Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Skelly & Couch projects triumph in RIBA regional awards 2021

The Malthouse, The King's School Canterbury: winner of 3 RIBA South East Awards 2021 © Philip Vile

Skelly & Couch projects feature strongly in this year’s RIBA Regional Awards with five accolades presented by RIBA South East alone.

In addition to a main prize, Tim Ronalds’ The Malthouse at The King’s School in Canterbury scooped two of the special awards for the South East region’s Building of the Year title as well as its 2021 Conservation Award. Earlier this year, the building also won in the Cultural and Religious Buildings £5 million and over category at the AJ’s Retrofit Awards. The state-of-the-art theatre at the Kent independent school was hailed by the judges as an ‘absolute exemplar of how to repurpose an existing building in an imaginative, honest and sensitive way’.

The International College at The King’s School, Canterbury by Walters & Cohen Architects was also honoured with an Award.

Another outstanding Skelly & Couch project, Brighton College School of Science and Sport by OMA, was honoured with a RIBA South East Award.

Continuing the winning streak, the new student residential Dorothy Wadham Building by Allies and Morrison at 400-year old Wadham College was given an award by RIBA South.

And that’s not all. Two further Skelly & Couch projects remain shortlisted for regional RIBA Award schemes yet to be announced.

Cambridge Central Mosque by Marks Barfield features on the RIBA East shortlist, with winners announced on 18 August, while Mountview Academy by Turner Works is on the RIBA London shortlist, with honours announced on 26 August.

All regional award winners will now be considered for the highly prized RIBA National Awards, to be announced on Thursday, 9 September.

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning projects later in the year. The Stirling Prize winner will be announced on Thursday, 14 October.

Owing to the pandemic, the 2021 RIBA UK Regional Awards are being selected from the shortlists for the 2020 RIBA Regional Awards.