27th February 2004




Students at the University of Lincoln are helping to raise the profile of architecture in the built environment.


Architecture students at the university entered a regional design competition organised by Opun, the Architecture and Built Environment Centre for the East Midlands. 


Opun, which is supported by Arts Council England, Commission for Architecture in the Built Environment (CABE) and East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA), organised the student competition for the design of its first architecture centre – The Roundhouse Building in Derby.  


The Roundhouse is one of Derby’s most historic railway buildings.  Built in 1830 the building has been empty for the past eight years and is an example of a polygonal engine shed.


Opun organised the competition to draw attention to the building’s future potential and hopefully inspire a new use for it.


Gerard Naughton (22) was awarded a first prize of £100 and a runner-up prize of £50 was awarded to Gregory McCloskey (22).


Chief Executive of Opun Mr Roman Peichocinski presented both prizes to the students at the Lincoln School of Architecture.


Five third-year Architecture degree students, supervised by Dr Behzad Sodagar, took part in the competition.


“All five design projects were highly praised by Mr Peichocinski,” said Dr Sodagar, senior Lecturer in Architecture at the university.


Nottingham Trent University, the University of Derby and De Montfort University also took part in the competition and winners will be chosen from each establishment.


All winning schemes from participating universities will be exhibited during Architecture Week - the annual national celebration of contemporary architecture - in summer 2004.


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For more information contact: Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 Email: lbird@lincoln.ac.uk


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