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Norman Foster has been named Britains Best 2008 in the Arts Category for his ground-breaking designs around the world. Accepting the award by video link to a ceremony attended by Gordon Brown, he beat stiff competition from J K Rowling, Damien Hirst and Atonement Director, Joe Wright.

There were seven award categories in total, with one award presented in each to honour those that have achieved the highest level of international acclaim in their chosen fields over the past twelve months. The panel of judges featured Lord Coe and Marks & Spencer Chief Executive, Sir Stuart Rose.

Norman Foster said:

"I'm absolutely delighted to accept this prestigious award. It is wonderful for our team, which is spread around the world, to receive such recognition for our global achievements."

Notes to editors:

In 2007 Foster + Partners celebrated its fortieth anniversary and greatly extended its international reach. With a staff of 1,250 and a talented team from more than fifty nations, the practice is now working across five continents, with offices in 20 cities worldwide.

During this period, the practice completed several major international projects, including Beijing International Airport Terminal 3, the worlds largest covered structure, the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard for the Smithsonian Institution, as well as Wembley Stadium, closer to home.

Britains Best 2008 is due to air on ITV1 on Friday 23rd May.

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