The protection of heritage buildings looks set for a boost after arts minister Alan Haworth this week announced a government review of listing policy. The review will consider speeding up the listed building procedure and conservation area consent as well as questioning the current balance between heritage and new developments. It will also ask what role there is for English Heritage in relation to new architecture, following the establishment of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. The government has commissioned eh to consult heritage organisations, cabe and the Local Government Association. eh is due to report to ministers by 22 September.
The first cables on Lord Foster's Millennium Bridge were stretched across the Thames on Tuesday (top) as another Foster & Partners project was unveiled by computer-games company Electronic Arts (above). On the bridge, a 6mm pilot cable has been pulled across the river. Foster's £20 million ea headquarters comprises three interlinked three-storey office fingers for the software house's creative teams.