On 10 October Culture Minister Margaret Hodge named Dalby Forest Visitor Centre in North Yorkshire as the winner of the 2007 Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award. Commissioned from White Design by the Forestry Commission, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre stood out from a strong shortlist of 18 projects.
The judges said: 'The client had the vision to maximise sustainability in creating the building - and then to use it as an educational example for all visitors.'
"A striking example of architecture coming together with nature."
"This fen protection contract took five years and ended with a delighted client."
"Streetscape design has transformed the pedestrian experience."
"Good teamwork on a much needed environmental project."
"Simple, striking, economical - smooth lines and robust industrial interiors."
"The simplicity of the solution belies the complexity of the problem."
"A first-class investment by the NHS."
"A striking response to an increasingly common problem."
"Ingenious and cheerful use of roof space; a reminder that the fifth elevation can be used."
"Another tribute to on-time, on-budget construction and delivery."
"Designed and built to last and a focus for the community."
"Creates a much needed transport hub for the 2012 Olympics on an underground site of huge physical complexity."
"A difficult project achieved without disrupting Devon and Cornwall traffic times."
"A delighted client and an exemplary care facility."
"Successful collaboration has provided sustainability and prolonger the life of the footbridge."
"Making the case for every stage of school education on a single site."
"A stylish and robust regneration project, helping to unite the community."