With such a popular winner it is easy to forget just how good the other finalists were. Just a reminder
Great Court Foster and Partners'£100 million Great Court at the British Museum, joint favourite with BedZED in the Radio 4 poll, is undoubtedly a tour de force.An engineering miracle, the glazed roof has turned a forgotten courtyard into a stunning public space, simultaneously sorting out the museum's circulation problems and giving Smirke's magnificent Reading Room the prominence it deserves.
Buro Happold was the structural and services engineer, Northcroft Nicholson was the quantity surveyor and Mace was the contractor.
Tiree Ferry Shelter The surprise contender, a £95,000 collaborative venture between architects Sutherland Hussey and artists Jake Harvey, Donald Urquhart, Glen Onwin and Sandra Kennedy for the Tiree Arts Enterprise, is the smallest building ever to have made it to the shortlist.Curiously, it failed to make the shortlist for the Stephen Lawrence Award for projects worth less than £350,000. But there was a sense of justice having been done when it picked up the RIAS award for the Best Building in Scotland, announced shortly after the Stirling Prize.
David Narro Associates was the structural engineer and Inscape Joinery was the contractor.
Plymouth Theatre Royal This £5.8 million production centre by Ian Ritchie Architects succeeded in combining a robust backstage building with an arresting sculptural aesthetic, bringing new glamour to a half-derelict industrial zone in Plymouth. The building was the joint winner, with John Simpson's Queen's Gallery, of this year's Royal Fine Art Commission Building of the Year.
Arup was the structural and services engineer, Davis Langdon & Everest was the quantity surveyor and Bluestone was the contractor.
30 Finsbury Square, London Eric Parry's £26 million essay in load-bearing Portland stone for Jones Lang LaSalle won critical acclaim but was always considered an outsider - not least in view of the fact that an office building has yet to win the Stirling Prize.
It is, however, widely credited with establishing a new direction for the marriage of contemporary corporate architecture and traditional materials.
Whitbybird was the structural engineer, Hilson Moran Partnership was the services engineer, Gardiner & Theobald was the quantity surveyor and HBG Construction was the contractor.
BedZED Bill Dunster's £15 million 'carbon-neutral'housing development in Wallington, Surrey, for the Peabody Trust is the first housing project to have made it to the shortlist. Joint favourite in the Radio 4 poll, the project was popular with the public and a triumph for the cause of sustainable design. It was a clear winner in this year's Sustainability Award (see page 72).
Ellis & Moore was the structural engineer, Arup was the services engineer, Bioregional Development was the environmental consultant and Gardiner & Theobald Construction Management was the contractor.