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University of Warwick


17 September 2008

Press release contact:

Julia Davies
T: +44 (0)113 203 1490
E: julia.davies@riba.org

University of Warwick: Development of 500 Student Residences

Page & Park Architects has won the competition for the design of new residences for 500 students at the University of Warwick. The University's main campus is on the south west edge of the city of Coventry actually straddling the border between City of Coventry and the County of Warwickshire. The new residencies will be on the Coventry side of the campus just a few minutes walk from the University's Library, central  social facilities and Warwick Arts Centre.

Page & Park were one of six teams shortlisted to take part in the design phase of the competition and invited to prepare concept design proposals for the first phase of residences, with a target of 500 study bedrooms, within a site close to Rootes Residences.

The other teams taking part in this phase were:- 

Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects
David Morley Architects
Richard Murphy Architects
Schmidt Hammer Lessen Architects Ltd
Stanton Williams

The Jury Panel, chaired by Penny Egan, Member of University Council, praised the enthusiasm and commitment of all the competing practices, and the quality and diversity of the design concepts shown in the various proposals. 

The Jury were unanimous in selecting Page & Park as the winner and felt that their scheme not only best fit the operational needs of the project but also offered the best relationship between the built development and the high quality landscape context that exists.

Notes to editors

Please ensure that the RIBA is credited when mentioning the above competition. The RIBA Competitions Office organises bespoke architectural competitions that encourage excellence in design, offer value for money, and are run smoothly from inception through to the appointment of a winning design or architect/team. The Competitions Office has vast experience of managing competitions for a diverse range of clients, project types and budgets. The competition process has produced landmark buildings/structures such as BALTIC and The Sage Gateshead, the Millennium Bridge etc. For further details please visit www.architecture.com/competitions 


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