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London’s best designed buildings rewarded by the RIBA

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A hostel in Borough Road is one of 22 London buildings to receive an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects to mark the start of Architecture Week 2005.

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Countess of Wessex
The royal visitor is greeted by the Mayor of Southwark and Simon Hughes MP


Friendship House by MacCormac Jamieson Prichard was opened in 2004 by the Countess of Wessex. It is the flagship hostel of the London Hostels Association.

Projects honoured range in size and use from low cost housing in Silvertown for the Peabody Trust, to a ground-breaking exemplar school in Hackney; from an airy conservatory canteen at Great Ormond Street Hospital, to the state of the art BBC Media Village in White City; from the Idea Store in Poplar presenting a new concept for a library, to the masterplan for the environs of the Tower of London.

All 22 London buildings will be competing with the other RIBA Award winners for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize in association with The Architects' Journal. In total 71 new buildings across the UK and EU have received RIBA Awards. These will form the longlist for The RIBA Stirling Prize in association with The Architects' Journal which Channel 4 will televise for the sixth year running on Channel 4 on Saturday 15 October.

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