University building wins major architectural award

The Sibson Building at the University of Kent's Canterbury campus

The Sibson Building at the University of Kent’s has won a major architectural award.

It is one of five named South East Building of the Year by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Named after former vice-chancellor of the university, the late Professor Robin Sibson, the building now has a chance to win a national RIBA award.

Prof Sibson, who died in March last year, was vice-chancellor from September 1994 to August 2001.

He was a mathematician and statistician who is credited with establishing the university’s current framework.

The late Prof Robin Sibson

Sibson was designed by architects Penoyre and Prasad and houses the Kent Business School (KBS) and the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science.

The RIBA judging panel described Sibson as “a very thoughtful building, with a clear architectural concept which has been rigorous enough to withstand the project development and budgetary constraints”.

It added: “It is evident that the relationship between the design team and contractor was good, with shared aspirations helped by good communication of design intent.

“Likewise, there seemed to be a strong sense of trust and respect between client and architect and when we met them the architect’s passion and enthusiasm was infectious.”

A delegation from the University’s Estates Department and KBS, together with the design team and contractor, received the award.

The Sibson Building will be considered for a the national RIBA award to be announced on June 21.

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the national award-winning buildings later in the year.


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