The best of British: the cream of the crop at BCIA 2003
Building (£3m-£50m) Winner
Imperial War Museum North Studio
Libeskind's £30 million Imperial War Museum North in Manchester is composed of three clashing angular elements, which represent the elements earth, wind and fire.The landscape, designed by Studio Libeskind and Charles Jencks, provides a place of quiet contemplation that contrasts with the intensity of the internal experience.The executive architect was Leach Rhodes Walker, Sir Robert McAlpine was the contractor, Turner & Townsend was the quantity surveyor and Arup was the structural engineer.
Building (£3m-£50m) Highly commended
30 Finsbury Square
Eric Parry's £26 million office building has a beautifully made facade of solid Portland stone load-bearing columns and stoneclad transfer beams at every floor level.
This creates a massive sunscreen to the fully glazed office floors behind. Jones Lang LaSalle was the client, HBG Construction was the contractor and Whitby Bird & Partners was the engineer.
National Maritime Museum Long & Kentish's £15.35 million museum in Falmouth, Cornwall reflects the boathouse vernacular, with diminishing slate courses, timber-framed elevations and pitched-roof eaves. The South West of England Regional Development Agency was the client, Alfred McAlpine/Interserve was the contractor and Arup was the engineer.
The Laban Centre Herzog & de Meuron's £14.4 million dance school in Deptford, London has already won the Stirling Prize.The curved entrance facade creates a strong sculptural presence, continued in the shimmering external walls of colour-infused double-skinned polycarbonate.
Ballast Construction was the contractor, Davis Langdon & Everest was the quantity surveyor and Whitby Bird & Partners was the structural engineer.
Major projects (over £50m) Winner Centre for Mathematical Sciences Edward Cullinan Architects' £50 million Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge consists of a gatehouse and library and seven pavilions housing offices, lecture theatres and research laboratories arranged around a central axis.A central core, which houses the larger public spaces, has a grass roof which serves as a garden. Laing/Sir Robert McAlpine was the contractor, Davis Langdon & Everest was the quanitity surveyor and Buro Happold was the engineer.
Major projects (over £50m) Highly commended HM Treasury Foster and Partners' refurbishment of the 1898 Treasury Building allows staff to occupy a single building for the first time in 50 years.More than 11km of internal walls and partitions have been removed to make the cellular offices open-plan. Additional accommodation has been created by capping the lightwells with transparent ETFE roofs.
Bovis Lend Lease was the contractor, Atkins Faithful & Gould was the quantity surveyor and Waterman Partnership was the engineer.
The Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award Winner Bournemouth Library Bournemouth Library by Building Design Partnership, the first PFI library, defies all preconceptions about the enclosed nature of libraries by providing panoramic views and an interior that is full of light.
Cut-away floors and four great rooflights allow daylight to pour into the centre of the building. Henry Jones was the contractor, Northcroft was the employer's agent and Upton McGougan was the structural engineer.
Small projects (up to £3m) Winner Cowgate under 5s Allan Murray Architects' £625,000 Cowgate Nursery reinforces the historic grain of Edinburgh's Old Town, but introduces a contemporary aesthetic through a composition of pre-patinated zinc, glass and smooth render.The design provides a spatially exciting environment, exploiting existing level changes across the site to provide spaces for creative play. Buredi and Castle Rock Housing Association was the client, Mowlem was the contractor, Ross and Morton was the quantity surveyor and Will Rudd Davidson was the structural engineer.