Published: 18 September 2023 at 15:38
University House is shortlisted for the prestigious AJ Architecture Awards 2023
University House, the first phase of ARU Peterborough, has been shortlisted for the prestigious AJ Architecture Awards 2023, aimed at “celebrating and rewarding design excellence in UK architecture”.
The annual awards, organised by the Architects’ Journal, sees ARU Peterborough feature in an eight-strong Higher Education category alongside entries from Jesus College at the University of Oxford, Ulster University in Belfast, the University of York, and Lucy Cavendish College at the University of Cambridge.
ARU Peterborough is a partnership between Anglia Ruskin University, Peterborough City Council and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, and it welcomed its first students to University House in September 2022.
The £30 million University House development was designed by Cambridge-based MCW architects, who have helped turn a brownfield site into a green, accessible campus which is both visually stunning and environmentally friendly.
With teaching and lab spaces over three floors, University House features aluminium solar shading inspired by the design of Peterborough Cathedral’s ceiling, a green roof with photovoltaics, a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) to help support local biodiversity, and fossil fuel free heat and hot water generation.
Architects MCW have continued their work with ARU Peterborough by designing both the Innovation and Research Building and the university’s third phase, which features additional STEM teaching facilities and a publicly accessible science space. Work on this third phase is now under way following a turf cutting ceremony in June.
The campus was designed to directly reflect the principal values of the institution – open access for the community, visibility of learning, and cross disciplinary collaborative working in a building that is accessible, contemporary, welcoming, and sustainable.
Professor Ross Renton, Principal of ARU Peterborough, said:
Lien Geens, Associate at MCW, said:
Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Dr Nik Johnson, said:
The winners of the AJ Architecture Awards 2023 will be announced at a ceremony at the Hilton Metropole hotel in London on 22 November.