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Blair's design choices

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The AJ can reveal the shortlist for the first Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award (illustrated right). The list of 10 is a suitably politically correct collection of projects which has attempted to represent the widest range of building types, budgets and locations.

But London has still managed to secure five of the shortlisted entries.

There are no entries for Wales, while Scotland's sole representative is a waste water treatment plant.The breadth of shortlisted entries means the £500,000 footbridge for Plashet School, designed by Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects, will be competing against Herzog & de Meuron's £134 million Tate Modern.The list also includes a new approach road to Ramsgate Harbour by the Babtie Group (not shown).

Part of the British Construction Industry Awards, promoted by The Architects' Journal , New Civil Engineer and the Daily Telegraph , the PM's award aims to recognise excellence over the life of a public-sector construction project.'This is not just an architecture prize. It is about a holistic process of procurement from concept through to design to implementation: good value and added value - in terms of business and social use, 'said Sir Stuart Lipton, chairman of CABE and the judging panel.

The shortlist for the PM's award has been selected from the five categories of the BCI awards - small projects, major projects, buildings (below), civil engineering and international projects.

Shortlisted buildings for all categories will be visited during July, with the winners announced on 24 October.The judging panel includes the AJ's Paul Finch and Sunand Prasad of architect Penoyre & Prasad.

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