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17 October 2013

Our Nottingham team are celebrating after receiving ‘The Judges’ Special Award’ at the East Midlands Property Dinner for an iconic development at the University of Nottingham.

The award was for the Si Yuan Centre; the home of the university’s School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, an international institute dedicated to research and degree courses about China.  The architecture of the new building has created an independent identity for the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies whilst at the same time sympathetically complementing the existing campus buildings by a number of other high profile architects.

Situated on the university’s Jubilee Campus, the project was shortlisted in a number of categories at the region’s annual awards.  Announcing the award, judges said:

“We felt this iconic development was worthy of a special mention."

“Repeatedly shortlisted, it scored so highly in so many categories – development, regeneration, sustainability design – that it was felt that this remarkable building and all those involved in it merited real praise and recognition."

“An unprecedented building deserved an unprecedented award.”

Innovative techniques were also used to maximise its energy efficiency and the building sets a precedent in minimising demands for heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation from non-sustainable resources, while maximising energy from renewables and ambient sources.

Nick Riley added "We are very proud of this latest local recognition. This project was designed and delivered by a strong project team and we have received some excellent feedback from it."

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