Britain's best buildings 2017: These are the 15 in London that made the cut

Rebecca Smith
Tate Modern's Blavatnik Building featured on the list
Tate Modern's Blavatnik Building featured on the list (Source: RIBA)

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named its best buildings in the UK for 2017.

The 49 winners of RIBA's national awards for architecture include a social housing development next to a railway viaduct in London, British Airways’ vertical pier in Brighton, and the Tate Modern's Blavatnik Building.

Among them are 15 buildings in the capital, including The Laboratory at Dulwich College, 8 Finsbury Circus and The Loom.

RIBA president Jane Duncan said: "Brick remains the top choice for many projects in London; Tate Modern's Blavatnik Building and Barrett’s Grove are two excellent examples.

"This traditional building material remains very much part of modern London's architectural vernacular. In the rest of the country, timber is growing in popularity; its versatility and relative affordability have seen it embraced across the country from intricate external lattice timber cladding at Bedales School to the beautifully crafted interiors of repurposed industrial units in Manchester at Finlays Warehouse.”

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The 25 best buildings in the UK

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Project name



Type of building

1. Carrowbreck Meadow

Hamson Barron Smith


Housing development - private

2. The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia




3. Peacock House

BHSF Architekten with Studio-P


Individual house

4. St Albans Abbey

Richard Griffiths Architects

St Albans

Place of worship

5. Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre

Walters & Cohen Architects

Walsham le Willows

Place of worship

6. The Welding Institute

Eric Parry Architects

Great Abington

Research institution

7. Leicester Cathedral's Richard III Project 'With Dignity and Honour'

van Heyningen and Haward Architects


Place of worship

8. The Laboratory, Dulwich College


Dulwich, south London

School - independent/public

9. No 49

31/44 Architects

Hither Green, southeast London

Individual House

10. The Loom

Duggan Morris Architects

Whitechapel, east London


11. 8 Finsbury Circus


City of London


12. 40 Chancery Lane

Bennetts Associates

Holborn, central London

Mixed use building - Workspace/office and retail

13. King's College School

Allies and Morrison

Wimbledon, southwest London

School - independent/public

14. New Scotland Yard

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Embankment, central London


15. Paradise Gardens

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Hammersmith, west London

Housing development – private

16. Photography Studio for Juergen Teller

6a architects

Ladbroke Grove, west London

Mixed use building – workspace and residential

17. Silchester

Haworth Tompkins

Notting Hill, west London

Housing development - social

18. Barretts Grove

Amin Taha + Groupwork

Stoke Newington, north London

Housing development – private

19. Dujardin Mews

Karakusevic Carson Architects with Maccreanor Lavington

Ponders End, north London

Housing development – social

20. Tate Modern's Blavatnik Building

Herzog & de Meuron

Bankside, central London


21. The British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Bloomsbury, central London


22. Walmer Yard

P Salter and Associates with Mole Architects John Comparelli Architects

Holland Park, west London

Housing development - private

23. Live Works

Flanagan Lawrence with Tench Maddison Ash Architects

Newcastle Upon Tyne


24. Shawm House

MawsonKerr Architects

West Woodburn, Northumberland

Individual house

25. The Word

FaulknerBrowns Architects

South Shields, South Tyneside

Library and cultural venue

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