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Inspirational design, enriched by a long history, earns a Peabody development a Stirling Prize nomination.

A new housing block on one of Peabody’s oldest estates has made the shortlist for this year's RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK's best new building.

Designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects, Darbishire Place is made up of 13 new family homes at our historic Whitechapel estate. The scheme completes an ensemble of six housing blocks surrounding an internal courtyard, the original block having been destroyed during the Second World War.


The building's façade draws inspiration from the existing Victorian blocks designed in the 1870s by the first Peabody architect, Henry Astley Darbishire.

Like stars on an ocean liner

The judges' admiration was obvious: "a brilliant piece of urban design" with "pale honey" bricks that give the work "so much more character". The panel also singled out the building's stairwell, suggesting residents "must feel a million dollars, like stars on an ocean liner" as they encounter its "graceful curves" and "elegant swooping hand-rail".

Stephen Howlett, Chief Executive of Peabody said:

"We are incredibly proud that Darbishire Place has been shortlisted for this prestigious award. This scheme continues our tradition of designing and building unique, high-quality homes, in fantastic urban neighbourhoods for Londoners."

What is the RIBA Stirling Prize?

It's the UK's highest architectural accolade for the most original, imaginative and well-executed designs.

Darbishire Place is already a RIBA award-winner and is one of six buildings on the shortlist, which includes housing projects, a school, a university building and a cancer care centre. This year's winner will be announced in central London on 15 October.