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CABE dishes out first design awards of 2007

CABE has handed out its Festive Five Awards to the individuals and organisations that have set the standards for design in 2007.

Five individuals, public-sector organisations and private companies were honoured with the awards for their forward thinking resulting in 'great architecture and design'.

This year's awards focused on both school and inclusive design - which CABE highlights as the country's biggest design challenges.

CABE chief executive Richard Simmons said: 'School design and inclusive design are often misunderstood and poorly executed. These are two areas where standards have to rise dramatically in 2007.

'The people and projects recognised here set a benchmark for what everyone should be achieving everywhere.'

The five individuals to be acknowledged were Dick Hibdige, deputy head of the recently completed PFI Bedminster Down Secondary School; Jason Longhurst, director of the River Nene Regional Park; Tony O'Sullivan, a consultant paediatrician and a driving force behind the Lewisham Children and Young People's Centre; Sandwell council's landscape architect Tim Pritchard; and Jane Stoneham, director of the Sensory Trust.

The five public organisations honoured were the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham; Birmingham City Council; the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London; the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London; and North Somerset Council.

The five private companies recognised were the bptw partnership; Capita Percy Thomas; Mind the Gap Theatre; Sjolander de Cruz Architects; and Studio E Architects.

by Richard Vaughan

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