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RIBA names best British buildings for 2022

RIBA names best British buildings for 2022

A Passivhaus school, London social housing and a medieval dining hall are among the winners of the Royal Institute of British Architects' National Awards for 2022.

Twenty-nine buildings were named as winners in this year's awards, which were established in 1966 to showcase "the extraordinary breadth and brilliance of UK architecture".

Front elevation of Surbiton Springs by Surman Weston
A mock-Tudor residence is among several houses to win in the RIBA National Awards. Photo is by Johan Dehlin

"This is a powerful collection of buildings that show, despite the economic, political and social turmoil of the last few years, how great architecture can emerge even in challenging conditions," said the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) president Simon Allford.

The winners are selected from the shortlists for the RIBA Regional, RIAS, RSUA, and RSAW Awards.

Interior of Harris Academy by Architype
One of the schools on the list is the Passivhaus Harris Academy. Photo is by Jack Hobhouse

Residential architecture is a standout theme this year, with winning projects ranging from distinctive one-off homes to city social housing.

Examples include the Kiln Place estate, which was updated by Peter Barber Architects, and a mock-Tudor home by Surman Weston, both of which are in London.

Exterior of High Sunderland house
Winning renovations include Loader Monteith's overhaul of High Sunderland. Photo is by Dapple Photography

Several homes on the list involved the renovation or adaptive reuse of an existing structure, which is another notable trend.

Examples include Loader Monteith's renovation of a modernist house in the Scottish Borders and a house extension by Will Gramble Architects that incorporates 17th-century ruins.

Kiln Place by Peter Barber Architects
Kiln Place by Peter Barber Architects is among the 29 winners. Photo is by Morley Von Sternberg

Other renovation projects include the revamp of a 900-year-old dining hall at Carlisle Cathedral by Fielden Fowles, a London church overhauled by Thomas Ford & Partners and John Pawson, and Benjamin + Beauchamp Architects' transformation of an Arts and Crafts hospital into a holiday home in Devon.

"Retaining and reusing existing buildings is a crucial part of our low carbon future and I am really encouraged to see restoration and sensitive adaptation feature so prominently this year," Allford said.

CFA Voysey's Winsford Cottage Hospital in Devon, UK, by Benjamin + Beauchamp Architects for the Landmark Trust
A holiday home in an old hospital is another winning renovation project. Photo is by John Miller

A number of community-focused buildings are featured on the list, such as Sands End Arts and Community Centre by Mae Architects.

There are also several educational buildings, including Harris Academy, which was hailed by the RIBA president hailed as a sustainable "benchmark" for educational buildings.

"It is particularly inspiring to see the UK's first secondary school to achieve Passivhaus eco-accreditation amongst our winners – a benchmark for investment in sustainable education buildings," Allford explained.

The 29 national winners will now be considered for the Stirling Prize – the UK's most prestigious architecture award – for which the shortlist will be announced on 21 July. The winner will be revealed on 13 October.

Interior of Sands End Arts and Community Centre by Mæ Architects
A community centre by Mæ Architects is another winner. Photo is by Rory Gardiner

Last year, the Stirling Prize was won by Town House at Kingston University in London, which was designed by RIBA Gold Medal-winning studio Grafton Architects.

See the full list of winners divided by RIBA region below:

› Magdalene College Library by Niall McLaughlin Architects
› Sutton Hoo by Nissen Richards Studio
› Suffolk Cottage by Haysom Ward Miller Architects

East Midlands
The Parchment Works by Will Gamble Architects

Exterior of The Parchment Works extension
Will Gamble Architects won with The Parchment Works extension. Photo is by Johan Dehlin

› 100 Liverpool Street by Hopkins Architects
BFI Riverfront by Carmody Groarke
› Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road by Henley Halebrown
› Harris Academy, Sutton by Architype
› Hawley Wharf by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Ibstock Place School Refectory by Maccreanor Lavington
Kiln Place by Peter Barber Architects
› LB Southwark SILS3 by Tim Ronalds Architects
› Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park by Panter Hudspith Architects
Sands End Arts and Community Centre by Mæ Architects
St John's Church, Hackney by Thomas Ford & Partners
Surbiton Springs by Surman Weston

North West
​​› The Fratry by Feilden Fowles

Exterior of the BFI Riverfront by Carmody Groarke
The BFI Riverfront by Carmody Groarke is also a winner. Photo is by Carmody Groake

Northern Ireland
› House at Lough Beg by McGonigle McGrath

› Forth Valley College by Reiach and Hall Architects
High Sunderland by Loader Monteith
Quarry Studios by Moxon Architects

› Lovedon Fields by John Pardey Architects
​​› Masters Field Development by Niall McLaughlin Architects

St John's Church by Thomas Ford & Partners
St John's Church renovation is another winning community building. Photo is by Gilbert McCarragher

South East
› Aisher House, Sevenoaks School by Tim Ronalds Architects
› Guildford Crematorium by Haverstock
The Mitchell Building at Skinners' School by Bell Phillips Architects

South West
› Creek House, Cornwall by Seth Stein Architects
Winsford Cottage Hospital by Benjamin+Beauchamp Architects

The Alice Hawthorn by De Matos Ryan