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The Lyth Building, Southwell, Nottingham

Evans Vettori's building creates a centre focus for Nottingham Trent University's growing campus

The Lyth Building.
The Lyth Building. Credit: Martine Hamilton Knight

East Midlands RIBA Regional Award 2022

Evans Vettori Architects for Nottingham Trent University
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 2,155m2

The Lyth Building sits elegantly within its context of listed buildings and landscapes, giving a centre and focus to the burgeoning campus of Nottingham Trent University.

The new building provides teaching, research and office accommodation for the university's school of animal, rural and environmental sciences. A main entrance leads to a south-facing courtyard sheltering between two wings. These are aligned with the orientation of their listed neighbours to open up the angle of the courtyard and catch more sun across the day. Open cloistered galleries provide sheltered circulation, saving embodied carbon and energy in use and shading south and west flanks.

Crystalline roof forms give all the main teaching and social rooms scale and spatial interest. The timber structure of glulam and cross-laminated timber is fully expressed throughout.

  • The Lyth Building.
    The Lyth Building. Credit: Martine Hamilton Knight
  • The Lyth Building.
    The Lyth Building. Credit: Martine Hamilton Knight
  • The Lyth Building.
    The Lyth Building. Credit: Martine Hamilton Knight
  • The Lyth Building.
    The Lyth Building. Credit: Martine Hamilton Knight
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