Extract from award citation :
"The Taj Mahal. The Great Wall of China. Stonehenge. As individual constructions, these are impressive, but Swindon has a holistic quality which transcends any specific building.
The single greatest achievement - in any city worldwide - is Swindon's 'Magic Roundabout', part art-installation, part traffic-measure. Countless other installations pepper the streets - double roundabouts, meaningless traffic instructions, bewildered motorists - making every visit to Swindon an experience which assaults the senses and leaves an indelible impression.
The artistic endeavour continues on the High Street, a whimsical pastiche of 21st century Britain. Swindon is truly the Portmeirion of the motor age, a monument to man's folly and a spectacularly difficult place to navigate around.