Awards Winners 2018

The quality of the submissions for the awards this year has been excellent once more and Paul Monaghan and I had a really tough job to choose the winners across all of the categories. Thank you to all who have submitted and congratulations to all who have submitted the shortlisted and winning projects. Thanks also go to our sponsors this year without whom the awards would not be possible and it is wonderful to have their support.
– Ged Couser

01 Commercial Unbuilt

Winner: Office HQ Refurbishments by Stephenson Studio

This elegant design transforms a bland seventies building into a modern office HQ. It’s an example of retrofitting at its very best

02 Commercial Built

Winner: Bright Building by BDP

This new building on Manchester Science Park set the bar for future phases, in particular it’s well-designed central hub will form a great focus for these new office communities.

03 Multiple Residential Unbuilt

Winner: North Road by Stephenson Studio

Clearly inspired by the work of Mies van der Rohe this elegant apartment pavilion shows how building in the countryside can be bold and innovative.

04 Multiple Residential Built

Winner: Circus West Village by Simpson Haugh
CWV is part of one of the biggest regenerations schemes in England, Battersea Power Station. The attention to detailing in this huge apartment building is exceptional and successfully makes the building work at a macro and micro level

05 One-off House Unbuilt

Winner: Oakfield Avenue, Liverpool by Sixtwo Architects
It’s rare to see a contemporary detached house designed with such clarity. This design could easily be adopted by house builders and form a better benchmark for family living

06 One-off House Built

Winner: Private Residence 1605 by GA Studio
This clever extension to an existing house makes great play of light and shade with it’s clever use of sliding doors the boundary between indoor and outdoor space is blurred

07 Community Unbuilt

Winner: Marlborough Primary School by Tim Groom Architects
This highly original and colourful design will make an outstanding primary school. The attention to detail both inside and outside demonstrates the great importance of scale and composition.

08 Community Built

Winner: Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp by Simpson Haugh
This bold intervention within a nineteenth century listed building in Antwerp creates a building with great civic presence. There is a great use of colour in the foyer spaces, while the auditorium is simply a tour de force.

09 Small Project of the Year

Winner: Karibu, Heaton Moor by Ashley Hunt Architects
This four bedroomed new-build house is remarkable value for its budget of just £183,000. Small details like the clever use of brick, timber and unexpected double height spaces will help to make this a special family house.

10 Student of the Year

Winner: Louise Taylor, Lancaster Castle Repository
There is great maturity in the work of this student and at first I confused it with one of the other categories. In particular the superb drawings bring out the strength of this design which blends old and new architecture.

11 Rossant Award

Winner: Iulia Tenea
Iulia’s portfolio of drawings demonstrated a wide range of skills and an incredibly sensitive approach to the representation of space. The section drawings were of particularly high quality with light and shade beautifully represented and the level of sophistication of the drawings generally were well beyond Iulia’s years.

12 President’s Award Unbuilt House

Winner: House 182 by Andrew Wallace Architects
A simple and yet sophisticated solution to accommodating the extensive brief on a tight constrained site with a simple punctured planar expression to the front elevation breaking down to a lower and more fractured composition to the rear.

13 Presidents Award Built

Winner: Waterfront Point Widnes by 5Plus architects
A superbly bespoke workplace solution that has created a series of interconnected spaces around a central atrium. Health and wellbeing is clearly a significant driver for the solution which has created a beautiful and yet efficient environment within which the Housing Trust operates.

14 Building of the Year

Winner: Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp by Simpson Haugh
This bold intervention within a nineteenth century listed building in Antwerp creates a building with great civic presence. There is a great use of colour in the foyer spaces, while the auditorium is simply a tour de force.