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Building of the Year: 2019

Architects’ Journal, which supports the architecture industry on a daily basis with in-depth news analysis, insight into issues that are affecting the industry, comprehensive building studies with technical details and drawings, client profiles and competition updates, has announced the shortlist for its AJ100 Building of the Year award.

The winner of the award, which is given to the best building completed by an AJ100-listed practice in the past year, will be announced on June 19 at the annual AJ100 gala dinner event at the Tower of London. Here are our favourites from the seven shortlisted:

BBC Television Centre

The Television Centre, home to the BBC, has recently undergone a dramatic three-year transformation. The result is a new residential-led complex of 432 flats, cafes, restaurants, three BBC studios, a hotel, a gym and a terrace by Clerkenwell-based architecture practice Allford Hall Monagham Morris (AHMM). The hoardings on the original doughnut-shaped building, built between 1949 and 1960, and the newly-added outer ring came off in February 2018.

Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre and one of the UK’s top five visitor attractions, occupying a 17-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames.

The Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Rooms and Hayward Gallery recently underwent a two-year refurbishment headed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. The refurbishment was primarily a conservation project to replace building services, improve environmental performance, upgrade infrastructure to support the artistic programme and improve disabled access.

Beecroft Building, University of Oxford

Opened in 2018, the University of Oxford’s Beecroft Building houses the university’s advanced physics research department. As the departments first new building in 50 years, the Beecroft will provide world-class research facilities for experimental and theoretical physicists, consolidating their varying requirements into a single centre of excellence.

Completed by Hawkins\Brown, the impressive building comprises state-of-the-art laboratories below ground and office spaces above.