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schmidt hammer lassen architects wins a RIBA Award

19 May 2011

Stace were appointed as Quantity Surveyors and Employer’s Agent on this prestigious project.

City of Westminster College by schmidt hammer lassen architects has received a prestigious RIBA Award in London. With this award, The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) acknowledges that City of Westminster College is of high architectural standard and contributes considerably to its surroundings.

Today, Thursday 19 May 2011, this year’s winners were announced at a ceremony in London.

“schmidt hammer lassen architects’ new flagship campus for City of Westminster College is designed to embrace interaction and diversity and allow students to learn from each other, both formally and informally,” explains Partner, Kim Holst Jensen.

Partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects Morten Schmidt elaborates:
“We are proud to receive this honor. Because not only is the RIBA Award considered the world’s most thoroughly assessed architectural award; the award also demonstrates that the Scandinavian approach to architecture is valued in the rest of the world.”

City of Westminster College, won in a competition in 2006 and opened to students in January 2011, is the first completed building by schmidt hammer lassen architects in the UK, soon to be followed by The Learning Zone – Library and Learning Centre in Sheffield and the University of Aberdeen New Library in Scotland. Both will be completed in 2011.

Facts:

  • Architect:  schmidt hammer lassen architects
  • Client: City of Westminster College
  • Area: 24,000m²
  • Construction sum: £ 70 million excl. VAT (€ 81 million excl. VAT)
  • Competition: 2006, 1st prize in restricted international competition
  • Status: Construction period 2008 – 2010
  • Engineer: Buro Happold, United Kingdom
  • Landscape Architect: schmidt hammer lassen architects
  •  Main Contractor: McLaren Construction Ltd
  • Other Consultants: Knight Frank LLP, Stace LLP