March 31st

Bailey Rainscreen Cladding attracts attention from RIBA

The new library at the University of Birmingham has made the 2017 Royal Institute of British Architects West Midlands awards shortlist. The prestigious awards champion and celebrate the best architecture in the UK and around the world.

Being shortlisted alone is an honour for Associated Architect’s who designed and developed the library for the improvement and enhancement of student’s lives, precisely the kind of vision RIBA is looking for when it comes to the awards.
With the library storing thousands of books, the construction of the external envelope was an important factor in the building’s transformation. Not only did it need to keep the publications safe from the elements, the building also needed to fit with its surroundings at the centre of the university’s beautiful campus.
The contemporary aesthetic and stunning visual impact the building makes is achieved with Bailey’s Rainscreen Cladding. The product provides the perfect finishing touch to the library, bringing together a home for centuries old literature and modern learning.
Over the years, the RIBA awards have become the benchmark for the best standards of architecture across the region with winners put forward to the national awards and the prestigious Stirling prize.
Twelve other West Midland projects have been shortlisted for the awards and all will be hoping to emulate the success of last year’s winner, The Master’s House in Herefordshire.
A regional jury will assess all shortlisted buildings with winners announced on 15 May 2017. Everyone at Bailey wishes those shortlisted good luck! We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for good news on results day.
Click here to read our University of Birmingham Library case study and make sure to follow us on Twitter, @BaileyTBE, for up to date with news on the awards and our projects.