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RIBA opens contest for £33m Warwick arts faculty

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The RIBA has launched an international competition for an ‘architecturally outstanding’ £33 million faculty of arts at Warwick University in Coventry

The two-stage competition invites ‘innovative and insightful teams with exceptional creative skills’ to draw up proposals for the new landmark building.

The Faculty of Arts Development will bring together eight University of Warwick humanities departments currently spread across two separate buildings.

Arts faculty chair and professor Simon Gilson said: ‘At the heart of the vision of the new humanities building is our desire to create a building that showcases the world-leading research and teaching in the arts faculty at the University of Warwick.

‘We are looking for a building that is open, inviting and flexible; a place that allows collaboration, creativity and innovation to flourish; that acts as a hub for public engagement in the humanities and creative arts; and that serves the entire university, its stakeholders and the public, by nurturing cultural value and creating partnerships at the regional, national and international level.’

The university, founded in 1965, occupies a 290ha campus on the edge of Coventry, with smaller satellite outposts in London and nearby Wellesbourne. Its suburban campus is around 30 minutes by train from Birmingham and one hour from London, and hosts most of the university’s 24,000 students.

The new building will replace an existing car park on the campus near to the main library and students union, both designed by MJP Architects. Other key nearby structures include the Warwick Arts Centre (pictured) – completed by Renton, Howard, Wood Associates in 1974, and berman guedes stretton’s £10.4 million teaching and learning building.

BMJ Architects also completed a £4.2 million Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology (CMBC) at Warwick Medical School nearby four years ago.

The judging panel will select up to five shortlisted teams following an expressions of interest with pre-qualification questionnaire round. Each team will receive £7,500 to participate in the tender and design concept phase of the competition.

The panel will include RIBA adviser Cindy Walters of Walters & Cohen alongside leading departmental academics and members of the university’s senior leadership team.

The winning architect-led multidisciplinary design team, set to be announced on 1 February, will develop the scheme up to RIBA Stage 3 before moving to a client advisory role during construction.

The deadline for applications is 2pm on 27 October.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

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