A FLAGSHIP building that transformed Huddersfield University’s campus has won a prestigious award.
The Creative Arts Building, fronting on to Queensgate, has been singled out by the country’s top architects.
It has won the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) Award for Technical Excellence.
The imposing £15m building was designed by Leeds-based architects firm Darnton Elgee.
It is considered to be one of the most exciting and inspirational teaching and research facilities for music and arts courses in the university sector.
The building was designed to ensure maximum sustainability, using a mixture of natural materials including wood to create a warm but sharp image with a low carbon footprint.
The building was ‘commended’ in recognition of its technical excellence.
Barry le Beauvant, president elect of CIAT, said: “The design achieved its aims and the use of materials both internally and externally provide and impressive and vibrant building.”
He presented the university’s vice-chancellor Professor Bob Cryan and Keith Hardcastle, partner at Darnton Elgee Architects, with a plaque for the building.
They were also presented with a cheque and certificate.
The multi-million pound building became fully operational late last year and was officially opened earlier this year by the Duke of Kent.
The foundation stone was unveiled by the Queen during her last royal visit to the town.
It is home to students studying music and music technology, fashion, creative imaging, multimedia and business design awareness.
As well as new rehearsal space and a recital hall, the structure also includes work space and exhibition areas for art and design students.
An innovative feature is the distinctive ‘cube shaped’ electro-acoustic research studio, comprising cutting edge technology to create a world-class research facility.
Colin Blair, the university’s director of estates and facilities, said: “The university has a long and distinguished history in the creative arts.
“This building is a statement of our continuing support for the town, as both a cultural centre and in its position at the leading edge of the creative industries.
“More important it is an investment that will benefit our students and staff for many years to come.
“The Creative Arts Building has been designed with a contemporary visual quality to reflect the values of art and design at the university and we are delighted to have been recognised by CIAT’s Technical Excellence Award.”