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Private houses dominate RIBA South East Awards

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Five private homes, including houses by Tonkin Liu and Sandy Rendel Architects, have won RIBA South East Awards

Other houses to pick up regional awards were designed by ABIR Architects, Featherstone Young, and James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell.

Meanwhile, Baynes and Mitchell Architects’ Command of the Oceans – a gallery designed around an 18th century warship – was named RIBA South East Building of the Year.

Sandy Rendel Architects won Emerging Practice of the Year. 

The other winners were Marks Barfield Architects’ British Airways i360 in Brighton; dRMM’s pier in Hastings; Richard Griffiths Architects’ Brighton College Cairns Tower; Eric Parry Architects’ Brighton College Music School; and the Traffic Lights, Brighton, by John Pardey Architects.

However, there was no regional recognition for BDP, Walters & Cohen Architects nor James Gorst Architects

Dido Milne, chair of the RIBA South East Awards jury, said that some of the winners ‘support the notion of Conservation in its most progressive form, and serve as a timely reminder that the inventive re-use and adaptation of the existing built environment continues to be an intelligent and sustainable response to the increasing pressures on resources, both regionally and globally.’

She added: ’The consistently modest spaces within the residential projects also suggest a shift towards a more sustainable way of living.’

All the victorious buildings will now go on to be considered for national honours, with the successful projects revealed in June. The six finalists for the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize will be drawn from these national winners.

Special awards

  • Regional Building of the Year Command of the Oceans, Chatham, by Baynes and Mitchell Architects
  • Sustainability Award Caring Wood by James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell
  • Regional Project Architect of the Year Alex de Rijke, dRMM for Hastings Pier
  • Regional Client of the Year Hastings Pier Charity
  • Regional Emerging Practice of the Year Sandy Rendel Architectstd
  • Regional Conservation Awards Command of the Oceans by Baynes and Mitchell Architects; and Jack Mill House, Hassocks by Featherstone Young

RIBA South East Awards winners 

British Airways i360, Brighton, by Marks Barfield Architects

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British Airways i360, Brighton by Marks Barfield Architects

Source: Kevin Meredith


Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham, by Baynes and Mitchell Architects

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Command of the Oceans, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham by Baynes and Mitchell Architects

Source: Hélène Binet

Brighton College Cairns Tower, by Richard Griffiths Architects

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Entrance Tower, Brighton College, Brighton by Richard Griffiths Architects

Source: Will Pryce

Hastings Pier, Hastings, by dRMM Architects

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Hastings Pier, Hastings by dRMM Architects

Source: Alex de Rijke

Jack Mill House, Hassocks, by Featherstone Young

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Jack Mill House, Hassocks by Featherstone Young

Source: Tim Brotherton


Music School, Brighton College, Brighton, by Eric Parry Architects

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Music School, Brighton College, Brighton by Eric Parry Architects

Source: Hélène Binet

Private house, by ABIR Architects

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Private house west sussex jimstephenson abir architects

Source: Jim Stephenson

Private house by ABIR Architects


Private house, Kent, by James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell

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Private house, Kent, by James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell

Source: James Morris

Private house, Kent by Tonkin Liu

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Private house, Kent by Tonkin Liu

Source: Nick Guttridge

Private house by Sandy Rendel Architects

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Private house by Sandy Rendel Architects Ltd

Source: Richard Chivers


The Traffic Lights, Brighton, by John Pardey Architects

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The Traffic Lights, Brighton by John Pardey Architects

Source: Jim Stephenson


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  • The visual qualities of the BA i360 tower is an affront to architecture and to Brighton beach. It is associated with the outpouring of smoke, of waste matter - an industrial pipe, but surely nothing to do with celebrating where the land meets the sea, nor the restful delights experienced by the beach dwellers. No, this is yet another example of showing our engineering muscle to soar above the rooftops in an artificial hover reserved for nature's fliers. A toast to crude interruption of an airspace that is not deserved. Sensitive design imagination as withered and disappeared.

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