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UK buildings honoured for design
Scottish Parliament
The Scottish Parliament has impressed many experts
The Scottish Parliament building and the refurbished Peter Jones department store in Chelsea are among nominations for a prestigious architecture award.

Sixty buildings across the UK were selected by the Royal Institute of British Architects for their design and contribution to local areas.

The RIBA Award winners were announced at an awards dinner in London.

The buildings will now join 11 European projects on the long-list for the 10th RIBA Stirling Prize.

Last year's Stirling Prize went to The "Gherkin", the City of London's Swiss Re Tower.

'Remarkable selection'

"It is so clear that good architecture impacts on people's lives, and these awards are a vitally important part of the process of raising standards," said RIBA president George Ferguson.

He said the awards had recognised "a remarkable selection of buildings from almost every sector".

Fawood Children's Centre

The Scottish Parliament project at Holyrood was dogged by controversy over delays and spiralling costs, but has impressed critics - and architects EMBT/RMJM have already received a number of honours.

The five-year 107m renovation of the Peter Jones store by John McAslan & Partners involved the modernisation of the Grade II listed 1930s building and the creation of a new atrium.

Among the other Riba award winners this year were the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff; the Sage concert venue in Gateshead, and Formula 1 car company McLaren's technology centre in Woking, Surrey.

A record number of buildings designed for children were also chosen.

These included the Fawood Children's Centre, Harlesden, north West London; the Weston Adventure Playground in Southampton, and the so-called Classroom of the Future at Mossbrook School, Norton, Sheffield - which houses facilities for autistic pupils to learn science.

Work on the 14th century National Trust property Ightham Mote, Kent; Norwich Cathedral refectory; the Isokon apartments in Belsize Park, London and 78-80 Derngate, Northampton, were some of the conservation projects recognised.

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