University of Warwick

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios win RIBA Competition to design University of Warwick’s new Faculty of Arts

Award winning architecture practice Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCB) has won the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) competition to design the new Faculty of Arts Building at the University of Warwick, Coventry, in England’s West Midlands region.

The University of Warwick sought designs for a flexible new building that encourages collaboration and allows creativity and innovation to flourish amongst its users. Feilden Clegg Bradley were unanimously scored most highly for the Quality criterion by the panel as they were felt to have captured the essence of the University’s vision and it was felt that their design would contribute significantly to the enhancement of the Central Campus.

Professor Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Warwick said:
“This exciting project continues to raise the bar in the standards of the facilities we provide to support teaching and research on our campus, further enhancing the staff and student experience we seek to offer at Warwick. I’m extremely pleased that the new building, in close proximity to the Warwick Arts Centre, also further strengthens the University’s appeal as a cultural destination, creating space to engage with our local community through a range of opportunities including:  language training, access to fantastic performance and exhibition zones, and other activities to support Coventry’s Cultural Strategy.”

Andy Theobald, Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCB), said:
“Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios are delighted to have been selected to lead the design team for this exciting new Faculty of Arts building at The University of Warwick. This will be a very significant new building for the campus and one that will embody the cultural values of both the University and the Faculty.  We are very much looking forward to an exciting collaboration with the Faculty to develop our competition-winning proposals and together create a building for interaction, learning and research right across the Humanities.”

Commenting on the announcement Professor Simon Gilson, Chair of the Arts Faculty, said:
“The competition has been immensely valuable in generating a wealth of ideas for a building that will serve students, staff and the public over the coming decades.  The successful architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCB) will be helping us move into the exciting next phase of the development as we look to create a building that is open, inviting and flexible, allows collaboration, creativity and innovation to flourish, and acts as a hub both for public engagement in the humanities and for nurturing cultural value.

Cindy Walters, RIBA Adviser commented: 
An exceptionally high standard of work at all stages of the process defined this RIBA competition for a new Faculty of Arts building at Warwick. The breadth and thoughtfulness of each submission was admired and appreciated by the jury. This has been a hard-fought win for Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio who shone in an extremely strong field. The jury’s decision was unanimous and I look forward to seeing an exceptional building in years to come that will help the University continue to achieve its aim of ongoing academic excellence”

FCB Studios will now work closely with the University of Warwick’s Estates team to develop their design over the coming months.

 The other shortlisted teams (listed in alphabetical order) were:-

  • Foster + Partners
  • Grimshaw
  • White Arkitekter
  • Wilkinson Eyre
Posted on Tuesday 21st February 2017