Nottingham Trent wins RICS regeneration award

RICS East Midlands Award for university’s Heart of the Campus development

Nottingham Trent University is celebrating winning the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) East Midlands Regeneration Award for its multimillion pound ‘Heart of the Campus’ development.

The Regeneration Award honours exceptional improvements to urban, rural or coastal areas and the RICS look for evidence to show that the scheme has conserved or improved the built or natural environment in a way that has contributed to the viability of the area.

The major transformation at the Clifton Campus, constructed by GF Tomlinson, includes two new buildings – the Pavilion and the Teaching and Learning building – along with landscaped outdoor spaces. The facilities have been designed to provide a high-quality environment to inspire students for generations.

Will Evans FRICS, chair of the RICS East Midlands judging panel, said: “The Heart of the Campus regeneration has provided a state of the art and inspiring learning and research environment. The development creates a hub of collaborative learning facilities whilst also integrating social space and improved connectivity throughout the campus.

“The development is central to the regeneration master plan for the campus and has created the accommodation for an excellent student experience and will act as a catalyst for an improved learning environment and retention of high quality students in Nottingham.”

The Clifton Campus

Nottingham Trent University’s Director of Estates and Resources, Ged O’ Donoghue, said: “It is a terrific achievement for our ‘Heart of the Campus’ development to win this prestigious award.

“The development has enabled us to greatly enhance the facilities for students at our Clifton Campus and shows our commitment to providing an inspiring teaching, learning and research environment. It has already been well-received by students and staff so to receive industry recognition is a tremendous triumph for everyone who has helped to bring this project to fruition.”

The main contractor for the energy-efficient development was Midlands-based G F Tomlinson.

The architects for the development were Evans Vettori Architects Ltd. Robert Evans, from Evans Vettori, said: “Winning this award is a tribute to the hundreds of people who have worked together on a shared vision to regenerate the university’s campus and enhance the student experience.”

The Heart of the Campus development has also been shortlisted for a RIBA East Midlands (Royal Institute of British Architects) 2016 Award; the winners will be announced on Wednesday 27th April.

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