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University of Kent's Sibson Building and Black House in Great Chart scoop RIBA Awards

A building at the University of Kent and an ultra modern private home have won top architecture awards.

Both were named among the five buildings in the south east to win an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) at a ceremony in Weybridge.

The two Kent winners were the £35million Sibson Building at the university's Canterbury site, and Black House, a stylish home in Great Chart, near Ashford, which takes its inspiration from the gardens at Sissinghurst Castle.

Black House in Great Chart (2061919)
Black House in Great Chart (2061919)

Regional jury chair, Sarah Featherstone,said of this year’s RIBA South East Award winners: “The variety of the entries was fantastic, ranging from private houses to the larger public and institutional buildings.

"The south east has an incredible architectural heritage, with buildings that have the capacity to amaze, inspire and improve our quality of life.”

Sibson Building at the University of Kent (2061834)
Sibson Building at the University of Kent (2061834)

Designed by Penoyre & Prasad, the university's building was opened last May and houses the new Kent Business School and its School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science. It is named after the late Professor Robin Sibson.

It was also named the building of the year, while its architects were named project architect of the year.

Black House in Great Chart (2061926)
Black House in Great Chart (2061926)

The Black House in Great Chart features a swimming pool and courtyard. It was designed by Winchester-based AR Design Studio.

Other winners came from Surrey and East Sussex.

Sibson Building at the University of Kent (2061838)
Sibson Building at the University of Kent (2061838)

Riba South East Award winners will also be considered for a highly-coveted national award which will be announced on Thursday, June 21.

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.


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