Thursday 19 May 2011
Newton and Arkwright Building renovation wins national architecture award
Chancellor Sir Michael Parkinson accepts the RIBA award on behalf of the university
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced that the renovation of the Newton and Arkwright buildings at Nottingham Trent University has received a 2011 RIBA Award in recognition of its architectural excellence.
The award is one of three in Nottinghamshire and four across the East Midlands, which also include a private 'eco-home' designed and built by a Nottingham based architect, the Museum and Education Centre at Creswell Crags near Worksop and the new headquarters of the Woodland Trust in Grantham.
Judged on a regional basis and approved by a national awards jury, the buildings are among 97 in the UK and Europe which have received RIBA Awards (89 in the UK and eight in the rest of the EU). The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize, for the building of the year, will be drawn from the 97 RIBA Award winners.
Designed by architects The Hopkins Partnership, the Newton and Arkwright buildings impressed the jury who identified it as a skilful renovation of two existing historic buildings creating a contemporary university building which is clearly an uplifting and welcome addition to the campus, students, faculty and staff.
Speaking today, RIBA President Ruth Reed said: "For 46 years the RIBA Awards have reflected the health of British architecture. This year's winners show that in spite of the worldwide recession, many exceptional buildings have been, and continue to be, built in the UK and overseas. Winning projects demonstrate that even in constrained times committed clients working with talented architects can achieve architectural excellence."
Julian Owen, Chairman of RIBA East Midlands said: "I'd like to congratulate both the Hopkins Partnership and Nottingham Trent University for winning such a prestigious national architectural accolade. The building is a great exemplar, highlighting the good design, flair and creativity that architects, working alongside a dedicated client, can bring to important projects such as this."
Notes to editors:
Summary of Jury's Comments
The Nottingham Trent University by Hopkins Architects is a skilful renovation of two existing historic buildings creating a contemporary university building which is clearly an uplifting and welcome addition to the campus, students, faculty and staff. The client was clearly enthusiastic about the end result and the transition between new and old is seamless. The restoration work aimed to re-use as much of the building fabric as possible, with the renovation of exposed ceilings, facades and internal elevations that had been obscured for years. The courtyard also offers views of the building which could not have been appreciated before the renovation took place. The quality of craftsmanship was very good and the overall deftness with which the complexity was handled together with the attention to detail makes this project a clear recipient of an award.
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