17th June 2003





Architecture at the University of Lincoln could be in line for a new regional architecture award. 


The university’s £1 million fast track Village Hall  (seminar block) is one of five designs recently submitted for the new regional E M Architecture Awards. 


Presented by the Royal Institute of British Architects East Midlands, the accolade will be awarded annually to recognise excellence in architecture within the region and promote the design skills of architects.


This is the first year of the awards which will consider buildings completed between 1st June 1998 and 31st May 2003.


Riseholme Park’s Rural Science Centre and the Brayford Pool Sports and Recreational Facility, Science Building, Phase 3 residences and the Village Hall will all be visited by competition assessors during the next two months.


The jury will consider how each building relates to its surroundings, the general character of the building, the detailing of the building and its interior.  Plans, planning constraints, materials and methods of construction will also be assessed.


The five competition buildings, and many others at the university, have all been designed by the nine-strong team of university architects, UL Architects. 


“It is quite an unusual situation having a team of architects, engineers, surveyors and the project manager all in one office,” said Maria Karaolides, project architect. “It is much easier for us to liaise with each other and the work gets done more quickly.”


The team of three project architects, two project engineers, a systems manager, a building surveyor and a capital works manager is led by university architect/manager Nigel Stevenson.


“It is very exciting that architecture within Lincoln and the region, and all the hard work and commitment of the in-house design team, is being recognised at the highest level,” said Mr Stevenson.


Winners will be announced in September and presented with plaques to display on the buildings. Certificates will be awarded to the architects, building owners, main contractors and partners in special projects.


Go to picture one          Sports centre

Go to picture two         Rural science centre

Go to picture three        Science building, Brayford Pool



For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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