The RIBA has announced the 25 schemes shortlisted for its 2010 Special Awards, which are given for excellence in conservation, school design, public spaces and projects under £1m

Among the contenders are (pictured from left) Aecom’s Pierhead in Liverpool, DSDHA’s Christ’s College school in Guildford and Carmody Groarke’s Regent’s Place Pavilion in London. The five winners will be announced at the RIBA Stirling prize in London on 2 October.