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RIBA London Awards: Social justice centre in Vauxhall named capital's best building

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Architecture 00’s social justice centre has been chosen ahead of schemes by Stirling-winners Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Haworth Tompkins and Stanton Williams to land RIBA London’s Building of the Year Award

The £5.2 million Foundry project, described by Ellis Woodman as ‘a building full of optimism’ (AJ 24.10.14), was the pick of the 38 winning schemes in the RIBA London Regional Awards.

Judges praised the 1,100m² refurbishment of the former shoe polish factory in Vauxhall for being a ‘refreshing reminder of what an architect can bring to a project regardless of budget’.  

Meanwhile AJ100 big-hitter Allford Hall Monaghan Morris picked up three awards in the capital - more than any other practice. The firm bagged gongs for: its Burntwood School in Wandsworth; the ‘exemplary’ re-configuration of a series of former buildings on Regent Street and New Burlington Street; and the ‘clear and simple’ William Street Quarter affordable housing scheme in Barking.

Other practices to have received more than one award were Stanton Williams, Haworth Tompkins, John McAslan and Partners, and Piercy and Co.

The Architect of the Year Award went to Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. The practice was recognised for its ‘masterfully detailed’ international headquarters for auction house Bonhams, and the new flagship store for the Soho institution and bookseller Foyles. Foyles also picked up RIBA London’s Client of the Year Award. Speaking about the bookstore project, the judges said: ‘The architect and client team have an added ambition to kickstart the regeneration of Charing Cross Road; the jury has no doubt that they can conquer this next challenge.’

AJ Emerging Woman Architect Award-winner vPPR was handed the region’s emerging prize after picking up an award for its vaulted house, which was described by the judges as ‘feeling fun-filled and easy to live in, bursting with clever details and elements’.

RIBA London interim director Owen Wainhouse, commented: ‘London is an open and international city and has perhaps the highest concentration of design talent found anywhere in the world.  Not just in architecture – but right across the creative industries.  It’s that concentration of talent, exchange of ideas and fierce competition that makes London such an exciting and challenging place for the practice of architecture. This year’s RIBA London Award winners demonstrate the ability of quality architecture to change people’s lives and enrich London’s built environment. ‘

The winners, which will now be put forward for the RIBA National Awards, were revealed at an award ceremony at the National Theatre on Monday evening (18 May).

Those collecting national awards in June will go on to be considered for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize.

RIBA London Award winners

  • 10 New Burlington Street by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • 5 Pancras Square by Bennetts Associates
  • Ashmount Primary School by Penoyre & Prasad
  • Bonhams by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Brentford Lock West by Duggan Morris Architects
  • Burntwood School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Courtyard House by Dallas Pierce Quintero
  • Darbishire Place by Niall McLaughlin Architects
  • Donmar Dryden Street by Haworth Tompkins
  • Employment Academy by Peter Barber Architects
  • Fitzroy Park House by Stanton Williams
  • Foyles by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Friends House by John McAslan and Partners
  • House in Wapping by Chris Dyson Architects
  • John Roan School by John McAslan and Partners
  • Kew House by Piercy & Company
  • King’s Cross Square  by Stanton Williams
  • Levring House by Jamie Fobert Architects
  • Mint Street by Pitman Tozer Architects
  • National Theatre by Haworth Tompkins
  • NEO Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Netherhall Gardens by Woollacott Gilmartin Architects
  • Paddington Integrated Project by Weston Williamson + Partners
  • Pear Tree House by Edgley Design
  • Queens Apartments by Stiff + Trevillion
  • Ravenor Primary Expansion by Seymour Harris Architecture
  • St Mary of Eton Church Apartments and Community Rooms by Matthew Lloyd Architects
  • St Paul’s School Science Building by Nicholas Hare Architects
  • St Thomas the Apostle College by Allies and Morrison
  • Tabernacle Street by Piercy & Company
  • The Foundry by Architecture 00
  • University campus for Hult International Business School by Sergison Bates Architects
  • University of Greenwich Stockwell Street Building by Heneghan Peng
  • Vaulted House by vPPR Architects
  • Waddington Studios by Featherstone Young Architects
  • White on White by Gianni Botsford Architects
  • William Perkin Church of England High School by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • William Street Quarter by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

The Foundry by Architecture 00

The Foundry by Architecture 00

Special Award winners

  • Building of the Year The Foundry by Architecture 00
  • Architect of the Year Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Project Architect of the Year Rob Naybour of Weston Williams + Partners
  • Emerging Architect of the Year vPPR
  • Client of the Year Foyles
  • Sustainability Award 5 Pancras Square by Bennetts Associates
  • Conservation Award Employment Academy by Peter Barber Architects
  • Small Project Award Courtyard House by Dallas Pierce Quintero
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