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Farrell to lead new charge on quality mass housing

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The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment is set to team up with the House Builders Federation and the Civic Trust in a new forum to raise the standard of mass residential schemes in the UK, led by Sir Terry Farrell.

CABE became involved in the forum (AJ 12.4.00) at the instigation of its funders, the HBF. The project is set to launch at the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions, probably in the first week of September.

The Federation's head of external affairs, Julian Smith, said he did not want to reveal details before the launch but confirmed that Sir Terry will be the chair of the new group. Other members include:

Peabody Trust's Dickon Robinson; pressure group Design for Homes'David Birkbeck; David Taylor of engineer Alan Baxter and Associates; CABE commissioner, Arup director and housing specialist John Miles; Keith Bradley of Feilden Clegg Bradley;

and Kelvin McDonald of Room Architects.

One of the forum's tasks will be to look at research CABE is undertaking to bring 'added value' and better standards to housebuilders' output. The research, by property outfit FPD Savills, will be revealed at the launch. The forum is understood to be a five-year initiative and will meet every six weeks.

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