UCB's McIntyre House wins top honour at the RIBA West Midlands 2016 awards

May 2016

McIntyre House, UCB’s dedicated centre for undergraduate and postgraduate study, has scooped a prestigious architecture award.

The stunning building, which represents the first phase of the University’s redevelopment in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, was one of the winners at the Royal Institute of British Architects West Midlands Awards 2016.

McIntyre House was designed by Birmingham-based Associated Architects and was one of four winning buildings at the RIBA West Midlands annual awards.

Jonathan Hines, chairman of the judging panel, said: "Choosing the winners was really tough. The shortlisted schemes were so diverse but I think we've been able to select four well-crafted and skilfully executed buildings."

The other winning buildings were phase two of The School Yard in Harborne, Birmingham; Chattock Gardens in Solihull; and The Master's House in Ledbury, Herefordshire.

All RIBA West Midlands winners will be considered for a coveted national award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced in June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.

McIntyre House, in Holland Street, comprises 30 teaching rooms, three large lecture theatres, a café, outdoor seating and a rooftop garden. It was declared open for business in 2014 and was officially opened by the Countess of Wessex in 2015.

The design includes feature red brickwork with a “vertical rhythm” of glazed openings and copper panelling to reflect the industrial heritage of the area. The concrete frame of the building has been left exposed internally and is lined with timber cladding to define the key elements of the central core.

McIntyre House will be followed by UCB’s Phase 2 redevelopment of the Holland Street area focusing on the former James Cond building.