RIBA reveals the best of British architecture for 2017

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RIBA reveals the best of British architecture for 2017

The Royal Institute of British Architects has named 49 winners of its national awards, ranging from a cluster of luxury townhouses, to a new wing for the Tate Modern museum and workshops for the National Arboretum.

The 2017 RIBA National Awards for architecture recognises the best buildings created in the last 12 months.

A shortlist for the prestigious Stirling Prize will be selected from this year's diverse list, which showcases the breadth and scale of projects across the UK – from housing to shopping centres and spaces for worship.

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Maggie's at the Robert Parfett; Manchester, England, by Foster + Partners

"RIBA National Awards provide insight into emerging design trends, as well as showing how well the profession responds to economic drivers. I am delighted to see such confident, innovative and ambitious architecture delivered in such challenging times," said RIBA president Jane Duncan.

"The lack of high-quality new housing is a huge issue in the UK so I am particularly pleased to see great examples of well-designed, sustainable new homes amongst our award winners," she added.

"We all deserve a well-designed, affordable home, wherever we live in the country. I encourage other local authorities, developers and clients to look at these projects as exemplars."

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Walmer Yard; London, England, by P Salter and Associates

She praised the inclusion of a number of high-quality schools – including The Laboratory at Dulwich College and new music facilities at Wells Cathedral School – but said it was disappointing to see no new state school buildings included in this year's awards.

"Well-designed schools support improved student achievement, and staff and student wellbeing and should be part of educational aspirations for all our schools, not just those in the fee-paying sector," she said.

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Wolfson Tree Management Centre; Westonbirt, England, by Invisible Studio

Also among this year's winners is the visitor attraction British Airways i360, which was designed by Marks Barfield Architects for the Brighton seafront, and the Victoria Gate shopping centre in Leeds with its striking geometric-patterned facade.

A pair of timber-framed buildings for the National Arboretum in Gloucestershire designed using only felled branches from the site were given a nod.

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British Airways i360; Brighton, England, by Marks Barfield Architects

Wilkinson Eyre's new additions to the Dyson Campus in Wiltshire is also recognised. The trio of buildings housing new research and design facilities, as well as a cafe and multi-purpose sports centre feature mirrored glass facades.

And the striking brick extension of the Tate Modern Switch House by Herzog & de Meuron gets a mention.

"Brick remains the top choice for many projects in London; Tate Modern's Blavatnik Building and Barrett's Grove are two excellent examples," said Duncan, but pointed out that timber has grown in popularity across the rest of the country.

"Traditional building material remains very much part of modern London's architectural vernacular."

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Tate Modern Blavatnik House; London, England, by Herzog & de Meuron

Scroll down for the full list of winners in the RIBA National Awards 2017:


› 8 Finsbury Circus; London, England, by Wilkinson Eyre
› 40 Chancery Lane; London, England, by Bennetts Associates
Barretts Grove; London, England, by Amin Taha + Groupwork
› Bedales School of Art and Design Building; Petersfield, England, by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
› Blackburn Meadows Biomass; Tinsley, England, by BDP
British Airways i360; Brighton, England, by Marks Barfield Architects
Caring Wood; Kent, England, by Macdonald Wright Architects and Rural Office for Architecture

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New Scotland Yard; London, England, by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

› Carrowbreck Meadow; Norfolk, England, by Hamson Barron Smith
› Chetham's School of Music - Stoller Hall; Manchester, England, by Stephenson Studio
City of Glasgow College, City Campus; Glasgow, Scotland, by Michael Laird Architects & Reiach and Hall Architects
› Command of the Oceans; Kent, England, by Baynes and Mitchell Architects
› Derwenthorpe Phase One; York, England, by Studio Partington
› Dujardin Mews; London, England, by Karakusevic Carson Architects
Dyson Campus Expansion; Malmesbury, England, by WilkinsonEyre
› Fallahogey Studio; Kilrea, Northern Ireland, by McGarry-Moon Architects
› Finlays Warehouse; Manchester, England, by Stephenson Studio
› Hastings Pier; Hastings, England, by dRMM Architects
› King's College School; London, England, by Allies and Morrison
› Leicester Cathedral's Richard III Project 'With Dignity and Honour'; Leicester, England, by van Heyningen and Haward Architects
› Live Works; Newcastle, England, by Flanagan Lawrence

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Magdalen College Library; Oxford, England, by Wright & Wright Architects

Liverpool Philharmonic; Liverpool, England, by Caruso St John Architects
› Magdalen College Library; Oxford, England, by Wright & Wright Architects
Maggie's at the Robert Parfett; Manchester, England, by Foster + Partners
› New Music Facilities for Wells Cathedral School; Wells, England, by Eric Parry Architects
New Scotland Yard; London, England, by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
› Newhouse of Auchengee; North Ayrshire, Scotland, by Ann Nisbet Studio
› No 49; London, England, by 31 dash 44 architects
› Paradise Gardens; London, England, by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
› Peacock House; London, England, by BHSF Architekten with Studio-P
Photography Studio for Juergen Teller; London, England, by 6a Architects
› Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum; Lichfield, England, by Glenn Howells Architects
› Rockvilla; Glasgow, England, by Hoskins Architects

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Dyson Campus Expansion; Malmesbury, England, by WilkinsonEyre

› Shawm House; West Woodburn, England, by MawsonKerr Architects
› Silchester; London, England, by Haworth Tompkins
› South Street; Lewes, England, by Sandy Rendel Architects
› St Albans Abbey; St Albans, England, by Richard Griffiths Architects
Tate Modern Blavatnik House; London, England, by Herzog & de Meuron
› The Berrow Foundation Building and New Garden Building, Lincoln College; Oxford, England, by Stanton Williams
› The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia; Norwich, England, by Architype
› The Laboratory, Dulwich College; London, England, by Grimshaw
› The Loom; London, England, by Duggan Morris Architects

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Caring Wood; Leeds, England, by Macdonald Wright Architects and Rural Office for Architecture

› The Welding Institute; Cambridge, England, by Eric Parry Architects
› The Word; South Shields, England, by FaulknerBrowns Architects
Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre; Suffolk, England, by Walters & Cohen Architects
Victoria Gate Arcades; Leeds, England, by ACME
Walmer Yard; London, England, by P Salter and Associates
Warwick Hall Community Centre; Burford, England, by Acanthus Clews Architects
Wolfson Tree Management Centre; Gloucestershire, England, by Invisible Studio