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24 November 2006 PR 06/131

Centre for Collaborative Construction Research named Building of the Year

The home of Loughborough University’s Centre for Collaborative Construction Research (CCCR) has been named Building of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The centre was given the title at the ProCon (Property and Construction) annual awards. Judged by a panel of architects, including representatives from the Royal Institute of British Architects, the awards recognise the highest standard of excellence in architecture and design in Leicestershire.

Staff from the University, along with representatives from structural engineering company Buro Happold, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects (SHCA) and Marriott Construction, who all worked on the building, attended the ceremony, which was held at the Walker’s Stadium in Leicester.

The CCCR was completed earlier this year. The project involved taking an existing 1960s building and enveloping it in a modern, curved wraparound structure of steel mesh and blockwork. Inside the space is split between perimeter offices and a central research space. All offices have glazed screens to let light into the centre and there is a three-storey atrium to transfer light down.

Pictured at the awards ceremony are: Top row/left to right: Nick Willars (SHCA), Adrian Robinson (Buro Happold), Peter Hawes (Marriott Construction), Jacqui Glass, David Fulford and Professor Simon Austin (all from Loughborough University), Adrian Purvey and Chris Murphy (both from Marriott).
Bottom row/left to right: Simon Bradbury and Richard Charman (both Marriott)

Speaking about the award Professor Simon Austin, who is based in the University’s Department of Civil and Building Engineering, said: “We are delighted that the CCCR has won this prestigious award. Our building represents a brave step forward in the design of the academic workplace – one that genuinely encourages scholarly interaction and at the same time provides a healthy and sustainable environment. It is very satisfying to receive external recognition for what the team has achieved.”

Nick Willars, Director of Education at SHCA added: “ It is very rewarding that the Centre has won building of the year. It was designed to reflect the more sophisticated character of modern engineering research, but also meet tight Higher Education budget constraints and demanding sustainability targets.

“The design provides academic and research space in an interactive configuration, encouraging new ways of working, and is already reinforcing the Department’s goal to attract leading researchers in this field.”

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Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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