Monday, 7 April 2014

The Farrell Review

The Farrell review of architecture & the built environment logo

Sir Terry Farrell makes recommendations for the future of Architecture and the Built Environment 

The Farrell review is a comprehensive report into the current condition of Architecture and the Built Environment.  It includes input from many sources including a panel of 11 industry leaders with a breadth of experience that covers education, outreach, urbanism, architecture, property and philosophy.  After a wide-reaching consultation process including workshops throughout the country, the findings have been compiled into a report with 60 recommendations.

"Proactive planning and ‘PLACE’ need to be at the heart of policy-making" says Farrell 

Key recommendations:
  • A revolution is needed in the planning system to make it proactive rather than reactive, anticipating rather than responding to the future needs of our towns and cities. By planning proactively like other countries do, anticipating issues like the national housing shortage or susceptibility to flooding and address them before they reach crisis levels.
  • There should be PLACE reviews of existing places like high streets, mega-hospitals and housing estates and of infrastructure projects like rail, road and aviation improvements (using the acronym PLACE to describe the key disciplines of Planning, Landscape, Architecture, Conservation and Engineering).
  • Every town and city should have an urban room where people can go to understand and debate the past, present and future of that place.
  • Architects’ professional training to be radically reformed to make it more accessible to all.
  • Britain’s considerable strength in architecture, and its success as an export industry, should be championed with an annual International Festival of Architecture to be held in London.
  • Government should appoint a Chief Architect reporting to DCMS and DCLG at the highest level. This role should be similar to the Chief Planner and Chief Construction Adviser, connecting up government departments and maintaining high standards and consistency of approach.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Moving Downtown

Photo of CB3 Design Architects offices, Chambers House, Peebles, Scottish Borders

It has been an exciting few months for the practice in Scotland, with lots of interest gathering pace and general expansion in project numbers moving forwards.  With an increasing workload throughout the area, April sees our office move into new premises in Peebles town centre.  The new office is located above the Bank of Scotland at Chambers House on the High Street.  As well as an enhanced design studio, town centre presence, new central location, once up and running we will also have a new space to host meetings.

Please feel welcome to pop in and see us from 14th April to discuss your current or future project.  Paul, Neil or Keven will be happy to make you a brew and discuss how we can help. Reception on the first floor will direct you across to us.

We will be transferring our current telephone number over but please bear with us in the coming days as some calls may be redirected to the Lymm office during the move.

Once we’ve settled in we’re looking to have a gathering and network event so keep an eye on the blog for more details.

The full address is as follows:
CB3 Design Architects
Chambers House
72 High Street
EH45 8SW

Tel: 01721 729 640