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STATE OF THE ART: The announcement that Tate Modern had won the Prime Minister's Award for Better Public Building at last week's British Construction Industry Awards was greeted with a huge roar of approval from the 950 strong audience. Chief secretary to the Treasury Andrew Smith (left) presented the prize to Tate Modern director Sir Nicholas Serota and architect Jacques Herzog of Herzog & de Meuron (centre) in the final award of the evening, which had been compered by broadcaster Peter Snow (right).

A delighted Sir Nicholas said: 'To win the first ever Prime Minister's award is a marvellous honour for the architects, consultants and builders who worked on the Tate Modern project. We started with the objective of creating a building that would make art accessible to large numbers and encourage new audiences. I think we have achieved this aim, and have helped put Southwark on the world map.' Full details of the awards were published in NCE last week, or see www. nceplus. co. uk

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