Edward Cullinan Architects and Herzog & de Meuron have each scooped two awards and been shortlisted for a third from a raft of architectural prizes, including the RIBA's biggest-ever handout of plaudits, writes Jez Abbott.
Herzog & de Meuron's Laban dance centre in Deptford, south London, was one of 70 winners in the RIBA Awards (see pages 23-44). The £14.4 million design was praised for its 'architectural ambition and inventiveness in revealing form and choreography of movement'. Cullinan's £60 million Centre for Mathematics at Cambridge followed suit. The firms were also specialist winners in the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust's (RFACT) Building of the Year award, in conjunction with BSkyB.
Cullinan and Herzog & de Meuron's projects have also been shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award, to be held in the autumn.
Laban has gone one better by also making it onto the shortlist for the British Construction Industry Awards.
Joint overall winners in the RFACT awards were Ian Ritchie Architects' Plymouth Theatre Royal production centre and John Simpson and Partners' Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.
Plymouth also won a RIBA Award, but the Queen's Gallery did not.
Other buildings to be honoured in both sets of awards were Michael Hopkins and Partners' Manchester Art Gallery; Horden Cherry Lee Architects' New House on Evening Hill, Dorset; and Pringle Richards Sharratt's Sheffield Winter Garden.
Pringle Richards Sharratt director John Pringle said of the Winter Garden: 'There aren't many councils doing projects of such a scale purely for public use, and we are delighted.'
Ian Simpson Architects' Urbis exhibition centre in Manchester triumphed in the RIBA Awards, as did Suffolk's Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre by van Heyningen and Haward Architects, along with Tony Fretton Architects' Red House in London's Tite Street.
Meanwhile, the shortlist of 14 for the PM's Better Building Award - sponsored by CABE - includes the Jubilee Primary School in London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris;
Imperial War Museum North by Daniel Libeskind;
and Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester by Allies and Morrison Architects. The winner will be announced on 22 October at the British Construction Industry Awards. PM Tony Blair said this week: 'There is no room for complacency. The scale of our public-sector building programme will present a significant challenge for years to come.'
The shortlist for the British Construction Industry Awards includes the Imperial War Museum North and Laban among 11 large projects. The small projects category has a shortlist of 10 and includes John McAslan + Partners' Benenden Hospital wing in Kent and Marks Barfield Architects' Millbank Millennium Pier in London.