The RIBA has announced the winners of this year’s Downland Prize, for schemes in south and south-east England with a budget of less than £1 million.

The overall winner was CDP Architecture, for a “thoughtful and beautiful” modern house in Lympne, Kent.

The brief for the four-bedroom family property was sustainability and a strong geometric design. The firm created adjacent cuboid blocks linked by a curving metal roof.

Riach Architects's Wharf Mews project in Oxford
Riach Architects's Wharf Mews project in Oxford

The awards also honoured two community projects, both involving churches.

Canterbury-based Lee Evans Partnership created a contemporary extension to the medieval grade II* listed St Margaret’s Church in West Sussex, which the judges described as well executed and sympathetic.

The joint community winner was Deidre Waddington Architects of Godstone for the sensitive refurbishment of the 50 year old Friary Church of St Francis and St Anthony in Crawley.

Lee Evans Partnership's contemporary extension to the medieval grade II* listed St Margaret’s Church
Lee Evans Partnership's contemporary extension to the medieval grade II* listed St Margaret’s Church

Spratley Studios, based in Henley on Thames, won best conservation extension for work to Blewbury Manor in Oxfordshire. A glass roof was used to turn the existing courtyard at the grade II listed property into an atrium with a new west wing added.

The winner in the housing category was Riach Architects, of Oxford, for the city’s Wharf Mews project, a brick-built development of six flats.

The winners were selected from 95 entries. The prize is run by the RIBA and sponsored by Ibstock and the Rooflight company.

Winning and shortlisted projects can be seen at www.architecture.com/ribasoutheast/downland

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