Awards Ceremony

A new AUDE Award for 2023

The AUDE Awards have been a key part in the association’s activity for almost a decade now and we are very pleased that we are able to announce a new award for 2023, for our Supplier of the Year.

Universities across the country are so aware of the amazing work that suppliers did in helping the higher education sector through the pandemic. Plans were changed, knowledge and information were shared in an amazing spirit of co-operation, and relationships were renewed and refreshed as we all ‘walked through the fire’ together. Organisations big and small made amazing innovations and went to immense efforts to keep important projects alive when the biggest of financial and logistical challenges faced us. As we emerge from the pandemic we want to acknowledge the fantastic suppliers that are among the most important relationships for the AUDE director of estates community.

The winner was announced in Liverpool's St George's Hall during #AUDE23 at the University of Liverpool.

The AUDE Supplier of the Year

Winner: Hassell

It is a pleasure to announce that the first ever AUDE Supplier of the Year winner is Hassell.

Hassell has worked closely with the HE sector for many years and has a proven track record of supporting AUDE and our members. This is an architect firm where design values are shared globally by the talented architects, interior designers, landscape architects, urban designers, planners and specialist consultants who work under the Hassell banner. Their focus is on people and how to create better, more meaningful experiences. As a sector, those who have worked with them acknowledge how the Hassell team achieve this through creative, holistic thinking, a deep knowledge base and a rigorous design process.

Let’s focus on a specific example: they have worked with the University of Brighton since 2014 to deliver a strategic vision to consolidate five previously fragmented sites into a single, cohesive campus. Key buildings were also delivered as part of a phased redevelopment plan. Hassell led the design and delivery of this transformational masterplan, and the ‘Big Build’ projects at the Universities main Moulsecoomb Campus. This flagship project is Hassell’s largest masterplan for an education campus in their 80-year history. Covering 10 hectares, the masterplan features over 55,000sqm of cutting-edge buildings and infrastructure, all designed and delivered by Hassell. These include a new Business and Law School, Advanced Engineering Centre, and Mithras Student Village. A landmark footbridge connects the Campus to the local neighbourhood and the city. Hassell’s holistic scheme supports the University’s aspiration to break down the boundaries between academia, research, business, and industry to create an environment that encourages learning anytime, anywhere. And there are many more examples of exemplary work across the sector.

Speaking after collecting the award, Hassell's Julian Gitsham (Principal, Sector Leader Education and Science) said: "We are thrilled to be the inaugural winner of the AUDE Supplier of the Year Award. Thanks to AUDE for this important recognition of our transformational new campus for University of Brighton and Hassell's continuous design contribution to the Higher Education sector over the years. This achievement wouldn't be possible without our visionary clients, collaborators and talented team. Congratulations to all."

 Highly Commended in this Category: Trilogy Real Estate


The 2023 nominations for this award were:

ADP Architecture
Balfour Beatty
Faithful+Gould & Atkins
Forbo Flooring Systems
HLM Architects
Mills & Reeve
Morgan Sindall
Pick Everard
PTS Consulting Partners
Salix Finance
Schneider Electric
Sir Robert McAlpine
Tate and Co Architects
Watts Sustainability

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