New Build favourites from RIBA Awards

RIBA have recently announced their shortlists for the RIBA Regional Awards, consisting of two hundred and twenty-six completed projects across the UK.

We decided to create our own sub-categories and pick a select few that stood out to us, listing below our new build design project shortlist.

OB Architecture – Greyfort House

OB Architecture designed the four-story apartment on a busy corner plot in Croydon, London.

New Build favourites from RIBA Awards - OB Architecture

The shape, proportions, and materials were planned in harmony with the neighbouring Victorian villas and St Peter’s church. The lower ground residences have access to a communal garden, while the apartments above will include personal terraces, with sizeable openings to create the vision of altitude. The new build has also been adapted to address a range of accessibility needs.

Re-Format – Wendover Woods

Situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Chilterns, Wendover Woods is home to spectacular trails and picturesque views.

New Build favourites from RIBA Awards - Re-Format

Re-Format had built the single-story facility from the concept of a lightweight canopy supported by a ‘forest of columns’. The new canopy has provided a naturally lit and welcoming larger café area, a new visitor centre, and cycle hire. These are connected on a path leading to incredible views over the Chilterns.  All work was completed with minimal tree removal.

RPP Architects with Richard Murphy Architects – Acute Mental Health Inpatient Centre

RPP Architects worked with Richard Murphy Architects to create a new 80 bed acute mental health hospital in Belfast.

New Build favourites from RIBA Awards - RPP Architects & Richard Murphy Architects

Patients, staff, and visitors, upon first arrival, will pass through gardens and natural light, opposed to walking through tiresome corridors. The architects had set out to create a clear, uplifting environment for patients to heal, and after six months into the new build centre functioning, figures revealed a 22% reduction in behavioural incidents.

William Matthews Associates with Ney & Partners – Tintagel Castle Footbridge

The original bridge between the island, where Tintagel Castle stands, and the mainland was lost between the 15th and 16th century. William Matthews Associates had collaborated with Ney & Partners to design the new build footbridge for Tintagel Castle.

New Build favourites from RIBA Awards - William Matthews Architects & Ney & Partners

The concept was kept simple, to reinvent the link that once held, and to fill the void. The new bridge has a 40 millimetre gap in the middle, to allow the bridge to adapt with changing temperatures. The cantilevers, made of steel and slate from the Delabole quarry, are aligned vertically for the pathway, and the handrails are crafted from lengths of oak.

Earlier this year, we announced our own 25th Anniversary Awards and the individual category winners can be found here