John Henry Brookes Building wins RIBA National Award

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

JHBB Exterior RIBA Image

The John Henry Brookes Building has received further recognition with a national award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The RIBA awards are the most rigorously-judged awards for architectural excellence and champion the best new buildings.

This national award follows last month’s announcement that Oxford Brookes’ John Henry Brookes Building and its architects Design Engine had scooped three awards in the RIBA South Awards.

The John Henry Brookes Building could now be in contention for the RIBA Stirling Prize which will be announced later in the year.

The RIBA judges have described the Oxford Brookes’ flagship building as “simply brilliant”.

The judges also commented that the John Henry Brookes Building, which was submitted alongside the Abercrombie Building, “made us wish we could go back to university again.”

We put the student experience at the heart of everything we do here as a University and we are delighted that our beautiful building has received national recognition from RIBA.

Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University

Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University, commented: “The John Henry Brookes Building provides our students with inspirational spaces to match our excellent teaching, support and research.

“We put the student experience at the heart of everything we do here as a University and we are delighted that our beautiful building has received national recognition from RIBA.

“We have been celebrating our student successes through Graduation ceremonies this week and it has been a delight to see our new graduates proudly showing their friends and families the fantastic John Henry Brookes Building. We look forward to this award-winning space inspiring students for many years to come.”

RIBA President Stephen Hodder said: “This year’s RIBA National Award winners show that exceptional architecture can be found anywhere: on any high street, in any village or town, and with any budget.

“These buildings show the challenges that can be overcome with pure architectural creativity. It is evident that each building on this year’s list has been a labour of love but worth every penny and effort.”

The John Henry Brookes and Abercrombie Buildings are designed to meet the University’s vision for a holistic approach to enhancing the student experience.

Oxford Brookes’ campus redevelopment provides an adaptable and flexible environment for a dynamic range of teaching and learning spaces.

Since the building opened in late February, students have already made the John Henry Brookes Building their own.

With the Glass Tank Exhibition space which is open to the public in the Abercrombie Extension and the Colonnade shops and cafe to open later in the summer, Oxford Brookes’ campus redevelopment will also provide fantastic facilities for the wider community. 

Further information 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 webpages.