Date of release: Thursday, June 18, 2015
The University of Greenwich's Stockwell Street building has received another prestigious award.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has given the £80 million building a 2015 national award. RIBA give the prizes "to buildings across the UK recognised as significant contributions to architecture".
RIBA praised the building's light and space, adding that it "benefits from clear vertical circulation – the acoustics are remarkable. The roof gardens provide added delight".
The university's Head of Estates, Peter Fotheringham, says: "It is tremendously rewarding to win this recognition from RIBA. At the outset the building was seen as an opportunity, stretching our ambition and providing first-class facilities for our students, staff and surrounding community.
"It also had to be functional, sustainable, modern and sit comfortably with the Greenwich World Heritage Site. The award acknowledges what students and staff already feel, that the brief has been met and the design by Heneghan Peng offers extraordinary spaces for current and future generations at the University."
Stockwell Street is now a key landmark in Greenwich town centre. It is home to the university's main research and study library, as well as the departments of Architecture & Landscape and Creative Professions & Digital Arts.
This latest honour comes three weeks after Stockwell Street won the RIBA London Award for architecture excellence. It also means that the building will be considered for the Stirling prize shortlist.