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Prime minister Tony Blair has given Tate Modern his award for better public building. He said:

'Tate Modern is a wonderful building which has helped to transform Southwark. It has managed to achieve that difficult balance of being awe-inspiring while still being welcoming and accessible.

It is an excellent example of public building at its very best.Tate Modern is a deserved winner of this first Prime Minister's Award for Better Public Building because it sets a standard which I would like to see all public buildings to reach, and indeed surpass, in years to come.'

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