Heart of the Campus development wins 2016 RIBA National Award

Nottingham Trent University's Heart of the Campus development has received a 2016 RIBA National Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in recognition of its architectural excellence.

The Pavilion building
The Pavilion building
The whole area encourages students to work collaboratively and celebrates the educational vision of the University.

Comment from the RIBA jury

Nottingham Trent University's Heart of the Campus development has received a 2016 RIBA National Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in recognition of its architectural excellence.

The multimillion-pound project on the University's Clifton campus includes two new buildings – the Pavilion and the Teaching and Learning building – which feature inspiring study and social areas and beautifully landscaped outdoor spaces.

The jury described the scheme in glowing terms: "Sitting at the centre of Nottingham Trent University's Clifton campus, the scheme has created a new identity for this eclectic site that sets the benchmark for new developments. The new social heart – the Pavilion – has been augmented with a new teaching building set at right angles and, along with the existing lecture theatre building, a triangular plaza has been created.

"The whole area encourages students to work collaboratively and celebrates the educational vision of the University. The approach to sustainability and the engagement and involvement of students in the design and construction process are particularly commended."

The main contractor of the development was Midlands-based G F Tomlinson and the architect was Evans Vettori Architects.

This is the latest in a run of awards for the Heart of the Campus, which include a RIBA East Midlands Award, a special RIBA award for Client of the Year, and a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) East Midlands Regeneration Award.

Nottingham Trent University Vice-Chancellor Professor Edward Peck said: "We have invested more than £350 million in our estate over the past ten years, and the Heart of the Campus has transformed our Clifton campus and become a flagship development for Nottingham Trent University. We're very proud of the inspiring teaching and learning space it provides for our students and staff."

The development is among 46 across the UK to have received 2016 RIBA National Awards. The shortlist for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize, for the UK's best building of the year, will be drawn from these winners.

RIBA president, Jane Duncan, said: "The RIBA National Awards are a great indicator of UK design, economic and construction trends. One stand-out trend from this year's crop of winners is the huge scale of investment and ambition shown by many of the UK's universities and colleges; almost one quarter of the winning projects (11 buildings) are in this category. As universities and colleges in the UK are competing for students from here and overseas, it is encouraging to see so much emphasis placed on the power of architecture to help institutions to attract students and stand out from the mediocre."

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Heart of the Campus development wins 2016 RIBA National Award

Published on 27 June 2016
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