Net-zero office 1980s block and Cambridge timber library up for architect design award 

An east London apartment complex, a posh Cambridge library and a swanky net-zero office block will battle it out for one of the highest accolades in British architecture this year. 

A total of six innovative structures have made the final shortlist for the 2022 Stirling Prize for the UK’s Best New Building, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). 

Among the nominees is architect firm Henley Halebrown, nominated for its work on Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road, which is a striking red-brick complex that combines affordable housing with a new primary school. 

Also up for the gong is a swanky net-zero development by Hopkins Architects, located at 100 Liverpool Street. 

The central London building encompasses a dramatic renovation and extension of a 1980s office block to create a suite of offices and commercial and public spaces in the capital’s financial district.

Hoping to sway the judges, too, is Forth Valley College – Falkirk Campus, in Scotland, designed by Reiach and Hall Architects.

The higher education centre is made up of three cutting-edge facilities connected by courtyards and open learning spaces.

A total of six unique structures are hoping to win the 2022 Starling Prize for the UK’s Best New Building, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) (Pictured: Nominee Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road) 

Mae Architects are nominated for their work on Sands End Arts and Community Centre, in London (pictured) - a fully accessible single-storey building arranged around a disused lodge comprising flexible activity spaces and a community cafe

Mae Architects are nominated for their work on Sands End Arts and Community Centre, in London (pictured) – a fully accessible single-storey building arranged around a disused lodge comprising flexible activity spaces and a community cafe

Also up for the gong is a swanky net-zero development by Hopkins Architects, located at 100 Liverpool Street (pictured)

Also up for the gong is a swanky net-zero development by Hopkins Architects, located at 100 Liverpool Street (pictured)

Also nominated is The New Library, Magdalene College, in Cambridge (pictured), designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects. The detailed timber-framed library and study space is designed to replace that previously gifted by Samuel Pepys and is projected to survive for another 400 years

Also nominated is The New Library, Magdalene College, in Cambridge (pictured), designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects. The detailed timber-framed library and study space is designed to replace that previously gifted by Samuel Pepys and is projected to survive for another 400 years

But it will have to see off its other rival if it wants the top prize – Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park, which forms part of Elephant and Castle’s regeneration programme in south London.

Designed by Panter Hudspith Architects, it is a cluster of buildings forming a new city block of 228 new homes and retail spaces wrapped around a communal garden.

Mae Architects, meanwhile, are nominated for their work on Sands End Arts and Community Centre, in London – a fully accessible single-storey building arranged around a disused lodge comprising flexible activity spaces and a community cafe.

Also nominated is The New Library, Magdalene College, in Cambridge, designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects.

The detailed timber-framed library and study space is designed to replace that previously gifted by Samuel Pepys and is projected to survive for another 400 years.

RIBA President Simon Allford said: ‘As we grapple with housing, energy and climate crises, these six projects give cause for optimism, each offering innovative solutions to the challenges of today and the future.

‘From major capital city regeneration programmes to new visions for higher education, they all share the ambition to deliver generous architecture fit for a low-carbon future.

‘Four of our shortlisted schemes provide new spaces to interact and learn.

‘These formal and informal settings – schools, colleges and community centres – epitomise how to design for sustained community benefit.

‘They are joined by ambitious new housing developments on compact and complex sites that set a benchmark for investment in high quality, desirable urban homes.

The central London building at 100 Liverpool Street (pictured) encompasses a dramatic renovation and extension of a 1980s office block to create a suite of offices and commercial and public spaces in the capital's financial district

The central London building at 100 Liverpool Street (pictured) encompasses a dramatic renovation and extension of a 1980s office block to create a suite of offices and commercial and public spaces in the capital’s financial district

Among the nominees is architect firm Henley Halebrown, nominated for its work on Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road (pictured), which is a striking red-brick complex that combines affordable housing with a new primary school

Among the nominees is architect firm Henley Halebrown, nominated for its work on Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road (pictured), which is a striking red-brick complex that combines affordable housing with a new primary school

Hoping to sway the judges, too, is Forth Valley College - Falkirk Campus, in Scotland (pictured), designed by Reiach and Hall Architects. The higher education centre is made up of three cutting-edge facilities connected by courtyards and open learning spaces

Hoping to sway the judges, too, is Forth Valley College – Falkirk Campus, in Scotland (pictured), designed by Reiach and Hall Architects. The higher education centre is made up of three cutting-edge facilities connected by courtyards and open learning spaces

Pictured: Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park, which forms part of Elephant and Castle's regeneration programme in south London. Designed by Panter Hudspith Architects, it is a cluster of buildings forming a new city block of 228 new homes and retail spaces wrapped around a communal garden

Pictured: Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park, which forms part of Elephant and Castle’s regeneration programme in south London. Designed by Panter Hudspith Architects, it is a cluster of buildings forming a new city block of 228 new homes and retail spaces wrapped around a communal garden

The 2022 RIBA Stirling prize-giving ceremony will be held at RIBA, 66 Portland Place in London on October 13. (Pictured: Nominee Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park)

The 2022 RIBA Stirling prize-giving ceremony will be held at RIBA, 66 Portland Place in London on October 13. (Pictured: Nominee Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park)

‘All six buildings are informed by close consultation and collaboration with clients, contractors and the community. The result: outstanding and welcoming architecture that lifts the spirit of all who engage with it.

‘All six are also underpinned by their understanding of construction’s responsibility to mitigate and adapt to our climate crisis.

‘From the reuse and upgrade of existing buildings to the conscious specification of low-carbon materials and technologies, to the thoughtful design of hybrid, flexible spaces – these schemes consider their environment and give generously to their community.

‘In their architects’ attention to detail, and their clients’ determination and commitment, these six projects distinguish themselves and represent the best of UK architecture today.

‘Together they demonstrate the power of exceptional architecture to enhance lives. My congratulations to everyone involved.’

The 2022 RIBA Stirling prize-giving ceremony will be held at RIBA, 66 Portland Place in London on October 13.