CABE has swept away last year’s disappointment of failing to hit more than a third of its performance targets after unveiling significantly improved results in its latest annual report.
The design watchdog narrowly missed out on only three of its 21 goals, compared to 10 when the commission last revealed its results in September 2006 (AJ 14.09.06).
However, perhaps worryingly, CABE did not manage to hit its target of achieving 94 per cent satisfaction among the commission’s ‘government funders and partners that use CABE to assist in research and policy development.’
Gauged on ‘stakeholder review’, CABE only succeeded in achieving an 88 per cent level of satisfaction.
The other missed targets were the number of local authorities using the commission’s Green Flag criteria in the management of green spaces – 70.3 per cent instead of the 73 per cent aimed for; and in building ‘successful relations’ with delivery partners at local, regional and national level – only 80 per cent claimed to be satisfied compared with the 90 per cent target.
One of the biggest turnarounds was in the number of design reviews carried out, where the commission managed to see almost 100 more schemes of ‘strategic importance’ than in 2005/2006.
This year the commission looked at 401 projects, with a target of 350 – a marked increase on the previous figure of 319.
CABE also claimed victories in setting up a 2012 Olympic Games design review panel, as promised, and carrying out 3,800 training sessions against a target of 2,000.
A delighted Richard Simmons, the commission’s chief executive, used the opportunity to again ask public bodies to see the value of good design.