Bookmaker William Hill has cleared up after rank outsider Accordia scooped this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize on Saturday night (11 October).
Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Alison Brooks Architects and Maccreanor Lavington Architects, the housing project in Cambridge was at odds of 5/1 before the weekend, deterring any big-money bets.
The hard cash was instead wagered on Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’ Westminster Academy, which the turf accountant placed as 3/1 favourite in the run up to the prize ceremony.
A delighted Rupert Adams, spokesman for William Hill, said: ‘Hurrah – arare win for us. [We received] no bet of more than £10 on the winner.
‘As a result we made 75 per cent on a four-figure turnover – although turnover had been down [on previous years]because the contest was so close.’
However, Accordia’s victory was not welcomed by Justin Farmer, communications manager at 3DReid, even though the practice singled out the scheme as Stirling winner during a mock event held at its office last week.
Farmer said: ‘I had a tenner on Westminster Academy. I thought it was sure fire.’
Bookies clear up after Accordia's Stirling win