Awarded annually since 1966, the RIBA National Awards celebrates the best buildings in the UK.
This year’s 54 winning projects were chosen from the shortlist for the 2020 RIBA Regional, RIAS, RSUA, and RSAW Awards after last year’s awards were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Ranging from radical, cutting-edge new designs to clever, creative restorations that breathe new life into historic buildings, these projects illustrate the enduring importance and impact of British architecture,” said RIBA president Simon Alford.
Included on the list are numerous educational projects, including the Centre Building at LSE by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners and the School of Science and Sport by OMA at Brighton College.
“There are a good number of well-designed school and university buildings that are powerful investments in the future, and I am sure they will inspire young people, their teachers and communities,” said Alford.
“I am also thrilled to see many of these make creative use of existing structures. Well-designed education facilities should be the rule rather than the exception – every child deserves an effective learning environment, and these projects provide rich inspiration.”
Alford also drew attention to the number of projects that adapt and extend existing buildings.
These included the extension to the MK Gallery in Milton Keynes by 6a Architects (pictured top) and Grimshaw’s renovation of its former Herman Miller factory into a building for Bath Schools of Art and Design.
“When a new building is essential, we need to make sure it will last and serve the future well – so it needs to be flexible and reusable,” he said. “Long life; loose fit; low energy architecture is the present and the future.”
“It is therefore very encouraging to see restoration and sensitive adaptation feature so prominently this year; with many buildings acknowledging their history, the needs of the present and the potential of their dynamic future,” he added.
The 54 national winners form the longlist for the Stirling Prize – the UK’s most prestigious architecture award. The Stirling Prize shortlist will be announced next week with the winner revealed on 14 October.
See the full list of winners, divided by RIBA region, below:
› Cambridge Central Mosque by Marks Barfield Architects
› Imperial War Museums Paper Store by Architype
› Key Worker Housing, Eddington by Stanton Williams
› The Water Tower by Tonkin Liu
› 95 Peckham Road by Peter Barber Architects
› Blackfriars Circus by Maccreanor Lavington
› Caudale Housing Scheme Mae Architects
› Centre Building at LSE by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners
› Centre for Creative Learning, Francis Holland School by BDP
› English National Ballet at the Mulryan Centre for Dance by Glenn Howells Architects
› Floating Church by Denizen Works
› House-within-a-House by Alma-nac
› Kingston University London – Town House by Grafton Architects
› Moore Park Mews by Stephen Taylor Architects
› North Street by Peter Barber Architects
› Royal Academy of Arts David Chipperfield Architects
› Royal College of Pathologists by Bennetts Associates
› The Ray Farringdon by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
› The Rye Apartments by Tikari Works
› The Standard by Orms
› The Student Centre, UCL by Nicholas Hare Architects
› Tiger Way by Hawkins\Brown
› Tottenham Hotspur Stadium by Populous
› Wooden Roof by Tsuruta Architects
› Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children by Stanton Williams
› Lower Mountjoy Teaching and Learning Centre Durham University by FaulknerBrowns Architects
› Pele Tower House by Woollacott Gilmartin Architects
› The Gables by DK-Architects
› The Oglesby Centre at Hallé St Peter’s by Stephenson Hamilton Risley Studio
› Windermere Jetty Museum by Carmody Groarke
› Aberdeen Art Gallery by Hoskins Architects
› Bayes Centre, University of Edinburgh by Bennetts Associates
› Sportscotland National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde by Reiach and Hall Architects
› The Egg Shed by Oliver Chapman Architects
› The Hill House Box by Carmody Groarke
South & South East
› Brighton College – School of Science and Sport by OMA
› Library and Study Centre St Johns College Oxford University by Wright & Wright Architects
› MK Gallery by 6a architects
› Moor’s Nook by Coffey Architects
› The Clore Music Studios New College Oxford University, John McAslan + Partners
› The Dorothy Wadham Building Wadham College Oxford University, Allies and Morrison
› The King’s School, Canterbury International College by Walters & Cohen Architects
› The Malthouse, The King’s School Canterbury by Tim Ronalds Architects
› The Narula House by John Pardey Architects
› Walmer Castle and Gardens Learning Centre by Adam Richards Architects
› Winchester Cathedral South Transept Exhibition Spaces by Nick Cox Architects with Metaphor
› Bath Schools of Art and Design by Grimshaw
› Redhill Barn by TYPE Studio
› The Story of Gardening Museum by Stonewood Design with Mark Thomas Architects and Henry Fagan Engineering
› Tintagel Castle Footbridge for English Heritage by Ney & Partners and William Matthews Associates
› Windward House by Alison Brooks Architects
› Jaguar Land Rover Advanced Product Creation Centre by Bennetts Associates
› Prof Lord Bhattacharyya Building University of Warwick by Cullinan Studio