University Wins Architect Award

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The University of Worcester has won the Architects Journal Retro Fit Award for Riverside, the University’s specialist sports and arts facility.

Recognising the creative re-use of buildings and infrastructure, the judges for the Retro Fit Awards selected the Riverside building for setting new standards in upgrading existing facilities.

The Riverside building was converted from a former car garage, by the University’s architect KKE, to incorporate a sports hall, specialist sports teaching rooms, a dance room and full changing rooms with showers, as well as a large social learning and internet space.

The prestigious awards scheme celebrates design, engineering and construction excellence that prolongs the active life of buildings and provides an acceptable alternative to demolition and new-build.

Russell Pope, Director of Capital Development Projects, at the University of Worcester said: “We are delighted to receive this award for the Higher Education category and give full credit to our architects for producing such a strong and successful design. It was important that the building could meet low-carbon objectives and take on a new lease of life in a sustainable and resourceful way.”

The Riverside building is situated on Hylton Road next to the University’s new Worcester Arena, a 2,000 seated arena opening in the New Year to students and the local community. The Arena will mark further expansion in the University of Worcester’s successful Institute of Sport and Exercise Science.