Design quality in Wales is steadily improving but standards still need to be raised, according to the Design Commission for Wales
Sixty-two schemes were examined by the commission’s design review in 2010. The percentage of schemes judged to be of poor quality fell from 30 per cent in 2009 to 14 per cent in 2010.
While the number of unsatisfactory proposals has fallen, the percentage of schemes requiring major revisions has risen year on year, from 46 per cent in 2009 to 58 per cent in 2010. These schemes are supported by the commission subject to changes.
Cindy Harris, head of design review at the Design Commission for Wales, said: ‘The results over the past two to three years are certainly encouraging. We are seeing a steady improvement in the quality of schemes that are coming through and much earlier consultation, when proposals are in the formative stages.’
The commission also noted that more major schemes are reviewed more than once, a trend it describes as ‘encouraging’.
Harris added: ‘This trend tells us that developers are responding and are keen to secure our input from the start and, indeed, throughout the process.’
Schemes assessed by the commission include the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, which was judged to be ‘exemplary’ (pictured).