UK’s best new buildings revealed

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today, Thursday 23 June, announced the winners of the 2016 RIBA National Awards, the most rigorous and prestigious awards for new buildings in the UK.

RIBA National Award-winning buildings set the standard for good architecture. The shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best building of the year will be drawn from the 46 award-winning buildings announced today.

Award winners include:

  • a children’s hospital in Liverpool with a striking, undulating grass roof (Alder Hey Children’s Hospital)
  • a development of 76 new homes in pastoral Essex (The Avenue)
  • a beautifully detailed motorway services in the Cotswolds (Gloucester Services)
  • a new shimmering stainless steel library at an Oxford college by Zaha Hadid Architects
  • and the transformation of ARK All Saints Academy and Highshore School by AHMM

Other highlights include:

  • A blue, cave-like curved steel  small pavilion building in Bournemouth, the first dedicated drawing studio to be built in a British art school for a century (Drawing Studio)
  • 60 new cost-effective single-storey council homes for elderly and disabled people in Greenwich on the site of former garages – a new model for public housing (Greenwich Housing)
  • The conservation and renewal of a dilapidated Grade II Georgian music hall in London’s East End, retaining its cherished atmosphere (Wilton’s Music Hall)
  • A state-of the-art new college building on the River Clyde that creates a new urban block for Glasgow and generous new civic spaces for the city (Saunders Centre, Science & Technology Building, Glasgow Academy)
  • The reinvigoration and extension of a much loved art gallery in York, clad in beautiful tiles, reflecting the ceramic art collection on display in the new roof space gallery (York Art Gallery)
  • The bold and colourful re-working of a Victorian inner-city secondary school site in one of the most deprived parts of London  (Regent High School)
  • An elegant new college on the Wirral that acts as an ‘essay in construction’ for its students by instilling the ethic of quality workmanship – over 300 students from the college helped with its construction (Wirral Metropolitan College)
  • A beautifully-crafted new office building in London’s affluent St James’s Square conservation area that sets a new local benchmark for its enlightened architectural approach and refined use of materials (8 St James’s Square)

Speaking today, RIBA President Jane Duncan said:

“The RIBA National Awards are a great indicator of UK design, economic and construction trends.

“One stand-out trend from this year’s crop of winners is the huge scale of investment and ambition shown by many of the UK’s universities and colleges; almost one quarter of the winning projects (11 buildings) are in this category.  As universities and colleges in the UK are competing for students from here and overseas, it is encouraging to see so much emphasis placed on the power of architecture to help institutions to attract students and stand out from the mediocre.

“I am delighted to see that four fantastic school buildings have made the grade too.  Too many of our school and education buildings are in disrepair; with limited funding available to provide our children and their teachers with great learning spaces, every penny spent on schools must deliver maximum value for money.

“I am pleased to see a strong selection of new housing developments amongst our winners, including new models for public housing and semi-rural development. We urgently need new homes, but too often we see projects which have cut corners in quality which fails the people these new homes are meant to serve. I hope these achievements in housing inspire other developers.”

  Winning Project Architect Area of United Kingdom Typology
1 51 Hills Road Gort Scott Ltd Cambridge, England Office, commercial
2 61 Oxford Street Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Soho, London, England Mixed use – retail, office and multi-dwelling  residential
3 8 St James’s Square Eric Parry Architects City of Westminster, London, England Office, commercial
4 A Private House in Cumbria Bennetts Associates Cumbria, England Single dwelling, residential
5 A Private House in Northamptonshire James Gorst Architects Limited Northamptonshire, England Single dwelling, residential
6 Alder Hey Children’s Hospital BDP Liverpool, England Hospital, healthcare
7 ARK All Saints Academy and Highshore School Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Camberwell, London, England Mixed, non-selective secondary school, education
8 Banbridge Health and Care Centre Kennedy FitzGerald Architects Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland Healthcare, community
9 Blavatnik School of Government Herzog & de Meuron Oxford, England University, education
10 Bob Champion Research and Education Building Hawkins\Brown Norwich, England University, education
11 City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus


Michael Laird Architects/Reiach and Hall Architects Glasgow, Scotland Further education college, education
12 Corner House DSDHA Fitzrovia, London, England Multi-dwelling, residential
13 Davenies School DSDHA Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England Independent day school, education
14 Derry Avenue Bell Phillips Architects South Ockendon, Essex, England Multi-dwelling, residential
15 Drawing Studio CRAB studio (Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau Limited) Poole, Dorset, England University, education
16 Ely Court Alison Brooks Architects Ltd South Kilburn, London, England Multi-dwelling, residential
17 Essex University – Albert Sloman Library and Silberrad Student Centre Patel Taylor Colchester, England University, education
18 Gloucester Services Glenn Howells Architects Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England Retail, commercial
19 Greenwich Gateway Pavilions Marks Barfield Architects Greenwich, London England Gallery, bistro, café, commercial and community
20 Greenwich Housing Bell Phillips Architects Greenwich, London England Council houses, Multi-dwelling, residential
21 Heart of Campus, Nottingham Trent University Evans Vettori Nottingham, England University , education
22 Hebburn Central FaulknerBrowns Architects Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, England Leisure, community

Library, education

23 HOME Mecanoo Manchester, England Gallery, cinema, theatre, cultural
24 House of Trace Tsuruta Architects Lewisham, London, England Single dwelling, residential
25 Laidlaw Library, University of Leeds ADP LLP Leeds, England University, education
26 Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute Allies and Morrison Denmark Hill, London, England University, education
27 Murphy House Edinburgh, Scotland Richard Murphy Architects Edinburgh, Scotland Single dwelling, residential
28 National Graphene Institute Jestico + Whiles Manchester, England University  education
29 New QEII Hospital Penoyre & Prasad LLP Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England Hospital, healthcare
30 Newport Street Gallery Caruso St John Architects Vauxhall, London, England Gallery, cultural
31 Outhouse Loyn & Co Architects Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England Single dwelling, residential
32 Regent High School, Walters & Cohen Architects Somers Town, London, England Co-educational comprehensive secondary education
33 Royal Road Panter Hudspith Architects Elephant & Castle, London, England Multi-dwelling, residential
34 Saunders Centre, Science & Technology Building Page \ Park Architects Glasgow, Scotland Independent private school, education
35 Sir John Soane Museum Julian Harrap Architects LLP Holborn, London, England Museum, cultural
36 Stanbrook Abbey Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios York, Yorkshire, England Convent, religious
37 The Avenue Pollard Thomas Edwards Saffron Walden, Essex, England Multi-dwelling, residential
38 The Cheeran House john pardey architects Reading, Berkshire, England Single dwelling, residential
39 The Investcorp Building Zaha Hadid Architects Oxford, England University, education
40 The Portland Collection Hugh Broughton Architects Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England Gallery, cultural
41 Trafalgar Place dRMM Architects Elephant & Castle, London, England Multi-dwelling, residential
42 Turnmill Piercy&Company Clerkenwell, London, England Office, commercial
43 Weston Library WilkinsonEyre Oxford, England University, education
44 Wilton’s Music Hall Tim Ronalds Architects Wapping, London, England Theatre, venue,  cultural
45 Wirral Metropolitan College Glenn Howells Architects Wallasey, Merseyside, England Further education college, education
46 York Art Gallery Ushida Findlay Simpson Brown York, Yorkshire, England Gallery, cultural

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