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    Twenty Bishops Square Wins RIBA Award


    Native Land’s Twenty Bishops Square, the luxury mixed use residential development, has won an award for architectural excellence from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

    The prestigious RIBA awards are awarded to buildings that have high architectural standards and make a substantial contribution to the local environment.

    Matthew Lloyd Architects’ designed the scheme in Spitalfields which comprises of prime residential accommodation with a ground floor restaurant, and the restoration of the adjacent Grade II Listed St Botolph’s Hall, both occupied by the Galvin brothers La Chapelle restaurant.

    This is the second award for Twenty Bishops Square following the scheme’s win at the Grand Design Award’s for ‘Best Residential Development’ in 2009. The scheme was also shortlisted for World Architecture News’ Residential Award.

    RIBA President Ruth Reed said about the 2010 RIBA Award winners:

    ‘The RIBA Awards reflect not only the state of British architecture but also that of its economy. In the midst of the deepest recession in the 45 year history of the RIBA Awards, this year’s awards demonstrate that although times might be hard for architects, there are still great buildings being built throughout the country and overseas. The RIBA Awards always give an opportunity for gem-like small projects and less established practices to shine through and this year is no exception. Far from being a size prize, the RIBA Awards are for buildings that offer value to people’s lives. I am looking forward to seeing an exciting RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist.’