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Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) has won the top prize in British architecture, the RIBA Stirling Prize for their Burntwood School. Beating out competition from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH+P), Niall McLaughlin Architects, Heneghan Peng Architects, McInnes Usher McKnight Architects (MUMA) and Reiach and Hall Architects. Announced by RIBA president Jane Duncan, the selection was reported to have been a unanimous decision among the judges, with the school described as "a grown-up building to inspire grown-up behavior." The Stirling Prize is awarded each year to "the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year." The design of the Burntwood School adds six new faculty buildings and two large cultural buildings to an existing Modernist school designed in the 1950s by Leslie Martin. Speaking at the award, Duncan stated: "Burntwood School shows us how superb school design can be at the heart of raising our children's educational enjoyment and achievement. With the UK facing a huge shortage of school places, it is vital we learn lessons from Burntwood." View more View full description
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