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School of Arts building makes RIBA shortlist

Jarman BuildingThe University of Kent's new School of Arts building has been shortlisted for a prestigious RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Award.

The building - named after Derek Jarman, one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century - has been chosen as one of just nine finalists in the South East for the much-prized and long-running awards.

Judged regionally, the annual RIBA Awards celebrate the best examples of new architecture across the UK and Europe. The RIBA South East category covers Kent, Surrey, East and West Sussex and Guernsey.

The winners will be announced in each RIBA region on 20 May. All winners will then be eligible to be shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize - awarded to the architects of the building thought to be the most significant of the year - and for a series of special awards, which will be announced live on Channel 4 at the RIBA Awards dinner on 9 October at The Roundhouse, London.

The £6.25 million Jarman Building, based at the University's Canterbury campus, opened in January 2010. It contains a range of state-of-the-art facilities, including drama and film studios, computing and editing suites, a large art gallery, teaching rooms, postgraduate space and staff offices. The steel-framed building features a distinctive zinc wall tiled cladding system, plus glazed walling.

The building's architects are London-based Hawkins/Brown.

Dr Nicola Shaughnessy, the University's Acting Head of School of Arts, said: 'The Jarman Building is already a huge success with staff and students. The striking new facilities bring together drama, film and art, promoting interdisciplinary teaching and research.

'Hawkins/Brown has designed a facility which reflects and responds to the identity and vision of the school as an innovative and dynamic centre for excellence in the arts.'

Linda Mills, Interim Regional Director of RIBA South/South East, added: 'The RIBA Awards reflect the diversity of architecture and recognise the wide variety of skills involved in delivering great buildings. The awards programme will continue to set ever-higher standards for architecture and promote these to the public.'

Other buildings in Kent nominated for the RIBA shortlist include the Joiners Shop, at Chatham Historic Dockyard, and the Visitor Admissions Building at Dover Castle.

The RIBA Awards have been running continuously since 1966.


Story published at 4:00pm 16 April 2010

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