Edge Hill’s iconic new Catalyst building has been shortlisted for a top industry award.

The University’s Catalyst, home to the library, student and careers services, has been listed as Project of the Year (Universities and Colleges) at the Education Estates Awards.

Facing tough competition from top universities including Edinburgh and Nottingham, the winner will be announced at a ceremony in Manchester in October.

David Oldham, Director of Capital Developments, Infrastructure and Capital Projects at Edge Hill, said:

“We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for this award. The Catalyst building is a copper clad box with deeply shadowed window recesses and smoothly curved corners in glass and copper, projecting over a large curved glass wall that encloses the ground floor.

“The outturn cost of the building per metre squared was almost half that of other library projects in the higher education sector which represents exceptional value for money. It was also constructed in 44 weeks which is an outstanding achievement when benchmarked against other projects in the sector.”

 The £26m Catalyst building was opened by HRH Princess Anne in January of this year.

Other highlights include a landscaped terrace offering views across the 160-acre award winning campus, the University’s Archive and facilities open 24/7.

Education Estates is a leading exhibition, conference and awards dinner, supported by the Department of Education, and attended by those involved in the design, build, funding, maintenance and management of education buildings.