Future Systems' NatWest Media Centre was last week confirmed as the £20,000 winner of the Stirling Prize - as first predicted by the aj a fortnight ago - at a ceremony addressed by Scotland's architecture minister Rhona Brankin.
Brankin stepped in at the last minute to replace Lord Steel, who, although he accepted the riba's invitation to be at the event five and a half months ago, waited until only last Tuesday before pulling out. He said he felt he 'did not know enough about architecture' to make the announcement, yet he is dealing personally with Enric Miralles on the new Scottish Parliament.
The award was a close-run thing, with the judges only just opting - three to two - for Future Systems rather than the official runner-up, the Museum of Scotland by Benson and Forsyth (aj 18.11.99). The unofficial third place went to Wilkinson Eyre's Stratford regional station.
But Lord's triumphed, and also made it a double whammy on...