Fresh accolades for The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

Fresh accolades for The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China has received more international recognition for sustainability and cutting-edge architecture — to complement the two awards it has already received in 2009.

The University has been nominated for a prestigious British Business Award for its outstanding work on environmental sustainability in China. The British Business Awards (BBA) 2009 are organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in China and are supported by UK Trade & Investment, the Confederation of British Industry, the British Embassy in Beijing and the British Council.

Nottingham’s nomination for the BBA ‘Green Award’ focuses on a stunning research facility at the Ningbo campus — the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET). CSET uses innovative technologies within building design and is a landmark collaborative project between the UK and China, addressing some of the major issues affecting sustainable development in China and the rest of the world.

CSET provides laboratory, office, teaching and research facilities and was designed as an exemplar building, to minimise its environmental impact by being zero carbon and generating all of its energy requirements from renewable sources. The Centre is helping The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China (UNNC) to play a pioneering role, contributing to a number of sustainable development initiatives and leading the way in fundamental research to help tackle the challenges of climate change.

The BBA ‘Green Award’ is sponsored by BP and aimed at British-owned organisations that are striving to embed environmental sustainability as a core principle of how they operate in China.

CSET has also won another award in its own right — the ‘International Architecture Award for 2009’ by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. The Awards recognise cutting-edge design and celebrate the world’s best new architecture. This year’s jury for the International Architecture Awards was held in Helsinki, under the auspices of the Finnish Association of Architects.

These latest successes follow two other awards won by CSET earlier this year. The Centre was named the winner in the ‘Green Buildings’ category at MIPIM, the world’s premier property convention, in Cannes in the spring. In the same week, CSET was named as the ‘Best Environmental Design’ in the 2009 Space Awards in Beijing, a competition that rewards the very best in innovative, eco-friendly design in the People’s Republic.

Professor Christine Ennew, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation at The University of Nottingham, said: “These are prestigious international awards and it is very gratifying to see CSET — and UNNC as a whole — recognised for playing a leading role both in terms of architecture and environmental awareness. UNNC is undertaking world-leading research and development, and energy sustainability and sustainable development are central to this research agenda.”

The British Business Awards are organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in China to recognise and promote excellence in innovation enterprise and endeavour in the British institutions in China. The Awards showcase individuals and organisations operating in China across a variety of disciplines who are achieving outstanding results. Winners of the 2009 Awards will be announced at a ceremony in Beijing on November 5th.

More information on the British Business Awards can be found at:


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