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Art and Design Building, Bedales School, Hampshire

When Bedales School opened in 1893 it was the first co-educational boarding school, with close links to the Arts and Crafts movement and a philosophy which emphasised the importance of arts, craft and drama in a child’s development. It also...

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Feilden Fowles Studio, Waterloo, London

Oasis Farm Waterloo is an urban farm, tucked away in the heart of London, next to Waterloo Station, just to the south of Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. It is the site of a new timber-framed studio designed...

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Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre, Helmsley, Yorkshire

The ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, on the North York Moors, are the remains of one of the great medieval abbeys of England, founded in 1132 and a powerful and spiritually renowned centre of Cistercian monasticism, with 650 monks living there...

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Belarusian Memorial Chapel, Woodside Park, London

When the nuclear power plant at Chernobyl exploded in 1986, it devastated the land and people of Belarus with radioactive fallout, contaminating a quarter of the country. A new timber chapel commemorates the thirtieth anniversary of that terrible event, which...

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Hastings Pier, Hastings

Hastings Pier, winner of the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize, is a 21st century re-creation of the Victorian pleasure pier, designed as a sustainable and flexible platform to host all sorts of activities - funfairs, festivals, markets and major music events...

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The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, Bath

The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU) at the Royal United Hospital in Bath cares for more than 500 premature and sick newborn babies each year; it has been designed as a template to show how good, sustainable healthcare design...

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Coastal House, Devon

The practice 6a architects has reconfigured and extended a large early-twentieth century house in Devon. The house itself seemed initially unremarkable but the location is extraordinary; it stands close to the coast with extensive views of the sea and is...

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Gloucester Services

‘A beacon of hope for hungry drivers looking for quality food’ was how an eminent restaurant critic described Gloucester Motorway Services, which recently opened between junctions 11a and 12 of the north and south bound sides of the M5 near...

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Sunbeams Music Centre, Penrith, Cumbria

Sunbeams Music Centre is a unique building with a powerful story at its heart. It is dedicated to helping children with special needs, some of them desperately disabled, and improving their health and wellbeing through the power of music. Its...

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Harmondsworth Barn, Harmondsworth, Middlesex

The Great Barn at Harmondsworth is the largest timber-framed medieval building in the country and one of the few surviving: a magnificent and remarkably preserved Grade I-listed building which is nearly a thousand years old. The oak structure and oak...

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Wood Chip Barn

Most timber used in buildings today is machined, glued and fabricated, creating standard products from what was a very non-standard element, a tree. Yet trees have an inherent, natural strength and geometry; the branching forks of a standing tree show...

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Stihl Treetop Walkway

A new high-level walkway at Westonbirt Arboretum gives visitors the chance to travel through the tree canopy at a height previously only experienced by birds and squirrels. This dramatic structure, the Stihl Treetop Walkway, winds through the Grade I-listed historic...

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Mellor Primary School

Mellor is a small village not far from the Stockport / Manchester conurbation yet on the edge of open country and the Peak District National Park. Its primary school, looking out over woods and fields, has a ‘Forest School’ ethos,...

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Wolfson Tree Management Centre, Westonbirt Arboretum

Two radical timber buildings at the National Arboretum in Gloucestershire demonstrate how timber from trees felled in the routine maintenance of the estate were processed on site into structure and cladding, and constructed by volunteers and trainee carpenters. Westonbirt Arboretum...

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Stanbrook Abbey, Wass, Yorkshire

Stanbrook Abbey was described in the RIBA National Awards citation as 'A truly extraordinary piece of architecture… To execute such a beautiful organic form suggests divine intervention. It sits majestically within the woodland, rising out of the ground to form...

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121, St. Clare's, Oxford

St. Clare’s is a private sixth-form college which provides courses in the International Baccalaureate. It was founded in 1953 and has 375 students, most of whom are boarders. The college is housed in a number of discreet ‘villas’ along the...