Several landscape schemes have been shortlisted for this year’s Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award.

Whitelaw Turkington's Ashford Ring Road project.
Whitelaw Turkington's Ashford Ring Road project.

The 24-strong shortlist includes Whitelaw Turkington’s Ashford Ring Road Project, the Ham flood defence scheme in Somerset by Atkins,the M6 Extension: Carlisle to Guards Mill by Capita Symonds and Arup’s Liverpool canal link.

The award is unique in requiring both efficient procurement and excellent design. The 24 projects, chosen from 125 entries from around the country, also represent the biggest ever shortlist.

The award is sponsored jointly by CABE, the Office of Government Commerce and, for the first time this year, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (formerly the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform).

CABE chair Sir John Sorrell added: “I think we are reaching a tipping point where a desire for good design is evident in most public building. This is not something you can measure easily. It’s a gradual shift in our procurement culture. I think most clients will no longer accept badly conceived, lowest cost solutions, even in a recession.

“The result is a myriad of examples of well designed buildings and spaces: an architecture of the everyday that helps people live more convenient lives in more beautiful places.”

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