The Better Public Building initiative has been celebrated each year since 2001 by the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award which rewards excellence in both design and procurement from across the public sector.
The judges look for high-quality design; efficient procurement; economic and social value; good team work between client, designer and contractor; sound financial management; whole-life value for money; client satisfaction; and sustainability.
The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award was a special category within the British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA). All projects shortlisted for other BCIA categories that fulfilled the necessary criteria were automatically entered for the Prime Minister’s Award.
The winner of the 2010 Prime Minister’s Award – New Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow, designed by Reiach and Hall Architects – was announced on 13 October 2010 at the British Construction Industry Awards.
The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award was sponsored jointly by CABE, the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
CABE is the government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space. As a public body, it encourages policymakers to create places that work for people. It helps local planners apply national design policy and offers expert advice to developers and architects. It shows public sector clients how to commission buildings that meet the needs of their users. And it seeks to inspire the public to demand more from their buildings and spaces. Advising, influencing and inspiring, it works to create well-designed, welcoming places.
The Office of Government Commerce is part of the Efficiency and Reform Group within the Cabinet Office.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is building a dynamic and competitive UK economy by: creating the conditions for business success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this it will foster world-class universities and promote an open global economy.