May 21, 2012, by Fraser

Awards for Sutton Bonington buildings

The University of Nottingham isn’t only proud of its students – the buildings are pretty impressive too.

And two of the latest additions to Sutton Bonington Campus picked up awards at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards.

The Gateway Building, which is made of almost 2,000 straw bales, won Best Technical Development while the BioEnergy and Brewing Science Building, also at Sutton Bonington, picked up the award for Best Education Development.

Best Technical Development

One of the largest prefabricated straw bale buildings in Europe, the Gateway Building was constructed using 1,954 straw bales. And, as it only opened this February, it hasn’t take long for the impressive structure to pick up an award.

Speaking at the building’s opening, Professor Karen Cox, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Infrastructure and the Environment, said: “Our aim is to create an inspiring and harmonious place to study and work which will reflect the University’s impressive ‘green’ credentials.”

The building is certainly environmentally-friendly. The straw panel cladding is low-carbon and provides good insulation for the laboratories. The building is home to the School of Bioscience and the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.

The opening of the building in February marked the start of a 20-year plan to expand Sutton Bonington Campus and further promote it as a leading centre for the study of plant and animal sciences.

And with an award already in the bag, the building looks set to achieve its goals.

Best Education Development

The BioEnergy and Brewing Science Building was awarded Best Education Development by LABC. The multi-million pound research facility for biofuels, brewing science, and food and drink processing opened last October.

The building’s opening coincided with the launch of the University’s Impact: The Nottingham Campaign which aims to raise £150m over the next five years to boost research, the student experience and the local community.

Going national

The awards were handed out in a ceremony on Friday 18 May at the Belfry. The winning buildings will now go forward to represent the University at the national LABC awards. So watch this space…


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