A Passivhaus school, London social housing and a medieval dining hall are among the winners of the Royal Institute of British Architects‘ National Awards for 2022.
Twenty-nine buildings were named as winners in this year’s awards, which were established in 1966 to showcase “the extraordinary breadth and brilliance of UK architecture”.
“This is a powerful collection of buildings that show, despite the economic, political and social turmoil of the last few years, how great architecture can emerge even in challenging conditions,” said the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) president Simon Allford.
The winners are selected from the shortlists for the RIBA Regional, RIAS, RSUA, and RSAW Awards.
Residential architecture is a standout theme this year, with winning projects ranging from distinctive one-off homes to city social housing.
Several homes on the list involved the renovation or adaptive reuse of an existing structure, which is another notable trend.
Other renovation projects include the revamp of a 900-year-old dining hall at Carlisle Cathedral by Fielden Fowles, a London church overhauled by Thomas Ford & Partners and John Pawson, and Benjamin + Beauchamp Architects’ transformation of an Arts and Crafts hospital into a holiday home in Devon.
“Retaining and reusing existing buildings is a crucial part of our low carbon future and I am really encouraged to see restoration and sensitive adaptation feature so prominently this year,” Allford said.
A number of community-focused buildings are featured on the list, such as Sands End Arts and Community Centre by Mae Architects.
There are also several educational buildings, including Harris Academy, which was hailed by the RIBA president hailed as a sustainable “benchmark” for educational buildings.
“It is particularly inspiring to see the UK’s first secondary school to achieve Passivhaus eco-accreditation amongst our winners – a benchmark for investment in sustainable education buildings,” Allford explained.
The 29 national winners will now be considered for the Stirling Prize – the UK’s most prestigious architecture award – for which the shortlist will be announced on 21 July. The winner will be revealed on 13 October.
See the full list of winners divided by RIBA region below:
› Magdalene College Library by Niall McLaughlin Architects
› Sutton Hoo by Nissen Richards Studio
› Suffolk Cottage by Haysom Ward Miller Architects
› The Parchment Works by Will Gamble Architects
› 100 Liverpool Street by Hopkins Architects
› BFI Riverfront by Carmody Groarke
› Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road by Henley Halebrown
› Harris Academy, Sutton by Architype
› Hawley Wharf by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
› Ibstock Place School Refectory by Maccreanor Lavington
› Kiln Place by Peter Barber Architects
› LB Southwark SILS3 by Tim Ronalds Architects
› Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park by Panter Hudspith Architects
› Sands End Arts and Community Centre by Mæ Architects
› St John’s Church, Hackney by Thomas Ford & Partners
› Surbiton Springs by Surman Weston
› The Fratry by Feilden Fowles
› House at Lough Beg by McGonigle McGrath
› Lovedon Fields by John Pardey Architects
› Masters Field Development by Niall McLaughlin Architects
› Aisher House, Sevenoaks School by Tim Ronalds Architects
› Guildford Crematorium by Haverstock
› The Mitchell Building at Skinners’ School by Bell Phillips Architects
› Creek House, Cornwall by Seth Stein Architects
› Winsford Cottage Hospital by Benjamin+Beauchamp Architects
› The Alice Hawthorn by De Matos Ryan