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A+DS launches annual review

Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) launched its annual review today and called for an ‘end to second-rate developments’.

Raymond Young (pictured), chair of A+DS, announced the annual review and attacked developers who chase profits over good design.

‘It is frankly unacceptable that we are still seeing developments which meet only the very lowest standards of design quality and where short-term profit is pursued at the expense of long-term community gain,’ he said.

Young added that Scotland is going through a cultural change, and would no longer ‘settle for second-rate design’.

‘Events of recent months, such as sporting successes and Glasgow winning the 2014 Commonwealth Games bid, have all contributed to Scotland’s growing self-confidence and determination.

‘Our annual report "Building on the Foundations" highlights the work that A+DS has done to date and the challenges that we face in the future,’ Young continued.

‘This St Andrew’s day the challenge to all in our sector is to live up to the renewed self-confidence of our nation and strive for well-designed buildings and quality in place-making.’

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