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RIBA Special Awards shortlists revealed

Some of the UK's most groundbreaking new buildings have been shortlisted for the RIBA Special Awards.

All the shortlisted buildings were selected from the winners of the RIBA Awards and RIBA European Awards, announced earlier this year .

The five special awards are: the Crown Estate Conservation Award; the RIBA/CABE Inclusive Design Award; the Stephen Lawrence Prize, the RIBA/Sorrell Foundation Schools Award; and the RIBA/English Partnerships Sustainability Award.

The Crown Estate Conservation Award is presented to 'the best work of conservation that demonstrates the successful restoration and/or adaptation of an architecturally significant building.' The shortlist is:

  • The Roundhouse, London, by John McAslan & Partners;
  • SS Great Britain and Historic Dockyard, Bristol, by Alec French Architects;
  • Stowe House restoration, Stowe, by Purcell Miller Tritton;
  • William Kent House, The Ritz Hotel, London, by Ettwein Bridges Architects; and
  • Dresden Station Redevelopment, Germany, by Foster & Partners.
  • The RIBA/CABE Inclusive Design Award celebrates 'inclusivity in building design and demonstrates good design results in environments that are safe, convenient and enjoyable to use'. The shortlist is:

  • V&A Museum of Childhood, London, by Caruso St John Architects;
  • Portland College New Learning Centre, Mansfield, by Patel Taylor; and
  • Broadwater Farm Children's Centre, London, by Gollifer Langston Architects.
  • The Stephen Lawrence Prize 'rewards the best examples of projects that have a construction budget of less than £1 million.' The shortlist is:

  • Wooda, Crackington Haven, Cornwall, by David Sheppard Architects;
  • Focus House, London, by bere:architects;
  • Kander House, London, by Jamie Fobert Architects;
  • The Singing Ringing Tree, Burnley, by Tonkin Liu; and
  • Private House, Richmond, by David Mikhail Architects.
  • The RIBA/Sorrell Foundation Schools Award - a new prize for 2007 - will award £5,000 to the best RIBA Award-winning school (primary or secondary). The shortlist is:

  • Devonshire Primary School, Blackpool, by Building Design Partnership;
  • Marlowe Academy, Ramsgate, by Building Design Partnership; and
  • Redbrook Hayes School, Rugeley, Staffordshire, by Walters and Cohen.
  • The RIBA/English Partnerships Sustainability Award is 'for the building that demonstrates most elegantly and durably the principles of sustainable architecture'. The shortlist is:

  • RSPB Environment & Education Centre, Purfleet, Essex, by van Heyningen and Haward Architects;
  • Upper Twyford Barn, Hereford, by Architype;
  • Environmental Research Institute, Cork, by Bucholz McEvoy Architects; and
  • Cork City Council, New Civic Offices, Cork, by ABK Architects.
  • The winners will be announced as part of the RIBA Stirling Prize dinner in association with The Architects' Journal on Saturday 6 October.

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    by Max Thompson

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