The Royal Institute of British Architects in London has revealed their 37 picks for the recipients of the 2015 awards, these include a shoe-polish factory converted into offices, a sculptural swimming pool and a waterside distillery. Until now the RIBA Awards have been awarding projects on a worldwide scale but this year they’ve decided to only recognize projects in the UK. This year’s list of winners comprises 29 in England, five in Scotland, two from Northern Ireland and one in Wales.
Nine private houses made the list, along with eight developer-led housing developments. These vary from a cedar-clad residence on the Welsh coastline to a canal-side housing development on a former industrial estate. There are also seven education buildings, including a nursery school in Edinburgh by Malcolm Fraser Architects, Heneghan Peng’s library for the University of Greenwich and Feilden Clegg Bradley’s student union for Manchester Metropolitan University.
“The UK is blighted by poor-quality new housing and dilapidated school buildings, so I am delighted that the notable trends amongst this year’s RIBA National Award-winners are the volume of inspiring new housing and education projects,” said RIBA President Stephen Hodder.
“I am particularly pleased to award an unprecedented number of housing developments,” he continued. “The innovative spirit of these projects sets them apart from the ubiquitous, uninspiring housing developments being built all over the country. Our award winners show it is possible to build exceptional new housing developments that are profitable, sustainable and desirable places to live.”