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Rogers calls for greater 'clout' for architects

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Architects should be placed at the heart of all government decision-making when it comes to the built environment that was the message from Richard Rogers yesterday (27 March) during the first architecture debate to be held at the House of Lords for four years.

‘These design champions should have the clout to influence design quality on central corporation objectives when it comes to the built environment,’ said Rogers.

He also warned of the ‘imperfect’ planning system, adding that – as the first planes took off from Terminal 5 yesterday – he was a ‘much younger man’ when he began designing the Heathrow extension.

‘It was 19 years ago when my firm started designing Terminal 5. We have to change the planning system to step up development,’ he said.

Rogers called for CABE to be strengthened, adding that local design-review panels should be created throughout the nation.

The number of delivery bodies also needs to be reduced, he said, and design competitions should be ‘mandatory’ when public money is used.

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