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London's Gasholders is one of the 49 new buildings featured in this year's RIBA National Awards
London's Gasholders is one of the 49 new buildings featured in this year's RIBA National Awards
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15 Clerkenwell Close is located in London
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15 Clerkenwell Close is located in London
15 Clerkenwell Close was designed by Groupwork + Amin Taha Architects
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15 Clerkenwell Close was designed by Groupwork + Amin Taha Architects
25 Savile Row is located in London
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25 Savile Row is located in London
25 Savile Row was designed by Piercy&Company
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25 Savile Row was designed by Piercy&Company
53 Great Suffolk Street is located in London
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53 Great Suffolk Street is located in London
53 Great Suffolk Street was designed by Hawkins\Brown
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53 Great Suffolk Street was designed by Hawkins\Brown
Albert Works is located in Yorkshire 
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Albert Works is located in Yorkshire 
Albert Works was designed by Cartwright Pickard Architects
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Albert Works was designed by Cartwright Pickard Architects
Bethnal Green Memorial is located in London
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Bethnal Green Memorial is located in London
Bethnal Green Memorial was designed by Arboreal Architecture
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Bethnal Green Memorial was designed by Arboreal Architecture
Bloomberg is located in London
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Bloomberg is located in London
Bloomberg  was designed by Foster + Partners
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Bloomberg  was designed by Foster + Partners
Boroughmuir High School is located in Edinburgh 
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Boroughmuir High School is located in Edinburgh 
Boroughmuir High School was designed by Allan Murray Architects
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Boroughmuir High School was designed by Allan Murray Architects
Bushey Cemetery is located in Bushey
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Bushey Cemetery is located in Bushey
Bushey Cemetery was designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects
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Bushey Cemetery was designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects
Caroline Place is located in London
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Caroline Place is located in London
Caroline Place was designed by Amin Taha + Groupwork
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Caroline Place was designed by Amin Taha + Groupwork
Chadwick Hall is located in London
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Chadwick Hall is located in London
Chadwick Hall was designed by Henley Halebrown
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Chadwick Hall was designed by Henley Halebrown
City of London Freemen's School, Swimming Pool is located in London
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City of London Freemen's School, Swimming Pool is located in London
City of London Freemen's School, Swimming Pool was designed by Hawkins\Brown
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City of London Freemen's School, Swimming Pool was designed by Hawkins\Brown
Coastal House is located in Devon
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Coastal House is located in Devon
Coastal House was designed by 6a Architects
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Coastal House was designed by 6a Architects
Durham Cathedral Open Treasure is located in Durham City
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Durham Cathedral Open Treasure is located in Durham City
Durham Cathedral Open Treasure was designed by Purcell
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Durham Cathedral Open Treasure was designed by Purcell
Five Acre barn is located in Suffolk
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Five Acre barn is located in Suffolk
Five Acre Barn was designed by Blee Halligan 
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Five Acre Barn was designed by Blee Halligan 
London's Gasholders is one of the 49 new buildings featured in this year's RIBA National Awards
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London's Gasholders is one of the 49 new buildings featured in this year's RIBA National Awards
Gasholders was designed by WilkinsonEyre with Jonathan Tuckey Design
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Gasholders was designed by WilkinsonEyre with Jonathan Tuckey Design
Kings Crescent Estate Phases 1 and 2 is located in London
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Kings Crescent Estate Phases 1 and 2 is located in London
Kings Crescent Estate Phases 1 and 2 was designed by Karakusevic Carson Architects and Henley Halebrown 
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Kings Crescent Estate Phases 1 and 2 was designed by Karakusevic Carson Architects and Henley Halebrown 
Kingsgate Primary Lower School is located in London
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Kingsgate Primary Lower School is located in London
Kingsgate Primary Lower School was designed by Maccreanor Lavington Architects
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Kingsgate Primary Lower School was designed by Maccreanor Lavington Architects
Knox Bhavan Studio is located in London
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Knox Bhavan Studio is located in London
Knox Bhavan Studio was designed by Knox Bhavan Architects
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Knox Bhavan Studio was designed by Knox Bhavan Architects
Liverpool's Royal Court is located in Liverpool 
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Liverpool's Royal Court is located in Liverpool 
Liverpool's Royal Court was designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
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Liverpool's Royal Court was designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Lochside House is located in Scotland 
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Lochside House is located in Scotland 
Lochside House was designed by Haysom Ward Miller Architects
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Lochside House was designed by Haysom Ward Miller Architects
Maggie's Oldham is located in Oldham 
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Maggie's Oldham is located in Oldham 
Maggie's Oldham was designed by dRMM Architects
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Maggie's Oldham was designed by dRMM Architects
Marlborough Primary School is located in London
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Marlborough Primary School is located in London
Marlborough Primary School was designed by Dixon Jones
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Marlborough Primary School was designed by Dixon Jones
New Tate is located in St Ives
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New Tate is located in St Ives
New Tate was designed by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev
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New Tate was designed by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev
Nucleus, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive is located in Scotland
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Nucleus, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive is located in Scotland
Nucleus, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive was designed by Reiach and Hall Architects
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Nucleus, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive was designed by Reiach and Hall Architects
Old Shed New House is located in Yorkshire
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Old Shed New House is located in Yorkshire
Old Shed New House was designed by Tonkin Liu
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Old Shed New House was designed by Tonkin Liu
R7, Kings Cross is located in London
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R7, Kings Cross is located in London
R7, Kings Cross was designed by Duggan Morris Architects
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R7, Kings Cross was designed by Duggan Morris Architects
Riverlight is located in London
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Riverlight is located in London
Riverlight was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
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Riverlight was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Royal Academy of Music - The Susie Sainsbury Theatre is located in London
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Royal Academy of Music - The Susie Sainsbury Theatre is located in London
Royal Academy of Music - The Susie Sainsbury Theatre was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects Limited
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Royal Academy of Music - The Susie Sainsbury Theatre was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects Limited
Royal Albert Wharf Phase 1 is located in London
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Royal Albert Wharf Phase 1 is located in London
Royal Albert Wharf Phase 1 was designed by Maccreanor Lavington Ltd.
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Royal Albert Wharf Phase 1 was designed by Maccreanor Lavington Ltd.
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is located in Birmingham 
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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is located in Birmingham 
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire was designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire was designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
Shaftesbury Theatre is located in London 
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Shaftesbury Theatre is located in London 
Shaftesbury Theatre was designed by Bennetts Associates
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Shaftesbury Theatre was designed by Bennetts Associates
Sibson Building is located in Kent 
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Sibson Building is located in Kent 
Sibson Building was designed by Penoyre & Prasad
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Sibson Building was designed by Penoyre & Prasad
St Augustines Church is located in London
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St Augustines Church is located in London
St Augustines Church was designed by Roz Barr Architects
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St Augustines Church was designed by Roz Barr Architects
St David's Hospice, New In-Patient Unit is located in Newport 
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St David's Hospice, New In-Patient Unit is located in Newport 
St David's Hospice, New In-Patient Unit was designed by KKE Architects
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St David's Hospice, New In-Patient Unit was designed by KKE Architects
Storey's Field Community Centre and Nursery is located in Cambridge
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Storey's Field Community Centre and Nursery is located in Cambridge
Storey's Field Community Centre and Nursery was designed by MUMA 
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Storey's Field Community Centre and Nursery was designed by MUMA 
Storyhouse is located in Chester
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Storyhouse is located in Chester
Storyhouse was designed by Bennetts Associates
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Storyhouse was designed by Bennetts Associates
The David Attenborough Building is located in Cambridge
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The David Attenborough Building is located in Cambridge
The David Attenborough Building was designed by Nicholas Hare Architects
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The David Attenborough Building was designed by Nicholas Hare Architects
The Department Store is located in London
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The Department Store is located in London
The Department Store was designed by Squire and Partners
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The Department Store was designed by Squire and Partners
The Leadenhall Building – aka the "Cheesegrater" – is located in London
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The Leadenhall Building – aka the "Cheesegrater" – is located in London
The Leadenhall Building was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
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The Leadenhall Building was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library and Archives is located in Halifax
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The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library and Archives is located in Halifax
The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library and Archives was designed by LDN Architects
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The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library and Archives was designed by LDN Architects
The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre is located in Oxford
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The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre is located in Oxford
The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre was designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects
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The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre was designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects
University of Birmingham Indoor Sports Centre is located in Birmingham 
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University of Birmingham Indoor Sports Centre is located in Birmingham 
University of Birmingham Indoor Sports Centre was designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects
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University of Birmingham Indoor Sports Centre was designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects
University of Roehampton Library is located in London
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University of Roehampton Library is located in London
University of Roehampton Library was designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios 
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University of Roehampton Library was designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios 
Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter is located in London
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Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter is located in London
Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter was designed by AL_A
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Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter was designed by AL_A
Victoria Hall King's Cross is located in London
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Victoria Hall King's Cross is located in London
Victoria Hall King's Cross was designed by Stanton Williams
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Victoria Hall King's Cross was designed by Stanton Williams
Walthamstow Wetlands is located in London
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Walthamstow Wetlands is located in London
Walthamstow Wetlands was designed by Witherford Watson Mann Architects and Kinnear Landscape Architects
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Walthamstow Wetlands was designed by Witherford Watson Mann Architects and Kinnear Landscape Architects
West Court Jesus College is located in Cambridge
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West Court Jesus College is located in Cambridge
West Court Jesus College was designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects
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West Court Jesus College was designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects
Weston Street is located in London 
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Weston Street is located in London 
Weston Street was designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
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Weston Street was designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
White Collar Factory is located in London 
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White Collar Factory is located in London 
White Collar Factory was designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
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White Collar Factory was designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the 2018 National Awards. Established to highlight the very best new architecture in Britain, the projects included range from the extension of a historic cathedral to gleaming skyscrapers.

This year's 49 winners (you have to admire RIBA's reluctance to add one more building and make it a round 50) are mostly located in London, as you'd expect, though there are some buildings in the north of England, as well as Scotland (including the Lochside House pictured below) and even Wales, too. However, Northern Ireland doesn't field a single entry this time.

Lochside House is located in Scotland 
Lochside House is located in Scotland 

The buildings featured will be whittled down to a shortlist next month, before the best overall building is eventually chosen for the Stirling Prize later this year.

"For over 50 years the RIBA Awards have celebrated the best new buildings, large or small; shining a light on trends in the construction industry, and illustrating why the UK's architects and architecture have an enviable global reputation," says RIBA President Ben Derbyshire.

"I am particularly pleased to see some excellent examples of large-scale housing schemes among this year's winners. Projects such as these are beacons showing how it is possible for enlightened local authorities and developers to create the well-designed, desirable and sustainable homes that communities so desperately need."

The Leadenhall Building – aka the "Cheesegrater" – is located in London
The Leadenhall Building – aka the "Cheesegrater" – is located in London

High-profile firms make an appearance, including Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners with its "Cheesegrater" skyscraper (seen above) and Foster + Partners, with its massive new Bloomberg office building (below), which takes up an entire city block in London. Filled with artworks and decorative flourishes, RIBA's judges liken moving through the building to being in Willy Wonka's factory.

Bloomberg  was designed by Foster + Partners
Bloomberg  was designed by Foster + Partners

Purcell's sympathetic extension of the historic Durham Cathedral (pictured below) is another important project. Dating back to circa 1018, it's considered one of the finest examples of Norman architecture and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Durham Cathedral Open Treasure was designed by Purcell
Durham Cathedral Open Treasure was designed by Purcell

Gasholders London (seen below), by WilkinsonEyre with Jonathan Tuckey Design, involved transforming old industrial gas holders, originally built in 1867, into luxury residences. Consisting of three large drums that hold the residences, along with a central courtyard, it's a remarkable looking project with a futuristic appearance that belies its age.

Gasholders was designed by WilkinsonEyre with Jonathan Tuckey Design
Gasholders was designed by WilkinsonEyre with Jonathan Tuckey Design

Head to the gallery to see each project in full. Other highlights include a London memorial to a WWII-era tube disaster, a Liverpool theater, and an Edinburgh school.

Source: RIBA

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