The Eden Project beats the Gherkin to top a poll of the UK’s 20 favourite new buildings.

The Eden Project has been voted Britain’s favourite building in a poll commissioned by ConstructionSkills.

In a shortlist of 20 buildings built in the last ten years, the Eden Project was the clear winner with a 40% lead over the Gherkin in Central London.

The McLaren Technology Centre was placed third in the Yougov poll, which questioned 2,000 people.

The nationwide poll demonstrated some regional impartiality with half of those in the Tyne Tees region favouring the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and 45% of respondents in Scotland opting for the Scottish Parliament.

Chief Executive of the Eden Project Tim Smit 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.”

“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.”

CITB-ConstructionSkills commissioned the poll to highlight its campaign to encourage more quality recruits into construction.

The top ten favourite modern buildings were:

1. Eden Project

2. 30 St. Mary Axe (the Gherkin)

3. McLaren Technology Centre

4. Great Court, British Museum

5. Gateshead Millennium Bridge

6. Cardiff Millennium Stadium

7. Millennium Bridge, London

8. Scottish Parliament

9. Selfridges, Birmingham

10. Tate Modern