6th July 2004




The new home of the Lincoln School of Architecture is on the shortlist for a prize endorsed by Tony Blair.


The striking white architecture building at the University of Lincoln has been nominated for the Prime Minister's Award for Better Public Building.


The judges will visit the university tomorrow and the winner will be announced in October.


The judges said: “This scheme is a very good example of a project which uses natural ventilation and light where possible – and even had to cope with nesting swans during the construction period.


“As befits a building devoted to the study of architecture, it also scored by showing a highly integrated design and construction approach.”

The Prime Minister’s Award celebrates schemes that improve life for the public, so a footbridge, toll road, memorial garden or conference centre could win just as easily as a library, school, hospital, museum or sports stadium.


The award is open to any project commissioned by or on behalf of central or local government or by a grant-aided organisation, regardless of size and budget. Previous winners include Tate Modern, Bournemouth Library and the City Learning Centre in Bristol.


“This latest nomination is a vote of confidence in the university’s new architecture school, which is a striking landmark building on the south side of the Brayford Pool campus,” said university spokesman Jez Ashberry.


“The reaction to it from some people in Lincoln has been lukewarm but it has won praise and admiration from many experts outside the city.”


The £10m architecture building, designed by Rick Mather Architects and built by HBG Construction, was voted Britain’s best new building in 2003 by The Times.


It has also been shortlisted for the British Construction Industry Awards 2004, the winners of which will be announced in October.


The Prime Minister's Award for Better Public Building is a special category within the British Construction Industry Awards and is sponsored by the Commission for the Built Environment and the Office of Government Commerce.


Visit www.betterpublicbuildings.org.uk


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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk