19 October 2015 | Jamie Harris
A school designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) for Burntwood School in inner London has won the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK's best new building.
Awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Stirling Prize, now in its 20th year, is one of the leading annual awards in architecture.
AHMM created six new faculty buildings and two large cultural buildings for Burntwood School, a large comprehensive girls' school in Wandsworth.
The judges explained that the school won for its "technically sophisticated" use of prefabrication, its low-energy strategy, and the minimal disruption to teachers and pupils during construction.
"It is the most accomplished of the six shortlisted buildings because it demonstrates the full range of the skills that architects can offer to society."
The entries on the shortlist were:
- Darbishire Place, Peabody Housing, London, by Niall McLaughlin Architects
- Maggie's Cancer Care Centre, Lanarkshire, by Reiach and Hall Architects
- NEO Bankside housing, London, by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
- University of Greenwich Stockwell Street Building, London, by Heneghan Peng architects
- The Whitworth, University of Manchester, by MUMA