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
Source: Jack Hobhouse
Berkshire House, Berkshire, by Gregory Phillips Architects
Berkshire House, Berkshire by Gregory Phillips Architects
Source: Mel Yates
Pheasants, Buckinghamshire, by Sarah Griffiths + Amin Taha
Pheasants, Buckinghamshire by Sarah Griffiths + Amin Taha
Source: Tim Soar
Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion, Southsea, Portsmouth, by PAD studio
Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion, Southsea, Portsmouth by PAD studio
Source: Richard Chivers
Big Data Institute, Oxford, by Make Architects
Big Data Institute, Oxford by Make Architects
Source: Martina Ferrara - Make Architects in-house
Hubert Perrodo Building, St Peter’s College, Oxford, by Design Engine Architects
Hubert Perrodo Building, St Peter’s College, Oxford by Design Engine Architects
Source: Richard James
New Library, The Queen’s College, Oxford, by MICA Architects
New Library, The Queen’s College, Oxford by MICA Architects
Source: Jim Stephenson
The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, Oxford by Níall McLaughlin Architects
The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, Oxford by Niall McLaughlin Architects
Source: Nick Kane
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