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Argent on four-strong shortlist for RIBA Client of the Year award

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Argent, the developer behind the huge regeneration of King’s Cross, has been named among the contenders for 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 is vying for the honour with media giant Bloomberg, Hackney Council and Newport-based St David’s Hospice Care.

Bloomberg was nominated for commissioning and delivering its huge new Foster + Partners-designed headquarters in London, a landmark building which is also in the running for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize.

The London Borough of Hackney made the list on the back of schemes by Karakusevic Carson Architects (Kings Crescent Estate Phases 1 and 2) and the revamp of its own town hall by Hawkins\Brown.

St David’s Hospice was put forward for its work with KKE Architects on the new In-Patient Unit in Newport, a scheme also vying for the 2018 Gold Medal for Architecture in Wales (see AJ 05.07.18).

This year, for the first time since 2010, the prize will not be 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).


  • 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
  • Argent for R7 by Morris+Company (previously Duggan Morris Architect); 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
  • St David’s Hospice Care for St David’s Hospice New In-Patient Unit, Newport, by KKE Architects

The winner of the award will be announced on the same night as the RIBA Stirling Prize: Thursday 10 October at The Roundhouse in London.

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