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Review of the year: SEATS OF POWER

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The Lord Chancellor lavished more than £600,000 on his Pugin-style Westminster offices. The detr launched a register to boot out cowboy builders, while (left) Sir John Egan's 'Rethinking Construction' set out to streamline building. John Prescott tried to integrate transport policy and the government also launched a brownfield taskforce headed by Lord Rogers, and pledged £800 million to improve bad estates. Arts minister Mark Fisher lost out in a government reshuffle and Tory turncoat Alan Howarth became culture minister. Lord Justice Dyson, a high court judge, was appointed head of the renamed Technology and Construction Courts, and a dcms review proposed a 'champion' of architecture. The South Bank Centre appointed property tycoon Elliott Bernerd chairman, who wants to demolish lots of concrete. London Docklands Development Corporation wound up, while the London Planning Advisory Committee looked to the skies with guidance on high buildings. Two long-running battles concluded, with retired architect Ron Baden Hellard losing his fight with the arb to call himself friba, and Dennis Rodwell reaching a satisfactory agreement with the rias after a five-year suspension.

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