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Unfinished Lottery buildings scoop construction awards

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The Lowry in Salford has been named the best Lottery-funded project in the uk in the Construction Achievement Awards, presented last week. The awards were set up to recognise excellence and achievement in design and construction, plus sustainability, the impact of the project on the local community and good site conditions for workers.

But there was discontent among the audience, including those with shortlisted projects, that some of the regional awards went to buildings which are not yet finished. These included Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners' Eden Project (South-west regional winner), MacCormac Jamieson Pritchard's Welcome Wing at the Science Museum (Greater London winner) and the York Millennium Bridge by Whitby Bird & Partners (Yorkshire and Humberside winner). 'You can't judge how well a building has worked until it is finished,' commented one architect.

Other regional winners included the American Air Museum at Duxford, the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham and the International Centre for Life in Newcastle. The Tate Modern was commended.

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