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Scottish Parliament reveals new Architecture Policy

The Scottish Executive has revealed the details of the second iteration of its Architecture Policy.

The Scottish government has long had a formal policy on architecture; something that Westminster politicians have studiously refused to implement for England.

However, the new policy will be over-shadowed by architect Malcolm Fraser's recent resignation from quango Architecture and Design Scotland, citing the poor design quality of new PFI schools.

The Architecture Policy reveals five key objectives:

  • Leading the delivery of high-quality new developments in both public and private sectors;
  • Stimulating a cultural climate which values architecture and encourages debate and community involvement;
  • Providing the right skills, tools and support mechanisms to facilitate good quality, sustainable built environments;
  • Strengthening the development of an architectural culture which embraces sustainable, inclusive and accessible design; and
  • Encouraging a better understanding of the role that built heritage can play in shaping a sustainable future.
  • Culture minister for the Scottish parliament Patricia Ferguson (pictured above)said at the launch this morning: 'We recognise the important contribution of architecture in making Scotland an attractive place to live, work and visit.

    'The quality and design of our built environment makes a significant contribution to our quality of life, our economic success and how others see us.

    'Our new statement on architecture responds to the dynamic changes which have taken place in Scotland's built environment since the original policy was developed.

    'We are keen to lead by example, to further improve the quality of new projects and ensure that they are truly sustainable for years to come,' Ferguson added.

    by Ed Dorrell

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