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Chichester’s Novium museum claims architecture prize

C130242-3 Chi Noviuim  phot kate  The Novium. Photograph by Kate Shemilt. C130242-3 ENGSUS00120130220104307

C130242-3 Chi Noviuim phot kate The Novium. Photograph by Kate Shemilt. C130242-3 ENGSUS00120130220104307

THE ‘STUNNING’ Novium building has been awarded an architectural award.

The museum, in Tower Street, won a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Regional Award at a ceremony on Thursday night (May 8) at Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey.

Councillor Myles Cullen, cabinet member for commercial services at Chichester District Council, said: “The Novium is a stunning building and we are delighted at the recognition it is getting for its design. This award is tremendous news.”

Cathy Hakes, The Novium manager, said: “We are very proud of our museum. Winning a regional award from RIBA is a real achievement; we are thrilled to receive this level of recognition from the architectural community.”

The museum, which opened in 2012, was one of 11 south east winners of a RIBA award and is now eligible to be entered into the national finals in June. It was the only building selected from West Sussex for the award.

THE RIBA regional award follows two national architectural prizes at the Civic Trust Awards last year for the Novium, which was designed by Keith Williams Architects.

James Robinson, RIBA regional director, said: “There was a fantastically high standard of entry to the RIBA Awards this year and we are very lucky in the South East to have the local ambition and design talent to be able to complete buildings of this quality. From important civic and public buildings to private houses and the conservation of our valuable historic built environment – these Award-winning architects have demonstrated the value of good design as well as the transformative effect it can have on the places where we live.”

 

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