Issue date: 21 October 2002

‘The Studios’ in the Faculty of the Built Environment at UWE’s Frenchay Campus has been nominated for a prestigious construction industry award. The building will be officially opened on 25 October by the Chancellor Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss.

The ‘Brick Awards’ recognise and reward excellence in design and construction using brick. The new building is one of three shortlisted for the sustainability category in ‘The 2002 Brick Awards Scheme’, beating around 20 other entries. The awards will be presented at a special ceremony in London on 5 November where the judges will comment on the winning entries.

The Studios is believed to be the first building in the UK to be built using an innovative construction method where the bricks are glued together into panels instead of using cement. The technique is quicker than conventional methods and allows large spans without lintels.

The building also has a range of other important environmental features – such as maximum use of natural daylight, a natural ventilation strategy and rainwater collected on the roof for flushing toilets.

Richard Parnaby, Head of Architecture, says he is delighted that the building has been nominated for the award, “This building has lived up to our vision of attaining the highest possible environmental standards as well as providing a valuable learning resource for those in the Faculty. It is gratifying to have our commitment and vision of sustainability recognised by those in the industry.”

The Studios welcomed its first Architecture and Planning students at the beginning of the autumn term providing them with a high quality teaching and research environment.

The Studios was nominated for the award by Hanson Brick.


Editor’s notes

For more information please view www.brick.org.uk/awards/awards.htm

Pictures are available from UWE Press Office.

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