The Royal Institute of British Architects has named the 54 winners of its national awards, including the V&A Dundee by Kengo Kuma , Heatherwick’s Coal Drops Yard and Peter Zumthor’s Secular Retreat .

Presented since 1966, the RIBA National Awards is an annual architecture prize that celebrates the best buildings built in the UK.

Winning projects range from public buildings in the Britain’s major cities, like the V&A Dundee by Kengo Kuma , through to small-scale private buildings in remote locations, like Peter Zumthor’s Secular Retreat .

“Despite the political and economic challenges of recent years, our 2019 RIBA National Award winners show that UK architecture is highly adaptable, immensely talented and as community-focused as ever,” said RIBA President Ben Derbyshire .

RIBA National Awards 2019: Secular Retreat by Peter Zumthor
Secular Retreat, Devon, England, by Mole Architects with Atelier Peter Zumthor. Photo is by Jack Hobhouse

This year, Derbyshire praised the number of winning projects that involved the revival of historic structures, including John Puttick Associates and Cassidy+Ashton’s refurbishment of a listed 1960s bus station and Haworth Tompkins overhaul of Bristol Old Vic .

The new tower at Westminster Abbey by Ptolemy Dean Architects was also acknowledged, alongside Collective Architecture’s transformation of a former observatory in Edinburgh into a contemporary art centre .

“I am particularly heartened that more than one third of our winners have creatively adapted existing buildings,” said Derbyshire. “Given the scale of the global environmental challenge, we must encourage sustainable development and investment in buildings of the highest quality – projects that will inspire and meet the needs of generations to come.”

RIBA National Awards 2019: V&A Dundee by Kengo Kuma
V&A Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, by Kengo Kuma & Associates with PiM.studio Architects and James F Stephen Architects. Photo is by Hufton + Crow

Sixteen of the winning projects this year were cultural buildings, which RIBA says is a clear demonstration of the current “ambition to create high quality cultural destinations”.

Alongside the V&A Dundee , this included The Weston by Feilden Fowles at Yorkshire Sculpture Park , and Jamie Fobert Architects’ extension of a former house in Cambridge to create the Kettle’s Yard art gallery.

RIBA National Awards 2019: 168 Upper Street in London by Amin Taha Architects
168 Upper Street, London, England, by Groupwork. Photo is by Tim Soar

RIBA also celebrated the inclusion of several sustainable housing schemes, including Goldsmith Street by Mikhail Riches, Metropolitan Workshop’s Mapleton Crescent and Cambridge’s first co-housing community, designed by Mole Architects.“At a time when the country is crying out for innovative, high-quality affordable housing, I am pleased we have been able to recognise some exemplar schemes,” said Derbyshire.

“I encourage all local authorities and developers to look to these projects for inspiration and rise to the challenge of building the homes people want and need.”

RIBA National Awards 2019: Hampshire House by Niall McLaughlin Architects
Hampshire House, Hampshire, England, by Niall McLaughlin Architects. Photo is by Nick Kane

Also among this year’s winners was Hampshire House by Niall McLaughlin Architects and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’s Scottish distillery that is characterised by an undulating wildflower roof.

In London, Heatherwick Studio’s Coal Drop’s Yard was another winner, alongside Amin Taha’s distorted replica of 19th-century London terrace block and Grimshaw’s refurbishment of London Bridge station .

RIBA National Awards 2019: Collective by Collective Architecture in Edinburgh, Scotland
Collective on Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland, by Collective Architecture. Photo is by Tom Nolan and Susie Lowe.

“Our 2019 RIBA National Award-winning buildings are innovators and mould-breakers – congratulations to every client, architect and construction team for their combined talent and tenacity,” concluded Derbyshire.

No matter the client or the budget, the awards aim to highlight the best that British architecture has to offer. It is from this list that the shortlist for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize will be drawn and announced next month.

Scroll down for the full list of winners of the RIBA National Awards 2019:


168 Upper Street, London, England, by Groupwork
› 4 Pancras Square, London, England, by Eric Parry Architects
› A Restorative Rural Retreat for Sartfell, Isle of Man, by Foster Lomas
› Alexandra Palace, London, England, by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
› Battersea Arts Centre, London, England, by Haworth Tompkins
› Brentford Lock West Keelson Gardens, London, England by Mæ with White Ink Architects
Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, England, by Haworth Tompkins
Coal Drops Yard, London, England, by Heatherwick Studio with BAM Design
Collective on Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland, by Collective Architecture
› Cork House, Berkshire, England, by MPH Architects
› Colin Connect Transport Hub and Colin Town Square, Belfast, Northern Ireland, by Hall McKnight

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, England, by Jamie Fobert Architects. Photo is by Hufton + Crow.

› Eddington Masterplan, Cambridge, England, by AECOM
› Eddington, Lot 1, Cambridge, England, by WilkinsonEyre with Mole Architects
› Eleanor Palmer Science Lab, London, England, by AY Architects
› Goldsmith Street, Norwich, England, by Mikhail Riches
› Great Arthur House, London, England, by John Robertson Architects
› Hackney Wick Station, London, England, by Landolt + Brown
Hampshire House, Hampshire, England by Niall McLaughlin Architects
› Hill House Passivhaus, East Sussex, England, by Meloy Architects

RIBA National Awards 2019: London Bridge Station refurbishment by Grimshaw
London Bridge Station, London, England, by Grimshaw. Photo is by Ralph Hodgson

› House Lessans, Saintfield, Northern Ireland, by McGonigle McGrath
Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, England, by Jamie Fobert Architects
› Kingswood Preparatory School and Nursery, Bath, England, by Stonewood Design
› LAMDA, London, England, by Niall McLaughlin Architects
London Bridge Station, London, England, by Grimshaw
› Mackintosh at the Willow, Glasgow, Scotland, by Simpson & Brown
Mapleton Crescent, London, England, by Metropolitan Workshop
› Marmalade Lane Cohousing, Cambridge, England, by Mole Architects
› Merano, London, England, by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners with EPR

RIBA National Awards 2019: Preston Bus Station by John Puttick Associates
Preston Bus Station Refurbishment, Preston, England, by John Puttick Associates with Cassidy+Ashton

› Music School, King’s College School Wimbledon, London, England, by Hopkins Architects
› Nevill Holt Opera, Leicestershire, England, by Witherford Watson Mann Architects
› Nithurst Farm, West Sussex, England, by Adam Richards Architects
› North West Cambridge Utility Buildings, Cambridge, England, by Robin Lee Architecture
› Ordsall Chord, Manchester, England, by BDP
Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre, Cambridge, England, by Haworth Tompkins
› Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery, London, England, by Jestico + Whiles with Julian Harrap Architects
Preston Bus Station Refurbishment, Preston, England, by John Puttick Associates with Cassidy+Ashton
Royal Opera House Open Up, London, England, by Stanton Williams
Secular Retreat, Devon, England, by Mole Architects with Atelier Peter Zumthor
› Sevenoaks School Science and Technology Centre and Global Study Centre, Sevenoaks, England, by Tim Ronalds Architects

RIBA National Awards 2019: The Weston visitor centre at Yorkshire Sculpture Park by Feilden Fowles
The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire, England, by Feilden Fowles Architects. Photo is by Gareth Gardener

› Signal Townhouses, London, England, by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Simon Sainsbury Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School, Cambridge, England, by Stanton Williams
› South London Gallery Fire Station, London, England, by 6a Architects
› Southbank Centre, London, England, by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with Archer Humphryes Architects
› Teaching and Learning Building, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England, by Make Architects
› Television Centre, London, England, by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris with MacCreanor Lavington, Morris+Company, dRMM, Mikhail Riches, Piercy+Co, Haptic, Archer Humphreys and Coffey Architects
› The Beecroft Building, University of Oxford, Oxford, England by HawkinsBrown

RIBA National Awards 2019: Westminster Abbey Triforium Project, London, England, by Ptolemy Dean Architect
Westminster Abbey Triforium Project, London, England, by Ptolemy Dean Architect. Photo is by Photo is by Alan Williams

› The Dorothy Garrod Building, Newnham College, Cambridge, England, by Walters & Cohen Architects
The Macallan Distillery, Aberlour, Scotland, by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
› The Painted Hall, London, England, by Hugh Broughton Architects with Martin Ashley Architects
› The Queens Diamond Jubilee Galleries, London, England, by MUMA LLP
The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire, England, by Feilden Fowles Architects
V&A Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, by Kengo Kuma & Associates with PiM.studio Architects and James F Stephen Architects
Westminster Abbey Triforium Project, London, England, by Ptolemy Dean Architects
Writ in Water, Surrey, England, by Studio Octopi

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