Award for Sir Colin Campbell Building

Award for Sir Colin Campbell Building

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A landmark new building at The University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus has won a prestigious award for its innovative design and its contribution to science and innovation.

The Sir Colin Campbell Building was named ‘Nottingham Science City Development Project 2009’ at the Nottingham Evening Post Commercial Property Awards.

The awards, held at the East Midlands Conference Centre on March 19, reflect the importance of building design and construction in the economic success of the city and region.

The Sir Colin Campbell Building — named after the University’s Vice-Chancellor from 1988-2008 — provides a gateway between the Jubilee Campus and the new Innovation Park. Designed by MAKE architects and built by Rok SOL, it accommodates the University’s Technology Transfer Office, exhibition and meeting rooms and an innovation centre providing high quality space with flexible growing space for small companies and start-ups.

The building features high-performance, highly-insulated facades which are less than 50 per cent glazed and oriented to ensure good levels of natural lighting while avoiding excessive solar gain. Instead of conventional fossil fuel powered chillers and boilers, all heating and cooling is delivered by a renewable energy source using heat exchangers in on-site lakes. The predicted carbon emissions are 55 per cent less than current building regulation requirements. Construction involved installing a 40-tonne steel bridge over Triumph Road to link the two sides of the building.

It was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester on March 11, 2009.

Professor Alan Dodson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Infrastructure, said: “The University is delighted to receive this prestigious award in recognition of the iconic and sustainable architecture of the Sir Colin Campbell Building, and the contribution this building will make to the increasing recognition that Nottingham has as a city of science excellence.”

Chris Jagger, Director of Estates, said: “The University is extremely proud of this latest addition to our Jubilee Campus development and in receiving this award we pay tribute to the design vision of architect Ken Shuttleworth, and the rest of the consultants and contractor teams who have contributed to the successful delivery of this building.”

The Sir Colin Campbell Building is a key part of the expanded Jubilee Campus, which is an exemplar of brownfield site regeneration and underlines the University’s commitment to modern, energy-efficient sustainable design.

The competition judges said: “The Sir Colin Campbell Building is intended to impress. And it does. The undeniable visual impact of the building is heightened by the futuristic design’s emphasis on geometric shapes and bright metallic shingle cladding.

“Set to help the university attract the ablest science and technology entrepreneurs, it is winning the attention of some potentially high-flying technology companies.”

Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives ( in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.

The ‘Science City Development Project Award’ category was sponsored by Greater Nottingham Partnership. The Sir Colin Campbell Building was also shortlisted in the ‘Commercial Development Award’ category.

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