The judges of the British Construction Industry Awards 2000 scheme have chosen a glittering shortlist of projects to compete for the main prizes, set to be presented by construction minister Nick Raynsford in October.
The awards are for major projects, buildings, and small projects. The judging panel selected eight schemes to contest for the major project award from a total of 22 entries. Roland Paoletti and the JLE team's Jubilee Line Extension project , incorporating Canary Wharf Station, looks a likely winner. It has already been heavily featured in awards regimes, clinching BSkyB/Royal Fine Art Commission Trust's 'building' of the year award as a 'worthy memorial for the millennium'. It faces stiff competition however. Others on the shortlist are Barfield Marks' popular British Airways London Eye; Richard Rogers Partnership's less wellreceived Millennium Dome; ABK's £81 million British Embassy in Moscow, commended by prime minister Tony Blair as an 'emblem of modern Britain'; Michael Wilford's The Lowry (see pages 28-36); Alsop & Stormer's Cardiff Bay Barrage and Lobb/HOK's Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Also shortlisted is the M6 DBFO project.
Foster and Partners figures twice on the shortlist for the BCIA's building award, for which judges selected nine projects from 71 entries. Foster's Great Glass House at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Camarthenshire, and the practice's £20 million Electronic Arts European headquarters in Chertsey, Surrey, will do battle with Richard Hywel Evans' £6 million glass torpedo-like Call Centre for Cellular Operations in Swindon; Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop's Glasgow Central Station; Glenn Howells' Market Place in Armagh, Northern Ireland; Chetwood Associates' Sainsbury's store on the Greenwich peninsula; and the Weedon Partnership's HP turbine blade facility for Rolls Royce in Derby. The shortlist is completed by Michael Hopkins' Jubilee Campus at the University of Nottingham, which was controversially passed over for an RIBA award earlier this month.
The Small Project award shortlist is made up of nine projects selected from 51 entries, two of them footbridges. Hodder Associates' Corporation Street footbridge in Manchester is joined by Wilkinson Eyre's Lockmeadow footbridge in Maidstone.
Tipped for high honours is Allford Hall Monaghan Morris' RIBA award-winning Great Notley Primary School in Braintree, Essex, and Glenn Howells' Dream Factory at Aylesford School in Warwick. Also featured is Simpson and Brown's Scottish Seabird Centre in East Lothian.
The Torrs Millennium Walkway in Derbyshire, the Barden Lower Reservoir safety improvements in North Yorkshire, Tickford Bridge strengthening in Buckinghamshire and Lenham embankment stabilisation complete the list.
The BCIA will also give awards on 18 October for civil engineering, and to international projects such as the shortlisted Oresund Bridge. The 16km long rail and roadbridge, by Ove Arup & Partners, links Sweden and Denmark and was due to be opened yesterday by Queen Margrethe of Denmark and King Carl Gustaf of Sweden.