Herzog & de Meuron, Caruso St John and Haworth Tompkins among top names on 49-building Stirling Prize long-list

The Tate Modern extension; Norwich’s straw-clad Enterprise Centre, and Brighton’s new “vertical pier” are among the 49 best British buildings of the year, announced today by RIBA.

Herzog & de Meuron’s huge addition to the former Bankside Power Station – also known as the Blavatnik Building and Switch House – won particular praise for its chain-mail brick façade, while Architype’s environmentally friendly office building for the University of East Anglia was described as “a tour de force in the exploration and use of sustainable materials”.


Marks Barfield Architects’ British Airways i360 observation tower in Brighton was saluted for its “extraordinary innovation and originality” by judges of the awards, which serve as a long list for the building-of-the-year Stirling Prize.

Other winning schemes include Caruso St John’s Liverpool Philharmonic Hall refurbishment; Haworth Tompkins’ Silchester social housing development in Notting Hill, west London; and Invisible Studio’s Wolfson Tree Management Centre at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire

Three practices notched up double wins in this year’s national awards.

Wilkinson Eyre won awards for both its expansion of the Dyson Campus in Wiltshire and 8 Finsbury Circus in the City of London.

Eric Parry Architects won awards for the Welding Institute near Cambridge and new music facilities for Wells Cathedral School, while Stephenson Studio picked up accolades for the Stoller Studio at Chetham’s School of Music and the Finlays Warehouse housing development, both in Manchester.

RIBA president Jane Duncan said the 2017 roll-call of national winners was a list of “phenomenal buildings” created by extraordinarily talented, ambitious and enthusiastic design teams.

She said it was particularly pleasing to see great examples of well-designed sustainable new homes among the award winners in light of the UK’s housing crisis.

“Derwenthorpe in York is a fantastic socially and environmentally sustainable housing development; in London, Silchester and Ponders End are both great examples of estate regeneration bringing thoughtful and community based affordable housing to the capital,” she said.

“Sadly though, these projects are exceptions. 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.”

Duncan praised the selection of high-quality new school buildings included on the 2017 awards list – naming Parry’s Wells Cathedral School project and Grimshaw’s “The Laboratory” at Dulwich College.

However, she said it was “disappointing” that, after a few boom years, there were no cost-effective state-school buildings among the award winners.

“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.

RIBA National Award winners are all contenders for the Stirling Prize, the shortlist for which is set to be announced on July 20.

Full list of national award winners for 2017

Name of projectArchitect LocationTypology 
Carrowbreck MeadowHamson Barron SmithNorwich, Norfolk, England  Housing development - private
The Enterprise Centre, University of East AngliaArchitypeNorwich, Norfolk, England   University
Peacock HouseBHSF Architekten with Studio-PAldeburgh, Suffolk, England  Individual house
St Albans AbbeyRichard Griffiths ArchitectsSt Albans, Hertfordshire, England  Place of worship
Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat CentreWalters & Cohen ArchitectsWalsham le Willows, Suffolk, England  Place of worship
The Welding InstituteEric Parry ArchitectsGreat Abington, Cambridge, England  Research institution
Leicester Cathedral’s Richard III Project ‘With Dignity and Honour’van Heyningen and Haward ArchitectsLeicester, England  Place of worship
The Laboratory, Dulwich CollegeGrimshawDulwich, south London, England  School - independent/public
No 4931/44 ArchitectsHither Green, southeast London, England  Individual House 
The LoomDuggan Morris ArchitectsWhitechapel, east London, England  Workspace/office 
8 Finsbury CircusWilkinsonEyreCity of LondonWorkspace/office
40 Chancery LaneBennetts AssociatesHolborn, central London, England  Mixed use building - Workspace/office and retail
King’s College SchoolAllies and MorrisonWimbledon, southwest London, England  School - independent/public
New Scotland YardAllford Hall Monaghan MorrisEmbankment, central London, England  Workspace/office
Paradise GardensLifschutz Davidson SandilandsHammersmith, west London, England  Housing development – private 
Photography Studio for Juergen Teller6a architectsLadbroke Grove, west London, England  Mixed use building – workspace and residential 
SilchesterHaworth TompkinsNotting Hill, west London, England  Housing development - social
Barretts GroveAmin Taha + GroupworkStoke Newington, north London, England  Housing development – private
Dujardin MewsKarakusevic Carson Architects with Maccreanor LavingtonPonders End, north London, England  Housing development – social
Tate Modern’s Blavatnik Building Herzog & de MeuronBankside, central London, England  Museum 
The British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions CentreRogers Stirk Harbour + PartnersBloomsbury, central London, England  Museum 
Walmer YardP Salter and Associates with Mole Architects John Comparelli ArchitectsHolland Park, west London, England  Housing development - private
Live WorksFlanagan Lawrence with Tench Maddison Ash ArchitectsNewcastle Upon Tyne, England  Theatre 
Shawm HouseMawsonKerr ArchitectsWest Woodburn, Northumberland, England  Individual house
The WordFaulknerBrowns ArchitectsSouth Shields, South Tyneside, England  Library and cultural venue 
Chetham’s School of Music - Stoller Hallstephenson STUDIOManchester, England  School - independent/public
Finlays WarehouseStephenson StudioNorthern Quarter, Manchester, England  Housing development – private 
Liverpool PhilharmonicCaruso St John ArchitectsLiverpool, England  Theatre 
Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett BuildingFoster + PartnersChristie Hospital, south Manchester, England  Healthcare 
Fallahogey StudioMcGarry-Moon Architects LtdKilrea, Northern IrelandWorkspace/office 
Bedales School of Art and Design BuildingFeilden Clegg Bradley StudiosPetersfield, Hampshire, England  School - independent/public 
The Berrow Foundation Building and New Garden Building, Lincoln CollegeStanton WilliamsUniversity of Oxford, Oxford, England  University 
Magdalen College LibraryWright & Wright ArchitectsUniversity of Oxford, Oxford, England  University 
Warwick Hall Community CentreAcanthus Clews ArchitectsBurford, Oxfordshire, England  Community space
Caring WoodMacdonald Wright Architects Rural Office for Architecturenear Maidstone, Kent, England  Individual house 
Command of the OceansBaynes and Mitchell ArchitectsChatham Historic Dockyard, Kent, England  Museum
Hastings PierdRMM ArchitectsHastings, East Sussex, England  Leisure 
British Airways i360Marks Barfield ArchitectsBrighton & Hove, England  Leisure 
South StreetSandy Rendel Architects Ltd.Lewes, East Sussex, England  Individual house 
Dyson Campus ExpansionWilkinsonEyreMalmesbury, Wiltshire., England  Workspace/office
New Music Facilities for Wells Cathedral SchoolEric Parry ArchitectsWells, Somerset, England  School - independent/public 
Wolfson Tree Management CentreInvisible StudioWestonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, England  Leisure  
Remembrance Centre, National Memorial ArboretumGlenn Howells ArchitectsLichfield, Staffordshire Memorial
Blackburn Meadows BiomassBDPSheffield, South Yorkshire, England  Energy infrastructure 
Derwenthorpe Phase OneStudio PartingtonYork, north Yorkshire, England  Housing development – private 
Victoria Gate ArcadesACMELeeds city centre, England Retail 
City of Glasgow CollegeReiach and Hall Architects and Michael Laird ArchitectsCathedral Street, Glasgow, Scotland Further education college 
Newhouse of AuchengeeAnn Nisbet StudioMeikle Auchengree, North Ayrshire, Scotland Individual house 
RockvillaHoskins ArchitectsSpeirs Wharf, Glasgow, Scotland Workspace/office