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University of Kent achieves double shortlisting for major architecture award

Colyer-Fergusson (hall)The University of Kent has achieved a double shortlisting for the 2013 RIBA (Royal Institution of British Architects) Southeast Regional Awards.

Kent has been shortlisted for its new Colyer-Fergusson Music Building, and its new Crit Building within its Kent School of Architecture (KSA), both of which opened in autumn 2012.

The winners will be announced on 12 June.

Designed by Tim Ronalds Architects and located at the heart of the University’s Canterbury campus, the £8 million Colyer-Fergusson Music Building is notable for its wide range of innovative design features. These include: a purpose built, flexible performance space; outstanding, adjustable acoustics; fully retractable seating for up to 500 audience members; external live broadcast provision; and five practice rooms. The building also features a variety of social and office spaces. An entirely self-financed project, the Colyer-Fergusson Music Building was made possible with a generous donation from the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust, donations from over 200 other donors, and a contribution from the Higher Education Council’s Matched Funding Scheme.

Crit BuildingKSA's Crit Building provides architecture students with one of the most advanced learning environments of its type in the UK. Its eight 70-inch U-Touch screens with HD resolution enable up to six students and tutors to interact on each screen and contribute to ‘crit’ presentations. ‘Crits' or 'critiques' are an important part of architecture students’ education, providing invaluable experience of having their projects questioned and scrutinised in the same way as real work situations. The new facilities, designed by Guy Hollaway Architects in association with KSA, have radically changed the way Kent students present their work for discussion and feedback.

The University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, said: 'I am pleased that these two buildings - the most recent additions to our Canterbury campus - have been acknowledged in this way. Between them, they have made a significant contribution to the academic and cultural life of the University, with students, staff and the local community benefitting from the many opportunities they provide. I also congratulate all those involved in these innovative projects. Their hard work and dedication has ensured that Kent continues to be recognised for the exceptional student experience we provide.'


Story published at 2:46pm 27 March 2013

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