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RIBA welcome 'World Class Places'

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has welcomed the publication of the UK Government’s strategy “World Class Places”, placing improving quality of place as a priority. The UK Government published their "World Class Places" strategy which lays out 'why and how quality of place matters and the practical steps the Government will be taking to build on the achievements of recent years and do more to create prosperous, attractive, distinctive, inclusive and sustainable world class places' on 12 May.

The Institute made the following comments:

"The Institute strongly welcomes the Government’s strategy to address the quality of our places and buildings, which brings together ongoing work and new initiatives from across Government in an integrated and wide-reaching strategy.

In particular, the RIBA welcomes the announcement that the Government will be applying a future design threshold to all new public building programmes, beginning with a new minimum design standard for all new schools delivered through the Building Schools for the Future programme. The RIBA looks forward to working with CABE and Partnership for Schools to work towards client design advisors being attached to every new school project.

We are also pleased to see that the Government will embed quality of place objectives and targets in its departmental strategic objectives, and investigate attaching conditions to the disposal of public land to ensure high quality development, which is supported by the RIBA.

We look forward to the publication of an action plan by summer 2009 and to working together with Government to deliver on these objectives."

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