The winners of the RIBA South East Awards were honored with The Malthouse at Canterbury’s King’s School for the best trophy

A £ 28 million school building won a prestigious award for the best piece of new architecture in the Southeast.

The South East Awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) selected The Malthouse at King’s School in Canterbury as the best design for Tim Ronalds Architects from London.

The malt house at Canterbury’s King’s School

It saw the conversion of a Victorian building into the independent school’s new drama center with a 334-seat theater, dance studios, and a bar and reception area.

It also took hope the RIBA South East Conservation Award.

The annual awards showcase the best of designs, with regional winners competing for national glory.

The modified rigging building in Chaham DockyardThe modified rigging building in Chaham Dockyard

It has been a long wait for those shortlisted after originally announced last year. However, the pandemic delayed the judgment process by 12 months.

The district’s other winners this year included:

The King’s School in Canterbury for their International College by Walters & Cohen Architects

The King's School, Canterbury and its International CollegeThe King’s School, Canterbury and its International College

Baynes and Mitchell Architects’ Fitted Rigging House in Chatham (which also won RIBA South East Sustainability and Client of the Year awards)

The Barton Science Center at BDP’s Tonbridge School

Walmer Castle and Gardens’ Learning Center by Adam Richards Architects and

Walmer Castle and Gardens' Learning CenterWalmer Castle and Gardens’ Learning Center

Bumpers Oast, near Marden by ACME

The 13 projects were selected by a panel of experts who visited all 19 shortlisted projects in Kent, Surrey East and West Sussex.

Regional Jury Chairman Derek Rankin said of this year’s winners: “This year’s RIBA South East Awards winners range from adding a small cabin for children with muscular dystrophy to converting a planned memorial in the Chatham Historic Dockyard.

Bumpers Oast near MardenBumpers Oast near Marden

“The sensitivity for the regional historical context, the imaginative reuse of existing buildings and projects with unusual and appealing teaching and social rooms should be emphasized.

“The extra year before the jury visits due to Covid-19 gave us the opportunity to gain a much deeper understanding of how well the buildings are working.

“The winning projects clearly enrich the lives of the residents, exceed expectations and testify to the cooperation between the architect and the client.”

At the Barton Science Center at Tonbridge SchoolAt the Barton Science Center at Tonbridge School

The regional winners will now compete for a RIBA National Award, which will be announced on September 9th.

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