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Stirling Prize 2013: Astley Castle win was 'best result for bookies this millennium'

Bookmaker William Hill has cleaned up following the surprise Stirling Prize victory by outsider Astley Castle

The turf accountant said last night’s win by Witherford Watson Mann was the ‘best result for [the] bookies this millennium’.

William Hill confirmed most of the money had gone on Niall McLaughlin’s Bishop Edward King Chapel, the bookies’ runaway favourite, whose odds were slashed to just 5/4 following a flurry of bets, including a whopping £300 by one unlucky punter.

A spokesman said: ‘Nobody saw that - a great result for them and the bookies. Almost nothing [had been wagered] on Astley Castle. The biggest bet was £20 at 6/1.’

William Hill also made a stack of cash last year when Stanton Williams’ Sainsbury Laboratory took home the £20,000 accolade - a victory the bookmaker likened to ‘San Marino beating England… with less than 10 per cent of the book bet on the winner’.

Previous story (AJ 26.09.13)

Stirling Prize 2013: bookies cut odds again on runaway favourite Niall McLaughlin

Bookmaker William Hill has further cut its odds on Niall McLaughlin’s Bishop Edward Chapel to win this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize

The turf accountant has shortened the odds on McLaughlin to scoop his first ever Stirling victory from 13/8 to 5/4.

The runaway front-runner has been heavily backed by punters. William Hill confirmed last week that it had received one £300 bet on the ‘highly original and beautifully crafted’ church to win the sought-after first prize.

Park Hill Phase 1 in Sheffield by Hawkins\Brown with Studio Egret West, which was initially the bookies’ rank outsider (at 9/1) has also had seen its odds reined in – from 11/2 to 9/2.

A spokesman for the bookmaker said: ’It looks like architects and the building industry are lumping on the [Niall McLaughlin] chapel and a few smaller punters are backing Park Hill.’

Punters remain unconvinced by Witherford Watson Mann’s Astley Caste, which is offered at 6/1, and University of Limerick Medical School by Grafton Architects, whose price has fallen to 8/1.

Heneghan Peng’s Giant’s Causeway is still in second place, but its odds have weakened from 5/2 to 3/1.

The winner will be announced at 9pm tonight (26 September).

iall McLaughlin Architects has completed this £2 million chapel for Ripon Theological College in Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire.

Latest odds in full (18 September):

  • 5/4 Bishop Edward King Chapel – Niall McLaughlin Architects
  • 3/1 Giant’s Causeway – Heneghan Peng
  • 5/1 Newhall Be – Alison Brooks Architects
  • 9/2 Park Hill Phase 1 – Hawkins\Brown with Studio Egret West
  • 6/1 Astley Castle – Witherford Watson Mann Architects
  • 8/1 University of Limerick – Grafton Architects

Previous story (AJ 18.09.2013)

Stirling Prize 2013: bookies predict Niall McLaughlin whitewash

Bookmaker William Hill has cut its odds on Niall McLaughlin’s Bishop Edward Chapel to win this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize

The runaway favourite has been heavily backed by punters forcing the turf accountant to chop its odds from 9/4 to just 13/8.

William Hill confirmed it had received one £300 bet on the ‘highly original and beautifully crafted’ church to win the sought-after first prize.

Park Hill Phase 1, Sheffield by Hawkins\Brown with Studio Egret West, which was initially the bookies’ rank outsider, has also seen its odds slashed from 9/1 to 11/2 following ‘several £50 wagers’.

Punters have so far shied away from Witherford Watson Mann’s Astley Caste, which is now offered at 6/1, and University of Limerick Medical School by Grafton Architects whose chances of winning are still an enticing 13/2.

Alison Brooks Architects’ Newhall be has also lost ground on the leaders and is now being offered at 5/1.

Heneghan Peng’s Giants Causeway is unmoved in second place, but its odds have dropped to 5/2.

Latest odds in full (18 September):

  • 13/8 Bishop Edward King Chapel – Niall McLaughlin Architects
  • 5/2 Giant’s Causeway – Heneghan Peng
  • 5/1 Newhall Be – Alison Brooks Architects
  • 11/2 Park Hill Phase 1 – Hawkins/Brown with Studio Egret West
  • 6/1 Astley Castle – Witherford Watson Mann Architects
  • 13/2 University of Limerick – Grafton Architects

Previous story (24.07.2013)

Stirling Prize 2013: early money piles on Park Hill

Odds on Hawkins/Brown with Studio Egret West’s Park Hill project to win Stirling Prize have been slashed, with most of the early money going on the Sheffield estate scheme.

Initial odds on the project from bookmaker William Hill were 9/1 when the short list was announced last week, making it the rank outsider. However, odds have dropped to 11/2 with 50% of all bets so far on the project.

The revamp of the Grade II listed ‘60s estate was described by prize’s panel of judges ‘stands as a beacon for imaginative regeneration, quality mass housing and the bold reuse of a listed building’.

The bookmaker’s favourite remains Niall McLaughlin Architects’ chapel, now at 5/2, while the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre by Heneghan Peng has edged ahead of Alison Brooks Architects’ be:Newhall scheme into second favourite.

Latest odds in full (24 July):

  • 5/2 Bishop Edward Chapel – Niall McLaughlin Architects
  • 3/1 Giant’s Causeway – Heneghan Peng
  • 10/3 be:Newhall Be – Alison Brooks Architects
  • 11/2 Park Hill Phase 1 – Hawkins/Brown with Studio Egret West
  • 13/2 Astley Castle – Witherford Watson Mann Architects
  • 13/2 University of Limerick – Grafton Architects

Source: William Hill

AJ readers can vote for their favourite scheme in a special poll. The Bishop Edward Chapel project currently heads the survey, with 28.1% of votes, with the Park Hill scheme in third place with 14.3%.

The winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize is set to be announced in September.

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