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Scottish policy greeted with approval

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The introduction of a Scottish government architecture policy - a first for Britain - has been greeted with resounding approval from the architecture profession.

Pollsters MORI presented the news that 90 per cent of Scottish design professionals are backing the policy to the Scottish Executive yesterday.

The building design profession's nine out of ten approval rating related to all of the Executive's architecture policies. These included pledging to promote 'the value and benefits of good architecture' and to 'encourage debate on the role of architecture in national and local life and further an understanding of the products and processes of building design'.

Commenting on the public's wide approval of good architecture, revealed by the same research, Patricia Ferguson, the Scottish Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, said: 'Last year we surveyed public awareness of Scotland's built environment.

'The results were encouraging and suggest the public consider buildings to be an important part of our culture and identity.

'It also provides valuable pointers that inform decisions the Executive makes about its policy on architecture.'

by Rob Sharp

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