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Colleges await architects' award decision

The most impressive-looking college will be named this week at an awards ceremony for the architect who has come up with the best design for a further education building.

The winner of the of the competition organised by the the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Learning and Skills Council will be announced on Wednesday.

The shortlisted colleges are: Stephenson College in Leicestershire; South Trafford College in Manchester; Newcastle Performance Academy; Sout East Essex College; New College; Durham College and North Manchester Sixth Form College.

The ceremony, which will take place at RIBA's headquarters in London, will include the awarding of a trophy and first prize of pound;5,000 to the RIBA architect who has designed a further education college that is judged to provide the most effective and innovative learning environment.

A second place prize of pound;2,000 will be awarded to the entry that demonstrates exceptional points of special merit, and certificates will be given for highly-commended entries.

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