27 June 2019

'Astounding' Beecroft wins RIBA National Award

The Beecroft Building has won a RIBA National Award - a hugely prestigious accolade, bestowed only on the best and most significant contributions to UK architecture in the UK.

This year's winners, announced on 27 June 2019, were chosen from the winners of the RIBA Regional Awards, determined earlier in the summer. After taking a RIBA South Award, the Beecroft also went on to be named RIBA South Building of the Year.

The national winners will now vie for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the year’s best building, announced in October. The Beecroft was handed over to the Physics Department last year after the completion of a £50m project managed by the University’s Capital Projects team.

‘The Beecroft Building is an immaculately designed addition to Oxford University,’ the judges commented. ‘As the first new building to the Physics Department in 50 years, it has completely transformed the capabilities and working behaviours of one of the largest physics departments in the world. A sophisticated, erudite design that is testament to the project team’s close alliance and hard work. An absolutely astounding space in which every scientific detail has been thought through and delivered with a finesse and refinement that is incomparable.’

Earlier in June the BBC selected the Beecroft as one of the eight architectural delights from the RIBA Regional Awards.