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De Montfort student wins 2014 3DReid prize

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A student from Leicester School of Architecture has won the 2014 3DReid Student Prize

Victor Matthew Webb took home the £1,000 first prize for his proposals for a visitor centre and conservation laboratory on sand dunes in the Netherlands.

His project for the coastal plot in the National Park Zuid Kennemerland near Amsterdam, features a building which would ‘merge into its surroundings over time’.

Webb saw off competition from seven other shortlisted students to bag the prize for the best Part 2 student in the UK.

Liverpool School of Architecture students Cai Shorman and Chris Campion won the public vote and prize money of £100 for their project – a reimagining of London’s Euston train station. The pair received 200 of the 1,500 votes cast through 3DReid’s Facebook page.

The finalists

  • Samuel Clarke from the University of Bath for Trading Places, Ferry Terminal in Marsailles
  • James Grieves from Queens University Belfast for (Re)form – a prison for the city, Belfast
  • Catriona Liggat from Glasgow Mackintosh School of Architecture for Scandanvian Centre for Metallurgical Practices
  • Cai Shorman and Chris Campion from Liverpool School of Architecture for Euston Superhub
  • Neil Michels from Sheffield School of Architecture for Civic School for Sheffield
  • Simon Clements from the University of the West of England, for District Rising organic tower concept

This year the prize received 20 nominations from schools of architecture across the country.

The judges included newly-elected RIBA president Jane Duncan – who was at the award ceremony when news of her victory broke, on Wednesday (23 July).

Chair of the judges and director at 3DReid Mark Taylor said: ‘It sounds like a cliché, but every year we are amazed at the leap in quality of submissions. The response this year has been fantastic and the sheer depth of work and particularly thinking behind this year’s final projects is a real credit to the quality of the UK’s architectural schooling.

‘We set up this prize to help bridge the gap between training and practice and have seen a real response to preparing newcomers to the profession for the commercial realities of architecture. We congratulate all those nominated and in particular the shortlisted students. It is never an easy decision to pick a clear winner, but we felt that Matthew’s project performed strongly in all the categories.’

Last year the top prize was picked up by four students from the University of Bath. The winners, Nathan Ovens, William Hei, Darran Levins and Timothy Anderson of University of Bath, designed a scheme to heal the Green Line, a no-go zone that has divided the Turkish and Greek quarters of Nicosia since 1960.

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