The South brings a number of notable buildings to the fray this year.
The Beecroft leads with style and practicality in equal measure. This is the first new building in 50 years for the largest Physics Department in the world, and the requirements were high.
Achieving planning and building consents within a sensitive area surrounded by listed buildings and within an historic environment was no mean feat, but the exterior mix of bronze, copper and glass offers a subtle palette that compliments the setting.
The sinuous curves of the internal space outline areas of collaborative working designed to bring people together and encourage serendipitous meetings.
The timber balustrades control the space but allow an open view, and the copper spheres of light pay homage to the atoms being discussed around the blackboards beneath them.
A 16 metre deep basement houses labs built to undertake experiments and precision research with stability a necessity to keep vibration to a minimum.
The building is a testament to working collectively, be it client, architect and contractor; or the opportunity for interaction and collaboration within the physics department itself.
The Beecroft Building also won Building of the Year in this category, and we are delighted that Here East has also won a RIBA Regional Award.