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AJ ARCHITECTURE AWARDS

Berman Guedes Stretton’s Birmingham Uni building wins Higher Education Project of the Year

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The Alan Walters Building at the Birmingham Business School by Berman Guedes Stretton Architects has been awarded Higher Education Project of the Year at the AJ Architecture Awards 

The watchword with our judges of this stand-out winner was quality. ‘The quality of the construction and materials is very high,’ they said. ‘The detailing of the façade is fabulous. The building takes a simple logical plan and surprises – for example with full-height glazing. The quality of the natural light is astonishing.’

The Alan Walters Building provides the Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham with a dedicated facility for their postgraduate, MBA and executive programmes. 

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It offers a mix of high-quality specialist teaching spaces, including a 100-seat Harvard-style lecture theatre, a 200-seat raked lecture theatre, a mock trading room, a flexible 100-seat teaching room, a 50-seat computer suite and a range of general-purpose teaching rooms. 

To serve as both the academic and social base for the postgraduate cohort, these are augmented by a range of informal social learning spaces, a café, programme support offices and the Careers in Business Centre. 

‘There’s just so much variety in this very sustainable building, from study areas to workplaces,’ added the judges. ‘The students just love it. It is a beautiful building, yet so simple in its form.’ 

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Finalist: Alexandra Centre by Haverstock

Alexandra Centre by Haverstock

Alexandra Centre by Haverstock

Finalist: Chadwick Hall by Henley Halebrown

Chadwick Hall by Henley Halebrown

Chadwick Hall by Henley Halebrown

Finalist: Garden Halls by tp bennett and Maccreanor Lavington

Garden Halls by tp bennett

Garden Halls by tp bennett

Finalist: New Science Building, University of Hertfordshire by Sheppard Robson

New Science Building, University of Hertfordshire by Sheppard Robson

New Science Building, University of Hertfordshire by Sheppard Robson

Source: Hufton + Crow

Finalist: Sibson Building, University of Kent by Penoyre & Prasad

Sibson Building, University of Kent by Penoyre & Prasad

Sibson Building, University of Kent by Penoyre & Prasad

Source: Quintin Lake Photography

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