The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced on the 27th June the 54 winners of 2019 RIBA National Awards for architecture. The awards, which have been presented since 1966, recognise the UK’s best new construction projects and provide an insight into the UK’s design and economic trends.

From a small rammed-stone pavilion on the site where King John signed the Magna Carta (Writ in Water) to the vast redevelopment of one of London’s busiest transport terminals (London Bridge); from significant investment in cultural landmarks (Bristol Old Vic and V&A Dundee) to a new model for communal living (Marmalade Lane) – this year’s award-winning buildings showcase the extraordinary breadth and brilliance of UK architecture today.

Key trends illustrated by the 54 2019 RIBA National Award winners include:

Restoration and regeneration of listed and historic buildings

The refurbishment of a listed 1960s bus station in Lancashire (Preston Bus Station); the revival of Battersea Arts Centre in London which had been left derelict after a fire in 2015; the restoration of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Art Deco tea rooms in Glasgow (Mackintosh at the Willow); and a new tower at Westminster Abbey – the most significant addition to the building since 1745 (Westminster Abbey Triforium Project).

Ambition to create high quality cultural destinations

An unobtrusive visitors centre nestled in the Yorkshire landscape (The Weston at Yorkshire Sculpture Park); the subtle extension of a house-turned-art gallery in Cambridge (Kettles Yard); a stable block converted theatre in Leicestershire (Nevill Holt Opera); and the transformation of a 19th century fire station into a gallery and community building (South London Gallery Fire Station) are four of the 16 new additions to the UK’s cultural scene.

Pockets of exemplary volume housing

Highly-sustainable terraced housing at Goldsmith Street for Norwich City Council; the reinvigoration of a listed post-war London housing block, Great Arthur House; and Cambridge’s first co-housing community, a neighbourhood with shared facilities (Marmalade Lane).

Speaking today, RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said:

“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.

I am particularly heartened that more than one third (20 of 54) of our winners have creatively adapted existing buildings. 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.

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. 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.

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.”

The 2019 RIBA National Award winners are:

168 Upper Street (London, N1) by Groupwork
4 Pancras Square (London, W1) by Eric Parry Architects
Alexandra Palace (London, N22) by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Battersea Arts Centre (London, SW11) by Haworth Tompkins
The Beecroft Building, University of Oxford by HawkinsBrown
Brentford Lock West Keelson Gardens (London, TW8) by Mæ with White Ink Architects
Bristol Old Vic by Haworth Tompkins
Coal Drops Yard (London, N1C) by Heatherwick Studio with BAM Design
Collective on Calton Hill (Edinburgh, Scotland) by Collective Architecture
Colin Connect Transport Hub and Colin Town Square (Belfast, Northern Ireland) by Hall McKnight
Cork House (Berkshire) by MPH Architects
The Dorothy Garrod Building, Newnham College (Cambridge) by Walters & Cohen Architects
Eddington, Lot 1, North West Cambridge by WilkinsonEyre with Mole Architects
Eddington Masterplan, Cambridge by AECOM
Eleanor Palmer Science Lab (London, NW5) by AY Architects
Goldsmith Street (Norwich) by Mikhail Riches
Great Arthur House (London, EC1Y) by John Robertson Architects
Hackney Wick Station (London) by Landolt + Brown
Hampshire House by Niall McLaughlin Architects
Hill House Passivhaus (East Sussex) by Meloy Architects
House Lessans (Saintfield, Northern Ireland) by McGonigle McGrath
Kettle’s Yard (Cambridge) by Jamie Fobert Architects
Kingswood Preparatory School and Nursery (Bath) by Stonewood Design
LAMDA (London, W14) by Niall McLaughlin Architects
London Bridge Station by Grimshaw
The Macallan Distillery (Aberlour, Scotland) by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Mackintosh at the Willow (Glasgow, Scotland) by Simpson & Brown
Mapleton Crescent (London, SW18) by Metropolitan Workshop
Marmalade Lane Cohousing (Cambridge) by Mole Architects
Merano (London, SE1) by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners with EPR
Music School, King’s College School Wimbledon (London, SW19) by Hopkins Architects
Nevill Holt Opera (Leicestershire) by Witherford Watson Mann Architects
Nithurst Farm (West Sussex) by Adam Richards Architects
North West Cambridge Utility Buildings by Robin Lee Architecture
Ordsall Chord (Manchester) by BDP
The Painted Hall (London, SE10) by Hugh Broughton Architects with Martin Ashley Architects
Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre (Cambridge) by Haworth Tompkins
Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery (London, W5) by Jestico + Whiles with Julian Harrap Architects
Preston Bus Station Refurbishment by John Puttick Associates with Cassidy+Ashton
The Queens Diamond Jubilee Galleries (London, SW1) by MUMA LLP
A Restorative Rural Retreat for Sartfell (Isle of Man) by Foster Lomas
Royal Opera House Open Up (London, WC2E) by Stanton Williams
Secular Retreat (Devon) by Atelier Peter Zumthor with Mole Architects
Sevenoaks School Science and Technology Centre and Global Study Centre by Tim Ronalds Architects
Signal Townhouses (London, SE1) by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Simon Sainsbury Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School (Cambridge) by Stanton Williams
Southbank Centre (London, SE1) by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with Archer Humphryes Architects
South London Gallery Fire Station (London, SE15) by 6a Architects
Teaching and Learning Building, University of Nottingham by Make Architects
Television Centre (London, W12) by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris with MacCreanor Lavington, Morris+Company, dRMM, Mikhail Riches, Piercy+Co, Haptic, Archer Humphreys and Coffey Architects
V&A Dundee by Kengo Kuma & Associates with Architects and James F Stephen Architects
Westminster Abbey Triforium Project (London, SW1) by Ptolemy Dean Architects
The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park by Feilden Fowles Architects
Writ in Water (Runnymede, Surrey) by Studio Octopi