London office building makes British architectural awards top six
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize 2009 is up for grabs, and the shortlist is now down to the final six. The accolade is for the best British building worldwide, and a London office building is in the running for the title.
Designed by Eric Parry Architects, the property is an 18-storey commercial office development in the City of London, in the prestigious EC postcode area, a short walk from the banks of the Thames.
Judges commented that the scheme “does much to improve the urban realm by creating, improving and connecting public spaces,” adding: “Granite, concrete and flowing water features add visual interest to the street.”
The London office will compete against two London health centres, a museum in Denmark, a mixed-use scheme in Liverpool, and a wine cooperative in Spain. The full shortlist including the architects behind each scheme is below:
- 5 Aldermanbury Square, London (Eric Parry Architects)
- MaggieΓÇÖs Centre, Charing Cross Hospital, London (Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners)
- Kentish Town Health Centre, Camden NHS, London (Monaghan Morris)
- Bodegas Protos, Valladolid, Spain (Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners)
- Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Lolland, Denmark (Tony Fretton Architects)
- Liverpoool One Masterplan, Liverpool (BDP)
In a report by The London Evening Standard, Sunand Prasad, RIBA president, said: “This is a fascinating set of schemes – the judges have a hard but eagerly anticipated decision to make.”
The winner will be announced on 17th October. For more details on offices to rent in the City of London, visit officebroker.com to perform a search, and for free expert advice from our regional office experts.