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AJ exclusive: Stephen Lawrence Prize contenders announced

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RIBA Regional Award-winners feature heavily on the shortlist for the 2012 Stephen Lawrence Prize

A day centre for the homeless, three houses and a boutique hotel extension have been shortlisted for this year’s Stephen Lawrence Prize which honours schemes with a budget of less than £1 million.

The RIBA special prize was set up in memory of the teenager, an aspiring architect, who was murdered in 1993.

Apart from Duggan Morris’ Kings Grove house in London, all the finalists were chosen from RIBA Regional Award winners.

Featherstone Young has been shortlisted for the second time in a row, this time for its Dellow Day Centre in London.

Sponsored by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, the winner of the £5,000 prize will be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize dinner on 13 October in Manchester.

The judges are last year’s winning architect Phil Coffey from Coffey Architects, along with Marco Goldschmied and Stephen Lawrence’s mother, Doreen.

The shortlist in full

hill top house, oxford
Adrian James Architects The architects describe this 180m2 four-level scheme as ‘an essay in concrete for clients who relish the uncompromising ascetic quality of the material’

dellow day centre, east london
Featherstone Young Inserted into a narrow gap between buildings in Whitechapel, the 366m2 scheme houses workshop, studio, storage and office facilities for homeless charity Providence Row

the marquis hotel & restaurant, alkham, dover 
Guy Hollaway Architects Described as ‘a fine example of good architecture engendering business success’, the 235m2 hotel extension to a Grade II restaurant uses reclaimed flint and Kent Peg Tiles

hill house, kent
Hampson Williams Architects This 335m2 mainly timber home features a retaining wall made from recycled excavation material, a ‘beautifully crafted’ plywood interior and an ‘ambitious’ in-situ welded steel stair

kings grove, london 
Duggan Morris Architects Designed by the architects for themselves, this £320,000 scheme in a tight, landlocked site was praised for its ‘highly disciplined attention to detail in the design’ and for ‘the immaculate quality of the construction’. 

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