The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has appointed public relations firm Tamesis - the same company which has been dealing with the arb's communications strategy during its recent rocky period.
Tamesis senior partner Tony Danaher said that the contract for cabe - which his outfit won against three other firms - will fit neatly with a burgeoning array of practices and institutions it is working with in the built-environment sector.
Tamesis' portfolio now includes architects degw, Abbey Holford Rowe and Stirling Prize winner Future Systems, the Design Build Foundation, Jones Lang Lasalle, idrc, Dome after-use bidders mepc and Monex (working with Benoy) and hq Global Workplaces.
Danaher said the cabe account showed that the industry was 'maturing'. 'The professions are coming so much closer together', he said. 'You can certainly work for developers, occupiers, real-estate agents and architects, and our clients are getting the benefit of the broad picture of what's going on.
Danaher added that there was no issue of conflict of interest concerning the practices it represents and cabe's design review function since it will not get involved in this side of the commission's work.
Tamesis clients also include Canary Wharf, Urban Catalyst, the Bankside Partnership, the London Development Partnership, and Gateshead Town Regeneration Centre.
It is also behind the property conference and networking event in Cannes, mipim, taking place this year from 8-11 March at the newly extended Palais des Festivals. The show's organisers are expecting between 13,000 and 14,000 attendees this year, compared to 12,500 in 1999. However, events company and publisher Wordsearch has decided not to take a stand this year, so many of the architects who traditionally pay to share its stand are transferring to other stands such as one dedicated to London. Future Systems is also planning to visit. The architectural presence at the predominantly property-based show has been snowballing since, says Tamesis, the firm persuaded the show's organisers to make Lord Foster its 'Man of the Year' in 1996.