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NTU’s Lyth Building named RIBA East Midlands Building of the Year

Nottingham Trent University’s Lyth Building by Evans Vettori Architects has been announced as the 2022 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) East Midlands Building of the Year.

The Lyth Building
NTU's Lyth Building (Image: Martine Hamilton Knight)

The building at NTU’s Brackenhurst Campus – home to the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences – is part of a major investment plan to improve the facilities, teaching and research for staff, students and visiting members of the public.

The Awards jury said: “The Lyth sits elegantly into its context of listed buildings and designed landscapes, while giving a centre and focus to the burgeoning campus of NTU. It has raised the bar for future development.”

The RIBA Regional Building of the Year Awards were presented at a ceremony at the RIBA’s Headquarters in London on Tuesday evening.

The Lyth Building was one of five projects which received a 2022 RIBA East Midlands Award, announced earlier this month.

Steve Denton, Nottingham Trent University’s Chief Operating Officer and Registrar, said: “‘The Lyth is a stunning and prominent building which has further transformed our Brackenhurst Campus into a vibrant and cohesive environment for students to learn and be inspired by. Winning East Midlands Building of the Year is a remarkable achievement and we’re very proud of everyone involved in the project who have helped us deliver this award-winning building.”

RIBA President, Simon Allford said: “Winning a regional Building of the Year Award is a major achievement. Across the country projects have been selected for this accolade because they are exemplars of the very best of innovative, intelligent and delightful design.

"The results of positive collaboration between architect and client, and design team and contractor, they demonstrate that high quality, sustainable architecture can positively impact the lives of the people that engage with it. My warmest congratulations to all those involved.”

All RIBA East Midlands Award winners will now be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced in June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning projects later in the year.

RIBA Regional Building of the Year is sponsored by Taylor Maxwell.

Lyth partners Constellations called on their interior design skills to bring to life the bespoke reception, refectory dining, office and social spaces, providing a range of modern and flexible furniture solutions in tune with the architect’s vision to create a sense of arrival on campus.

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    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) received the Queens Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2021 for cultural heritage science research. It is the second time that NTU has been bestowed the honour of receiving a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its research, the first being in 2015 for leading-edge research on the safety and security of global citizens.

    The Research Excellence Framework (2021) classed 83% of NTU’s research activity as either world-leading or internationally excellent. 86% of NTU’s research impact was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.

    NTU was awarded Outstanding Support for Students 2020 (Times Higher Education Awards). It was the University of the Year 2019 (Guardian University Awards, UK Social Mobility Awards), Modern University of the Year 2018 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide) and University of the Year 2017 (Times Higher Education Awards).

    NTU is the 5th largest UK institution by student numbers, with over 33,000 students and more than 4,000 staff located across five campuses. It has an international student population of 4,000 and an NTU community representing around 160 countries.

    In the past 15 years, NTU has invested £450 million in tools, technology and facilities.

    NTU is in the UK’s top 10 for number of applications and ranked first for accepted offers (2019 UCAS UG acceptance data) It is also among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    75% of NTU students go on to graduate-level employment or graduate-entry education / training within fifteen months of graduating (Guardian University Guide 2021).

    NTU is 4th globally (and 3rd in the UK) for sustainability in the 2021 UI Green Metric University World Rankings (out of more than 900 participating universities).

Published on 25 May 2022
  • Category: Brackenhurst Campus transformation; Press office; School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences