UWE Bristol building wins South West RIBA award

Issue date: 25 November 2011

A building designed to inspire and help educate UWE Bristol students studying architecture and product design, has won the public sector building 2011 award, from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Stride Treglown, the architects were also been nominated for two other awards for this building, the Constructing Excellence Award and the Green Gown Award.

The Architecture and Product Design Building is an astonishing collaboration featuring skilled teamwork drawn from UWE Bristol alumni. The UWE Bristol project management team, the architects and the construction project management team who worked on the building all had UWE alumni at the helm.

This beautiful building has been welcomed by students who are so proud of it that they made their own You Tube film to promote it to the world.

Matt Tarling from Stride Treglown is delighted with this recognition by RIBA for the building he said, “It was a full team effort and we co-ordinated a whole series of internal disciplines to deliver this building on time – including planning consultants, landscape architects, BREEAM assessors, interior designers, access and inclusion specialists and a Construction Design Management Co-ordinator. The success of the resulting building is brilliantly illustrative of a fantastic collaborative working ethos between our teams and UWE Bristol Faculty of Environment and Technology academic team and the Estates team. The old adage that you can never deliver a great building without a great client is exemplified perfectly here.”

Richard Parnaby, UWE Bristol Professor of Architecture, said, “Our striking new building is a great setting for design teaching – lots of natural light, adaptable spaces and easy access to the IT network. The design is based on sound environmental principles and uses the latest green technologies demonstrating our commitment to inspire students to design for a truly sustainable future.”

Doug Smith, one of the UWE Project Managers, said, “We are immensely proud of the building and the BREEAM excellence rating that it has achieved. We worked very hard to produce an innovative education environment and also ensured that we integrated many features so that it can be operated in a highly sustainable way.”

The BREEAM rating of 'excellent' was achieved for the overall environmental performance of the building that included a heating system fuelled by bio-fuel made from recycled cooking oil, a ground coupled ventilation system. Other sustainable features include high levels of natural daylight, straw bale modcell cladding, sophisticated lighting controls and tile cladding with 94% recycled content.

There were a total of 54 entries for the RIBA South West and Wessex Town and Country Design Awards in five categories. The UWE Bristol Architecture and Product Design Building won the Public Sector category announced on Tuesday night at the new M Shed in Bristol.

The project management was led by Doug Smith and Phil Lawrence from UWE Facilities. An integrated collaborative approach was adopted to provide co-ordination between the Faculty of Environment and Technology, the University, consultant design teams and the principal contractor Willmott Dixon. The architect and lead designer was Stride Treglown and construction project managers Turner and Townsend.


Editor's notes

The RIBA Town and Country awards look at the impact of new and converted built environment projects in both rural and urban settings and aim to highlight the contributions made by RIBA members working in the South West of England.

Finalists listed below:

Public Sector

Huish Sixth by Mark Richmond Architects

Bristol Civil Justice Centre by Associated Architects

Faculty of Environment and Technology, UWE by Stride Treglown


Nailsea Tithe Barn by Architecton

Kestle Barton by A.J Bunning Architect

Blackfriars Priory by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios


Private House by Found Associates

Kayawana Hall by Stan Bolt Architects

Woodchester House by Robert Grace Architecture


Deanery Road Development by Alec French Architects

Ecotricity HQ by David Austin & Associates

Small Project

The Fosse by Designscape Architects

Montpelier Extension by S2 Design Architects

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