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Competition: UCA Business School for the Creative Industries

Epsom campus in Surrey
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The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has launched a contest to design a £15.3 million Business School for the Creative Industries at its Epsom campus in Surrey

Organised by RIBA Competitions on behalf of the university, the ‘competitive procedure with negotiation’ will select an architect-led, multidisciplinary design team for the 3,875m2 facility, which will connect to the campus’s existing business school known as the Market Place.

Up to five shortlisted teams will each receive £7,500 to participate in the negotiation phase of the contest during which a series of a design approach workshop sessions will be held prior to the submission of final tenders in February.

In its brief, the university calls the business school ‘a unique concept that will seek to provide an environment in which the beauty and free expression of art can mix effortlessly with the rational sobriety of the business world.

‘This fusion of the creative industries and business has the goal of becoming the place where the next generation of arts entrepreneurs meet, create and turn ideas into sound business models.’

UCA was founded 10 years ago following the merger of the Kent Institute of Art and Design and the Surrey Institute of Art and Design. It has more than 6,000 students across campuses in Epsom, Farnham, Rochester and Canterbury.

The Epsom campus opened in 1973 and hosts the university’s fashion, graphics, music marketing and business courses. The new building will connect to the existing Market Place and require the demolition of the existing further education building and studios.

The new 3,875m2 business school is expected to feature a 250-capacity auditorium, a lecture theatre, IT studios, reprographics department, board room, meeting spaces, IT studios, incubator spaces, staff offices, a flexible foyer, and a ‘learning lounge’ with kitchenette.

Judges will include UCA deputy vice-chancellor Alan Cooke; Katherine Boxall, assistant director of UCA Epsom’s business school; and Nigel Craddock, project director at Pascall + Watson who will be acting as RIBA architect adviser to the process.

The deadline for applications is 2pm, 26 October.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

RIBA Competitions
No 1 Aire Street

Tel: 0113 203 1490
Email: riba.competitions@riba.org 

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