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High Performing Buildings – June’s Roundup  

High Performing Buildings – June’s Roundup  
27 June 2023

This month’s high performing buildings roundup features the winners of the 2023 RIBA National Awards for architecture.

The awards, which have been presented since 1966, recognise the UK’s best new buildings and provide insight into the country’s architecture, design and social trends.  


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Hanover is a complex of five mixed-use buildings and public spaces above the new Elizabeth Line Bond Street station entrance.

The project involved the restoration and conservation of a series of historic facades along New Bond Street, retained and providing new office space behind. The design of the building reduces carbon emissions 25 per cent further than UK building regulations require and it has been recognised as BREEAM Excellent/Very Good.

The RIBA judges praised the project for its “over-station” building footprint and the fact that the site is designed to have a 125-year lifespan.



Picture: a render showing a retail area with external seating and people walking around. Image Credit: Hanover © Jack Hobhouse


Edith Neville Primary School


Part of Camden’s first phase of regeneration for the Somers Town estate, this school replaced a previous dilapidated building. The new building and boundary have been thoughtfully designed to extend the surrounding parkland landscape.  

The school uses passive ventilation through its chimneys and nighttime cooling and includes a cross-laminated timber structure to reduce its embodied carbon footprint.



Picture: a photograph of the exterior Edith Neville Primary School showing children playing in an outdoor sports area. Image Credit: Edith Neville Primary School © Kilian O’Sullivan


University of Warwick – Faculty of Art


This new building brings together the departments and schools of the arts faculty under a single roof for the first time.  

Four pavilion buildings are connected by a feature staircase, inspired by the structure of a tree, that organically grows through the central atrium space.

The building uses a mixed-mode ventilation framework, providing openable windows in summer and maintaining excellent air quality in winter through high-efficiency mechanical ventilation with heat recovery.


Agar Grove


Agar Grove in Camden is set to become UK’s largest Passivhaus project, providing 493 affordable homes for new and existing tenants.

Based on the traditional concept of “streets and squares”, the designers sought to create a place where people want to live, and contributes positively to the surrounding area.

Using a fabric-first approach to energy performance and human comfort, the estate will use passive heat sources to cover much of the heat demand. The remaining heat is provided by the supplied air, and is sufficient as a heat source because the house has such reduced heat losses. This will reduce the need for space heating and can reduce heating bills by 90 per cent compared with conventional homes.

The RIBA jury praised the project for its ambition in providing high-calibre housing.

Picture: a photograph of the exterior of the Faculty of Art at the University of Warwick. Image Credit: University of Warwick Faculty of Arts © Hufton and Crow

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 27 June 2023


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