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CABE proclaims 'festive five' architectural champions

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CABE has named the top five architectural champions in its 'festive fives' series of awards.

The five merry achievers were Nicole Crockett, director of Hackney Building Exploratory; Ronnie Baird, director of Wimpey Homes, North East Region; Lisa Rogers, director of the Neighbourhood Nurseries Initiative; Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council; and Andrew Smith MP, Chief Secretary of HM Treasury.

Crockett's steerage of the Hackney Building Exploratory, 'one of the most innovative and forward-thinking architecture centres in the country', was highlighted by CABE. She was also commended for her efforts to draw thousands of primary and secondary school children from the deprived inner city into the project.

Each week in December CABE names five of the most forward-thinking and motivated organisations involved in development and design.

Last week's 'festive five' was for developers. The winners were: Countryside Properties; Hammerson; Nottingham University; Peabody Trust; and Pizza Express.

The final festive five, for public sector organisations, will be announced on Friday.

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