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Champions gather

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After a long break, it looks as though a ministerial design champions'meeting will take place under the aegis of Lord Falconer in the next couple of months. The group, which comprises one minister per government department responsible for the design quality of buildings, had an historic first meeting shortly before the election.The Department of Culture is responsible for coordinating the group, one of the myriad responsibilities that falls to Tessa Blackstone, whose connection with the profession included a spell as a trustee of the Architecture Foundation. Some of the design champions will have a double role in relation to buildings:

they have been charged with monitoring the way in which sustainability is incorporated into brief-writing and construction delivery of relevant projects. Tony Blair is keen on the idea.

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