Durham University’s Design Receives Two RIBA Awards

Published: October 5, 2021

Southernsbroadstock is exceptionally pleased that Durham University’s Teaching & Learning Centre has been announced as a 2021 RIBA National Award winner.

These awards highlight the very best in design and architecture in the UK and the Lower Mountjoy building finds itself sharing the limelight with a number of other cutting-edge builds.

Winning both their RIBA North East Award 2021 and RIBA National Award 2021, the Teaching and Learning Centre was praised for its “welcoming environment and flexibility of use in a changing world of education.

Southernsbroadstock worked closely alongside architects and the university to deliver a high-concept interior design that was almost two years in the making. To complement the building’s stunning architecture, our team were tasked with providing modern and inspiring environments that promoted diverse ways of working.

The results speak for themselves. The Teaching and Learning Centre was particularly praised for its fluid transitions between spaces. Architecture.com said “Internally, the simplicity of the plan translates into easily manoeuvrable spaces, with a clear hierarchy as you move further through the building, all set around a dramatic but informal central atrium.

It was also recognised for the attention to detail in regard to the wellbeing of staff and students, saying “The Lower Mountjoy Teaching and Learning Centre provides an inclusive and welcoming environment… which was clearly the focus throughout the design process.

We are enormously pleased at Southernsbroadstock that the effort of all parties involved in the project has been recognised with these respected industry awards. It has been an honour to be part of the process and precisely reflects our passion for what we do. Good design has the ability to inspire and captivate the imagination. It has the power to boost confidence and academic success. The university required a design that would attract and retain students, and this is exactly what was delivered.

These awards expertly demonstrate what a collaborative approach to building design can offer educational institutions. Read more about the awards at Architecture.com and discover how we contributed to its success in our case study.