The Gamlingay Eco Hub has been honoured as one of the Great British Buildings by top professionals from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Architects from the Eastern division toured the building as part of their ‘talk and tour’ series of visits to see outstanding and award winning buildings.
In 2016 the Eco Hub was honoured twice by RIBA in the East of England, winning an award for architectural excellence, and a special Community Architecture Award.
Architect Dan Jones from Civic Architects, who designed the Eco Hub, showed his peers around the building and he and project manager Bridget Smith gave a talk about the transformation of the Hub from a worn out village hall into the modern, sustainable community and business centre it is today.
The architects praised the Parish Council for their courage and vision in creating the building, saying:
“I think all of us found it really inspiring and hope that you will be able to use it as an exemplar that other Parish Councils can follow. This is a splendid building, and is a magnificent tribute to the very hard work of many local people, and the great generosity of local building material suppliers. I suspect it would be difficult to thank all those – from whatever standpoint, background or organisation – who helped the Eco Hub become such a successful building.”
Chair of Gamlingay Parish Council Jackie McGeady added “We have always known that we had a very special building here but this gives it the ultimate seal of approval from the top professionals in the country. The Eco Hub has made such a difference to Gamlingay by creating a beautiful community centre in which every manner of activity can happen and in which everyone is welcome.”