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20 November 2012 | PR 12/206

Loughborough Design School named Building of the Year

Loughborough Design School

Loughborough University’s striking Design School has been named Building of the Year in the regional ProCon awards.

The annual awards celebrate the excellence and dynamism of the property and construction industries in Leicestershire.

The Design School, which was completed in 2011, 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: “I am delighted our fantastic building has been recognised yet again.  Its unique use of space and stunning design make it a pleasure to both work and study in.”

Colin Sargeant, Shepherd Construction’s regional managing director, added: “It is only through extremely close partnership working that challenging projects such as the Design School are delivered so successfully.  Not only does the Design School make a dramatic statement but it is also an exemplar of how thinking outside the box can result in a building that meets the client’s vision and provides an energy efficient facility.”

Earlier this year the Design School picked up three Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) East Midlands regional awards for Client of the Year, Sustainability and Building of the Year, before winning one of the top accolades at the RIBA’s annual ceremony.

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Judy Wing
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Loughborough University
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E: J.L.Wing@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

1. For further information about the ProCon awards visit: www.procon-leicestershire.co.uk/awards.asp

2. The full list of finalists for the ProCon Leicestershire Awards 2012:

Regeneration Project of the Year, sponsored by Howes Percival

  • BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Leicester
  • Loughborough Eastern Gateway
  • New Council offices - Melton Borough Council

Sustainable Development of the Year, sponsored by De Montfort University

  • The Allerton Project Visitor Centre, Manor Farm, Loddington
  • Fielding Meadow, Ratby – Code 4 homes
  • The UK's 1st Carbon Neutral Passivhaus Office, Syston

Large Scheme of the Year, sponsored by Marrons Solicitors

  • BioEnergy Building, Sutton Bonington
  • Office Headquarters for Dunelm Group plc, Syston
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre, De Montfort             University

Small Scheme of the Year

  • Coventry Road, Market Harborough
  • Fennylands Barn, Sibbertoft
  • New Physics Building, Loughborough Endowed Schools

Building of the Year

  • Loughborough Design School
  • Ramada Encore Leicester
  • Stamford Court, University of Leicester

The People’s Choice of the best building in the past decade, sponsored by Leicester Mercury

  • Conkers Discovery Centre
  • Curve, Leicester
  • Highcross Leicester
  • Himalaya at Twycross Zoo
  • Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University
  • The National Space Centre

3. 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 12 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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