Argent, the developer behind the huge regeneration of King’s Cross, has won the RIBA Client of the Year 2018 award
Nominated for a recent wave of completions on the north London site, including WilkinsonEyre’s Gasholders flats, Argent saw off Hackney Council, Newport-based St David’s Hospice Care and media giant Bloomberg, whose new London HQ by Foster + Partners won this year’s Stirling Prize.
Since 1981 Argent has worked on a series of major mixed-use developments including Brindley Place in Birmingham and St Peter’s Square and the Northern Quarter in Manchester.
Earlier this month Argent, which heads up the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership, submitted plans for a 15,000m² residential scheme by Alison Brooks Architects at the northern end of the site (see AJ 08.10.18).
Chair of the RIBA Awards Group, architect Julia Barfield, said: ’Argent is one of the most respected developers in the UK. Committed to delivering long-term change, they have transformed King’s Cross and regenerated cities across the country. As a client, they work closely and collaboratively with their architects, local stakeholders and communities.
‘The results are an impressive portfolio of thriving, high-quality developments that illustrate their commitment to significant investment in building vibrant, inclusive pieces of city.’
This year, for the first time since 2010, the prize was not supported by the Bloxham Charitable Trust. In 2017 the award was picked up by Bedales School for its Art and Design building, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (see AJ 31.10.17).
The award was presented at the RIBA Stirling Prize ceremony this evening (10 October) at The Roundhouse in London.
Winner and shortlist
- Argent for R7 by Morris+Company (previously Duggan Morris Architects); Gasholders by WilkinsonEyre; Victoria Hall King’s Cross by Stanton Williams; Gasholder Park by Bell Philips Architects, plus a number of previous RIBA Award-winning projects
- Bloomberg for Bloomberg, London by Foster + Partners
- The London Borough of Hackney for Kings Crescent Estate Phases 1 and 2, by Karakusevic Carson Architects; also Hackney Town Hall by Hawkins\Brown
- St David’s Hospice Care for St David’s Hospice New In-Patient Unit, Newport, by KKE Architects