Brookes building could face The Shard in national architecture competition

John Henry Brookes Building webAn Oxford Brookes University teaching block could be going up against London’s iconic building The Shard for a prestigious architecture prize later this year.

The John Henry Brookes Building was given a national award by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) last week – one of 56 buildings in Europe to get one.

And the university will now be hoping it makes the shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for excellence in British architecture, with the winner being awarded £20,000.

Professor Janet Beer, vice-chancellor at Oxford Brookes University, said: “The John Henry Brookes building provides our students with inspirational spaces to match our excellent teaching, support and research.

“We put the student experience at the heart of everything we do here as a university and we are delighted that our beautiful building has received national recognition from RIBA.

“We look forward to this award-winning space inspiring students for many years to come.”

The shortlist will be revealed on July 17, with the John Henry Brookes Building going up against buildings such as The Shard, the London Aquatics Centre and The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.

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