Today (Thursday 19 May) the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announces recipients of a 2011 RIBA Award. Six exceptional buildings in the South East region, which covers Kent, Surrey and Sussex have been recognised for their architectural excellence.

The winning projects range from artworks on a seaside esplanade to a school’s performing arts centre. The six buildings in the South East region that have won RIBA Awards are:

No. 1 Smithery, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham – van Heyningen and Haward Architects, London NW5
The Esplanade, Dover – Tonkin Liu, London WC1
House in Dungeness – Nord Architecture, Glasgow
Performing Arts Centre, Sevenoaks School, Sevenoaks – Tim Ronalds Architects, London N1

House in Epsom – Eldridge Smerin, London SW11

West Sussex:
House in West Sussex – Adam Richards Architects, London N1.

Judged on a regional basis and approved by a national awards jury, the South East region buildings are amongst 97 buildings in the UK and Europe which have received RIBA Awards today (89 in the UK and 8 in the rest of the EU). The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize, for the building of the year, will be drawn from the 97 RIBA Award winners.

Speaking today, RIBA President Ruth Reed said:
“For 46 years the RIBA Awards have reflected the health of British architecture. This year’s winners show that in spite of a terrible worldwide recession, many exceptional buildings have been, and continue to be, built in the UK and overseas. Winning projects demonstrate that even in constrained times committed clients working with talented architects can achieve architectural excellence. “These well-designed buildings will add huge value to the lives, prosperity, health and pride of their owners, users and communities and I am delighted with year’s selection. We are promised an interesting RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist