John Henry Brookes Building wins RIBA Architectural Award
Friday, 09 May 2014
The John Henry Brookes Building was the big winner at the Royal Institute of British Architecture (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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Find out more about the features that helped the John Henry Brookes Building win the RIBA Sustainability award on the Space to Think news pages.To read more about the awards, visit the RIBA