Architecture award for Norwich University of the Arts building

Boardman House, in Princes Street, has been awarded a 2016 regional RIBA East award from The Royal I

Boardman House, in Princes Street, has been awarded a 2016 regional RIBA East award from The Royal Institute of British Architects. Photo: Owen Richards. - Credit: Owen Richards

A historic city building that has become home to Norwich University of the Arts architecture course has won a special award.

Boardman House, in Princes Street, has been awarded a 2016 regional RIBA East award from The Royal Institute of British Architects.

The NUA building, which opened in 2015, was originally built as a Sunday School in 1879 and designed by Norwich architect Edward Boardman.

After being bought by NUA it was converted by Hudson Architects with NUA visiting professor Anthony Hudson leading the design.

RIBA judges said Hudson Architects had transformed the building - which has also won the Heritage Award at the Norfolk Constructing Excellence Awards - into an impressive new education facility.


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The judges said: 'The architect has thoughtfully placed the various activities throughout the building according to their environmental needs; the lower ground floor is occupied by the Faculty of Media, where the black box accommodation is housed and the upper, well-lit floors are reserved for the design studios.'

Two other NUA buildings were also shortlisted in the Norfolk category of the RIBA East awards - Cavendish House, which has also been transformed by Hudson Architects, and NUA's All Saints Green student accommodation which was designed by Carson & Partners.

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Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of NUA, said: 'We're very proud that our inspirational buildings are achieving such impressive accolades. Boardman House in particular has been a real triumph as it features architectural elements from the original design by architect Edward Boardman combined with contemporary updates to provide a stimulating environment for NUA students.'

Do you have a Norwich arts story? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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