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CABE commends design champions

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CABE has announced its latest Festive Five Awards to honour the champions of 'great design' during the last year.

Prizes have been given to the five most forward-thinking public organisations, the top five private companies and the five individuals who have devoted themselves to improving the built environment.

The winners in the public-sector category were:

The King's Fund, which partnered CABE in the Healthy Hospitals campaign;

Plymouth City Council, which appointed their own design manager and design review panel;

Transform South Yorkshire for its determination in creating quality places to live as part of the nationwide Pathfinder programme;

the Department for Education and Skills for the Building Schools for the Future initiative; and

Wakefield City Council, in particular the Green Space Strategy Team.

The honours in the private-sector category were awarded to:

HBG Construction, for its West Crawley PFI schools scheme;

Baylight Properties, a small London developer that has worked on a number of projects including the conversion of a former paint factory in Wandsworth in to new homes;

Arup and AMEC Group, for their award-winning A650 Bingley Relief Road;

Prudential, the insurance company, which has masterminded an innovative residential scheme in the Kennet Valley;

UK architectural practices, paying tribute in particular to all those firms who have applied for CABE award schemes, including Building for Life Standard.

The individual winners were:

Jackie Wellings, the head of urban policy at Advantage West Midlands;

Mike Rowan, director of Mile End Park, east London;

Sebastian Coe, the chair of the London 2012 Olympic bid;

Tom Dacey, the group chief executive of the Southern Housing Group;

Councillor Daniel Moylan, deputy leader of the council at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

All the winners will receive a certificate and a written commendation to celebrate their achievements.

by Richard Waite

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