Better public building: Your finest hour
25 March 2007
Now in its seventh year, the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award celebrates public building in all its forms.
Britain. This sceptred Isle. This island of tranquillity. What is it that makes this country so great?
Yes, there's our unassailable national football squad, world-class television (have you seen Dancing on Ice?) and our famously responsible attitude to drinking. But away from the spotlight is the true source of our national pride. It's everywhere. It's the very fabric of our nation: British public building.
Our libraries, hospitals and transport infrastructure may not always get the plaudits they deserve, but we think that great public building should be recognised.
Now in its seventh momentous year, the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award celebrates public building in all its forms - from modest to mammoth, from a small budget to the budget of a small country. Stadiums, hospitals, schools, galleries and libraries have all received acclaim, but it's also true that no public building project is too small or humble for the Prime Minister's Award. Public conveniences, flood alleviation schemes, bypasses and viaducts have all vied for this coveted accolade.
Let the Stirling prize bestow prestige upon the big, bold and beautiful of the built environment. The icons honoured by the Prime Minister's Award exemplify value for money, sustainability and civic pride. They make sure that all the people who use our public services benefit from good design.
But what are the best public building projects of 2007? We are looking for entrants for this year's Prime Minister's Award. British public building - this could be your finest hour.
The closing date for entries for the 2007 PM's Award is 19 April 2007.