Sands End Arts and Community Centre Up for Stirling Prize

South Park building shortlisted for UK’s most prestigious architecture award

Sands End Hall
Sands End Hall

Fulham’s multi-award winning Sands End Arts and Community Centre is now in the running for the RIBA Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious architecture award.

The Royal Institute of British Architects, or RIBA, present this coveted annual award to the architect of the building thought to be the most significant of the year for the evolution of architecture and the built environment.

The arts and community centre, which was officially opened in March in the north western corner of Fulham’s South Park, has already won both London and National Awards from RIBA and named London Building of the Year.

Mae Architects, who were chosen by H&F Council to design the centre, tweeted: “ Super news for @MaeArchitects as RIBA reveals 2022 Stirling Prize shortlist!”

The eco-friendly, fully accessible centre is one of six buildings shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, including four in London.

Sands End Community Centre
Sands End Community Centre

Announcing the shortlist, RIBA's President Simon Allford said: “As we grapple with housing, energy and climate crises, these six projects give cause for optimism, each offering innovative solutions to the challenges of today and the future.

“ All six buildings are informed by close consultation and collaboration with clients, contractors and the community. The result: outstanding and welcoming architecture that lifts the spirit of all who engage with it.

“ All six are also underpinned by their understanding of construction’s responsibility to mitigate and adapt to our climate crisis. From the reuse and upgrade of existing buildings to the conscious specification of low-carbon materials and technologies, to the thoughtful design of hybrid, flexible spaces – these schemes consider their environment and give generously to their community.

“ In their architects’ attention to detail, and their clients’ determination and commitment, these six projects distinguish themselves and represent the best of UK architecture today. Together they demonstrate the power of exceptional architecture to enhance lives. My congratulations to everyone involved.”

Sands End Arts and Community Centre has been built around Clancarty Lodge, the original Edwardian park lodge and café dating back to 1903. The lodge has been restored and incorporated into the new complex along with South Park’s adjoining walnut grove.

Over a third of the building, which was funded by Tideway and Chelsea Football Club, was made from recycled products with energy saving features including responsibly sourced timber, bricks made partly from recycled material and solar panels.

As well as hosting community events, the centre has its own Walnut Tree Cafe, which is now open on Saturday from 9am till 4pm and on Monday to Friday from 10am till 4pm.

The winner of the 2022 RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on Thursday October 13.

Find out more about what’s on and how you can get involved at the centre’s website.

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July 25, 2022