has a great feeling of spaciousness and light.”