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Magna Square shortlisted by Royal Institute of British Architects - Feature

Magna Square shortlisted by Royal Institute of British Architects

Magna Square, Runnymede Borough Council’s regeneration project in the heart of Egham is among 16 projects shortlisted for the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) South East Awards.

For 50 years, RIBA’s prestigious awards have championed and celebrated the best architecture in the UK and around the world, no matter the form, size, or budget.

All projects shortlisted for RIBA Regional Awards will be visited by a regional jury, and the winning projects will be announced later this spring.

The winners will then be considered for several RIBA Special Awards, including the RIBA Sustainability Award and RIBA Building of the Year, before being considered for a highly coveted RIBA National Award, which will be announced in summer.

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize – the UK’s best new building – will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning projects, and announced in September. The Stirling Prize winner will be announced in October.

Cllr Tom Gracey, Leader of Runnymede Borough Council, expressed his delight at the recognition received by Magna Square:

“In just a few years, we have revitalised this part of the historic town, ushering in a new era of Egham’s development.

“It is wonderful to see that our strategy for town centre regeneration is being recognised for design and architecture awards around the world.

“We’re proud that the success of this development is attracting people to live and work in Egham, encouraging new business to move in, and that more residents are able to benefit from the greater quality of life that our Borough offers.”

With an investment of £90 million, Magna Square has revitalized the centre of Egham, providing a vibrant town square that has become a focal point for the community. The development has already gained popularity with the public, who have been enjoying Liberto Lounge, an Everyman Cinema, Starbucks, G&T Hair Atelier, and the 24/7 Budgens convenience shop.

Magna Square not only offers a dynamic town square for entertainment and retail but also helps to addresses the housing needs of Egham. The development has created 34 affordable flats, 67 apartments for private sale or rent, and 100 rooms for students from nearby Royal Holloway, University of London. This integration of various elements has transformed Magna Square into a hub that contributes to the local economy and fosters community engagement.

RIBA South East Jury Chair Chris Williamson, Founding Partner of Weston Williamson + Partners, said:


“The quality of projects in the South region this year is as high as ever. Whether it was residential, mixed-used, culture or leisure facilities, they provide a fantastic snapshot of what’s possible with vision and collaboration. The projects sensitivity to their surroundings and users’ needs must also be commended.

“I think I can speak for all of the judging panel in saying how excited and privileged we are to undertake these visits.”

All of the flats at Magna Square have been sold, but some are available to rent. Magna Square is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Egham station and is right on the high street. For further information, browse this website, or follow along on Instagram .