SCHOOL SCOOPS TOP ARCHITECTURE AWARD
Infants school also scoops special award for regional small project of the year
by Camilla Goodman firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @Camilla_Goodman TWO Buckinghamshire schools have won prestigious awards for architecture.
The Little Hall, at Prestwood Infants School in Prestwood and Davenies School in Beaconsfield, are two of 17 buildings which have won RIBA South Regional Awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects.
A property simply known as House 19, in Buckinghamshire, was also announced as a winner.
The awards were presented at a ceremony held at Ascot Racecourse on Thursday, April 28, in recognition of their architectural excellence.
The Little Hall at Prestwood Infants School also won a special award for Regional Small Project of the Year.
Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan said: “The Little Hall at Prestwood School shows that even the smallest project can be inspirational when treated with imagination and flair.”
The 17 regional award winners were drawn from a shortlist of 30 projects, from 64 entries.
RIBA regional director James Robinson said: “We are very lucky to have such outstanding buildings winning RIBA Awards this year.
“The standard and variety of the entries in the South is great to see; from small private houses to the larger public and institutional buildings.
“The shortlist also demonstrates the fantastic amount of design talent in and around the region, with marvellous new buildings in the city by local architects as well as by well-known British and international practices.
“The region has many wonderful buildings and this year’s RIBA Award winners show that they are still being built.”
RIBA South Regional Award winners will also be considered for the highlycoveted RIBA National Awards in recognition of their architectural excellence. These will be announced on June 23.
The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.
Left, The Little Hall at Prestwood Infants School which won a regional RIBA award and also won a special award for Regional Small Project of the Year; below, the interestingly shaped House 19 and bottom, Davenies School in Beaconsfield which was also honoured for its excellence