City of London Academy wins the 2006 Prime Minister’s Award

The City of London Academy has been named as the winner of the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2006. The comprehensive school in Bermondsey beat off competition from 13 other shortlisted schemes to be named winner of the prestigious prize.

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The Prime Minister’s Award for Better Public Building

Now in its sixth year, the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award recognises excellence in design quality and procurement practices such as efficient heating systems. It is made annually to a new building project of any size, commissioned by or on behalf of central or local government or by a grant-aided organisation.

D&AD Student awards 2006

A scheme to transform the roof tops of city buildings into recreation areas for youngsters has won the PM’s Award-sponsored Environmental Design Award at this year’s D&AD Global Student Awards. An eco friendly heating system powered by stoves was also introduced.

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The Better Public Building Initiative

“I am determined that good design should not be confined to high profile buildings in the big cities: all of the users of public services, wherever they are, should be able to benefit from good design.” Tony Blair

The Better Public Building Initiative was launched by the Prime Minister in 2000. It aims to encourage the adoption of quality design principles in all new public buildings, regardless of size and cost by promoting the need for, and benefits of, well designed public buildings.