Herzog & de Meuron, Caruso St John and Haworth Tompkins among top names on 49-building Stirling Prize long-list

The Tate Modern extension, a straw-clad enterprise centre in Norwich, and Brighton’s new “vertical pier” are among the 49 best British buildings of the year, announced today by RIBA.

Herzog & de Meuron’s huge addition to the former Bankside Power Station – also known as the Blavatnik Building and Switch House – won particular praise for its chain-mail brick façade, while Architype’s environmentally friendly office building for the University of East Anglia was described as “a tour de force in the exploration and use of sustainable materials”.

Marks Barfield Architects’ British Airways i360 observation tower in Brighton was saluted for its “extraordinary innovation and originality” by judges of the a 2017 national wards, which serve as a long list for the building-of-the-year Stirling Prize.

Other winning schemes include Caruso St John’s Liverpool Philharmonic Hall refurbishment; Haworth Tompkins’ Silchester social housing development in Notting Hill, west London; and Invisible Studio’s Wolfson Tree Management Centre at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire.

Three practices notched up double wins in this year’s national awards.

Wilkinson Eyre won awards for both its expansion of the Dyson Campus in Wiltshire and 8 Finsbury Circus in the City of London.

Eric Parry Architects won awards for the Welding Institute near Cambridge and new music facilities for Wells Cathedral School, while Stephenson Studio picked up accolades for the Stoller Studio at Chetham’s School of Music and the Finlays Warehouse housing development, both in Manchester.


Dujardin Mews, Ponders End, north London

Another winner: Dujardin Mews in Ponders End, north London, by Karakusevic Carson Architects with Maccreanor Lavington


RIBA president Jane Duncan said the 2017 roll-call of national winners was a list of “phenomenal buildings” created by extraordinarily talented, ambitious and enthusiastic design teams.

She said it was particularly pleasing to see great examples of well-designed sustainable new homes among the award winners in light of the UK’s housing crisis.

“Derwenthorpe in York is a fantastic socially and environmentally sustainable housing development; in London, Silchester and Ponders End are both great examples of estate regeneration bringing thoughtful and community based affordable housing to the capital,” she said.

“Sadly though, these projects are exceptions. We all deserve a well-designed, affordable home, wherever we live in the country. I encourage other local authorities, developers and clients to look at these projects as exemplars.”

Duncan praised the selection of high-quality new school buildings included on the 2017 awards list – naming Parry’s Wells Cathedral School project and Grimshaw’s “The Laboratory” at Dulwich College.

However, she said it was “disappointing” that, after a few boom years, there were no cost-effective state-school buildings among the award winners.

“Well-designed schools support improved student achievement, and staff and student wellbeing and should be part of educational aspirations for all our schools, not just those in the fee-paying sector,” she said.

RIBA national awards winners are all contenders for the Stirling Prize, the shortlist for which is set to be announced on July 20.

RIBA national awards winners 2017

  1. Carrowbreck Meadow, Norwich, by Hamson Barron Smith (private housing development)
  2. The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia, by Architype (university)
  3. Peacock House, Aldeburgh, by BHSF Architekten with Studio-P (individual house)
  4. St Albans Abbey, St Albans, by Richard Griffiths Architects (place of worship)
  5. Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre, Walsham le Willows, by  Walters & Cohen Architects (place of worship)
  6. The Welding Institute, Great Abington, by Eric Parry Architects (research institution)
  7. Leicester Cathedral’s Richard III Project, by van Heyningen and Haward Architects (place of worship)
  8. The Laboratory, Dulwich College, by Grimshaw (school – independent/public)
  9. No 49, Hither Green, south-east London, by 31/44 Architects (individual house)
  10. The Loom, Whitechapel, east London, by Duggan Morris Architects (workspace/office)
  11. 8 Finsbury Circus, City of London, by Wilkinson Eyre (workspace/office)
  12. 40 Chancery Lane, London, by Bennetts Associates (workspace/office and retail)
  13. King’s College School, Wimbledon, south-west London, by Allies and Morrison (school – independent/public)
  14. New Scotland Yard, London, by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (workspace/office)
  15. Paradise Gardens, Hammersmith, west London, by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (housing development – private)
  16. Photography Studio for Juergen Teller, Ladbroke Grove, west London, by 6a architects (workspace/residential)
  17. Silchester, Notting Hill, west London, by Haworth Tompkins (housing development – social)
  18. Barretts Grove, Stoke Newington, north London, by Amin Taha + Groupwork (housing development – private)
  19. Dujardin Mews, Ponders End, north London, by Karakusevic Carson Architects with Maccreanor Lavington (housing development – social)
  20. Tate Modern’s Blavatnik Building, London, by Herzog & de Meuron (museum)
  21. The British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre, London, by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (museum)
  22. Walmer Yard, Holland Park, west London, by P Salter and Associates with Mole Architects John Comparelli Architects (housing development – private)
  23. Live Works, Newcastle Upon Tyne, by Flanagan Lawrence with Tench Maddison Ash Architects (theatre)
  24. Shawm House, West Woodburn, Northumberland, by MawsonKerr Architects (individual house)
  25. The Word, South Shields, Tyneside, by FaulknerBrowns Architects (library and cultural venue)
  26. Chetham’s School of Music – Stoller Hall, Manchester, by Stephenson Studio (school – independent/public)
  27. Finlays Warehouse, Northern Quarter, Manchester, by Stephenson Studio (housing development – private)
  28. Liverpool Philharmonic, by Caruso St John Architects (theatre)
  29. Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building, Christie Hospital, south Manchester, by Foster & Partners (healthcare)
  30. Fallahogey Studio, Kilrea, Northern Ireland, by McGarry-Moon Architects (workspace/office)
  31. Bedales School Art and Design Building, Petersfield, Hampshire, by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (school – independent/public)
  32. The Berrow Foundation Building and New Garden Building, Lincoln College, Oxford, by Stanton Williams (university)
  33. Magdalen College Library, Oxford, by Wright & Wright Architects (university)
  34. Warwick Hall Community Centre, Burford, Oxfordshire, by Acanthus Clews Architects (community space)
  35. Caring Wood, near Maidstone, Kent, by Macdonald Wright Architects and Rural Office for Architecture (individual house)
  36. Command of the Oceans, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Kent, by Baynes and Mitchell Architects (museum)
  37. Hastings Pier, East Sussex, by dRMM Architects (leisure)
  38. British Airways i360, Brighton, by Marks Barfield Architects (leisure)
  39. South Street, Lewes, East Sussex, by Sandy Rendel Architects (individual house)
  40. Dyson Campus Expansion, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, by Wilkinson Eyre (workspace/office)
  41. New Music Facilities for Wells Cathedral School, Somerset, by Eric Parry Architects Studio (school – independent/public)
  42. Wolfson Tree Management Centre, Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, by Invisible Studio (leisure)
  43. Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, by Glenn Howells Architects (memorial)
  44. Blackburn Meadows Biomass, Sheffield, by BDP (energy infrastructure)
  45. Derwenthorpe Phase One, York, by Studio Partington (housing development – private)
  46. Victoria Gate Arcades, Leeds, by ACME (retail)
  47. City of Glasgow College, by Reiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects (further education college)
  48. Newhouse of Auchengee, North Ayrshire, by Ann Nisbet Studio (individual house)
  49. Rockvilla, Speirs Wharf, Glasgow, by Hoskins Architects (workspace/office)