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CABE network handout cuts avoided - for now

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Architecture centres across the country have been spared funding cuts for 2010/11 after CABE announced £879,319 in handouts this week

Although funding is down on 2009/10, when some £930,000 was awarded, the drop is not as dramatic as critics feared earlier in the year.

One of the biggest losers was the Kent Architecture Centre, whose annual funding amounts to just £27,325, down from £55,000.
Leeds-based Concourse missed out on funding altogether, and the Design Shed, based in Doncaster, said it didn’t apply this year ‘to focus on local matters’.
Acting director at the Design Shed Jane Bradley said: ‘We’ve just gone independent, having formerly been with the council, and we want to respond in a much more local way to issues, rather than fitting in with CABE’s plans.’

The RIBA Trust has been included in the funding for the first time, receiving £40,000 towards its Architects in Residence programme.
Meanwhile, CABE has admitted that any future funding budgets are still up in the air.

A spokesperson said: ‘Usually we hand out this money in two-year intervals, but at the time it isn’t possible to say what funding will be available after 2011, as our comprehensive spending review only runs until then. But we may take the option to extend the grants, rather than re-opening the application process.’

The biggest winners were Places Matter in the North-west and Open House in London, who both doubled their annual contribution to £40,000.
A spokesman for Places Matter said: ‘CABE’s funding decision will support us in widening our Design Review capabilities in the Northwest, developing case studies to reinforce the importance of bringing significant development schemes to Design Review.’

Bridget Sawyers, chief executive of the Architecture Centre Network said: ‘Overall, this is great news… we are glad that the excellent education activity delivered by the centres is being recognised and safeguarded by this funding for the next year.’

She added: ‘The work now begins to identify long-term funding partners for this and other areas of the centres’ activity.’


Northern Architecture 
Arc (pictured)
Places Matter
AC Bristol
AC Devon + Cornwell
Shape East
Solent Centre
Kent Architecture Centre
Transform MKSM
RIBA Trust
Urban Design London
New London Architecture
Open House
Building Exploratory
Architecture Foundation
Architecture Centre Network
Doncaster Design Centre £12,500
Design Liverpool £20,000
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