Critics respond to theatre's Stirling Prize victory

Reaction to the decision to hand Britain's most prestigious architecture award to Liverpool's Everyman Theatre features in today's newspaper round-up.

Writing in the Financial Times (subscription required), Edwin Heathcote describes architects Haworth Tompkins design, which was last night awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize, as "outstanding". He writes that the shortlist for the prize "reveals Britain's continuing reliance on the public sector for architectural quality. With the exception of the Shard, all the buildings here were built with public money." Heathcote continued: "If there were awards for changing the cityscape, the Shard and Birmingham's Central Library would have won, but the Stirling prizes architectural quality. The judges citation reads: 'The new Everyman in Liverpool is truly for every man, woman and child.'"

Writing in the Telegraph, Ellis Woodman said that the award had been presented to a building of "quiet but considerable substance". "How long some of the flashier candidates for this year's prize will retain their glamour is open to question, but Haworth Tompkins' building looks certain to be well-used and much-admired for many years to come," Woodman writes.

In the Guardian, Oliver Wainwright says that the project is a "remarkable achievement, doing that rare thing for a new building, of feeling like it's always been there". Wainwright says that the Everyman is the first entirely new-build theatre for Haworth Tompkins, "which has amassed a portfolio of over a dozen acclaimed theatre projects over the last 15 years, beginning with its reworking of the Royal Court theatre, in London, in 2000".

Elsewhere, the Times (subscription required) reports that the government's climate change advisory body has said that dozens of small nuclear reactors could be built to help Britain meet its emissions targets. According to the newspaper, the Committee on Climate Change was responding to a proposal from former environment secretary Owen Paterson, who said small reactors built 20 miles form cities could be an alternative to putting up thousands more wind turbines.

The Guardian reports that public spending watchdog the National Audit Office has begun an investigation into the controversial subsidy regime for the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset, a week after Brussels approved taxpayer support for the project. The watchdog said that it would be checking whether the guaranteed prices of £92 per megawatt hour - double the current cost of electricity - represented value for money, according to the newspaper.


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