A flood of investment in major building projects in the UKhas squeezed out European competition for this year's Stirling Prize and only four buildings on the Continent have been nominated in a total list of 54. 'It's been a very competitive year and there have been a lot of grands projets, ' said RIBA head of awards Tony Chapman.
The judges scrutinised only seven buildings in Europe, and rejected a multi-media centre in Hamburg by Foster and Partners and a commercial building near Amsterdam by Aukett Europe.Although Ahrends Burton Koralek's British Embassy building in Moscow is still to be judged, designs by Richard Rogers Partnership, Sauerbruch Hutton Architects, Howley Harrington Architects and Martin Richardson with HTV Architecten have already been shortlisted.
Foster and Partners is however placed first and second in an Internet poll to nominate a building for the £20,000 prize, with Canary Wharf underground and the Great Glasshouse near Camarthen. To vote visit www.channel4.com/nextstep.
See pages 6-7 for more on the European winners