11 wins in the RIBA Regional Awards

Brick building with large windows and trees in front

We are very pleased that our projects have been named the winners of 11 RIBA Regional Awards - including a special award for conservation. The winning projects span a wide range of sectors including social housing, arts and culture, and education. As winners of a regional prize, they will automatically be entered into the RIBA National Awards, the results of which will be announced on June 2023.

You can read about the projects and the judges' comments below. 

Brick building with large windows and trees in front

© Nick Guttridge

Cranmer Road Accommodation, King's College - RIBA East Award

Recently named CIBSE’s Project of the Year (non-domestic), Cranmer Road is an ultra-low energy, all-electric, Passivhaus development for King's College, Cambridge. With its low embodied carbon structure and low operational carbon emissions, the Cranmer Road Student Accommodation is an exemplary student housing project that showcases many of the approaches to sustainable and low-energy design that are essential for current and future projects aspiring to achieve net zero carbon.

“The jury was impressed by the level of ambition, rigorous technical design, innovation and refinement of detail in this pioneering project. As the University of Cambridge and the colleges aim to decarbonise their estate over the coming years, the Cranmer Road project will provide a pointer to some of the techniques and approaches to be followed and developed.” 

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The exterior of Duke Street, a block of red-brick flats, on a sunny autumn day.

© Joakim Boren

Duke Street Riverside, Norwich University of the Arts - RIBA East Award 

Riverside is a state-of-the-art multifunctional building for Norwich University of the Arts comprising 100 high-quality en-suite student rooms, flexible performance teaching spaces, theatre, library and social spaces which set new standards for the student experience.

“Effort was made to reduce embodied energy, such as by using relatively lightweight construction and reusing some of the previous building’s substructure. Making the building energy efficient in use was another priority: good airtightness, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery and heat pumps all help satisfy the heating demand.” 

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The exterior of the AVRO building in Manchester - a Victorian factory building converted into flats - on a bright sunny day

© Daniel Hopkinson 2021

Avro, Brownsfield Mill - RIBA North West Award & Conservation Award

Located on the Rochdale Canal in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, Avro provides 31 traditional canal-side apartments in the former Brownsfield Mill. 

"Carefully considered interventions have been used such as overcladding the historic winding stairs, deformed over time, with a safe and uniform modern stair. These new walkways lead residents from the entrance lobby to the communal garden, and on to walking routes to the city centre and stations via canal towpath. The new elements, such as the communal garden space and escape stairs which sit prominently on the façade, have been carefully crafted to complement the existing, listed elements.”

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The Britannia Leisure Centre on a bright sunny day

© Diane Auckland / Fotohaus Ltd

City of London Academy Shoreditch Park - RIBA London Award

A key element of a Hackney masterplan project (The Britannia Project), this new four to five-storey-tall school is at the heart of a dense residential area underdoing regeneration and expansion. 

“The City of London Academy is a good example of a building that is low-energy in operation, demonstrated through a high-performance facade, passive ventilation strategies, and a BREEAM Outstanding certification. It has already proved a success story for Hackney, with the borough proudly stating that the academy is witnessing a ‘steady increase of enhanced student behaviour and higher GCSE grades.” 

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Five people stand beside the reception desk in the large glazed and red brick foyer of Museum of the Home.

© Hufton + Crow

Museum of the Home - RIBA London Award

We worked on the upgrade and extension of the Museum of the Home's Grade I listed spaces. The museum's brief focused on transforming the visitor experience and ensuring that the Museum was protected and sustained for generations to come.

“Through a sustainable retrofit approach, the building has been reoriented from west to east, allowing Geffrye Street, on the museum’s East side, to feel like an extension of the museum. Both the refurbishment of the historic building and construction of the new extensions have been catalytic in animating the spaces in front of Hoxton station and Kingsland Road, positively contributing to a sense of place and reconnecting the building with the community.”

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A modern multi-story building with a central outdoor space

© Jack Hobhouse

Agar Grove Estate Redevelopment - RIBA London Award

The redevelopment of Agar Grove Estate sets a standard for social housing in the UK. As a ‘proof of concept’ for large-scale Passivhaus developments in the UK, it has meaningfully tackled fuel poverty by reducing residents' fuel bills by 70% and has influenced changes to the London Plan's approach to district heat networks.

“The jury commended the new development for being extremely ambitious in providing high-calibre housing, modelled on the standards established by Sydney Cook and other leading past Camden architects. In future it is hoped that generous landscaping and human interaction will bring greater animation to this important new corner of Camden.”

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Looking out through windows at an apartment balcony, in A House for Artists.

© David Grandorge

A House for Artists, Barking - RIBA London Award

The House for Artists provides a new public community arts space, 12 new homes, and an artist workshop for residents. 

“This is a thoughtful and assured piece of architecture that has been delivered with rigour and precision. To date, feedback from residents and the local community has been extremely positive. The client team sees the development as a prototype for other community-focused affordable rented housing and, considering the success of the scheme, why not?” 

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A multi-story building with numerous windows, reflecting the sunlight

© David Grandorge

Central Somers Town Community Facilities, Camden - RIBA London Award

Central Somers Town Community Facilities and Housing are part of a larger masterplan commissioned by the London Borough of Camden for an extensive area within the Central London neighbourhood of Somers Town, near St Pancras station.

“The jury commended the Central Somers Town Community Facilities and Housing as a key community asset which is a marked improvement on the previous facility on the site.”

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Edith Neville School, Central Somers Town - RIBA London Award

The school is part of the regeneration of Somers Town and its building and boundary have been thoughtfully designed to extend the nearby park. 

“The resulting building is filled with light, feels extremely spacious, and works very well for children, teachers and parents. Of great note are the exterior play spaces which surround the school, including a country garden, potting shed and fallen logs, all carefully designed to cater for every type of child, from sporty types to shy individuals who might prefer to watch rather than participate.”

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The exterior of the Courtauld Institute of Art

© Benedict Johnson

The Courtauld Institute of Art - RIBA London Award

The transformation of the Courtauld Gallery in its home at Somerset House, London is the first part of a multi-phase project that aims to open up the institution both physically and culturally. 

“Overall, the jury thought this was an extremely well-judged project, which lets the spirit of the historic building lead the visitor experience, but with some 21st-century creativity to solve some of its inherent complexities.”

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