Four new Brighton buildings shortlisted for prestigious architecture prize

Posted On 27 Mar 2017 at 4:03 pm

Four Brighton buildings have been shortlisted for RIBA’s south east awards.

Brighton College entrance tower. Picture by Will Pryce

The i360, Brighton College’s entrance tower and music school, and a set of three houses in Withdean Road dubbed the Traffic Lights because of their green, yellow and amber cladding have been named among 14 shortlisted buildings in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Traffic Lights

The Spearhead

The winners will be announced at an Awards event at Ascot Racecourse on Thursday 25 May.

Music School. Picture by Hélène Binet

Music School. Picture by Hélène Binet

i360. Picture by Kevin Meredith

The buildings that have been shortlisted for RIBA South East Awards this year are:


  • Kingsdown House, The King’s School, Canterbury by Walters & Cohen Architects
  • Command of the Oceans, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham by Baynes and Mitchell Architects
  • Smythe Library refurbishment, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge by BDP
  • Private House, Kent by James Wright and Niall Maxwell
  • Ness Point, Kent by Tonkin Liu


  • Private house by James Gorst Architects


  • Entrance Tower, Brighton College, Brighton by Richard Griffiths Architects
  • Music School, Brighton College, Brighton by Eric Parry Architects
  • British Airways i360, Brighton by Marks Barfield Architects
  • The Traffic Lights, Brighton by John Pardey Architects
  • Jack Mill House, Hassocks by Featherstone Young
  • Hastings Pier, Hastings by dRMM Architects
  • Private house by Sandy Rendel Architects Ltd


  • Private house by ABIR Architects

All shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury with the winning buildings announced at an Awards evening and reception at Ascot Racecourse on Thursday, 25 May.

Regional Award winners will be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will be announced in June.

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.

  1. Valerie Paynter Reply

    Shortlisting the egregious i360 is beyond understanding. It looks cheap as hell inside its building and inside the pod (floor especially)and the pole insults the entire seafront quite profoundly.

  2. martin lawrence Reply

    The houses up West Dene resemble shipping containers lol

    • Chris Reply

      My thoughts too. I don’t know why they’ve been under construction for so long and how there haven’t been a few accidents due to the quantity of vans and delivery vehicles parked round both corners – I counted 17 vans on one occasion.

      I think I read they were on the market for £1.25M each but really don’t know how that figure is justified.

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