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Architects from around the world invited to submit designs for University’s new academic building

The University of Portsmouth is delighted to announce the opening of an international design competition for a new flagship academic building in Victoria Park. The competition will be managed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and is expected to draw entries from architects around the world.

We are ambitious for a new building that will inspire and excite students, staff and the wider community, serve as a northern gateway to the University’s city centre campus and become a symbol of pride for the people and City of Portsmouth.

The building will bring together the Faculty of Business and Law with parts of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and provide opportunities for subject area growth, the development of stronger inter-relationships, and collaboration amongst staff and students across the faculties and their constituent schools. The competition brief for the selection of the multi-disciplinary design team can be found here.

A shortlist of five designs will be chosen in July 2019 by RIBA with an emphasis on quality and exceptional design. Shortlisted entrants will present their plans and ideas over two days in October to a panel of senior University staff, led by the Vice-Chancellor, which will make the final decision.

The University has developed an extensive and ambitious Estate Masterplan to be delivered over the next 10 years that aims to provide a number of new, high quality buildings which will significantly enhance student experience and create a modern environment for teaching, learning, research and innovation. Portsmouth is a city centre based University with our new developments not only transforming the University campus area but also making a significant, positive impact on the City.

Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, said: “Holding an international design competition shows the University is serious about creating a world class facility for our students and staff, as well as a landmark building for the people of Portsmouth. We will accept nothing but the highest standards of achievement for our future developments.”

Stephen Morgan, MP for Portsmouth South, said: “The announcement that there will be an international design competition for a new University of Portsmouth flagship teaching and learning building in Victoria Park is welcome news. The location of this new building means that it will be viewed by many who come to visit our great city and should become an integral part of the local community. The University, with its ambition to be a civically-minded institution, has a key role to play in ensuring good quality urban design in Portsmouth and creating buildings all residents can be proud of. This development provides an exciting opportunity to make this happen.”

Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: “This competition will bring the world’s best architects to Portsmouth and shows the global reach of our City. The building will create jobs, raise the profile of the City, and build on the success of the University, one of the leading employers in Portsmouth.”

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