The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 49 winners of the 2018 RIBA National Awards. From skyline-altering buildings to sensitive small-scale sculptures, this year’s top projects showcase a wide-ranging selection of scales, featuring designs from Foster + Partners, HawkinsBrown, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and Niall McLaughlin Architects.

Mixed-use spaces, in particular, those that benefit communities are featured heavily. While other key trends appear in the diverse list including sensitive, context-driven material choices; the reuse and regeneration of existing buildings, especially with regards to commercial use; and high-quality housing schemes that highlight the importance of authority-led regeneration.

RIBA President Ben Derbyshire stated his pleasure in seeing “some excellent examples of large-scale housing schemes.” Also, how “projects such as these are beacons showing how it is possible for enlightened local authorities and developers to create the well-designed, desirable and sustainable homes that communities so desperately need.”

From exceptional mixed-use buildings that bring a community together, and breathing new life into dilapidated historic buildings, to getting the best value from an awkward site or limited budget, every one of this year’s award winners is a testament to the architects’ skill in solving a range of challenges to create projects that will inspire and delight their users and communities for years to come.
– Ben Derbyshire, RIBA President

Selected from the winners of 12 regional awards programs, the national list will now make up the pool of projects competing for the RIBA Stirling Prize of the UK’s best building of the year.

The full list of winners includes:

15 Clerkenwell Close / Amin Taha Architects and Groupwork
London, England


© Timothy Soar

© Timothy Soar

25 Savile Row / Piercy&Company
London, England


© Jack Hobhouse

© Jack Hobhouse

53 Great Suffolk Street / HawkinsBrown
London, England


© Tim Crocker

© Tim Crocker

Albert Works / Cartwright Pickard Architects
Sheffield, England


© Tom Kahler

© Tom Kahler

Bethnal Green Memorial / Arboreal Architecture
London, England


© Marcela Spadaro

© Marcela Spadaro

Bloomberg, London / Foster + Partners
London, England


© Nigel Young

© Nigel Young

Boroughmuir High School / Allan Murray Architects
Edinburgh, Scotland


© Keith Hunter

© Keith Hunter

Bushey Cemetery / Waugh Thistleton Architects
Bushey, Hertfordshire, England


© Blake Ezra

© Blake Ezra

Caroline Place / Amin Taha Architects and Groupwork
London, England


© Timothy Soar

© Timothy Soar

Chadwick Hall / Henley Halebrown
London, England


© David Grandorge

© David Grandorge

City of London Freemen’s School – Swimming Pool / HawkinsBrown
Surrey, England


© Jack Hobhouse

© Jack Hobhouse

Coastal House / 6a Architects
Devon, England


© Johan Dehlin

© Johan Dehlin

Durham Cathedral Open Treasure / Purcell
Durham, England


© Andy Marshall

© Andy Marshall

Five Acre Barn / Blee Halligan
Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England


© Sarah Blee

© Sarah Blee

Gasholders London / WilkinsonEyre and Jonathan Tuckey Design
King’s Cross, London, England


© Peter Landers

© Peter Landers

King’s Crescent Estate Phases 1 and 2 / Karakusevic Carson Architects and Henley Halebrown
Hackney, London, England


© Peter Landers

© Peter Landers

Kingsgate Primary Lower School / Maccreanor Lavington Architects
Camden, London, England


© Tim Crocker

© Tim Crocker

Knox Bhavan Studio / Knox Bhavan Architects
London, England


© Dennis Gilbert

© Dennis Gilbert

Liverpool’s Royal Court / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Liverpool, England


© Timothy Soar

© Timothy Soar

Lochside House / HaysomWardMiller Architects
West Highlands, Scotland


© Richard Fraser

© Richard Fraser

Maggie’s Oldham / dRMM Architects
Oldham, England


© Alex de Rijke

© Alex de Rijke

Marlborough Primary School / Dixon Jones
London, England


© Paul Riddle

© Paul Riddle

New Tate, St Ives / Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev
St. Ives, Cornwall, England


© Nick Hufton

© Nick Hufton

Nucleus, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive / Reiach and Hall Architects
Caithness, Scotland


© Reiach & Hall

© Reiach & Hall

Old Shed New House / Tonkin Liu
North Yorkshire, England


© Greg Storrar

© Greg Storrar

R7 King’s Cross / Duggan Morris Architects and Weedon Architects
London, England


© Jack Hobhouse

© Jack Hobhouse

Riverlight / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and EPR Architects 
London, England


© Anthony Coleman

© Anthony Coleman

Royal Academy of Music / Ian Ritchie Architects
London, England


© Adam Scott

© Adam Scott

Royal Albert Wharf Phase 1 / Maccreanor Lavington
London, England


© Tim Crocker

© Tim Crocker

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire / Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios
Birmingham, England


© Hufton + Crow

© Hufton + Crow

Shaftesbury Theatre / Bennetts Associates
London, England


© Peter Cook

© Peter Cook

Sibson Building / Penoyre & Prasad
Canterbury, Kent, England


© Quintin Lake

© Quintin Lake

St Augustines Church / Roz Barr Architects
London, England


© John Maclean

© John Maclean

St David’s Hospice, New In-Patient Unit / KKE Architects
Newport, Wales


© Ståle Eriksen

© Ståle Eriksen

Storey’s Field Community Centre and Nursery / MUMA LLP
Cambridge, England


© Alan Williams

© Alan Williams

Storyhouse / Bennetts Associates
Chester, England


© Peter Cook

© Peter Cook

the David Attenborough Building / Nicholas Hare Architects
Cambridge, England


© Alan Williams

© Alan Williams

the Department Store / Squire and Partners
London, England


© James Jones

© James Jones

the Leadenhall Building / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
London, England


© Paul Raftery

© Paul Raftery

the Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library and Archives / LDN Architects LLP
Halifax, West Yorkshire, England


© LDN Architects

© LDN Architects

the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre / Niall McLaughlin Architects
Worcester, England


© Keith Barnes

© Keith Barnes

University of Birmingham Indoor Sports Centre / Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Birmingham, England


© Paul Riddle

© Paul Riddle

University of Roehampton Library / Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios
London, England


© Hufton + Crow

© Hufton + Crow

V&A Exhibition Road Quarter / AL_A
London, England


© Hufton + Crow

© Hufton + Crow

Victoria Hall King’s Cross / Stanton Williams
London, England


© Nick Hufton

© Nick Hufton

Walthamstow Wetlands / Witherford Watson Mann Architects
London, England


© Heini Schneebeli

© Heini Schneebeli

West Court Jesus College / Niall McLaughlin Architects
Cambridge, England


© Peter Cook

© Peter Cook

Weston Street / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
London, England


© Timothy Soar

© Timothy Soar

White Collar Factory / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
London, England


© Timothy Soar

© Timothy Soar

Learn more about RIBA’s annual awards program here.

News via: The Royal Institute of British Architects

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