Tim Ronalds and Niall McLaughlin score double entries on 29-strong list of the UK’s best new buildings

RIBA has named its 29 best new buildings of the year – including one project by AHMM, the practice of current institute president Simon Allford.

But while the Hawley Wharf mixed-use scheme in Camden is AHMM’s only project to win a 2022 National Award, Tim Ronalds Architects and Niall McLaughlin Architects both netted double victories.

Ronalds’ wins are for the practice’s Aisher House boarding block at Sevenoaks School and its LB Southwark SILS3 pupil-referral unit in south London. McLaughlin’s awards are for the Magdalen College Library at Cambridge University and the Masters Field Development at Oxford University.

Elsewhere, the RIBA National Award winners list ranges from Hopkins Architects’ 100 Liverpool Street net-zero office development in the City of London to Nissen Richards Studio’s new viewing tower at the Sutton Hoo Anglo Saxon burial site in Suffolk. (See box below for a full list of winners)

Aisher House, at Sevenoaks School, by Tim Ronalds Architects

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Aisher House, at Sevenoaks School, by Tim Ronalds Architects

RIBA said key trends for the 2022 winners included uniting communities, housing for the future, and restoration and adaptation of existing buildings. All of the winning projects will now go forward for consideration for the Stirling Prize shortlist.

President Simon Allford said the latest National Award winners were a “powerful collection of buildings” that demonstrate great architecture can emerge in challenging situations, and offer hope at a time when the nation needs to unite to plan for a sustainable future.

“As we start to settle from the pandemic, I am particularly encouraged by the number and quality of new buildings designed to foster community,” he said.

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AHMM’s Hawley Wharf project in Camden

“From local cultural hubs to reinvigorated accessible arts venues, these projects demonstrate the power of good architecture to lift spirits and enhance lives.

“I’m very pleased to see new and innovative solutions to meet the ever-growing demand for high quality, energy-efficient homes, showing what can be achieved by forward-thinking clients.

“From developments on the fringes of rural towns to upgraded social housing in cities, these winners set a new benchmark and vision for the future of UK housing.”

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The new viewing tower at Sutton Hoo, by Nissen Richards Studio

Allford said he was also encouraged to see restoration and sensitive adaptation projects feature prominently among the 2022 winners.

“Retaining and reusing existing buildings is a crucial part of our low-carbon future,” he said.

Allford added that it was “particularly inspiring” to see the UK’s first secondary school to achieve Passivhaus accreditation among the winners – a direct reference to Architype’s Harris Academy at Sutton.

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Harris Academy at Sutton, by Architype

RIBA National Award winners 2022

100 Liverpool Street by Hopkins Architects (London)

Aisher House, Sevenoaks School by Tim Ronalds Architects (South East)

BFI Riverfront by Carmody Groarke (London)

Creek House, Cornwall by Seth Stein Architects Ltd (South West)

Forth Valley College - Falkirk Campus by Reiach and Hall Architects (Scotland)

Guildford Crematorium by Haverstock (South East)

Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road by Henley Halebrown (London)

Harris Academy, Sutton by Architype (London)

Hawley Wharf by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (London)

High Sunderland by Loader Monteith (Scotland)

House at Lough Beg by McGonigle McGrath (Northern Ireland)

Ibstock Place School Refectory by Maccreanor Lavington (London)

Kiln Place by Peter Barber Architects (London)

LB Southwark SILS3 by Tim Ronalds Architects (London)

Lovedon Fields by John Pardey Architects (South)

Magdalene College Library by Niall McLaughlin Architects (East)

Masters Field Development by Niall McLaughlin Architects (South)

Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park by Panter Hudspith Architects (London)

Quarry Studios by Moxon Architects (Scotland)

Sands End Arts and Community Centre by Mæ Architects (London)

St John’s Church, Hackney by Thomas Ford & Partners (London)

Suffolk Cottage by Haysom Ward Miller Architects (East)

Surbiton Springs by Surman Weston (London)

Sutton Hoo by Nissen Richards Studio (East)

The Alice Hawthorn by De Matos Ryan (Yorkshire)

The Fratry by Feilden Fowles (North West)

The Mitchell Building at Skinners’ School by Bell Phillips Architects (South East)

The Parchment Works by Will Gamble Architects (East Midlands)

Winsford Cottage Hospital by Benjamin & Beauchamp Architects (South West)