RIBA Stirling Prize 2015: AHMM’s Burntwood School

October 16, 2015

The RIBA Stirling Prize for  best British building of the year has won by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’s Burntwood School, an all-girl’s secondary school in Wandsworth, south London.

 

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Announced last night in a televised ceremony at RIBA headquarters, the award was a unanimous decision by the judges, who commented ‘

Burntwood School is the clear winner of the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize. It is the most accomplished of the six shortlisted buildings because it demonstrates the full range of the skills that architects can offer to society. It encompasses great contemporary design and clever reuse of existing buildings as well as superb integration of artwork, landscaping and engineering. It is a genuine collaborative project. There was a wonderful working relationship between the headteacher and the architect: a true partnership of equals.’

Burntwood beat buildings including the controversial luxury Neo Bankside development in London, Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in Lanarkshire and the extension of the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.

It is the first time AHMM has won the RIBA stirling prize,  after three previous times on the shortlist including for an educational institution: Westminster Academy in 2008.

Last year the RIBA Stirling Prize went to the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, designed by Haworth Tompkins, and the prize has won by practices including Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects,  and David Chipperfield Architects

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