2024 RIBA National Awards for architecture | The winners revealed

Today the RIBA announce its 26 winners of the 2024 RIBA National Awards for architecture. Since 1966 the awards have recognised and commended the very best and most inspiring of architectural pursuits from around the UK.

Featured in this year’s winners of the RIBA National Awards for architecture is everything from urban masterplanning and regeneration projects across major UK cities, to smaller residential designs of architectural merit. As well as the new favourite transport network for Londoners: The Elizabeth Line.

Homerton College by Feilden Fowles, Photo by Jim Stephenson

Looking at the medalists, it’s clear to see that the architectural landscape of the UK is leaning heavily towards restoration and regeneration. Perhaps this is in the pursuit of a more considerate and sustainable approach to building, or perhaps it’s simply a renewed prioritisation of preserving history.

And it’s not just in the larger landmarks like Battersea Power Station or Bath Abbey where a commitment to reviving the past can be seen. Looking at the residential projects in the line-up of the 2024 RIBA National Awards for architecture, you can find everything from a derelict cottage reinstated for family living to a Brutalist estate that forms part of ongoing restoration work.

Bradbury Works by [Y/NStudio, Photo by French + Tye

In other trends, materiality is clearly a marker for progress with one winner congratulated as the tallest engineered timber office building in central London, while another utilises waste and bio-based materials in the devision of a carbon-negative development.

The winners will now be considered for the highly coveted RIBA Stirling Prize for best building.

Interested in the full list of winners of the 2024 RIBA National Awards for architecture? Scroll down for a snippet of all projects.

Alfreton Park Community Special School

Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture devise a school plan that prioritises accessibility for pupils aged 3 to 19 with special educational needs and disabilities.

Photo by Kilian O’Sullivan

Auckland Castle, Tower & Faith Museum

Níall McLaughlin Architects and Purcell utilise a series of urban and historic interventions in the restoration of a 900-year-old Grade I listed Castle.

Photo by Nick Kane

Bath Abbey Footprint Project

The UNESCO City of Bath undergoes repair and conservation work at the hands of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, with new additions and facilities that hope to breathe a new lease of life into the historic city.

Photo by James Newton

Battersea Power Station (Phase Two)

The iconic London landmark revival from architects at Wilkinson Eyre.

Photo by Peter Landers

Beechwood Village

Pollard Thomas Edwards and Outerspace employs off-site modular construction in the realisation of a new neighbourhood of over 250 family houses in Basildon.

Photo by Nick Kane

Bradbury Works

[Y/N] Studio reimagines and extends a Dalston workspace in an intriguing use of polycarbonate carapace.

Photo by French + Tye

Chowdhury Walk

Concrete planters line the fronts of new council homes from Al-Jawad Pike in Hackney.

Photo by Rory Gardiner

Dining Hall, Homerton College

Homerton College, Cambridge, receives a new dining hall from Feilden Fowles.

Photo by Jim Stephenson

Farmworker’s House

Lying low in the green plains of this rural locale is a a single-storey courtyard house for a farm manager with design by Hugh Strange Architects.

Photo by Jason Orton

House on Redbrae Farm

A derelict cottage reinvented for family life by McGonigle McGrath Architects.

Photo by McGonigle McGrath

King’s Cross Masterplan

Marking one of Europe’s largest urban regeneration projects, Allies and Morrison and Porphyrios Associates’ masterplan for King’s Cross creates new expectations for city planning.

Photo by John Sturrock

National Portrait Gallery

New designs from Jamie Fobert Architects and Purcell work to elevate the visitor experience of London’s National Portrait Gallery.

Photo by Jim Stephenson

New Temple Complex

A domed temple from James Gorst Architects unites modern design and spiritual thinking.

Photo by Rory Gardiner

North Gate Social Housing

PagePark Architects enlists a contemporary approach to a social housing scheme that tackles the needs of older residents.

Photo by Nick Kane

Paddington Elizabeth Line

Improving commutes across London, Weston Williamson + Partners ensures the Elizabeth Line platform at Paddington wallows in natural light and fresh air.

Photo by Morley von Sternberg

Park Hill (Phase Two)

Mikhail Riches adds to the ongoing restoration of a Grade II listed Brutalist estate.

Photo by Tim Crocker

Royal Academy of Dance

Takero Shimazaki Architects moves the Royal Academy of Dance into the ground floor of a residential building in Wandsworth.

Photo by Felix Koch

Shrewbury Flaxmill Maltings

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios receives its second recognition with its transformation of this historic brick build into a new leisure hub.

Photo by Daniel Hopkinson

Six Columns

Despite sitting naturally between its neighbors, 31/44 devises a home with a rich architectural tapestry that honours traditional building materials and techniques.

Photo by Nick Dearden

Thames Christian School & Battersea Chapel

Henley Halebrown provides a South London school and church with a new place to commune and congregate.

Photo by David Grandorge

The Arbor

Sustainable thinking from Boehm Lynas and GS8 creates 10 carbon-negative, zero-waste and net energy positive houses in Walthamstow.

Photo by Chris Wharton

The Black & White Building

Waugh Thistleton Architects breaks records for the tallest engineered timber office building in central London.

Photo by Jake Curtis

The Elizabeth Line

The collaboration of Grimshaw, Maynard, Equation and Atkins for The Elizabeth Line marks the biggest contribution to London’s transport system in over twenty years.

Photo by Hufton + Crow

The Fruitmarket Gallery

Edinburgh’s beloved gallery is carefully extended and elevated by Reiach and Hall Architects.

Photo by Ruth Clark

WongAvery Gallery

Níall McLaughlin Architects envisions a new music practice and performance space for Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

Photo by David Valinsky

Wraxall Yard

Clementine Blakemore Architects creates a plan to share the charm of this restored dairy farm with the wider community with the inclusion of holiday accommodation, a community space, and an
educational smallholding.

Photo by Lorenzo Zandri

Discover more information about each project directly from the RIBA website.

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