Manchester Met is RIBA Client of Year

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named Manchester Metropolitan University the 2014 RIBA Client of the Year

The annual RIBA Client of the Year award recognises the key role that a good client plays in the creation of fine architecture.

Manchester Metropolitan University was nominated by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios for projects including Manchester School of Art and MMU Business School and an ongoing programme of buildings.

Peter Clegg and Keith Bradley of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios said:“MMU’s briefs for both the School of Art and the Business School were clear from the outset – that the buildings should be flexible, sustainable, inclusive, uplifting and ‘iconic’. Fundamental to their success was strong governance, led by the Vice Chancellor, John Brooks who personally championed both projects. Brookes is passionate about sustainability and has set ambitious targets for the university to cut its carbon emissions, leading them to the top of the universities’ ‘Green League ‘in 2013.

“The client at Manchester Metropolitan University was pivotal to delivering a pioneering and inspiring new buildings for their estate. Testimony to the importance they put on not only good design, but on the importance of relationship, are repeat commissions for the contractors, architects and engineers.”

The RIBA Client of the Year award honours the key role that a good client plays in the creation of fine architecture. The judges consider clients of the year’s RIBA Award-winning schemes but take into account a track record of previous successful commissioning, particularly where this has led to earlier RIBA Awards.

RIBA chief executive Harry Rich said:“We all know that strong collaboration between architects and clients is crucial to good architecture. It takes great courage and creativity to deliver quality architecture, so when a client brings these qualities to the table the chances of creating a great piece of architecture become much more likely. I am delighted that Manchester Metropolitan University has been recognised for its current and ongoing efforts as it continues to innovate and improve its estate.

‘The brave and exciting buildings they are commissioning will benefit this and the next generation of students who come to study in Manchester.’

The winner of the RIBA Client of the Year Award was announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize party on October 16.

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