exemplary education building embodying creativity
Contract value: £26.7m
GIA: 8,200 m²
Cost per m²: £3,256
This is a new building that links the Schools of Mathematics and Business. A thoughtful structure, with a clear architectural concept, it is the largest building on the University of Kent’s campus, and its design and management have been rigorous enough to withstand the project’s development and budgetary constraints.
Zigzagging wings help to integrate the two schools while at the same time allowing them to have their own dedicated spaces. A central atrium brings the schools together to use shared facilities such as the café and lecture theatres, and welcomes the wider campus. Set within an area of ancient woodland, the wings dissipate into the surrounding trees – offering a delightful and uplifting experience from inside the building. Natural light pours in to the top-lit atrium, which provides a welcoming entrance and lively place to socialise. Circulation is carefully choreographed around pausing spaces. Sibson is an exemplary education building embodying creativity with an intelligent and responsible approach.
Regional Project Architect of the Year Michael Fostiropoulos sponsored by Taylor Maxwell
Regional Building of the Year, sponsored by Artifice Press