Winner will be announced in October
RIBA has named the six schemes on this year’s shortlist for the Stirling prize.
Witherford Watson Mann Architects is shortlisted for its renovation of a former stables complex called Nevill Holt Opera in Leicestershire, having already won the prize in 2013 for its work on a castle in Warwickshire.
And Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners would draw level with Foster + Partners if it claimed the prize a third time, for its Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience in Moray.
The other architect to have been previously shortlisted is Grimshaw, which this time makes the list for its redevelopment of London Bridge Station – the only scheme in the capital to make the cut.
The trio are joined by Feilden Fowles Architects for its work on The Weston, a gallery and visitor centre in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield.
The final two schemes in the running for the prize are both eco-friendly housing.
Cork House, in Eton, Berkshire, is a carbon-neutral house made almost entirely from cork and designed by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton.
And Goldsmith Street, in Norwich, comprises 105 highly energy-efficient homes for social rent, designed to Passivhaus standards by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley.
A handful of high-profile schemes which bagged RIBA national awards failed to make the shortlist, including V&A Dundee by Kengo Kuma, Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge by Jamie Fobert Architects, two schemes at King’s Cross, 4 Pancras Square by Eric Parry and Coal Drops Yard by Heatherwick Studio and a renovation of Alexandra Palace in north London by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.
Far and away the most expensive scheme on the shortlist is London Bridge Station, at £1bn, with Costain joined by WSP/Arcadis in delivering a new light-filled concourse.
It’s followed by RSHP’s £140m distillery, built by Robertson with engineer Arup, which features a long grass-covered roof undulating over clusters of large vats beneath.
Feilden Fowles’ The Weston was built by York contractor William Birch with project manager Turner & Townsend for £3.6m, on the site of a former millstone grit quarry in an 18th century country park estate.
The Nevill Holt Opera was built by Stamford-based BCR Messenger for £5.1m, at the 17th century estate of Nevill Holt Hall, owned by Carphone Warehouse co-founder David Ross.
The winner will be announced on 8 October at the Roundhouse in north London.