A cinema, a school swimming pool and an artists’ studio were amongst the fourteen buildings which were shortlisted for this year’s RIBA South East Awards.

But of the 43 buildings that were entered in the region, which covers Kent, Surrey and Sussex, the Sibson Building at University of Kent walked away with the prestigious awards.

The Sibson Building firstly won a Regional Award, and then with great delight won the RIBA South East Building of the Year. The architects, Penoyre & Prasad, headed up by Michael Fostiropoulos, then walked away with Architect of the Year.

Culminating in receiving three prestigious awards, this scheme is the a testament to great design, and collaboration between client, project team and contractor. B&M played a key role on carrying out Quantity Surveing services, and are delighted that this scheme has gained the recognition it deserves.

The new 8,000m2 building for University of Kent’s Business School and School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science is located towards the Northern edge of the Canterbury campus. The £26m facility creates a vibrant new campus destination and allows two of the University’s most successful departments to expand and improve their current activities.

The hub of teaching, learning and working has brought academics, students, researchers and administrative staff together, creating an environment that actively fosters engagement between the students and staff bodies within the two schools.

B&M are proud in their association with this award winning scheme, showing that through great team work a wonderful scheme can be realised.

The selection which reflect the region’s great ‘architectural heritage’ with buildings that “have the capacity to amaze, inspire and improve our quality of life. The projects in this year’s shortlist are proof that these buildings are still being built.”

James Robinson: RIBA Regional Director