Cambridge construction boom results in high proportion of winners
The average standard this year was high, resulting in a high proportion of winners. There was a particularly strong ‘Cambridge effect’, a result of the large amount of construction activity in the city. The new city extension of Eddington alone attracted several entries, perhaps because it is sponsored by the University of Cambridge which commissions architects with an established reputation.
Housing schemes continue to feature, including large social housing projects, a number of which have concentrated on sustainability issues. Bringing Passivhaus standards, or near Passivhaus standards, to the mass market has also been a common theme and one to be applauded given increasing climate change warnings. The jury also recognised the architectural skill deployed in masterplanning housing schemes and was pleased to see an entry that concentrated on this aspect.
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Building of the Year 2019
Walters & Cohen Architects for Newnham College, Cambridge
Proctor and Matthews Architects for Countryside Properties
Studio Bark for James Holland
Williams Griffiths Architects for James Drew & Michaela Breilmann
Devlin Architects for Eaton Socon Pre-School CIO
WilkinsonEyre with Mole Architects for University of Cambridge
AECOM Design & Planning for University of Cambridge
Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley for Norwich City Council
Jamie Fobert Architects for Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge
Tate Harmer for Emily Spry & Alex Paul
Mole Architects for TOWN and Trivselhus with Cambridge Cohousing
Robin Lee Architecture for University of Cambridge
Ashworth Parkes Architects for RM Construction
Haworth Tompkins for The Perse School
Stanton Williams for University of Cambridge
John McAslan + Partners for St Albans City and District Council
MCW Architects for ACE Foundation
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with Lucas+Western Architects for Holkham Estate