The extension of an historic Oxford chapel that offers a ‘masterclass in modern architectural design’ (Radley College), a state-of-the-art sports centre (Winchester Sport and Leisure Park) and a house on stilts on the banks of the River Thames (March House) are amongst 11 projects named as winners of a 2023 RIBA South Award, recognising them as the best new buildings in the region.
Presented since 1966, RIBA’s awards set the standard for great architecture across the country.
The awards were announced at a ceremony this evening with Radley College Chapel Extension named as winner of RIBA South Building of the Year Award 2023 (sponsored by EH Smith). The project was commended by the judges as exhibiting a ‘masterful blend of traditional and contemporary design elements’.
The 2023 RIBA South Award winning projects are:
- Eton Sports & Aquatics Centre by Hopkins Architects 4-court multi-purpose sports hall
- FarmED by Timothy Tasker Architects Ltd Sustainable farming education centre, with environment and regeneration at its core
- Horris Hill School Theatre by Jonathan Tuckey Design School theatre designed to host assemblies, drama productions and music recitals
- Island House by Miya Ushida Architects Contemporary home carved from Cotswold stone
- March House by Knox Bhavan Architects Prefabricated stilt house on the banks of the River Thames
- Quatrefoil House by Hyde + Hyde Architects Refurbished 19th century townhouse
- Radley College Chapel Extension by Purcell Architecture Limited (Purcell) A creative extension to a Grade II listed chapel
- Saltmarsh House by Niall McLaughlin Architects Meticulously designed steel-framed house on the Isle of Wight
- St Hilda's College by Gort Scott College redevelopment and new buildings uniting the campus with gardens and river views
- Vishuddha Yoga Centre by Adrian James Architects Copper clad yoga centre in the heart of Oxford city centre
- Winchester Sport and Leisure Park by LA architects Ltd Fully accessible park that enables the local community to engage in a wide range sporting and leisure activities
The 11 projects were selected by an expert jury, who visited all shortlisted projects.
RIBA President, Simon Allford, said:
“Winning a RIBA regional award is a fantastic achievement. These projects, selected by a rigorous peer review process, represent the very best of the region’s new architecture. Inspiring buildings and spaces bring joy to all our lives, and this year’s award winners certainly fit that bill. Many congratulations to all.”
Full list of the regional special awards announced this evening:
- Radley College Chapel Extension - RIBA South Building of the Year 2023 (sponsored by EH Smith) and RIBA South Conservation Award 2023
- Winchester Sport and Leisure Park - RIBA South Client of the Year Award 2023
- Island House - RIBA South Project Architect of the Year Award 2023
- March House – RIBA South Sustainability Award 2023 (sponsored by Autodesk)
RIBA South Award winners will now be considered for a highly coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced on 22 June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning projects later in the year.
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- RIBA Special Awards are sponsored by Gaggenau, EH Smith and Autodesk.
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