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Design for London to be absorbed into the London Development Agency

Design for London (DfL) is to lose its name and brand identity and become fully integrated into the London Development Agency (LDA).

The department will continue to be run by current director Peter Bishop (pictured), who will become a group director at the LDA.

Bishop will take over the current Land and Infrastructure Directorate and is expected to create a new directorate and be in control of the LDA’s land, regeneration and infrastructure delivery, with an annual budget of around £70-80 million.

Bishop said: ‘This is an exciting period to be entering into and is a fantastic opportunity to be taking part in. It will mean setting up a design-led regeneration and land department of the LDA.

‘It shows the Mayor’s intent in putting design right at the heart of what we do and is a huge endorsement of the work that DfL has done since it was set up 18 months ago.’

The change will mean that some of the smaller projects that DfL was working on will be wound up, with greater focus being placed on projects that will affect ‘real change’.

Bishop added that discussions are currently ongoing about how best the Olympic legacy will be delivered, but no decision has yet been made.

‘The real Olympic legacy is the entire regeneration of East London. That’s the core business of the LDA,’ he said.

The role of Richard Rogers as architectural adviser will not change, nor will the search for an accompanying architecture panel.

Full details of the changes are expected to be made public in September.

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