Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright met and formed the band, originally called Sigma 6, while they were studying at the institution.
On receiving the award, Nick Mason said: ‘Studying at the Regent Street Polytechnic introduced me to some of the key people and biggest collaborators in my career, many of whom I have been lucky enough to work with over the last 50 years. Three of the founding members of Pink Floyd met there so in essence we were formed under the roof of the Polytechnic.
‘We rehearsed in the common room in the basement and played some of our first performances there. Not only did studying architecture give us an invaluable introduction to art and technology, but it also gave us an opportunity to develop, through what would now be called a ‘government funded initiative’ but was then called a ‘student grant’.’
The band began by performing in the common room and at student parties. As Pink Floyd, they went on to become one of the most successful of all British rock bands, selling 260m albums to date so far.