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2013 RIBA National and EU Awards announced

Jun 14, 2013 - 11:58   857 views

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the winners of the 2013 RIBA National Awards, the most rigorously-judged awards for architectural excellence. RIBA National Award winning buildings set the standard for good architecture; these are projects that go beyond the brief and exceed the client’s expectation. The shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the 52 RIBA National and EU Award winners (43 buildings in the UK and 9 buildings elsewhere in the EU).

This year’s award winners range from the UK’s northernmost arts centre in the Shetlands down to Redruth in Cornwall. From a beautifully-crafted chapel in the back garden of an Edinburgh townhouse to the innovative yellow-roofed Ferrari Museum in Italy, from M&S’s new ‘green’ flagship store in Cheshire to the National Trust’s dynamic new visitor centre at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. Well-known ‘star’ architects and smaller architecture practices, some who have never won an RIBA award before, will now be battling it out to make it onto this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist for the best building of the year.

One-third of this year’s UK winners are exceptional education buildings, from small nursery schools to major university campuses.  Some of the last Building Schools for the Future (BSF) schools have made the grade this year with winners including St Alban’s Academy in Birmingham and Kingswood Academy in Kingston upon Hull, whose ingenious use of limited space has created exceptional and inspiring facilities for students, not to mention bully-deterring toilets.

Though excellent projects have been delivered at the extreme ends of the scale – notably the 242 hectare Olympic master plan and a small contemporary house in the ruins of the 12th century Astley Castle in Warwickshire - this year’s awards are revealing a notable squeezed-middle, with fewer medium-scale projects amongst the winners, both public and commercial. Many of the winners are publicly, charity or foundation funded, with only one commercial office building in the form of Quadrant 3 on Regent Street in London.

It is pleasing to see some of the best housing winners for some time – the redevelopment of the Brutalist Grade II listed 1960s Park Hill estate in Sheffield, the intelligent Newhall Be suburban development of 84 homes in Harlow and pocket-sized developments in London on difficult sites such as the eight large multi-generational housing association homes on Beveridge Mews in Stepney Green and the highly-detailed private houses at Church Walk in Stoke Newington. These are excellent examples of what new housing developments should be delivering.

Speaking today, RIBA President Angela Brady said:

'Risk-taking is not for the faint-hearted in recessionary times, but amongst this year’s crop of truly exceptional buildings, I am delighted to see such a variety of projects doing just that. From Jesmond Gardens, an open-plan primary school in Hartlepool with rooms divided simply by acoustic curtains, and the mould-breaking North London day-care hospice modeled on an over-sized house to appeal sensitively to its patients, to the Hive in Worcester, the first library for shared use by both the public and a University.

There are more delights in the list: some of the highest quality housing we have seen for some time and many projects from Eastside City Park in Birmingham to Heartlands in Cornwall are a sign that even in hard times the public realm has not been ignored.  

It is good to see that sustainability is at the heart of so many of these winners - most clearly perhaps where, encouragingly, a major client has championed it, as in the case of  M&S in Cheshire.

Most notably though this year’s RIBA National Awards features a selection of really exceptional schools and education buildings, places that properly invest in the future for their pupils - their awards show their ambition to improve our school stock; there may not be too many award winning schools to come for some time.'

The 43 UK buildings that have won an RIBA National Award are:


 The Chapel of Saint Albert the Great, Edinburgh by Simpson and Brown

 Forth Valley College of Further & Higher Education, Stirling by Reiach and Hall Architects

 Mareel, Lerwick Shetland by Gareth Hoskins Architects with PJP Architects

 University of Aberdeen New Library/Sir Duncan Rice Library by Schmidt

 4 Linsiander , Vig, Lewis by Studio KAP Architects


 Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre by Heneghan Peng

 The MAC, Belfast by Hackett Hall McKnight


 Jesmond Gardens Primary School, Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS24 by ADP


 Chetham's Music School, Manchester, M3 by Stephenson: ISA Studio

 M&S Cheshire Oaks by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson

 MMU Business School by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio

 St Silas CofE Primary School, Blackburn by Capita Symonds


 Park Hill, Sheffield by Hawkins/Brown and Studio Egret West

 SOAR Works, Parson Cross, Sheffield by 00:/

 Kingswood Academy, Bransholme, Kingston upon Hull by AHMM


 Astley Castle, Nuneaton, Warwickshire by Witherford Watson Mann

 Eastside City Park, Birmingham by Patel Taylor

 St Alban's Academy, Birmingham by dRMM

 The Hive, Worcester by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

 Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham by Glenn Howells Architects


 Crowbrook, Ware, Hertfordshire by Knox Bhavan Architects

 Newhall Be, Harlow, Essex by Alison Brooks Architects


 Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth, Gloucestershire by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

 The Forum, University of Exeter by Wilkinson Eyre

 Heartlands, Redruth by Stride Treglown


 Chapel at Cuddesdon by Niall Maclaughlin

 West Wing, Said Business School, Oxford by Dixon Jones

 Stowe Gardens Visitor Centre, Buckingham by Cowper Griffith


 Jerwood Gallery, Hastings by HAT Projects

 Colyer-Fergusson Building, University of Kent, Canterbury by Tim Ronalds Architects


 Akerman Health Centre, by Henley Halebrown Rorrison

 Hayes Primary School, LB Croydon by Hayhurst and Co

 Slip House by Carl Turner

 Beveridge Mews, Stepney Green Estate, Hannibal Road, E1 by Peter Barber

 Ironmonger Row Baths, Norman Street, London, EC1 by Tim Ronalds

 Olympic Energy Centre, King's Yard, Olympic Park, E9 by John McAslan

 Olympic Masterplan, E20 by Allies and Morrison

 Lauriston School, Rutland Road, E9 by Meadowcroft Griffin/MLA

 Church Walk, N16 by David Mikhail

 Montpelier Community Nursery, Brecknock Road, N19 by AYA

 North London Hospice, Barrowell Green, N21 by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

 UCH Cancer Care Centre, WC1 Hopkins Architects by Hopkins

 Quadrant 3, Air Street, W1 by Dixon Jones with Donald Insall Associates

The 9 RIBA Award buildings in the EUROPEAN UNION are:

 Frederiksberg Courthouse, Copenhagen, Denmark by 3XN 

 Sorø Art Museum, Denmark by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects 

 Pierresvives, Montpellier, France by Zaha Hadid Architects

 MBA Building, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Paris, France by David Chipperfield Architects 

 House on Mount Anville, Dublin, Ireland by Aughey O'Flaherty Architects

 University of Limerick Medical School and Pergola Bus Shelter, Ireland by Grafton Architects 

 Enzo Ferrari Museum, Modena, Italy by Shiro Studio

 Hoflaan House, Rotterdam, Netherlands by Maccreanor Lavington

 Municipal Auditorium of Teulada, Alicante, Spain by Francisco Mangado y Asociados

The RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year.  The prize will be presented on Thursday 26 September at Central St Martins in London.

The Architects’ Journal is media partner for the RIBA National Awards and trade media partner for the RIBA Stirling Prize

Notes to editors

  1. Press information: high resolution photographs and judges citations of all award-wining buildings can be downloaded from:

Selection of images:

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More information on RIBA Awards can also be found at

For further information contact either:

General media info: Beatrice Cooke in the RIBA Press Office on

020 7307 3813;

If your query regards a specific project please contact the relevant regional press contact:


Louise Todd –  07501 466644

RIBA London

Owen Wainhouse –; 020 7307 3659

RIBA South and RIBA South East

Jenny Peterson –; 01892 515 715 or 07501 466 648

East Midlands

 Lucy Grierson –  07534 178327    

RIBA West Midlands

Matthew Dobson –  0121 233 2321

South West and RIBA Wessex

Jon Watkins – 07501 466 649

North East

Amanda McManus –; 0191 261 7441

Northern Ireland

Gillian Lendrum –; 02890 323 760

North West

Anna Johnson –; 0151 703 0107


Neil Baxter– 0131 229 7545


Mike Clarke – 0113 389 9870


 Mary Wrenn–; 02920 228987

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