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Nicholas Hare wins LSC Excellence Award for college

Nicholas Hare Architects’ ‘beautifully executed’ Joseph Chamberlain College in Birmingham has won this year’s RIBA/LSC Further Education Building Design Excellence Award

The scheme was hailed by the judges as an ‘exemplar in the making for the Building Colleges for the Future programme’ after being named overall winner in the prestigious annual contest, which is backed by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), the RIBA and the AJ.

Architectural judge John Walker, of the Learning and Skills Sector Forum and director of Walker Simpson Architects, said: ‘[The college] is a beautifully executed project with a delightful balance of spatial form and material specification.’

The Sustainability Award went to The Tooley & Foster Partnership’s National Skills Academy for Financial Services – a ‘bold and refined’ revamp of a Victorian school in East London, which was also highly commended for its imaginative reuse of an existing building.

Taylor Young’s Kendal College in Cumbria was named runner-up in the sustainability category.

Hawkins\Brown’s Highfields Automotive and Engineering Centre in Nottingham was highly commended in the employer engagement category, while Archial Architects’ Middlesbrough College and Bond Bryan’s York College were highly commended in the large-scale, cross-curriculum colleges category.

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