Judges have announced a shortlist from a record level of entries to the coveted Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award, sponsored by CABE.
Gensler's doughnut-shaped GCHQ building has been chosen for cutting both construction and energy costs, while Rick Mather's University of Lincoln Architecture Building was picked for exploiting natural light and ventilation. Whitbybird's Whittle Arch and Glass Bridge in Coventry (pictured) and Reiach and Hall's design for the Wolfson Medical School at the University of Glasgow also earned places.
Smaller-scale projects include John Pardey's public conveniences for the New Forest District Council, which were cited as an 'attractive addition to the landscape'.
The award is part of the British Construction Industry Awards, sponsored by the AJ. The winner will be announced on 28 October.
Other projects shortlisted include: Wilkinson Eyre Architects' City and Islington College Lifelong Learning Centre; Allford Hall Monaghan Morris' Raines Court, London N16; Foster and Partners' World Squares for All, Phase 1: Trafalgar Square and environs;
DSDHA's Hoyle Early Years Centre, Bury; Wildern Basic Needs Secondary School; and Lewin Fryer & Partners' Newton's Cove coast protection scheme, Weymouth.