A £30m academy sits on a sloping site at the gateway to the Ironbridge world heritage site. BDP exploited the tricky levels to free up more space for external play, learning and sports. The academy is BREEAM excellent, with 64 per cent carbon reduction.
The £28m Learning Zone in Ebbw Vale is part of a wider masterplan and the education block will sit alongside an arts centre, low carbon housing, offices and a wetland park in a bigger project worth £350m.
Waitrose in Bracknell cost £6m and includes a living wall, green roofs, sun pipes and charger points for electric vehicles. It is the first Waitrose supermarket to achieve BREEAM Outstanding
The annual awards celebrate buildings that make a big contribution to local environments. Winners of the awards will be announced in May, and will become eligible to be shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize.
Meanwhile the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London by LUC have also been shortlisted for a RIBA award. LUC was commissioned to create a vision for the Gardens as part of a £2.3m redevelopment last year.
The Gardens now feature a bespoke musical play area, a world food garden, a new contemporary pavilion with panoramic views of London, a restored bandstand and renovated Dutch Barn, and a re-designed animal enclosure.