The £188 million Library of Birmingham's reputation as a landmark building has been strengthened after it won a national architectural award.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) named the library as one of 44 UK winners in its national awards and it will now be considered for the prestigious Stirling Prize later in the year.

This latest accolade follows on from the RIBA West Midlands Awards in April when the library won three of the four prize categories on offer and the West Midlands project of the year title bestowed upon it by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors .

The success for Birmingham did not stop there though as Waverley School, in Bordesley Green, was also named a national winner by RIBA.

A total of 56 buildings, including 12 from the EU, will now be considered for the Stirling Prize whose previous recipients include the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, Terminal 4 at Barajas Airport in Madrid and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

RIBA president Stephen Hodder said: "This year's RIBA National Award winners show that exceptional architecture can be found anywhere: on any high street, in any village or town and with any budget.

"Good architecture always begins with a committed client and it is extremely heartening to see in this year's crop of winners the increasing recognition, notably in the public sector, of the vital role of good design in attracting visitors, students and clients and of the dramatic influence that a beautiful building has on communities and pride.

"These buildings show the challenges that can be overcome with pure architectural creativity.

"It is evident that each building on this year's list has been a labour of love but worth every penny and effort."

The awards have been announced ahead of the start of the 2014 Love Architecture Festival on June 20.

Highlights include RIBA's mobile exhibition appearing in Wolverhampton and Stoke-on-Trent, the 'Hidden Spaces' exhibition at Curzon Street Station in Birmingham and the announcement of the winner of the Birmingham Civic Society and Birmingham Post's Re-Imagine Design Competition.

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on July 17 and the winner on October 16.

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