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29 June 2012 | PR 12/120

University’s striking Design School wins host of awards

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Loughborough University’s striking Design School has won a host of architecture awards
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The building, which was completed in 2011, picked up three Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) East Midlands regional awards for Client of the Year, Sustainability and Building of the Year.  It then went on to win one of the top accolades at the RIBA’s annual ceremony.  It was praised for its use of space and natural daylight.

The school was designed by Burwell Deakins Architects and built by Shepherd Construction.  It includes innovative teaching and lecture space, workshops, offices, research laboratories, design studios, computer and prototyping suites and areas for display and interaction.  The University's leading designers and ergonomists are now based in the school.

Speaking about the award, Professor Tracy Bhamra, Dean of the Loughborough Design School said: “We are delighted this fantastic building has won such a prestigious award.  The Design School is one of the University’s flagship buildings, its unique use of space and stunning design make it a pleasure to both work and study in.”

The RIBA champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and its members.  Its awards have been running continuously since 1966 and in the UK are for buildings by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows.  Entries are judged on several criteria, including: sustainability, budget, size and client satisfaction.

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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