UK’s Best Architecture Protected by BBC
The Sainsbury Laboratory was named best new building by the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) at a ceremony in Manchester.
The £82m plant research centre at the University of Cambridge has won the UK’s most prestigious architecture award, the Stirling Prize, beating London’s Olympic Stadium and the Hepworth art gallery in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
The other buildings on the shortlist were Belfast’s Lyric Theatre, the Maggie’s cancer care centre in Glasgow and New Court, the home of the Rothschild bank in the City of London.
The two-storey Sainsbury Laboratory located in the University of Cambridge’s botanic gardens provides state-of-the-art facilities for 120 botanists carrying out research into plant development.
Stirling Prize judge and architect Joanna van Heyningen described it as an “extraordinarily good building” and BBC are proud to keep it well protected.
“It’s a completely sublime building with the most extraordinary, beautifully designed natural light,” she added.
Paul Field, the Project Manager for BBC Fire Protection says “It was an extremely difficult project, although looking serene and calm, the building contained many building services such as supply and extract ducts, piped gas services and the co-ordination was particularly tricky”. Paul also says “We used discrete air sampling smoke detection systems to provide the least impact on the overall aesthetics of the building. It’s nice to know we played our part in delivering such an outstanding Building”.
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