The architecture centre network will lose almost £1 million a year with the forthcoming closure of CABE
The commission has already pledged £879,319 towards the 22-strong group of independent centres for 2010/11, however those handouts will stop once CABE is finally wound down. On Wednesday CABE’s governmental sponsor, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), pulled its funding for the quango, spelling the end for the design watchdog in its current format.
The biggest losers will be Urban Vision North Staffordshire, which was handed £60,000 this year, and Yorkshire’s Beam which received £50,000 of commission funds.
A ‘disheartened’ Bridget Sawyers, chief executive of the Architecture Centre Network, could not rule out the closure of some centres.
She said: ‘With the cuts across all public funding and in this climate it would be wrong to think that architecture centres can survive with just commercial funding and partnerships, however we are a network of local organisations who can deliver on much of the localism and Big Society agenda – but will still need some financial support. It is a reality, like many other businesses, that some centres will survive and others may not.
Like many other businesses some centres will survive and others may not
‘Most of the architecture centres have a range of funders and in many cases CABE is a minor funder. The collective impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review on the centres is a far greater challenge.
She added: ‘The loss of CABE’s financial support for architecture centres through the Regional Funding Programme had been anticipated, but a greater loss will be their national strategic role and partnership – for example for the affiliated design review panels; Engaging Places, the built environment education resources; and the Spaceshaper toolkit amongst other initiatives.
The loss of CABE is perhaps reiterating a message that design no longer matters
‘There is a concern that the loss of CABE is perhaps reiterating a message that design no longer matters. However, we will attempt to continue to do what the centres have always done and to help people make better places.’
How the CABE funds were allocated:
AC Devon + Cornwall
Kent Architecture Centre
Urban Design London
New London Architecture
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|Doncaster Design Centre||£12,500|
Funds pulled from architecture centres as CABE winds down