The Royal Alexandra children’s hospital in Brighton has won this year’s Prime Minister’s Better Public Building award, sponsored jointly by Cabe and the Office of Government Commerce.

The £37m PFI hospital, commissioned by the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust, was designed by Building Design Partnership and built by Kajima Partnerships. It beat Stirling prize-nominated rivals the Royal Festival Hall refurbishment, designed by Allies and Morrison, and Denton Corker Marshall’s Manchester Civil Justice Centre.