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Eden is favourite modern building
Eden. Picture: PA
Eden founder Tim Smit said he was "tickled pink" over the award
The Eden Project in Cornwall is the UK's best-loved modern building, according to a new survey.

The multi-million pound attraction in a former china clay-pit near St Austell was the clear winner out of a shortlist of 20.

Eden won 40% of votes, ahead of the "gherkin" in London and the McLaren HQ in Surrey, which came second and third.

The survey was carried out by YouGov for Constructionskills, the skills council for the construction industry.

The curvy Selfridges building in Birmingham was one of the top 10 favourite buildings

Tim Smit, Eden Project chief executive, said: "Eden was built for the nation so obviously we're tickled pink that it has found such a place in the heart of the great British public.

"If there's one thing that all the short listed projects have in common it is that they are sexy, challenging and inspiring.

"Britain is in the middle of a real flowering of creative talent in architecture, design and construction that is going to change the way we look at ourselves and our built environment forever."

The UK's top 10 favourite modern buildings, according to a YouGov poll of 2,039 adults are:

  • 1. Eden Project, Cornwall
  • 2. 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin), London
  • 3. McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, Surrey
  • 4. Great Court, British Museum, London
  • 5. Gateshead Millennium Bridge
  • 6. Cardiff Millennium Stadium
  • 7. Millennium Bridge, London
  • 8. Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
  • 9. Selfridges, Birmingham
  • 10. Tate Modern, London

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