Revellers at the AJ Architecture Awards last night were entertained by Dara O Briáin, a popcorn tricycle and a magician – here are some of the best pictures of the night
The biggest victor of the evening, which the Irish comedian hosted, was Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. The practice took home first prize in two categories, including Housing Project of the Year for its Paradise Gardens scheme, and was named AJ Architect of the Year.
Architects attending the special ceremony also enjoyed a live brass band and took part in a fun casino in aid of homelessness charity Crisis. Afterwards legendary DJ Normski entertained the crowd.
There was yet more success for Banbury-based Acanthus Clews Architects whose ‘beautifully handled’ Warwick Hall Community Centre – recent winner of AJ Retrofit of the Year 2017 – picked up both Heritage Project of the Year and the coveted Design of the Year.
Reiach and Hall also came away with a pair of major accolades: its Nuclear and Caithness Archives building in Wick, Scotland was named Public Building of the Year and was also handed the AJ Editor’s Choice Award.
The AJ Architecture Awards were held at an exclusive gala dinner on 7 December in the Grosvenor House Hotel, central London.
Winners in full
- Architect of the Year Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
- Design of the Year Warwick Hall Community Centre by Acanthus Clews Architects
- Editor’s Choice Nucleus, the Nuclear and Caithness Archives by Reiach and Hall Architects
- Budget Project of the Year The Dunbar Battery by rankinfraser landscape architecture
- Community & Faith Project of the Year Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre by Walters & Cohen Architects
- Cultural Project of the Year Victoria & Albert Museum by AL_A
- Health and Wellbeing Project of the Year Sunbeams Music Centre by MawsonKerr Architects
- Heritage Project of the Year Warwick Hall Community Centre by Acanthus Clews Architects
- Higher Education Project of the Year Alan Walters Building by Berman Guedes Stretton Architects
- House of the Year Tin House by Henning Stummel Architects
- Housing Project of the Year Paradise Gardens by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
- Infrastructure Project of the Year Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink Stop by SimpsonHaugh and Partners
- Interior Design of the Year Defoe Road by Paper House Project
- Landscape Project of the Year Lesnes to Crossness by Untitled Practice
- Leisure Project of the Year Watermark Westquay by Acme
- Masterplan of the Year North West Cambridge Development by AECOM
- Mixed-use Project of the Year Fitzroy Place by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Sheppard Robson
- Public Building of the Year Nucleus, the Nuclear and Caithness Archives by Reiach and Hall Architects
- Rerfurb of the Year One King William Street by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
- School Project of the Year Holy Trinity Primary School by Rock Townsend and Stockwool
- Sustainable Project of the Year Derwenthorpe Phase One by Studio Partington
- Tall Building of the Year Angel Court by Fletcher Priest Architects
- Workplace of the Year Sky Central by PLP Architecture, AL_A and Hassell