A MUSEUM has won a prestigious national architecture award.The Novium museum in Chichester has been awarded a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) national award for its architectural excellence.

The museum, which opened in 2012, also won two national architectural prizes at the Civic Trust Awards last year.

Keith Williams, the Novium's architect, said: "I am delighted that The Novium has received an RIBA National Award. These awards are extremely difficult to win and are only given to the very best projects in the country.

“Building contemporary architecture in historic cities is always a great challenge, and I am delighted for Chichester and our clients Chichester District Council that The Novium has been celebrated in this way.”

The museum tells the story of the Chichester district over the past 500,000 years. The centrepiece of the museum is the remains of Chichester's Roman bath house.

The baths were first excavated in the 1970s but lay preserved under a car park, until the museum could be built over the top.

For information see thenovium.org or call 01243 775888.