King's Cross was praised for both maintaining the original purpose of some elements (like the Booking Hall) and for the successful integration of stunning innovative solutions (like the Western concourse). The Strawberry Hill House project was applauded for the commitment, including by volunteers, to revive a neglected architectural monument.
Altogether, 200 projects were nominated in four categories. Six out of the thirty winning projects will be nominated as grand prix winners who receive Euro 10,000 each. One of them will receive the public's accolade based on an online poll conducted by Europa Nostra, the main driver behind the awards.
Cultural heritage brings a significant – and often underrated – contribution to job creation and growth. The sector represents a significant part of the cultural and creative sectors, which provide jobs for around 8 million people in the EU and contributes up to 4.5% to Europe's GDP. Spending on conservation of cultural heritage by public and private bodies in the EU is worth an estimated Euro 5 billion a year.