City College Norwich and UEA buildings shortlisted for prestigious award

Creative Arts Building, City College Norwich

Creative Arts Building, City College Norwich - Credit: Archant

A pair of Norwich buildings have been shortlisted for a prestigious award endorsed by the Prime Minister.

Building 57 (The Julian Study Centre), University of East Anglia (UEA)

Building 57 (The Julian Study Centre), University of East Anglia (UEA) - Credit: Archant

The Creative Arts Building at City College Norwich and the The Julian Study Centre at UEA have both been nominated in The British Construction Industry Awards - seen as the sector's Oscars.

They are up for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award category, which recognises the overall design, construction and delivery of buildings and civil engineering projects.

Judges said that reaching the shortlist showed both buildings were 'exceptional examples' of British construction projects.

Building 57 - also known as The Julian Study Centre at UEA - was praised in a description prepared for judges.


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'Despite its humble appearance, Building 57 is an ambitious structure,' it reads. 'Building 57 is a quality project that has exceeded expectations and demonstrated a sustainable approach that is scalable to other buildings.

'UEA has said that without hesitating this is the lowest carbon building on campus.

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'In the long term this building will provide a space that continues to meet the needs of the university whilst also continuing to address the needs of society in relation to carbon dioxide emissions.'

The Creative Arts Building at City College Norwich was also complimented.

'The building supports the college's vision to deliver outstanding and innovative creative arts provision, with three purpose-built floors for performing arts rehearsal spaces, digital arts, and traditional art and design including fashion,' a note to judges read. 'Its strong and pure architectural frame means that it can absorb these transient and messy activities well.

'The ground floor of the building is largely glazed in order to promote transparency, allowing views towards each of the diverse activities and through the dance studio to the garden beyond.'

Judging will take place on Wednesday, October 8 in London.

Marks will be awarded across a series of categories, including high quality design, efficient procurement, economic and social value, collaborative working between client, designer and contractor, sound financial management, whole-life value for money and sustainability.

The Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award was launched in 2001, with past winners including the Tate Modern and the Velodrome at the Olympic Park.

It is sponsored by the Cabinet Office.

Do you have a story about someone who has been nominated for an award? Email locallife@archant.co.uk

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