Twenty-three AJ Architecture Awards were given out at a special celebration ceremony hosted by comedian Dara O’Briain
The biggest victor was Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands which, as well as taking home first prize in two categories including Housing Project of the Year for its Paradise Gardens scheme, was named AJ Architect of the Year.
There was yet more success for Banbury-based Acanthus Clews Architects whose ‘beautifully handled’ Warwick Hall Community Centre – recent winner of AJ Retrofit of the Year 2017 – picked up both Heritage Project of the Year and the coveted Design of the Year.
Reiach and Hall also came away with a pair of major accolades: its Nuclear and Caithness Archives building in Wick, Scotland was named Public Building of the Year and was also handed the AJ Editor’s Choice Award.
In total there were 23 category winners chosen from 120 shortlisted projects across the UK, from Omagh to Wick and from Cardiff to Canterbury.
The juries made 259 building visits in their search for the best new architecture in the country, looking at an eclectic mix of projects ranging from community schemes and cultural projects to tall buildings and design in the workplace.
The 59 judges included architects Eva Jiřičná, Mary Duggan and developer Crispin Kelly.
The AJ Architecture Awards were held at an exclusive gala dinner on 7 December in the Grosvenor House Hotel, central London.
Winners in full
- Architect of the Year Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
- Design of the Year Warwick Hall Community Centre by Acanthus Clews Architects
- Editor’s Choice Nucleus, the Nuclear and Caithness Archives by Reiach and Hall Architects
- Budget Project of the Year The Dunbar Battery by rankinfraser landscape architecture
- Community & Faith Project of the Year Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre by Walters & Cohen Architects
- Cultural Project of the Year Victoria & Albert Museum by AL_A
- Health and Wellbeing Project of the Year Sunbeams Music Centre by MawsonKerr Architects
- Heritage Project of the Year Warwick Hall Community Centre by Acanthus Clews Architects
- Higher Education Project of the Year Alan Walters Building by Berman Guedes Stretton Architects
- House of the Year Tin House by Henning Stummel Architects
- Housing Project of the Year Paradise Gardens by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
- Infrastructure Project of the Year Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink Stop by SimpsonHaugh and Partners
- Interior Design of the Year Defoe Road by Paper House Project
- Landscape Project of the Year Lesnes to Crossness by Untitled Practice
- Leisure Project of the Year Watermark Westquay by Acme
- Masterplan of the Year North West Cambridge Development by AECOM
- Mixed-use Project of the Year Fitzroy Place by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Sheppard Robson
- Public Building of the Year Nucleus, the Nuclear and Caithness Archives by Reiach and Hall Architects
- Rerfurb of the Year One King William Street by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
- School Project of the Year Holy Trinity Primary School by Rock Townsend and Stockwool
- Sustainable Project of the Year Derwenthorpe Phase One by Studio Partington
- Tall Building of the Year Angel Court by Fletcher Priest Architects
- Workplace of the Year Sky Central by PLP Architecture, AL_A and Hassell