Warwick University building is 'West Midlands Building of the Year'  - The Coventry Observer

Warwick University building is 'West Midlands Building of the Year' 

Coventry Editorial 19th May, 2024   0

A UNIVERSITY of Warwick building has been awarded West Midlands Building of the Year award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The new interdisciplinary biomedical research building cost £54.3million aims to create a dynamic teaching environment for students studying life sciences and medicine.

Professor Miriam Gifford, head of school of life sciences said: “The environment that was created when the building was opened has provided an inspiring space for research and teaching.

“The building has enabled collaboration with colleagues across Life Sciences and Warwick Medical School and more broadly it has enabled a community of scientists across many disciplines to be formed.”

The building will also be home to a large scale art installation by artist Rana Begum.

It is five storeys of laboratories and each floor has a different theme: neuroscience, infecion, cell biology/development and a 400 seat lecture theatre.

Thomas Ellmer, exhibitions curator at the Warwick Arts Centre, added: “We’re thrilled to include Rana Begum’s No.1250 Mesh (2022) in the University of Warwick’s new IBRB, and to see the building recognised at the West Midlands 2024 RIBA Awards.

“Begum is an artist working at the leading edge of art and architecture; therefore, it feels only right that we locate this beautiful sculpture within a new building dedicated to delivering world-leading research.”

The IBRB building will now go on to the National RIBA Awards.

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