The AJ can exclusively reveal the shortlists for the RIBA's special prizes, to be announced on October 21 at the Stirling Prize ceremony.
The AJ's First Building Prize will go to either:
Cedar House, a £127,000 Perthshire country home by Walker Architect; the £100,000 Hatherley Studio in Winchester by Richard Rose-Casemore;
The Lawns, a £1.1 million transformation of a north London Leonard Mannaseh house by Eldridge Smerin; and Guy Greenfield Architects' £1.2 million Hammersmith surgery for West London Health Estates (see images on page 3).
Cedar House and Hatherley Studio will also do battle with Raisdale Road in Penarth, Wales, by Loyn & Co Architects, and the Student Canteen in Shrewsbury by Baart Harries Newell for the Stephen Lawrence prize.
The RIBA Client of the Year shortlist is: Walsall City Council, for Hodder Associates' Darlaston Swimming Pool, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris' St Paul's Bus Station and the art gallery; Urban Splash for Britannia Mills and Old Haymarket;
Joseph Rowntree Foundation for Levitt Bernstein's CASPAR housing in Leeds; Ujima Housing Association for Walter Menteth's Bloomfield Court; and Molendinar Park Housing Association for McKeown Alexander's Graham Square.
The Crown Estate Conservation award will go to one of: Wilkinson Eyre Architects'Magna; Blair Castle by Jamie Troughton and Hugh Broughton Architects; the Early Music Centre by van Heyningen and Haward Architects; Snape Maltings by Penoyre and Prasad; Dulwich Picture Gallery by Rick Mather Architects; or the National Portrait Gallery by Dixon.Jones.
Snape Maltings, Magna and the National Portrait Gallery are also on the shortlist for the new ADAPT Trust Access Award, along with the Crichton campus by Robert Potter & Partners, Explore@Bristol by Wilkinson Eyre, and RADA by Avery Associates.