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Small building shortlist

British Construction Industry Awards - Projects valued at up to £3M

British Construction Industry Awards judges slimmed this year's record entry of 230 projects to a shortlist of 28 UK and six international schemes.

Each of these will be previewed briefly by NCE in the run up to the announcement of the winners at the BCI Awards gala dinner at The Grosvenor House, London, on Thursday 13 October.

Fifteen of the shortlisted schemes were also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award - this year celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Inn The Park, St James's Park, London, SW1.

Also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Award St James's modernist Cakehouse caff has been superseded by a hugely successful reinforced concrete restaurant emplacement. Moulded into the contours of the park it looks out through an elegant timbercolonnaded terrace.

Client: The Royal Parks Agency Cost: £2.295M Principal designer: Hopkins Architects Structural engineer: Arup Contractor: Ashe Construction Other firms: Swift Horsemen; E&B Engineering Services; Mercantile Mech Tech The Hub, Canning Town, London, E16.

Also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Award The Hub is Canning Town's village hall plus nursery school, meeting venue, start up business centre, café, community policing centre, mental health clinic and job centre - all wrapped in a curved steel frame.

Client: West Ham & Plaistow NDC (New Deal for Communities) Partnership Cost: £2.96M Principal designer: Eger Architects Structural engineer: Arup Contractor: Durkan Pudelek Brent Birth Centre, Central Middlesex Hospital, London, NW10.

Also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Award It would once have been called a nursing home but new mums and their infants can only rest a few hours, not days. Brent's bespoke new facility is an immaculate oasis within a motley assortment of hospital buildings.

Client: North West London Hospital NHS Trust Cost: £3M Principal designer: Barbara Weiss Architects Structural engineer: Alan Conisbee & Associates Contractor: The Buxton Group Other firms: YRM (external consultant); Charterhouse Building Services Consultants;

Davis Langdon (QS) Spiral Café, Bullring, Birmingham.

A copper clad shell settled on the terraced beach of Birmingham's St Martin's Square, the Spiral Café started out as an artwork for the Bullring, then morphed into a landmark refreshment shelter.

Client: Hammerson UK Properties Cost: £0.65M Principal designer: Marks Barfield Architects Structural engineer: Price & Myers 3D Engineering Contractor: Thomas Vale Other firms: GTMS Gardiner & Theobald (project manager/ QS); WSP (services engineer);

Waterman Engineers (civil engineering) Visitor Centre, Attenborough Nature Reserve, Beeston.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's first purpose-made visitor and educational centre is set on a delightful inland pier reaching out to an island within former gravel pits and having the highest possible sustainability credentials.

Client: Nottingham Wildlife Trust Cost: £1.286M Principal designer:

Groundworks Architects Structural engineer: Price & Myers Contractor: Loach Construction Other firms: Leeds Environmental Design Associates; Appleyard & Trew (QS) Kingsmead Primary School, Northwich, Cheshire.

Also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Award Sustainability, low energy use, water saving, recycling, use of standard timber components, and a lack of preconceived ideas about the design of schools have all been contributory factors to this attractive low cost Cheshire primary.

Client: Cheshire County Coucil Cost: £2.344M Principal designer: White Design Associates Structural engineer: Mander Structural Design Contractor: Willmott Dixon Construction Other firms: Arup (M&E services);

MITIE Engineering (M&E contractor); Lilleheden (Glulam frames)

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