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Architecture: Blair's new baby

Prime minister Tony Blair is to take advantage of what the Cabinet Office described as his 'personal interest in the area' by endorsing design quality 'as a key component of value for money'.The prime minister's project will figure as the next stage of work for a new, high-profile ministerial group which last week set out a four-point plan aimed at forcing government departments - and eventually local authorities - to act as exemplary clients.

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