Abercrombie Building receives Architects' Journal Retrofit Award

Thursday, 02 October 2014

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The Abercrombie Building, which opened as the first phase of the John Henry Brookes Building project, has received national recognition with the Architects’ Journal Retrofit Award.

The Retrofit Award celebrates design, engineering, construction excellence and the creative re-use of buildings. It has been awarded to the building and its architects, Design Engine, for the best 'Higher Education over £5 million' building.

Featured in the latest September edition, The Architects’ Journal describes the John Henry Brookes and Abercrombie buildings as “a thoroughly modern campus for a thoroughly modern, and ambitious, institution.”

We encourage people to come and visit the new building and Design Engine’s exhibition Prototype: Process: Production

Sue Holmes, Director of Estates and Facilities Management

Two further nominations have recently been made by the Education Estates Awards where the John Henry Brookes Building has been shortlisted for both the Student Experience and Project of the Year awards.

The Education Estates Awards are about ‘celebrating ideal learning environments which inspire and empower teachers, lecturers, pupils and students’ and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on 11 November.

On 22 October, Oxford Brookes will welcome Richard Jobson of Design Engine for a special talk and tour of the John Henry Brookes Building. The event is part of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) Great British Building series which gives an exclusive look at some of this year’s award-winning buildings.

Sue Holmes, Director of Estates and Facilities Management at Oxford Brookes said: “It’s fantastic that the John Henry Brookes Building and the achievements of Design Engine continue to receive such prestigious, national recognition.

“We encourage people to come and visit the new building and Design Engine’s exhibition, Prototype: Process: Production, which launches on 17 October in the Glass Tank exhibition space. It will be a great opportunity to see the entire process of the redevelopment.”

Earlier this year, the building won a RIBA South Regional Award, its Building of the Year and its Sustainability Award. The John Henry Brookes Building then went on to receive a  RIBA National Award.