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Quality vote


Portland Place has been quick off the mark with an election manifesto for architecture. Signed by George Ferguson and Jack Pringle, there is a certain amount of motherhood and apple pie in the details, but some good fundamental points, of which one should be adopted by all the parties: making government funding conditional upon design quality. This could take the sting out of the PFI debate, and there is precedent for it in the awarding of Lottery grants. It is a curious fact that such grants can only go to projects that are well in excess of the design standard required to obtain planning permission. Why can that not be true for all publicly funded projects?

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