RIBA Award for The Hub

The Hub,one of the student’s favourite buildings on campus, won a prestigious award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at the annual regional awards ceremony nearly two weeks ago.

The multifunctional building situated at the heart of the campus evoked positive comments from the judges on the event, who recognised it as the “well-deserved winner of a regional award”.

Written By Galya Dimitrova, Journalism Student

The deputy director of estates and property professor Gerry Ackerman expressed his hapiness and delight and said the award is “great tribute for all the hard work ourselves and our partners out in on creating this highly successful, student focused building for the 21st century.”

There was also a response from Russell Brown, partner at London-based architects Hawkins/Brown, to whom we owe for the design of the building:

“We are delighted that the RIBA have recognised what an exciting and important building The Hub is on our campus. It is a great tribute for all the hard work ourselves and our partners out in on creating this highly successful, student focused building for the 21st century.”

The Hub offers space and opportunities for basically all kinds of activities students want to be involved with.You can spend your free time there, chatting with your friends in its cafes and restaurants, have fun in the clubbing area, watch films when the cinema is open and get involved with the various cultural events performed in it. You can go there at any time for a meal or a quick snack, or use one of the computers when those in the library are all occupied. The building also has Health/Wellbeing and Faith and Spirituality centres at disposal, so practically, students can go to The Hub in need for anything.

Not only staff and sponsors but also students appraised The Hub for winning the RIBA Architecture West Midlands 2012 Award. Mara Bejnariu, a future second year CCM student, took the opportunity to have her say:

“The Hub is an interesting building which offers you great facilities and comodity. A place where you can study, relax or search for information, a place where you can talk to your mates and have fun. I love the atmosphere, because there go many students mostly my friends. Any information you need is offered by student information at the ground floor. There is nothing to say more apart from: The Hub is great!”

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