Bookmaker William Hill has admitted that Foster + Partners’ RIBA Stirling Prize victory was its ‘worst result’, with more punters backing Bloomberg than any of the other shortlisted schemes
The £1 billion European headquarters for the media giant had not been the bookies’ favourite at any point before last night’s announcement at the Roundhouse in Camden, London.
Storey’s Field Community Centre and Eddington Nursery by MUMA for the University of Cambridge remained the clear frontrunner throughout the run-up to the prizegiving and was being offered at 10/3. The odds had not changed since the shortlist was announced on 19 July.
However despite an early flurry on the nursery (see Bookies’ report: money mounts up on MUMA to win RIBA Stirling Prize 2018), Bloomberg, which was offered at odds of 7/2, eventually attracted 38 per cent of the bets.
The biggest single bet on Foster + Partners’ City of London scheme was £100.
A spokesperson for William Hill, said: ’It was our worst result and predicted by a number of people; but [we only made] a small loss. It is a worthy winner.’
Shortlist in full (with odds by William Hill)
10/3 Storey’s Field Community Centre and Nursery, Cambridge by MUMA
7/2 Bloomberg, London by Foster + Partners
4/1 Bushey Cemetery, Hertfordshire by Waugh Thistleton Architects
4/1 New Tate St Ives, by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev
9/2 The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Oxford by Níall McLaughlin Architects
11/2 Chadwick Hall, University of Roehampton, London by Henley Halebrown
Intriguingly, Bloomberg was the least popular shortlisted building among the AJ’s readers, with MUMA again the most heavily supported.
The Architects’ Journal is the professional media partner for the RIBA Stirling Prize.
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