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JLE stations scoop RFAC building of year accolade

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The Jubilee Line Extension this week scooped the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust's building of the year award. The string of new underground stations, masterminded by Roland Paoletti, beat both the Millennium Dome, by Richard Rogers Partnership, and the Mind Zone within the Dome, by the office of Zaha Hadid, which were both shortlisted but received no awards.

Lord St John of Fawsley, the RFAC Trust's chairman and competition judge, said: 'The Jubilee Line Extension has saved the day and at last we have a worthy memorial for the millennium.'

Four stations on the line also received special commendations: Westminster by Michael Hopkins and Partners; Canary Wharf by Foster & Partners; North Greenwich by Alsop & Stormer; and Southwark by MacCormac Jamieson Prichard.

'It has been a major transformation and it's what the underground should be like, ' said Foster partner David Nelson. 'I'm pleased the award is collective, it's the way Roland wanted it to be seen.'

'The world of the underground is a magic one and not to treat it as such is criminal, ' said Paoletti.

Other winners at the event at the Savoy Hotel last week were Cartwright Pickard for the Murray Grove housing scheme; Richard Rogers Partnership for 88 Wood Street; Allford Hall Monaghan Morris for Great Notley Primary School; Ian Ritchie Architects for the London Regatta Centre; and Softroom Architects for the Kielder Belvedere.

The Popli Khalatbari Award was given to Glenn Howells Architects for the new theatre complex at Aylesford School, Warwick.

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