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Morgan Sindall's Arts University Bournemouth drawing studio scoops trio of regional awards

The innovative Drawing Studio at Arts University Bournemouth, which was constructed by Morgan Sindall, has won three high-profile regional awards.

The project was named Best Innovative Project and Best Building, at the South West Built Environment Awards, which recognises the best of the construction industry in the region.

The project was also recently honoured at the prestigious RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) South West Awards, which celebrates the best architectural design in the regions. The project will now go forward to be considered for the national RIBA awards.

The freestanding steel pre-fabricated pavilion was specially designed to stimulate creativity by influential architect, AUB alumnus and Honorary Fellow, Professor Sir Peter Cook RA and his office CRAB (Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau) and was opened earlier this year by renowned architect, Dame Zaha Hadid.

The futuristic studio includes a large north-light, which is traditional in studios, a rear clerestory window light that gives a softer light from the rear wall, a discrete light that filters under a bench on the east side of the building and a graded wash of light that feeds in along the curved entrance. The different lights are designed to reflect the central theme of light in the tradition of looking and drawing.

The pre-fabricated structure was imported from Germany. This was then treated to create a continuous interior white surface with a grey floor, while the exterior is clad in sleek, curved blue steel.

The building will now go forward to the national Constructing Excellence Awards, where it will be pitted against the best regional schemes from across the country.

Jon Daines, area director for Morgan Sindall’s Poole office, said: “The new facility at Arts University Bournemouth provides a wonderful, stimulating space for students and we’re delighted to have our work on this highly-innovative and unusual scheme recognised with these prestigious awards. We’re excited to be going forward to represent the region on a national level and look forward to doing the South West proud in the UK-wide awards later this year.”

Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, AUB, commented: “The Drawing Studio provides students with a new space in which drawing can be taught and practiced. We believe the simplicity of the monocoque construction allows the act of drawing to become a calm and considered activity within the lively world of a very busy, creative institution. We are delighted that this beautiful building has won such prestigious recognition.”

The South West Built Environment Awards were presented at a high profile dinner on Friday 20 May, and were attended by more than 400 leaders and innovators from across the construction sector. Winning the South West Built Environment Awards automatically qualifies companies for entry into the National Constructing Excellence Awards.

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