The shortlist recognises 22 outstanding buildings across the country.
The Prime Minister’s Award is sponsored by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), the Office of Government Commerce and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. It is unique in recognising both efficient procurement and excellent design.
“I congratulate all those involved in these outstanding projects,” said Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary.
“They are helping us to enhance the cultural life of the nation and provide better education and healthcare, as well as creating a more sustainable environment. I am convinced that creative design, high-quality construction and efficient procurement make a real difference to quality of life and give us real value for money.”
Arts buildings feature prominently:
- The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford retains its Greek revival façade, but its interior has been transformed with a light-filled atrium, beautiful staircase and new galleries which have doubled its display space.
- The Hull Truck Theatre’s new home responds to the city’s old warehouses
- The architecture of the new Nottingham Contemporary arts space is inspired by the warehouses of the city’s Lace Market.
- The Victoria and Albert Museum’s medieval and renaissance collections are displayed in stunning new spaces, with an undulating glass roof.
- The summit of Snowdon presented a highly inhospitable construction site but the new Hafod Eryri visitor centre celebrates the mountain’s history and folklore.
Other shortlisted buildings
Good design is supporting the provision of healthcare.
- At the New Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow, patients are welcomed into a full-height, light-filled glazed public arcade.
- Kentish Town Health Centre integrates a range of services in flexible spaces with good use of public art.
- The Waldron places healthcare at the heart of a south east London community with its mixed-use development.