The University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus has been shortlisted for two more prestigious awards.
The £30m extension with its striking new buildings designed by Make architects and built by Rok SOL has been shortlisted in the British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards for both the ‘Building project from £3m to £50m Award’ and the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award.
Professor Alan Dodson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for environment and infrastructure, said: “The University is delighted that its stunning new campus development has been shortlisted for these awards. In commenting on the shortlist the Prime Minister said ‘we are absolutely committed to good quality, sustainable public buildings and infrastructure (that) work efficiently and effectively’. His statement echoes the University’s commitment to sustainable infrastructure development.”
The landmark development delivers a remarkable new environment for research, study, business and leisure which will benefit both the University and the City of Nottingham as a whole. The sensitively landscaped 18-acre site has transformed a barren and largely derelict former industrial site into a richly varied and welcoming environment with its own distinct sense of place.
Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make said: "We are delighted that the University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus is a finalist in the BCIA Prime Minister's Better Building Award. We pride ourselves on creating award winning buildings which are as innovative as they are robust, and which act as exemplars of sustainability in all its guises, economically, socially and environmentally. It is wonderful to receive recognition for this and we are looking forward to hearing how we progress in October."
The silver zinc shingled Sir Colin Campbell Building — named after the University's Vice-Chancellor from 1988-2008 — provides a stunning gateway between Jubilee Campus and the new Innovation Park. It accommodates the University's Technology Transfer Office, exhibition and meeting rooms and an innovation centre providing high quality flexible growing space for small companies and start-ups.
In March this year The Sir Colin Campbell Building was named 'Nottingham Science City Development Project 2009' at the Nottingham Evening Post Commercial Property Awards — which reflect the importance of building design and construction in the economic success of the city and region.
The extension to Jubilee Campus also features the red and brown terracotta tiled International House and the Amenities Building. Towering above the new campus buildings is the Aspire Sculpture — a new landmark for Nottingham and the tallest structure of its kind in the UK.
A generous public boulevard has been drawn laterally across the site to improve connections and provide a focus for leisure and recreation. Animated by seating and water features and shaded by trees, this landscaped public walkway links the existing campus lake with a new body of water created on the eastern perimeter of the site which transforms a neglected former culvert of the River Leen into a new natural amenity.
The development was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester on March 11, 2009.
The Prime Minister’s Award is sponsored by CABE — the government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space; the Office of Government Commerce — an independent office of HM Treasury, established to help Government deliver best value from its spending; and for the first time this year the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which helps ensure business success in an increasingly competitive world.
The winner of this year’s BCI Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on Wednesday 14 October 2009 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.
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: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.
The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.