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The question


Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell wants the public to vote on a building that will 'transform the quality of life in Britain' using £50M of Lottery money.

What would you build with £50M?

I would plough it straight into the National Cycle Network. No other lottery funded project has touched the lives of so many people - cyclists and non-cyclists alike.

Alasdair Massie, 41, senior engineer, Cambridge You could spend £50M on a single building in London which no one else in the country can get to, watch construction costs double only to see it stand idle. Or you could put it towards something useful like more teachers, doctors, nurses, hospitals and schools.

Didn't someone say once that teachers instruct civil engineers, doctors keep civil engineers healthy, and civil engineers do everything else?

Andy Eggleston, 29, senior engineer, Wakefield Anything, as long as it is not built in London.

Mike Battman, Kajima Construction Europe, Cheshire I would build a landmark solar dishshape collector to be used for the production of green electricity.

Chrysostomos Loizou, 29, infrastructure engineer, London I suggest Tracey Emin be commissioned to construct a 50m tall litter bin to stand alongside the Dome into which the public can be encouraged to throw even more handfuls of their hard earned cash.

Derek Goodchild, 57, assistant chief engineer, Hampshire This sounds like the ultimate Big Brother style public vote: Is this what passes for consultation these days? No prizes for guessing where the winning project will be built then.

Greg Riddle, site agent Linlithgow I do not think £50M is enough. How about £50bn? I would use this to build an elevated monorail system in every city centre.

Lee Durnford, PFI adviser, London This seems to be a typical PR stunt by the government that just proves that they have no idea how to transform the quality of life in Britain or how much it would cost.

Brian Rousell, 32, technical support, Sussex I would spend it on a rail network, which serves local communities and removes heavy goods distribution from the roads, reversing Dr Beeching's axe.

Geoff Home, 55, director, North Yorkshire.

I'd spend it on a series of powerful radio transmitters which would force all electronic gadgets into silence on Sundays such that we can enjoy a day of tranquil pursuits without the infernal text message, e-mail and mobile rings.

Julian Lord, 38, putative barrister, Bristol Spend it on a parliament building in the north. We could then sell off the existing one in London and transfer all the MPs to live and work away from the south east.

That would make a difference Mike Dommett, 47, engineer, London I'd give the money to Gryff Rees Jones to refurbish some of the special buildings that missed out in the recent BBC series.

Allan Howlett, principal project manager, London Demolish all 1960s tower blocks and replace them with housing which is more aesthetically pleasing and up to date.

Georgina Dunn, PFI adviser, Croydon

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