Fresh blood on 2018 Stirling shortlist
Three Stirling “virgins” and one previous winner have made it on to this year’s shortlist, announced today.
Henley Halebrown, Jamie Fobert and Waugh Thistleton are all in the running for the first time with, respectively, student housing, the expansion of Tate St Ives and a cemetery.
Meanwhile Niall McLaughlin will be hoping to make it third time lucky after receiving his third Stirling nomination in five years, for a university auditorium.
And MUMA gets a second bite at the cherry after its Whitworth Gallery missed out to AHMM’s Burntwood School in 2015.
Foster & Partners, twice a winner, will also be crossing its fingers after receiving a record-breaking 10th nomination, but its first for more than a decade.
This year’s shortlist for architecture’s most prestigious prize is:
- Bloomberg, London, by Foster & Partners
- Bushey Cemetery, Hertfordshire, by Waugh Thistleton Architects
- Chadwick Hall, University of Roehampton, London, by Henley Halebrown
- New Tate St Ives, Cornwall, by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev
- Storey’s Field Community Centre and Nursery, Cambridge, by MUMA
- The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, Oxford, by Niall McLaughlin Architects
RIBA president Ben Derbyshire said: “Each of the projects on this year’s shortlist shows the power and payback of investing in quality architecture, illustrating perfectly how well-designed buildings are worth every penny and can exceed the expectations of the community they serve.
“It doesn’t go unnoticed that half of the buildings were commissioned by UK universities, suggesting that parts of the higher education sector value the importance of improving the quality of their buildings and estates to reward and attract students, staff and visitors, and to make a positive contribution to their local area.
“It’s encouraging to see clients who recognise the broad range of benefits that can be achieved by working with skilled and resourceful architects, and I hope more public-sector organisations will follow their lead.
“This shortlist illustrates why UK architects and architecture are held in such high regard around the world. In these challenging and turbulent political times, we must celebrate how the UK’s architectural talent can help to improve local communities and their quality of life.
“Years of thoughtful design, collaborative working and a desire to nurture the human spirit has resulted in six buildings of real integrity and purpose. I am sure they will continue to inspire those who experience them, for decades to come.”
The winner will be announced on October 10 at a ceremony at the Roundhouse.