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Tottenham claim prestigious prize after forking out on £1.2bn project

The Tottenham Hotspur stadium has been named among the winners of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) National Awards.

It comes just two weeks after they were named within the RIBA London Award winners at the end of August.

Out of 54 winners, including a floating church in London as well as a Norfolk house perched upon a steel water tower, the club has been recognised by the 180-year-old institution.

It is the 17th National Award the 62,850-capacity stadium has won since its opening in April 2019.

The stadium is now eligible for the 2021 Stirling Prize ‘Building of the Year' in which the competition’s shortlist will be announced on the 16th September.

It is a proud achievement for the club who had endured a lot of difficulties in its construction.

With the original budget for the ground estimated at around £400m, the overall cost of the stadium tripled to around £1.2billion according to Football.London.

Issues surrounding the critical safety systems delayed the stadium’s scheduled opening of September 15th by six months.

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The ribbon of the ground was cut on the 3rd April 2019, when Spurs beat Manchester City 2-0 in the Champions League.

However, it has been worth the wait, with the Lilywhites now possessing a stadium which is envied all around the World.

It has since hosted NFL American Football matches as well as pop concerts.

While the quality within the architecture and the safety systems has seen the ground be recognised with rewards in categories including structural engineering, architecture, building design, branding and wayfinding, and inclusivity, the club are still waiting for their quality on the pitch to yield a trophy.

It has been 13 years since Tottenham’s last trophy, but they have started the season impeccably under new manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

They currently sit in first place, having won their opening three matches against Manchester City, Wolves, and Watford 1-0.

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