John Henry Brookes Building judged to be one of top 15 new buildings in the country
Thursday, 17 July 2014
The John Henry Brookes Building has received further recognition from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in making the midlist for the Stirling Prize.
The RIBA awards are the most
rigorously-judged awards for architectural excellence and champion the best new buildings.
The John Henry Brookes Building narrowly missed
out the shortlist for the Stirling prize but was considered one of the top 15
buildings in making the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture
over the past year.
This follows last month’s announcement that Oxford Brookes’ John
Henry Brookes Building and its architects Design Engine had won a national
award from RIBA. This is in addition to three regional awards in the RIBA South section.
RIBA judges have described the Oxford Brookes’ flagship building as “simply
judges also commented that the John Henry Brookes Building, which was submitted
alongside the Abercrombie Building, “made us wish we could go back to
Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of
Oxford Brookes University, said: “To have reached the midlist and be considered
amongst the top fifteen buildings as part
of the RIBA awards is a great achievement.
“The John Henry Brookes Building provides our students
with inspirational spaces to match our excellent teaching and research and I am
delighted that we have received such prestigious recognition.”
Matt Gaskin, Head of the School of
Architecture, added: “The Stirling Prize is the pinnacle of architectural
recognition and it is fantastic that the John Henry Brookes Building has made
the midlist. This is testament to our vision in providing inspirational
architectural spaces to complement our excellent teaching and research.
“I am pleased for Design Engine
who have long been involved with the School of Architecture and our graduates.
Students have already made the new space their own and our award-winning
architecture will continue to inspire for years to come.”
Architects Director Richard Jobson commented: "We are honoured
that the John Henry Brookes and Abercrombie Building has reached the Stirling
Prize midlist as one of this country's fifteen best new buildings.
“It is a wonderful outcome to a great
collaborative effort by the client and wider design team. Equally thrilling is
how staff and students alike have embraced their new building - it's as if it's
always been there."
John Henry Brookes and Abercrombie Buildings are designed to meet the
University’s vision for a holistic approach to enhancing the student
Brookes’ campus redevelopment provides an adaptable and flexible environment
for a dynamic range of teaching and learning spaces.
the building opened in late February, students have already made the John Henry
Brookes Building their own.
Colonnade shops and café on the piazza leading up the new main entrance to
Headington campus is due open later in the summer. This continued campus
development, alongside spaces such as the new Glass Tank exhibition
space in the Abercrombie Building, provides fantastic facilities for the wider
on the John Henry Brookes and Abercrombie Building is available on the Space to Think webpages. To read more about
the awards, visit the RIBA