V&A extension and Royal Academy of Music projects top RIBA’s 61-strong London Regional Awards

RIBA has named the 61 projects that have won 2018 London Regional Awards and conferred this year’s “Best London Building” title jointly on Amanda Levete’s AL_A practice and Ian Ritchie Architects.

Levete’s best-building title was in recognition of AL_A’s Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter. Ritchie was honoured for the practice’s Susie Sainsbury Theatre and Angela Burgess Recital Hall at the Royal Academy of Music.

Elsewhere, Foster & Partners’ Bloomberg building; Amin Taha and Groupwork’s 15 Clerkenwell Close; Wilkinson Eyre’s King’s Cross Gasholders; Squire & Partners’ Department Store; and Orms’ No1 New Oxford Street refurbishment were included in the overall awards winners list.

The Department Store in Brixton, by Squire & Partners

Source: James Jones

The Department Store in Brixton, by Squire & Partners

Maccreanor Lavington had five entries on the list – the most of any practice, including Kingsgate School in Camden, and Grange Primary School and Charles Dickens School both of which are in Southwark. The practice’s other two winners are South Gardens at Elephant Park and its 1,500-home Royal Albert Wharf scheme in Docklands.

Hawkins Brown had three entries on the list, including 53 Great Suffolk Street and Hackney Town Hall. AHMM had the same number, including its White Collar Factory at Old Street. RSHP’s Leadenhall Building, which completed in 2014, also won an award, as did Chris Dyson Architects’ refurbishment of the Regency pub the Sekforde in Clerkenwell.

The Skeforde, by Chris Dyson Architects

Source: Peter Landers

The Sekforde, by Chris Dyson Architects

RIBA London director Dian Small said the fact that the winners – whittled down from a shortlist of 93 – included 14 housing schemes, eight schools, a city farm, and a range of cultural institutions was a testament to the diverse way the capital used its creative skills.

“London has perhaps the highest concentration of design talent found anywhere in the world,” she said.

“It is that concentration of diverse talent, skills and exchange of ideas that makes London such an exciting and challenging place to work in the field of architecture.

“It’s testament to the drive and passion of our members that, again, we have seen the largest-ever number of schemes shortlisted for the RIBA London Awards.

“Our members are building more – and better – buildings than ever before; constantly enhancing the landscape and skyline of our region.”

Royal Albert Wharf Phase 1 by Maccreanor Lavington with detailed design by RMA Architects

Source: Maccreanor Lavington

Royal Albert Wharf Phase One by Maccreanor Lavington, with detailed design by RMA Architects

Maccreanor Lavington founding director Richard Lavington said his practice’s haul of awards was “an amazing achievement”.

“We have seen a number of projects complete this year and this is an opportunity to stand back and recognise what we have achieved and all the hard work it has taken to get there,” he said.

Lavington also thanked the practice’s clients for their “commitment to design quality”. 

In addition to the Best London Building award shared by Levete and Ritchie, RIBA made a handful of further special awards.

Chris Dyson won the RIBA London Sustainability Award for the Sekforde; Butler Hegarty Architects won the RIBA London Conservation Award for its Turner’s House project; and 31/44 Architects picked up best small project for Red House.

All of the London awards winners are in the running for the RIBA National Awards, winners of which will be announced on June 21.

Project NamePractice

15 Clerkenwell Close

Amin Taha and Groupwork

25 Savile Row

Piercy & Company

53 Great Suffolk Street

Hawkins Brown

70 Wilson


Abell and Cleland

DSDHA with delivery architect EPR

Alex Monroe Workshop


Belvue School Woodland Classrooms

Studio Weave

Bethnal Green Memorial

Arboreal Architecture

Black Stone Buildings

6a Architects

Bloomberg, London

Foster & Partners

Brentford Lock West Block E

Mae with White Ink Architects and Claude Maguire

Bridge Theatre

Haworth Tompkins

Caroline Place

Amin Taha and Groupwork

Central Parade

Gort Scott

Chadwick Hall

Henley Halebrown

Charles Dickens School

Maccreanor Lavington

Dartmouth Park House

AY Architects

De Beauvoir Block

Henley Halebrown

Faraday House

dRMM with Simpson Haugh

Fitzrovia House

Carmody Groarke

Gasholder Park

Bell Phillips Architects

Gasholders London

Wilkinson Eyre with Jonathan Tuckey Design

Gin Distillery

Open Practice Architecture

Grange Primary School

Maccreanor Lavington

Hackney Town Hall

Hawkins Brown

Hazelhurst Court

Levitt Bernstein

Ivydale Primary School

Hawkins Brown

Kings Crescent Estate Phases 1 and 2

Karakusevic Carson Architects and Henley Halebrown

Kingsgate Primary Lower School

Maccreanor Lavington Architects

Knox Bhavan Studio

Knox Bhavan Architects

Marlborough Primary School

Dixon Jones

No1 New Oxford Street


R7, Kings Cross

Duggan Morris Architects with Weedon Architects

Red House

31/44 Architects


Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners with EPR Architects

Royal Academy of Music: Susie Sainsbury Theatre and Angela Burgess Recital Hall

Ian Ritchie Architects

Royal Albert Wharf Phase 1

Maccreanor Lavington with detailed design by RMA Architects

Salters Hall

De Metz Forbes Knight Architects

Sandringham Central at Sandringham Primary School

Walters & Cohen Architects

Shaftesbury Theatre

Bennetts Associates

South Gardens

Maccreanor Lavington

St Augustines Church

Roz Barr Architects

St James Market

Make Architects

Streatham and Clapham High School - Phase One and Two

Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture

Sutherland Road

Levitt Bernstein

The Bourne Estate

Matthew Lloyd Architects

The Department Store

Squire and Partners

The Leadenhall Building

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners

The Makers House

Liddicoat & Goldhill

The Sekforde

Chris Dyson Architects

Turner’s House

Butler Hegarty Architects

University of Roehampton Library

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Upper Richmond Road

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris


Chance de Silva & Scanner

Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter


Victoria & Albert Museum Members’ Room

Carmody Groarke

Victoria Hall King’s Cross

Stanton Williams

Walthamstow Wetlands

Witherford Watson Mann Architects

Waterloo Community Farm

Feilden Fowles Architects

Weston Street

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

White Collar Factory

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris