Hawkins\Brown’s £50 million physics lab for the University of Oxford has been named RIBA South Building of the Year 2019
The 8,950m² Beecroft Building, which features a 16m-high basement, was one of nine buildings to receive awards in the region covering Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.
Hampshire County Council Architects also won big, taking two regional accolades for The Lookout at Lepe Country Park in Southampton, and for Whitchurch Silk Mill.
Níall McLaughlin’s Hampshire House was also among the regional winners, which were picked from an original shortlist of 17 projects.
Lee\Fitzgerald Architects won two special awards, with Tim Lee winning RIBA South Project Architect of the Year and Greenland Library taking RIBA South Conservation Award.
RIBA South regional jury chair Stuart McLarty of dn-a architecture said: ‘Every project reinforced the worth of the architect; so many schemes would have been mundane, dull and often economically poorer without the architect’s contribution.
’What really stood out among the winners was the wonderful use and integration of warm, natural materials and finishes – stone, oak, brick, copper, bronze, concrete – exquisitely detailed in the way they connected or turned a corner.’
The regional winners will now be considered for an RIBA National Award, which will be announced on Thursday 27 June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.
South regional award winners
Cork House, Berkshire by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton
Source: David Grandorge
Lark Rise, Berkshire by bere:architects
Source: Tim Crocker
Places Leisure, Eastleigh by AHR
Source: Daniel Hopkinson
The Lookout at Lepe Country Park, Southampton by Hampshire County Council Architects
Source: Jim Stephenson
Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch by Hampshire County Council Architects
Source: Jon Skipper
Hampshire House, Hampshire by Níall McLaughlin Architects
Source: Nick Kane
Greenland Library, Brasenose College, Oxford by Lee\Fitzgerald Architects
Source: Lance McNulty
The Beecroft Building, University of Oxford by Hawkins\Brown
Source: Jim Stephenson
Westgate, Oxford by BDP, Dixon Jones, Allies and Morrison, Panter Hudspith, Glenn Howells Architects
Source: Nick Caville
- Cork House, Berkshire by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton, RIBA South Sustainability Award, sponsered by Michelmersh
- Whitchurch Silk Mill for Whitchurch Silk Mill Trust, RIBA South Client of the Year Award
- Greenland Library, Brasenose College, Oxford by Lee\Fitzgerald Architects, RIBA South Conservation Award
- Tim Lee of Lee\Fitzgerald Architects for Greenland Library, RIBA South Project Architect of the Year Award, sponsored by Taylor Maxwell
- The Beecroft Building, University of Oxford by Hawkins\Brown, RIBA South Building of the Year Award