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Straw Bale House makes Civic Trust 2002 shortlist

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The Civic Trust has revealed the shortlist for its 2002 special awards. Buildings featured across the seven categories include the National Portrait Gallery in London by Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones; 9/10 Stock Orchard Street in London, known as the Straw Bale House (pictured) by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects; and The Lowry in Salford by Michael Wilford and Partners.

The awards aim to reward outstanding examples of architecture and environmental design that take into account the benefit each project brings to its local area and community.

Categories include the Access Award for a scheme that best reconciles the access needs of people with disabilities within the conservation requirements of an historic site or building. Shortlisted are the National Portrait Gallery and Howarth Tompkins' Royal Court.

The Sustainability Award rewards the best application of the principles of sustainable design and construction. Competing with 9/10 Stock Orchard Street are Bill Dunster Architects' conference building at the Earth Centre in Doncaster, Croydon's Tramlink, and Michael Hopkins and Partners' Jubilee Campus at the University of Nottingham, as well as its Portcullis House/Westminster Underground Station.

The shortlist for the Urban Design Award for the best contribution to the local environment includes The Lowry, Alec French and Acanthus Ferguson Mann's @Bristol in Bristol, and Donald Insall Associates/Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones' Somerset House in London.

Other categories are the Centre Vision Award, the Exterior Lighting Award, the Landscape Award and the Partnership Award.

Wigglesworth was delighted to be nominated:

'We're really pleased to get this far. The Civic Trust judging panel really understood the spirit of the project, which is about incorporating change into the life of the building.'

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal College of Physicians in London on Thursday 18 April.

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