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TWO Ingenious EducationAl Buildings by LSI Architects are Finalists in Regional Architecture Awards 09

LSI Architects has announced that two educational buildings designed by the Norwich and London based practice are finalists in this year’s RIBA East Spirit of Ingenuity Awards 2009. Wymondham College’s stunning, sixth form boarding facilities and INTO University of East Anglia, a new £30M state-of-the-art study centre for international students, based at the UEA campus in Norwich have both been shortlisted for the prestigious architectural award scheme which is aimed at celebrating the ingenuity, design excellence and innovativeness of architects and architecture across the Eastern Region. The awards have been designed to draw greater public awareness to the fine architecture within the region, and to the design skills of architects in the East.

The new, £6.75 million expansion scheme at Wymondham College recently won a South Norfolk Award for ‘Design Excellence’. South Norfolk Council was so ‘”stunned” by the quality of this project that, at the 8th Annual South Norfolk Design awards they broke with tradition and created a unique ‘Design Excellence Award’ especially for the Wymondham College project. In addition to the 2008 Award for ‘Design Excellence’, the scheme also secured the Award for ‘New Building’ and the Award for ‘Landscape’. It has also won a 2009 Norfolk Association of Architects Craftsmanship Award under the category ‘New Extensions’.

The sixth form boarding facilities at Wymondham College involve a ‘wishbone’ style extension to an existing boarding block, with 115 new ensuite single study bedrooms and support accommodation, library, IT suite, reading room, office, music room, student lounges and communal activity spaces as well as an expansion of the existing dining facilities. The new building links to the existing Lincoln Hall building to provide a single base for all Year 12 and Year 13 pupils. Wymondham College is both the UK’s largest State Boarding School and one of the few State Boarding schools in the country, classified by the DfES as a ‘Successful and Popular’ School. The main concept behind the design for the new complex was to provide all residents with a view outward over the Norfolk countryside, from rooms organised in three and four storey wings arranged around a large landscaped courtyard. Access to the new wings is via a covered walkway surrounding the new courtyard. The wings meet in a dramatic westward pointing ‘prow’, which is clearly visible upon entry to the campus.

This Thursday, 23rd July from 5pm – 8pm, LSI Architects is holding a private view and tours of the spectacular new development. Media representatives wishing to attend are requested to RSVP as soon as possible to Carri Crook on 01366 387 027 or by email to carri@carismacommunications.co.uk . Parking is available at the college.

The new INTO Centre provides new academic and teaching facilities linked to new student residences comprising 415 ensuite study bedrooms, and communal kitchen facilities.

The INTO University of East Anglia Centre is a Joint Venture project between INTO and the University, providing a wide range of pathway courses for international students. The 5-storey academic and residential buildings are the pathfinder development project for London based client INTO. The 136,900 square feet of stylish, learning and accommodation facilities on the campus include multi-purpose lecture theatres, classrooms, IT and science laboratories and flexible teaching and self-study space – all integrated with study-bedrooms with ensuite facilities. The scheme also incorporates a centralised restaurant and student support services.

The INTO residential accommodation has been configured in groups (of between six and twelve) to encourage social interaction around communal group kitchen/dining spaces. Circulation space is intended to facilitate access for people with disabilities and will require the provision of level thresholds, wheelchair turning / passing areas, and suitable door and corridor widths. Wheelchair accessible rooms have been included for people with disabilities, with an increased floor area and furniture /fittings to be specified according to the needs of individuals.

The INTO Centre project contributes towards LSI Architects’ masterplan for a new piazza at the east end of the campus, framed by already completed healthcare and nursery facilities and student residences, all designed by the practice. The student residences were constructed in two phases. Phase 1, Colman House, comprises 400 high standard study bedrooms with ensuite facilities within two blocks, including six fully accessible rooms for students with disabilities. Phase 2, completed last summer, provides 900 additional bedrooms in five blocks.

David Thompson, a Principal Member of LSI Architects commented: “Both schemes were designed to meet exceptionally high quality standards and our practice is proud to showcase its expertise in designing educational facilities and accommodation. The projects met very tight construction programmes and the sustainability agenda was a key determinant of both designs.”

Email: carri@carismcommunications.co.uk


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