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Millennium village looks set to become design benchmark

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A detailed case study of the Greenwich Millennium Village project is to be included in a new version of English Partnerships' 'Time for Design' advice document. EP has commissioned former Arts Council architecture chief Rory Coonan to draw up the new guide with an extended housing section including exemplary built projects, as well as new chapters on heritage and telecommunications.

Coonan said the agency had asked him to bring the document up to date, including new advice on issues like accessibility, to tie in with the creation of new regional development agencies. He will be preparing it with a new introduction by man of the moment Lord Richard Rogers, for the middle of March.

The new heritage section - 'missed' when the first 30-page edition was published three years ago - will deal with the Townscape Initiative (a Heritage Lottery Fund scheme), and with new uses for heritage buildings.

The telecommunications section will look at maximising the use of cabling, as with Ralph Erskine/Hunt Thompson's groundbreaking Millennium Village (see pages 10-15). Residents with terminals in their houses can tap into information about when their next buses will arrive, for example, or for details about home shopping delivery.

There will also be updated advice and an expanded section on landscape.

Of similar interest to architects will be what Rouse called 'a lexicon of design' which EP hopes to prepare on best practice in England. Architects will be asked for tenders to produce the document, which will resemble the Essex Design Guide.

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