NEWPORT’S city centre university campus is in the running for an architectural award, alongside other landmark buildings from around the world.

The multi-million pound building, designed by architects BDP, has been shortlisted for the 2012 Civic Trust Awards, which recognise the best in urban design, planning, landscape and public arts.

Successful projects are deemed to make an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment and must be accessible to the public, offering a positive social, cultural, environmental and economic benefit to the local community.

Among those shortlisted are Cardiff’s Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; the Harpa Concert Hall, in Reykjavik, Iceland; and the Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, in Toronto, Canada.

The 52 finalist were chosen from 306 entries and all will receive an award, commendation or community recognition at a ceremony in Edinburgh on March 2.

Newport’s city centre campus, which houses the business, technology, art, design and media faculties, is one of four projects up for the Selwyn Goldsmith Universal Design Award.

It faces competition from Westfield Folk House in Mansfield; Chelsea Academy in London; and Church in Wales Primary School, Powys.

The building last year received a prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects award.