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'Gem'of a house clinches Building of the Year prize

Ty Mawr, a house in Powys, Wales, originally built in 1460 and restored by architect Garner Southall Partnership, last week clinched the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' Building of the Year award. Judges praised the way this 'gem'of a building had been painstakingly and determinedly saved from 'imminent collapse'. The building features aisled walls and has now been granted Grade I listed status.

Dixon Jones/BDP's 'brilliant' Royal Opera House scheme was one of eight conservation awards in a programme which allowed overseas entries for the first time.

The Commissioner's House in Bermuda and the Tea Factory Hotel were others, along with Beaton's Cottage on the Isle of Skye, the Lanlivery Church in Bodmin, Scampston Hall in Yorkshire, and the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

Two 'Building Efficiency' awards were made. One to Chetwood Associates' low-energy Sainsbury's store at Greenwich peninsula, which the retailer is monitoring in order to decide whether to introduce similar techniques in other stores. The other efficiency award went to Foster and Partner's Great Glass House in the Tywi Valley in Carmarthenshire. The 'sci-fi' looking building has 'a wealth of sustainable features', such as solar-powered heating, a biomass boiler and a modern combustion boiler fuelled by woodchips.

Six regeneration awards were made, including Eric Kuhne & Associates and Benoy's Bluewater retail giant, John Thompson & Partners' Wetland Centre in Barnes and the Sydney Olympic site.

The RICS also gave a special award to David Marks Julia Barfield Architects''magical' 135m high British Airways London Eye, which was 'innovative' and prov ides 'a constant buzz of interest and admiration'.The Tate Modern, by Herzog and de Meuron, also received a special award, as did the Nightingale, a £250,000 primary school and 'beacon of hope' in Hackney by Mark Muir Architects.'We were moved, ' said the judges.

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