Delight for Chichester’s Novium museum as it picks up top award

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ELEGANT and vibrant – those are two words used by judges to describe a new museum that has won a national award for its architectural excellence.

The Novium in Chichester won the accolade from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The museum, which opened in 2012, is built over the remains of a Roman bathhouse.

Chichester councillor Myles Cullen said: ‘We are thrilled that The Novium has received this national award.

‘It is an elegant building and we are delighted at the recognition it is receiving from the architectural community.

‘Although it is a modern building located in a largely historic environment, it blends in remarkably well and the judges commended us on this.’

The Novium’s architect Keith Williams said: ‘These awards are extremely difficult to win and are only given to the very best projects. Building contemporary architecture in historic cities is always a great challenge and I am delighted.’