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Stirling shortlist: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

The AJ presents buildings, essays and archive material from the architects nominated for the 2011 RIBA Stirling Prize, sponsored by Benchmark

Following Westminster Academy in 2008, and Kentish Town Health Centre in 2009, The Angel Building is Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’s third nomination for British Architecture’s most prestigious prize.

The London-based practice were the bookies favourites to win the 2008, but were pipped by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ Accordia.

The practice, founded by Simon Allford, Jonathan Hall, Paul Monaghan and Peter Morris in the late eighties, has grown to become one of the largest practices in the UK. It finished 16th in the AJ100 2011, and was named Sustainable Practice of the Year.

This year, The Angel Building, a redevelopment of an 1980s office block in Islington into a BREEAM Excellent office complex for Derwent, will be aiming to win AHMM their first Stirling Prize.

Described as a building of ‘elegance and poise’ by the RIBA judges, you can read our building study on the scheme here.

The Stirling Prize winner will be announced at the Magna centre in Rotherham on Saturday 1 October.

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