The prize was in recognition of Birmingham’s Knowledge Hub
Node has won practice of the year at the Urban Design Group’s 2017 National Urban Design Awards. The Birmingham-based practice was recognised for its work on the Knowledge Hub project in collaboration with Birmingham City University’s School of Architecture and Design and Co.Lab.
The city centre project, which takes in the proposed HS2 terminus as well as a dynamic mix of education providers and some of Birmingham’s most significant heritage, has created a new benchmark for collaboration between private practice and academic institutions, with practitioners, academic staff and students working together to create a design that is truly informed by the end user.
The scheme also links to Birmingham City University’s STEAMhouse project which was backed with a £14 million funding package from government to create a creative innovation centre in the Digbeth area. The centre will bring together academics, artists and designer in a bid to support creative SMEs, boost jobs.
Nigel Wakefield, Node’s managing director, said: ‘We are delighted to have been recognised as practice of the year as we approach our sixth anniversary. In that time we have grown a sustainable, design-led and commercially astute business with a diverse range of public and private sector clients across our skills of urban design, landscape and heritage. This award will help us to continue to grow our team, both in Birmingham and around the country; and ultimately to realise our ambitious growth strategy.’