In a series celebrating BD’s Architect of the Year Awards finalists, we look at the Retail and Leisure shortlist

Earlier this year BD announced all the architects who made it on to the shortlists for our prestigious annual Architect of the Year Awards.

Now we are shining the spotlight on each category in turn and publishing a selection of the images that impressed the judges.

This year’s judges include: Jo Bacon, partner, Allies & Morrison; Murray Kerr, director, Denizen Works; Dav Bansal, partner, Howells; Kay Hughes, design director HS2; Peter Caplehorn, chief executive, Construction Products Association; Peter Fisher, director, Bennetts Associates; Anna Hollyman, Senior Sustainability Advisor, UK Green Building Council; Marta Galinanes Garcia, director, AKTII; Darryl Chen, partner, Hawkins\Brown; Lee Higson, director, Eric Parry Architects; Maria Joao Reis, senior associate, Maccreanor Lavington

Today’s shortlist is Retail and Leisure Architect of the Year Award.

HLM Architects


Carnival Pool, a £33million leisure centre redevelopment in Wokingham, achieved carbon reductions of 75% and is a key part of the town centre’s regeneration. HLM’s entry also includes two hotels – the on-site Radisson Blu in Sheffield and the proposed Ingliston Hotel in Edinburgh – as well as Event Central Fargate, a £7million retrofit to provide business and community events space in Sheffield.

Holland Harvey

Holland Harvey

Two projects in former power stations form part of Holland Harvey’s entry – a flagship store for Paris Baguette at Battersea Power Station and a new café at the Tate Modern, which includes tables made from salvaged shells and waste coffee grounds. The submission also features two hotels - Inhabit Queen’s Gardens in Bayswater and the proposed Montcalm Marble Arch hotel near Hyde Park.

Hollaway Studio

Hollaway Architects

F51 Sports Park is the world’s first purpose built, multi-storey skatepark. Located in Folkestone, the distinctive building creates a hub for youth culture and is a key part of the town centre’s regeneration. Hollaway is at planning stage with The Seahive, a £50million surf lagoon at Betteshanger Country Park in Kent. The project also includes a hotel and wellness centre.

Morrison Design

Morrison Design

Three hotels and a driving range are featured in the Derby practice’s entry. Point A Hotel is a 141-new build in central Dublin which includes lower ground floor bedrooms day-lit by lightwells – a first for the city. Refurbishments include 100 Queen’s Gate, which was renovated and rebranded as a Curio Collection hotel for Hilton and the ongoing £54million extension and refurbishment of St. Regis London, The Westbury in Mayfair.