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Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation wins prestigious building restoration award

05 May 2015

London South Bank University's Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation receives Regeneration Award in esteemed Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Awards

London South Bank University's (LSBU) Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation has won the Regeneration Award in the prestigious Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Awards.

The award recognises an urban or rural building renovation that helps conserve or improve its local area. Other high profile contenders in the regeneration category included King's Cross Square, the East Village in Newham and Merchant Square in Paddington.

LSBU worked with architecture firm Rivington Street Studio to transform 17 Grade II-listed Georgian buildings on St Georges Circus into a modern, accessible hub for entrepreneurial activity and a home for local businesses.

"The project has transformed these heritage buildings and brought them back into use as start-up units for small businesses, helping the overall regeneration process in the wider area. Set around an attractive courtyard, the Clarence Centre forms a physical link between the university and the changes now taking place in the wider Southwark area," said the RICS judges' official statement.

The building is also home to LSBU's Research, Enterprise and Innovation team, which provides support, training and expertise to start-ups, student entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and non-profit organisations.

"Since September 2013, we have all been involved in transforming a derelict building into what is now a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, innovators and experts, as we've seen with last week's Celebrate Enterprise event, our regular Investment Escalator workshops and other University events," said Adrian Tindall, Tenant Manager for the Clarence Centre.

The Clarence Centre is also the recipient of a Civic Trust Award (Commendation) and was short-listed in the Architects' Journal Retrofit Awards in 2014.

Learn more about LSBU's Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation.

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