4th November 2009, 4:06pm
An accolade to savour for National Centre for Food Manufacturing
The National Centre for Food Manufacturing The University of Lincoln's National Centre for Food Manufacturing has been commended by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in a prestigious regional competition for architectural excellence.

The new building on the University's Holbeach campus, which was designed by Lincoln-based Stem Architects, won the accolade in the 2009 RIBA EM Awards.

The awards, sponsored by Ibstock Brick, and emda (East Midlands Development Agency), are presented annually to celebrate the finest examples of architectural excellence in the region.

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing was officially opened earlier this year by Sir Stuart Rose, Executive Chairman of Marks & Spencer. It provides a bespoke conference centre with a technical training facility and associated academic and factory unit space to serve the UK food industry.

The building boasts unique facilities for the surrounding food sector businesses, where academics and major food manufacturers can jointly develop new technologies within the industry.

Tony Parr, Chair of the RIBA EM Awards Panel, said: "It is a fantastic achievement for this new centre for the food industry in Holbeach to win a Commendation for its architecture in these prestigious regional awards."

Professor Val Braybrooks, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Animal Sciences at the University of Lincoln, said, "The building was commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council. The University works in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council, emda and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support local food manufacturing employers using the facilities in this fantastic building."

Mike Dudbridge, Principal Lecturer at the University said: "The new centre has provided a great boost to our work. The level of engagement with food manufacturing companies has increased greatly since the centre was opened earlier this year.
"The reaction that the building and the facilities it contains get from people who visit us is outstanding. For that we must thank Stem Architects and our partners who have made the dream of a modern learning and research environment a reality."
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