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RIBA award nominations announced

A visitors centre in Northern Ireland and a housing estate in Sheffield are among buildings nominated for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) annual awards.

More than 30 per cent of the 52 buildings nominated this year are schools, nurseries, universities and other educational institutions - indicating the level of investment in the UK's academic sector.

In Scotland, the Chapel of Saint Albert the Great, which was designed by Simpson and Brown, has received a nomination and is one of five projects in the nation to get this honour.

Northern Ireland is represented by the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre and the MAC. Both of these are considered by Oliver Wainwright - the Guardian's architecture expert - to be frontrunners in the awards.

London is the region with by far the most nominations, with recognised developments including North London Hospice, Ironmonger Row Baths and Hayes Primary School. 

The capital has profited from hefty national and multinational corporate investment in recent years and is the fastest growing city in the UK in terms of its economy.

Manchester has two nominated projects - Chetham's Music School, which is made from a striking light ash-red brick material and MMU's Business School, which sits next to the Mancunian Way on the south-side of the city centre.

Nine nominations have also been handed to buildings outside of the UK in the EU, including House on Mount Anville and University of Limerick Medical School - both in Ireland - and the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, Italy.

Another favourite to win is the London Olympics Masterplan, which was the centrepiece of the 2012 games' success.

The 2012 winner of the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize winner was Sainsbury's laboratory, which was commended for its colonnaded facade, open balcony and botanic garden. The campus is located near the historic city centre of Cambridge and is close to local amenities including a train and bus station. 

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