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Business School receives architecture 'Oscar'

'A masterpiece of simple concept'

MANCHESTER Metropolitan Business School & Student Hub has been recognised as being among Europe's best buildings by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The iconic building designed by the London-based Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios was named among four outstanding examples of architecture in the north west.

And it has also been nominated for a national RIBA award in the ‘campus’ category.

Judges described it as “a masterpiece of simple concept, fine detailing and thoughtful layout appropriate for graduates entering the business community.

Inspiring students and graduates

“Rising from 4 storeys towards the Mancunian Way, the building gains its presence from a dazzling mirrored and colourful façade, generated by fins throwing changing colours around the otherwise calm and restrained interior.

The other North West winners were Chetham’s School of Music, designed by Stephenson: ISA Studio, Manchester; M&S Cheshire Oaks by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson; and St Silas CofE Primary School, Blackburn by Capita Symonds.

RIBA president Angela Brady said: “These are projects that represent architectural excellence on a national level, projects that go beyond the brief and exceed the client’s expectations.

“Investing in good design for our towns and communities is vital; even in hard times we must continue to create vibrant and inspiring buildings and places for future generations to use and enjoy.”

Green credentials

The Business School and Student Hub with its strong eco-credentials - in heating, lighting and waste – played a key part in MMU’s naming earlier this week as the UK’s greenest university.

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