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Uppingham School’s science centre wins top prizes at awards

Uppingham School science centre wins RIBA Award EMN-150428-113256001
Uppingham School science centre wins RIBA Award EMN-150428-113256001

The new science centre at Uppingham School has swept the boards at the 2015 Royal Institute of British Architects East Midlands Awards.

As well as the top honour in the region, the development took accolades for building of the year, architect of the year and client of the year for the school itself.

Chosen from a shortlist of 11, the £15m scheme was praised by the judges for its “presence of calm and order” which was “invigorated with a sense of fun and animation that brings the whole to life”.

Colin McColl, of Orms, was project architect of the year award; Uppingham School was client of the year. The development was also runner-up in the sustainability award.

Uppingham School’s science centre comprises 15 spacious laboratories in chemistry, physics and biology, plus a buttery and lecture theatre as well as a range of other teaching spaces and laboratories.

The building was officially opened by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, professor of genetics and Royal Society Wolfson research professor at the University of Leicester, the inventor of DNA fingerprinting, last November. He described it as “masterpiece of science”.

The opening of the science centre and the renovation of the Leonardo Centre marked the completion of the ambitious Western Quad programme of redevelopment, first announced by Uppingham School’s headmaster Richard Harman in 2006, which has transformed that part of the campus.

Mr Harman said: “Uppingham’s magnificent new science centre is a building that inspires all who cross the threshold and we are delighted that this has been recognised by RIBA.

“The sciences thrive at Uppingham and there is no doubt that this new facility is enabling pupils to embrace the opportunities which science presents to them and prepare them for studying science subjects at top universities, and onwards to careers in medicine, engineering, research, and technology.”

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