London's exceptional new architecture celebrated - Winners of the 2015 RIBA London Awards announced


LondonAwardsPhoto: Clockwise starting top left;  Friends House by John McAslan and Partners, The Foundry by Architecture 00 Ltd, Fitzroy Park House by Stanton Williams, Queens Apartments by Stiff + Trevillion, Darbishire Place Peabody Housing by Niall McLaughlin Architects Ravenor Primary Expansion by Seymour Harris Architecture.

The restoration and adaptive re-use of a 1930’s Art Deco former cinema in Bayswater, an elegantly  pragmatic fourteen-storey office block that demonstrates the occupiers commitment to King’s Cross redevelopment,  a stylish contemporary four bedroom home which takes advantage of a sloping site in the Highgate Conservation Area, a primary school expansion in Ealing with the cheerful quality of an adventure playground, a reinterpretation of the traditional five storey mansion block in Whitechapel for the oldest social housing providers in London AND a dramatic refurbishment of a Grade 2 listed religious hall in Euston revealing a powerful funnel like ceiling are amongst the 38 winning projects from across the capital that have been bestowed London’s top architecture accolade at the 2015 RIBA London Awards, the capital’s biggest celebration architecture and architects, held at the National Theatre this evening (Monday 18 May).

One of the major winners of the night, taking the RIBA London Building of the Year Award, supported by BLP Insurance, were Architecture 00 for The Foundry, a stripped back and rebuilt former shoe polish factory transformed on a small budget into a Social Justice and Human Rights Centre in Vauxhall.

The other big winners of the night were Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands who took the RIBA London Architect of the Year Award, presented by onefinestay for their new flagship store for the Soho institution and bookseller Foyles on Charing Cross Road.  The project is a triumphant resurrection of a stuffy and declining bookstore into a dynamic literary emporium that transforms bookshopping for Londoners. The judges were so impressed with Foyles and the relationship they forged with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands that they awarded Foyles the RIBA London Client of the Year Award stating ‘This project is a rare example of an independent retailer working closely with the architect and design team to transform bookshopping into a social, cultural and even urban experience.’

Rising stars on the London architecture scene, vPPR Architects took the RIBA London Emerging Architect of the Year Award for Vaulted House, a family house built on the walled site of a former taxi garage, and almost entirely hidden in the middle of a Victorian block in Chiswick.   

38 projects were awarded a 2015 RIBA London Award for architecture excellence. 

  • 10 New Burlington Street, W1S  by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • 5 Pancras Square, N1C by Bennetts Associates
  • Ashmount Primary School, N8  by Penoyre & Prasad
  • Bonhams, W1S by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Brentford Lock West, TW8 by Duggan Morris Architects
  • Burntwood School, SW17 by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Courtyard House, E7 by Dallas Pierce Quintero
  • Darbishire Place, Peabody Housing, E1 by Niall McLaughlin Architects
  • Donmar Dryden Street, WC2E by Haworth Tompkins
  • Employment Academy, SE5 by Peter Barber Architects
  • Fitzroy Park House, N6 by Stanton Williams
  • Foyles, WC2H by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Friends House, NW1 by John McAslan and Partners
  • House In Wapping, E1W by Chris Dyson Architects
  • John Roan School, SE3 by  John McAslan and Partners
  • Kew House, TW9 by Piercy & Company London
  • King's Cross Square, N1C  by Stanton Williams
  • Levring House, WC1N by Jamie Fobert Architects Ltd
  • Mint Street, Bethnal Green, E2 by Pitman Tozer Architects Ltd
  • National Theatre, NT Future, SE1 by Haworth Tompkins
  • NEO Bankside, SE1 by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Netherhall Gardens, NW3 by Woollacott Gilmartin Architects
  • Paddington Integrated Project, W2 by WestonWilliamson+Partners
  • Pear Tree House, SE22 by Edgley Design
  • Queens Apartments, W2 by Stiff + Trevillion
  • Ravenor Primary Expansion, UB6 by Seymour Harris Architecture
  • St Mary of Eton Church, Apartments and Community Rooms, E9 by Matthew Lloyd Architects LLP
  • St Paul's School Science Building, SW13 by Nicholas Hare Architects
  • St Thomas the Apostle College, SE15 by Allies and Morrison
  • Tabernacle Street, EC2A by Piercy & Company London
  • The Foundry, SE11 by Architecture 00 Ltd
  • University campus for Hult International Business School, E1 by Sergison Bates architects
  • University of Greenwich Stockwell Street Building, SE10 by heneghan peng architects
  • Vaulted House, W6  by vPPR Architects
  • Waddington Studios, N16 by Featherstone Young Architects
  • White on White, NW1 by Gianni Botsford Architects
  • William Perkin Church of England High School, UB6 by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • William Street Quarter, IG11 by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

RIBA London Special Awards were also awarded this evening.

  • RIBA London Sustainability Award – supported by SIKA goes to Bennetts Associates for 5 Pancras Square
  • RIBA London Project Architect of the Year Award – supported by LaFarge Tarmac goes to Rob Naybour of WestonWilliams+Partners for Paddington Integrated Project
  • RIBA London Small Project of the Year Award went to Dallas Pierce Quintero for Courtyard House
  • RIBA London Historic England Award for Constructive Conservation to Peter Barber Architects for Employment Academy

RIBA London interim Director Owen Wainhouse said:

“London is an open and international city and has perhaps the highest concentration of design talent found anywhere in the world.  Not just in architecture – but right across the creative industries.  It’s that concentration of talent, exchange of ideas and fierce competition that makes London such an exciting and challenging place for the practice of architecture. This year’s RIBA London Award winners demonstrate the ability of quality architecture to change people’s lives and enrich London’s built environment. ”

Quick Facts about the 2015 RIBA London Awards

  • 159 entries this year
  • 67 schemes were shortlisted
  • 3 Arts & Leisure winners
  • 11 Schools, University and & Community winners
  • 16 Residential winners
  • 8 Commercial winners
Posted on Tuesday 19th May 2015