The Florey Building takes its name from the former Provost of Queen's College, Lord Howard Florey, winner of the Nobel Prize for Science, who commissioned and championed the original building in the mid-1960s.


While the Florey has triumphed as an emblem of modernism, and remains popular with students as a highly sociable residence, the original, available technology did not resolve practical issues concerning comfort and use.


Accordingly, the Queen's College Fellows are seeking a long term solution to conserve and upgrade the building, now Grade II listed, combined with exemplary energy design and sustainability.


The project at the heart of this competition needs to balance a respect for Stirling's original vision with a high-quality upgrade of fabric and services.


It must also address the wider site area for the inclusion of new accommodation, social and modern facilities, as well as improving and refreshing the overall setting.