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In pictures: £1bn office and nursery school make Stirling Prize shortlist

Bloomberg’s £1bn London headquarters will go up against projects including a Hertfordshire cemetery, student housing and a nursery school for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize.

The £1bn Bloomberg headquarters, a finalist in the 2018 CN Awards for Sustainable Project of the Year, was designed by Foster + Partners and built by Sir Robert McAlpine.

It will compete against spectacular buildings from Cambridge to Cornwall, including an art gallery and lecture theatre for architecture’s prestigious prize.

The 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist is:

  • Bloomberg, London, by Foster + Partners (contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine) – RIBA: “A highly innovative new workplace in the City of London, commissioned by an ambitious civic-minded client, which pushes architecture’s boundaries and seeks to enhance the neighbouring public realm.”
  • Bushey Cemetery, Hertfordshire, by Waugh Thistleton Architects (Buxton Building Contractors): “An extraordinary spiritual building formed of natural rammed earth walls, oak and rusted steel, with the beliefs and customs of the Jewish faith at its heart.”
  • Chadwick Hall, University of Roehampton, London, by Henley Halebrown (Morgan Sindall): “Three new, intelligent buildings which surround the Grade II-listed Georgian Downshire House and provide high-quality student housing for Roehampton University, built on a modest budget.”
  • New Tate St Ives, Cornwall, by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev (Bam Construct): “An ingenious reconfiguration and extension of the postmodern art gallery which doubles the exhibition space, creates a new public walkway connecting the town to the beach, and helps St Ives attract a growing number of international visitors.”
  • Storey’s Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, Cambridge, by MUMA (Farrans Construction): “A breathtaking building, commissioned by the university for the new community of North-west Cambridge. Inspired by the college cloisters and courts of the City, this project has a sustainability agenda at its core.”
  • The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, Oxford, by Niall McLaughlin Architects (Beard Construction): “A floating auditorium crafted from classic Oxford stone and natural oak to blend exquisitely into the established landscape of Worcester College.”

Of the six, only Foster + Partners has won the prize previously for the Imperial War Museum Duxford in 1998 and 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) in 2004.

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 [to] 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.”

Last year’s winner was Hastings Pier by dRMM.

The winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on Wednesday 10 October 2018 at the Roundhouse in Camden, London.

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