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    Repurposed shoe polish factory triumphant at RIBA London Awards

    Nathan Johnson

    The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have awarded 38 British projects with RIBA London Awards in 2015, and announced a rebuilt former shoe polish factory as the London Building of the Year Award.

    Announced on 19 May, the winning projects were chosen from an extensive entry list of 159 projects, and include a variety of building typologies including 16 residential projects, 11 schools and university projects, and eight commercial winners.

    But it was an adaptive reuse project from Architecture 00 Ltd that won the judges top honour, the architects taking the Building of the Year award for ‘The Foundry’, which involved the transformation of a unused factory in Vauxhall, London into a  Social Justice and Human Rights Centre.

    Other big winners on the night were Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands who took the RIBA London Architect of the Year Award, for their retail project in Soho, and vPPR Architects who took the RIBA London Emerging Architect of the Year Award for Vaulted House, a family house built on the walled site of a former taxi garage, and almost entirely hidden in the middle of a Victorian block in Chiswick.   

    Above: Foyles by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. Photography by Nina Sologubenko

    Below: Vaulted House by vPPR Architects. Photography by Loana Marinescu

    The RIBA Sustainability Award was awarded to Bennetts Associates for their 5 Pancras Square project (pictured below) which achieved a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ sustainability rating and is currently on course to achieve the highest ever BREEAM score.


    Photography by Hufton + Crow

    38 projects were awarded a 2015 RIBA London Award for architecture excellence. 

    • 10 New Burlington Street, W1S  by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
    • 5 Pancras Square, N1C by Bennetts Associates
    • Ashmount Primary School, N8  by Penoyre & Prasad
    • Bonhams, W1S by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
    • Brentford Lock West, TW8 by Duggan Morris Architects
    • Burntwood School, SW17 by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
    • Courtyard House, E7 by Dallas Pierce Quintero
    • Darbishire Place, Peabody Housing, E1 by Niall McLaughlin Architects
    • Donmar Dryden Street, WC2E by Haworth Tompkins
    • Employment Academy, SE5 by Peter Barber Architects
    • Fitzroy Park House, N6 by Stanton Williams
    • Foyles, WC2H by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
    • Friends House, NW1 by John McAslan and Partners
    • House In Wapping, E1W by Chris Dyson Architects
    • John Roan School, SE3 by  John McAslan and Partners
    • Kew House, TW9 by Piercy & Company London
    • King's Cross Square, N1C  by Stanton Williams
    • Levring House, WC1N by Jamie Fobert Architects Ltd
    • Mint Street, Bethnal Green, E2 by Pitman Tozer Architects Ltd
    • National Theatre, NT Future, SE1 by Haworth Tompkins
    • NEO Bankside, SE1 by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
    • Netherhall Gardens, NW3 by Woollacott Gilmartin Architects
    • Paddington Integrated Project, W2 by WestonWilliamson+Partners
    • Pear Tree House, SE22 by Edgley Design
    • Queens Apartments, W2 by Stiff + Trevillion
    • Ravenor Primary Expansion, UB6 by Seymour Harris Architecture
    • St Mary of Eton Church, Apartments and Community Rooms, E9 by Matthew Lloyd Architects LLP
    • St Paul's School Science Building, SW13 by Nicholas Hare Architects
    • St Thomas the Apostle College, SE15 by Allies and Morrison
    • Tabernacle Street, EC2A by Piercy & Company London
    • The Foundry, SE11 by Architecture 00 Ltd
    • University campus for Hult International Business School, E1 by Sergison Bates architects
    • University of Greenwich Stockwell Street Building, SE10 by heneghan peng architects
    • Vaulted House, W6  by vPPR Architects
    • Waddington Studios, N16 by Featherstone Young Architects
    • White on White, NW1 by Gianni Botsford Architects
    • William Perkin Church of England High School, UB6 by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
    • William Street Quarter, IG11 by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

    RIBA London Special Awards were also awarded:

    • RIBA London Sustainability Award – supported by SIKA goes to Bennetts Associates for 5 Pancras Square
    • RIBA London Project Architect of the Year Award – supported by LaFarge Tarmac goes to Rob Naybour of WestonWilliams+Partnersfor Paddington Integrated Project
    • RIBA London Small Project of the Year Award went to Dallas Pierce Quintero for Courtyard House
    • RIBA London Historic England Award for Constructive Conservationto Peter Barber Architects for Employment Academy

     

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