University Centre Peterborough praised after picking up prestigious design award

After opening its doors less than a year ago, University Centre Peterborough (UCP) has won a design award at the annual East Anglia Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards.

UCP, which is a joint venture between Anglia Ruskin University and Peterborough Regional College, was presented with the ‘best education building’ award at the ceremony held at the Stoke by Nayland Hotel and Golf Club in Sussex.

The university is part of the first phase of developing an educational quarter in Peterborough and was hailed as ‘a flagship educational building’ by judges at the annual event.

Paul McDermott, Academic Director at UCP said on the award:

“I’m delighted that the University Centre building has been recognised in this way. There was a lot of hard work and planning that went into ensuring that the building was not only fit for purpose for our students but also recognising the sustainable footprint that the building would have.”

He added: “As such the building is a superb educational facility, but is also a modern, hi tech and eco friendly addition to the City of Peterborough, which is bidding to become the environmental capital of Britain. All this was achieved within budget and we now have a Higher Education facility that Peterborough and its region can be proud of as it progresses to establish a full University for this part of Eastern England.”

Over 250 professionals drawn from the construction industry attended the event and most of the winning projects and partnerships from these local awards will be entered as nominees for the national LABC Building Excellence ceremony, to be held in November.

Kevin Dawson, Building Control Manager at Peterborough City Council told “The quality of all the nominations was very impressive and clearly demonstrated what can be achieved through the commitment and dedication shown by agents, developers and builders, who work closely with local authority building control officers.”

He added: “It was wonderful to celebrate these achievements and reward people from different disciplines who worked together as an inclusive design team.”

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