Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College has won the 2009 Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award.
The judges said: ‘Great vision by the college principal, who was involved from the start, was delivered by the design and construction team who worked seamlessly together on an outstanding project that has been welcomed hugely by students and staff alike. The college looks good internally and externally but its value is much more than ‘skin deep’: it is having a profound effect, not only on the students but also on the local community.’
"This urban project reverses old ideas about ring-roading city centres and instead provides civilised streets."
"This multi-storey academy makes a significant contribution to its east London location."
"This project will remove 65 million ‘road miles’ by providing enhanced freight train facilities."
"A fine example of the BSF programme: a new building creates a curving ‘street’ with a striking roof structure."
"The new swing bridge connects a number of historic buildings in Derby. The ingenious bridge design allows rotation using minimal energy."
"Construction innovation and streamlined engineering are hallmarks of a bridge that relieves the local town of excess traffic."
"West Cambridgeshire has seen nothing like this before. The Creative Exchange has become a beacon for exhibitions, training and events."
"The Deck has successfully met awkward construction challenges and ingeniously created a new event facility."
"The use of adapted sea containers has given Dunraven School an extremely cheap new facility built with remarkable speed – and it looks good."
"This Somerset village sits in a flood plain. The flood defence scheme has delighted its residents who have suffered 11 floods over the last 50 years."
"The striking pavilion structure for the Herbert Art Gallery has given Coventry a new public heart."
"Two steel arches supporting a pre-cast concrete deck produce one of the country’s longest footbridges but – at 125mm – one of the thinnest walking surfaces."
"This sixth-form college serving inner-city Birmingham has high-quality landscaped courtyards and a quality of construction to match."
"A striking new hub for the arts on the edge of the Peak District National Park."
"This delightful timber walkway is the latest addition to the 25-mile route around Europe’s largest man-made lake."
"This new canal link joins the Leeds-Liverpool canal to Liverpool’s South Docks, creating a new attraction as part of the city’s world heritage site."
"This road upgrade presented engineers and contractors with major environmental and conservation challenges – all successfully met."
"This landmark structure, halfway between Edinburgh and Glasgow, crosses Scotland’s busiest motorway and provides a new link to Harthill."
"A series of bravura buildings gives the university campus a fresh identity."
"A covered ‘street’ connects the buildings in each of these 1,500 place secondary schools which have delighted students and teachers."
"Economy, and economy of design thinking, have given Goldsmiths’ buildings a new lease of life."
"Creating infrastructure for the new Westfield shopping centre resulted in major construction challenges that were successfully met."
"Delivered on-budget and finished early, this light rail connection gives Woolwich and its inhabitants important new access to London Docklands through a series of technically challenging interventions."
"This excellent conversion shows how extremely high levels of energy saving can be achieved."