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CABE commends design champions

CABE has announced its latest Festive Five Awards to honour the champions of 'great design' during the last year.

Prizes have been given to the five most forward-thinking public organisations, the top five private companies and the five individuals who have devoted themselves to improving the built environment.

The winners in the public-sector category were:

The King's Fund, which partnered CABE in the Healthy Hospitals campaign;

Plymouth City Council, which appointed their own design manager and design review panel;

Transform South Yorkshire for its determination in creating quality places to live as part of the nationwide Pathfinder programme;

the Department for Education and Skills for the Building Schools for the Future initiative; and

Wakefield City Council, in particular the Green Space Strategy Team.

The honours in the private-sector category were awarded to:

HBG Construction, for its West Crawley PFI schools scheme;

Baylight Properties, a small London developer that has worked on a number of projects including the conversion of a former paint factory in Wandsworth in to new homes;

Arup and AMEC Group, for their award-winning A650 Bingley Relief Road;

Prudential, the insurance company, which has masterminded an innovative residential scheme in the Kennet Valley;

UK architectural practices, paying tribute in particular to all those firms who have applied for CABE award schemes, including Building for Life Standard.

The individual winners were:

Jackie Wellings, the head of urban policy at Advantage West Midlands;

Mike Rowan, director of Mile End Park, east London;

Sebastian Coe, the chair of the London 2012 Olympic bid;

Tom Dacey, the group chief executive of the Southern Housing Group;

Councillor Daniel Moylan, deputy leader of the council at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

All the winners will receive a certificate and a written commendation to celebrate their achievements.

by Richard Waite

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