blog/rooftop_lg.jpgThis week the shortlist for the 2007 Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award was announced. The 17 projects selected represent a predictable array of the bold, the beautiful and the responsible. While the group of projects are geographically diverse across the UK, six were from London.

Curiously four of these were for buildings centred around children: Penoyre & Prasad's Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre, the Paradise Park Children's Centre by DSDHA, WHAT_Architecture's Rooftop Nursery in Hackney (pictured) and a health centre called Kaleidoscope by van Heyningen and Haward Architects. London's other two front-runners are the King's Cross/St. Pancras Underground Station by Allies and Morrison and Tonkin Liu's Promenade of Light near Old Street. The latter began as a competition organized by the Architecture Foundation in 2004 under the Islington Borough Council; it's certainly good to see the national government supporting the activities of its local authorities. Check them out and root for London!

Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 21/06/07



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