The University of Nottingham’s Si Yuan Centre received a Commendation from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in the ‘Design and Innovation' Category at their East Midlands awards ceremony held at the East Midlands Conference Centre yesterday evening.
L&H were appointed by the university in Jan 2012 to deliver the project following selection as part of a limited design competition. The building is home to the University’s School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, a leading national and international institute dedicated to research and degree programmes about the study of China.
Nick Riley, Managing Director of L&H Nottingham said: ‘It’s gratifying for us to be recognised for this building which is located on the superb Jubilee Campus, alongside some other great contemporary buildings. Our Higher Education work is growing and the Si Yuan building is just one example of a very successful outcome for a University client. Key to the successful delivery of this project was teamwork; we worked with the University, Gleeds, GF Tomlinson, URS and Clarke Bond on this project.”
Aesthetically the building draws upon subtle references to Chinese design, presenting a mix of charcoal standing seam zinc, black glazing and a signature red glass lantern entrance. Internally this interpretation continues, providing a tranquil and contemplative study area mixed with an exhibition gallery, library and language labs and academic offices.
Awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating, the new building and its surrounding external landscape provides the University with a prestigious, flexible and agreeable amenity, to enhance the student experience, with A+ rated office accommodation for the resident academic staff.
The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment, recognising the use of outstanding design and innovation in creating a successful project.