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Níall McLaughlin’s Oxford Uni centre crowned best building in RIBA South region

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Níall McLaughlin’s Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre at Worcester College in Oxford has been named building of the year in the RIBA South region

The £8.9 million block was one of eight handed regional awards last night (17 May) for the best new buildings in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire.

Chosen from a 12-strong shortlist, the other winners included dn-a architects’ Thames Tower in Reading, which also picked up the RIBA South sustainability award, and MICA Architects’ (formerly Rick Mather Architects) New Library at The Queen’s College, Oxford which won the region’s conservation award.

There were special accolades too for Sarah Griffiths, who was named RIBA South project architect of the year for her work with Amin Taha on a country villa in Buckinghamshire, and the client behind PAD studio’s Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion, Southsea.

Regional jury chair, Adrian James of Adrian James Architects, said: ‘The overall standard of the shortlist for RIBA South Awards was very high, which is why so many of them made the grade to progress to a regional award.

‘Oxford generally dominates the architecture of the region. The university and the colleges have an eye-popping track record as patrons, and that tradition shows no sign of waning. The standard of the submitted buildings in Oxford this year was quite superb. Most should achieve national and even international recognition.

Housing was notably absent in the region

But he added: ‘One building type that was notably absent in the region was housing. Whereas London has legions of housing developments each year, RIBA South apparently has none. So it is good to see that Oxfordshire is now taking meaningful steps to correct this, with major housebuilding initiatives. Let’s hope that the authorities and developers prioritise quality as paramount.’

All the regional award winners will be considered for the RIBA National Awards and the recipients of these will be announced on 21 June. Those collecting national awards will then be considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

The regional winners in full

Thames Tower, Reading, by dn-a architects

Thames Tower, Reading by dn-a architects

Thames Tower, Reading by dn-a architects

Source: Jack Hobhouse

Thames Tower, Reading by dn-a architects

Berkshire House, Berkshire, by Gregory Phillips Architects

Berkshire House, Berkshire by Gregory Phillips Architects

Berkshire House, Berkshire by Gregory Phillips Architects

Source: Mel Yates

Berkshire House, Berkshire by Gregory Phillips Architects

Pheasants, Buckinghamshire, by Sarah Griffiths + Amin Taha

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Pheasants, Buckinghamshire by Sarah Griffiths + Amin Taha

Source: Tim Soar

Pheasants, Buckinghamshire by Sarah Griffiths + Amin Taha

Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion, Southsea, Portsmouth, by PAD studio

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Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion, Southsea, Portsmouth by PAD studio

Source: Richard Chivers

Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion, Southsea, Portsmouth by PAD studio

Big Data Institute, Oxford, by Make Architects

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Big Data Institute, Oxford by Make Architects

Source: Martina Ferrara - Make Architects in-house

Big Data Institute, Oxford by Make Architects

Hubert Perrodo Building, St Peter’s College, Oxford, by Design Engine Architects

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Hubert Perrodo Building, St Peter’s College, Oxford by Design Engine Architects

Source: Richard James

Hubert Perrodo Building, St Peter’s College, Oxford by Design Engine Architects

New Library, The Queen’s College, Oxford, by MICA Architects

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New Library, The Queen’s College, Oxford by MICA Architects

Source: Jim Stephenson

New Library, The Queen’s College, Oxford by MICA Architects

The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, Oxford by Níall McLaughlin Architects

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The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, Oxford by Niall McLaughlin Architects

Source: Nick Kane

The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, Oxford by Niall McLaughlin Architects

 

Special award winners

RIBA South Sustainability Award, sponsored by Geberit - Thames Tower, Reading by dn-a architects

RIBA South Project Architect of the Year Award, sponsored by Taylor Maxwell - Sarah Griffiths

RIBA South Client of the Year Award, sponsored by Tobermore - Canoe Lake Leisure, client on PAD Stduio’s Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion, Southsea

RIBA South Conservation Award - New Library, The Queen’s College, Oxford by MICA Architects

RIBA South Building of the Year Award, sponsored by Artifice Press - The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, Oxford by Niall McLaughlin Architects

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