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Inland Revenue Headquarters RIBA Competition

Inland Revenue

Hopkins Architects © Chorley Handford
Competition | Past

​Inland Revenue Headquarters

The Inland Revenue wanted to relocate their head office and its 1800 employees to a new building in Nottingham. The new building needed to be of the highest architectural quality, both in terms of external appearance and internal working environment.

Invited Civic and Commercial

Hopkins Architects were selected as winners and the building was officially opened in 1994.

The head office comprises seven separate buildings in the form of courtyards and L-shaped blocks lined with trees which allows access to the city centre through the site. The main amenity building, with a dramatic fabric roof suspended from four masts, is featured in the middle of the other buildings. This is both the visual and social centre of the complex, containing a multi-purpose sports hall, bar and restaurant.

The Centre was a pioneering ‘Green’ project in the UK.


  • IOC/IAKS Award: Exemplary Sports and Leisure Facilities (Silver Award)
  • Civic Trust Awards: Energy Conservation Award
  • The Concrete Society: Certificate of Excellence, Outstanding Structure
  • Green Building of the Year Award: Highly Commended
  • Brick Development Association: Brick Award, Best Commercial and Industrial Building
  • International Prize for Textile Architecture
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