Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios Design the University of Warwick’s New Faculty of Arts Building
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios) win a competition held by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to design the new Faculty of Arts Building at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. Foster + Partners, Grimshaw Architects, White Arkitekter, and Wilkinson Eyre were, also, among the finalists. FCBStudios’ entry was chosen as a winner because of the highly flexible and collaboration-inducing design. According to the jury, their design “captured the essence of the University’s vision” for the development of the Central Campus, and that is why they got top grades for Quality.
Vice-chancellor and President of the University of Warwick, Professor Stuart Croft expressed his satisfaction at the winning design. He 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.” Chair of the Arts Faculty, Professor Simon Gilson added that “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.”
Following the announcement of the selection of their entry as a winner, Andy Theobald, Partner at FCBStudios, expressed their delight and excitement, saying “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.” They will start working on this development project, along with the University’s Estate team over the following months.