Build­ings in hunt for top prize

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

TWO Birm­ing­ham build­ings have taken a step closer to win­ning one of the most pres­ti­gious prizes in UK prop­erty.

Royal Birm­ing­ham Con­ser­va­toire and Sport & Fit­ness at the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham have been named among 49 na­tional award win­ners by the Royal In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Ar­chi­tects (RIBA).

It is from this group that the in­dus­try body will choose the short­list for its an­nual Stir­ling Prize later this year.

The Royal Birm­ing­ham Con­ser­va­toire, in Jen­nens Road, is part of Birm­ing­ham City Univer­sity and was the first new ded­i­cated mu­sic school to open in the UK since 1987 when it launched last Septem­ber.

Sport & Fit­ness also opened last year and con­tains the city’s only 50-me­tre swim­ming pool along with squash courts, fit­ness stu­dios, a gym and re­hab fa­cil­i­ties.

The con­ser­va­toire was de­signed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Stu­dios and and the sports cen­tre by Lif­schutz David­son Sandi­lands.

Both build­ings won prizes at RIBA’s West Mid­lands Awards in May, with the con­ser­va­toire named build of the year.

West Mid­lands RIBA chair­man Aaron Chetwynd said: “We are re­ally proud to have two of our re­gional win­ners recog­nised with na­tional RIBA awards.

“Both very dif­fer­ent projects, they are equally wor­thy win­ners and of sig­nif­i­cant im­por­tance to the re­gion.

“They are part of a col­lec­tion of emerg­ing build­ings that are forg­ing the way for a new, vi­brant and thriv­ing West Mid­lands.

“They are set­ting the stan­dard high in show­cas­ing the qual­ity of good ar­chi­tec­ture and the op­por­tu­ni­ties that are abun­dant in our re­gion on this new re­nais­sance for our fu­ture.”

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