An exciting shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize

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An exciting shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced which buildings are contending for the coveted 2022 RIBA Stirling Prize, awarded to the UK’s best new building.

Now in its 26th year, the RIBA Stirling Prize is the highest accolade in architecture.

In East Anglia, an exquisitely detailed timber-framed library and study space, designed to replace the one previously gifted by Samuel Pepys, has been shortlisted.

The New Library, Magdalene College, by Niall McLaughlin Architects, is projected to last another 400 years.

The other five new buildings or projects in the running to be crowned the UK’s best are:

*100 Liverpool Street, London (Hopkins Architects): a net zero development encompassing a dramatic renovation and extension of a 1980s office block to create a suite of offices and commercial and public spaces in the heart of London’s financial district.

*Forth Valley College – Falkirk Campus, Scotland (Reiach and Hall Architects): a set of three cutting-edge higher-education facilities connected by courtyards and open learning spaces.

*Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road, London (Henley Halebrown): a striking red-brick complex that uniquely combines affordable housing with a new primary school for the growing east London community.

*Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park, London (Panter Hudspith Architects): a playful cluster of buildings forming a new city block of 228 new homes and retail spaces wrapped around a communal garden – a major element of Elephant and Castle’s regeneration programme.

*Sands End Arts and Community Centre, London (Mæ Architects): a welcoming, fully accessible single-storey building arranged around a disused lodge comprising flexible activity spaces and a community café.

RIBA president Simon Allford says: “As we grapple with housing, energy and climate crises, these six projects give cause for optimism, each offering innovative solutions to the challenges of today and the future.

“From major capital city regeneration programmes to new visions for higher education, they all share the ambition to deliver generous architecture fit for a low-carbon future.

“Four of our shortlisted schemes provide new spaces to interact and learn. These formal and informal settings – schools, colleges and community centres – epitomise how to design for sustained community benefit.

“They are joined by ambitious new housing developments on compact and complex sites that set a benchmark for investment in high quality, desirable urban homes.

“All six buildings are informed by close consultation and collaboration with clients, contractors and the community. The result: outstanding and welcoming architecture that lifts the spirit of all who engage with it.

“All six are also underpinned by their understanding of construction’s responsibility to mitigate and adapt to our climate crisis.

“From the reuse and upgrade of existing buildings to the conscious specification of low-carbon materials and technologies, to the thoughtful design of hybrid, flexible spaces – these schemes consider their environment and give generously to their community.

“In their architects’ attention to detail, and their clients’ determination and commitment, these six projects distinguish themselves and represent the best of UK architecture today. Together they demonstrate the power of exceptional architecture to enhance lives. My congratulations to everyone involved.”

*The winner of the 2022 RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on Thursday 13 October 2022 at RIBA, 66 Portland Place in London.

Photo: Nick Kane