John Henry Brookes Building wins RIBA Architectural Award

Friday, 09 May 2014

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Oxford Brookes building now in contention for prestigious Stirling Prize.

The John Henry Brookes Building was the big winner at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) South awards last night, taking the Building of the Year accolade.

The building also won the Sustainability Award, while Design Engine were presented with the Architect of the Year prize. 

The John Henry Brookes Building, which was submitted alongside the Abercrombie Building, was highly praised by the RIBA judges, who commented that it made them “wish [they] could go back to university”.

The RIBA awards champion and celebrate the best of British architecture and as regional winner, the John Henry Brookes Building will now be considered for the national RIBA Stirling Prize.

Together with architects Design Engine, we are delighted that this fantastic building has been recognised by RIBA and is now in contention for the prestigious Stirling Prize.

Professor Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor

Professor Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University, commented: “The John Henry Brookes Building is the biggest and best signal that at Oxford Brookes we put the student experience at the heart of everything we do.

“Anyone who has seen the way in which students have already made the space their own will recognise that not only is it beautiful, it is also functional. 

“Together with architects Design Engine, we are delighted that this fantastic building has been recognised by RIBA and is now in contention for the prestigious Stirling Prize.”

Matt Gaskin, Head of the School of Architecture, added: “The award is testament to our vision in providing inspirational architectural spaces to complement our top class teaching and research.  

“Personally, I am delighted for Design Engine - particularly Richard Rose-Casemore and Richard Jobson as they have long been involved with the School of Architecture and our graduates. To have award winning architecture on campus will further inspire our staff and students.”

John Ridgett, Associate Director for Design Engine, commented: "It was a wonderful achievement for the whole team that the John Henry Brookes and Abercrombie Building received both the Building of the Year and Sustainability award at the RIBA South Awards last night.  The greatest achievement will be if the building inspires students for generations to come to achieve their own goals."

James Robinson, RIBA Regional Director said: “There was a fantastically high standard of entry to the RIBA Awards this year and we are very lucky in the South to have the local ambition and design talent to be able to complete buildings of this quality.” 

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 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. Oxford Brookes has recorded a series of innovative 360° panoramic videos which allow you to look around the buildings as they are being used by students, staff and visitors.  Find out more about the features that helped the John Henry Brookes Building to win the RIBA Sustainability award on the Space to Think news pages