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CABE cuts the jargon with historic new building guide

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The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and English Heritage are to publish a 'jargon-free' guide for planning committee members and officers, aimed at lifting the quality of new buildings in sensitive environments.

Former Royal Fine Art Committee secretary Francis Golding has been appointed consultant author of the 15,000-run, 'accessible' 50page document, called New Buildings in Historic Contexts, which will be distributed free to local authorities. It will highlight about 10-12 case studies in conservation areas and the processes through which they came to be built from around England only, but with no stylistic preferences.

The group is on the lookout for examples to include, and buildings such as MacCormac Jamieson Prichard's Ludlow Tesco store may be appropriate. New buildings, preferably of a modest size and away from London, must have been completed in the past five years and should be submitted to Golding at 36/37 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8QZ, fax 020 7251 1691, or by e-mail to Fgolding@compuserve.com for consideration.

The document will be published next April.

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