11th October 2004




Staff and students at the University of Lincoln will find out at the end of this month whether the Lincoln School of Architecture building has won the PM’s Award for Better Buildings.


Mr Richard Simmons, Chief Executive of CABE – the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment – will pay a visit to the university on Thursday 21st October to present a plaque to Mr Kelvin Bray CBE, Chairman of the Governors at the university.


The plaque is in recognition of the fact that the £10 million architecture building was shortlisted for the PM’s Better buildings Award in July.


The winner of the award, which is a special category within the British Construction Industry Awards, will be announced on Thursday 28th October.


After their visit in the summer the award judges commented: “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 Better buildings 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.


Previous winners include Tate Modern, Bournemouth Library and the City Learning Centre in Bristol.


The plaque presentation will take place in the Lincoln School of Architecture building at 1.15pm on Thursday 21st October.


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


To find out more about the awards visit www.betterpublicbuildings.org.uk


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

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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