THE borough's newest and best designed buildings were recognised on Thursday night at an award ceremony hosted by Ealing Civic Society.
Now in its 20th year, the Civic Society annual awards honour the architects of new buildings, refurbishments and restorations which help make a positive contribution to Ealing.
The nominations were whittled down to nine designs and Morris House, in Swainson Road, Acton, scooped the highly-commended prize, closely followed by a commended award for St Benedict's School, Eaton Rise, Ealing.
Morris House, a block of 41 affordable apartments for people on lower incomes, was converted from a Morris Minor car parts' warehouse and the new design retained the external shell.
Davy Smith Architects slotted the building within a building and the unique house was also chosen to be part of London's Open House weekend in September.
Paul Doe, chief executive of Shepherds Bush Housing Group, which owns the development, said: "We are honoured to have this commendation, which we feel recognises the integrity of the design and our determination to ensure a landmark building continues to be part of the local community."
The Cloisters at St Benedict's School has already received commendations from two prestigious architectural organisations - the Royal Institute of British Architects and the British Council for School Environment awards for best extension of a school.
The design links three different levels and includes a multi-purpose hall, music and modern language department, a chapel, 14 new classrooms, a medical room and reception area. It was officially opened in October 2008.
Headteacher Chris Cleugh said: "The Cloisters development has transformed St Benedict's School and it is a dream fulfilled. We are delighted it has been commended in the Ealing Civic Society awards."
Dr Robert Gurd, chairman of Ealing Civic Society said: "The awards scheme was originally designed to stimulate interest in architecture and conservation in Ealing and to encourage a high standard of design fit for purpose. The 40 awards and commendations suggest the scheme has amply met these aims."