Public sector clients

Public sector clients include local authorities, publicly funded agencies, healthcare trusts and schools.

Brian Lymbery OBE, former chair of Lewisham Primary Care Trust at the Kaleidoscope project in London
Photo by Michele Turriani

We provide best practice guidance, publications and toolkits to support public sector clients as well as reviewing proposals through design review and giving expert advice through our enabling programme.

Client guides

Creating excellent buildings

Read our guide to commissioning a building project, covering the four main stages of preparation, design, construction and use.

Creating successful masterplans

Discover how to produce better masterplans that lead to the physical, social and economic revival of places.

Creating excellent primary schools

Helping primary school clients, working in either the local authority or the school itself, to make the most of new capital investment in their buildings.

Creating excellent secondary schools

Transform your schools by following our step-by-step journey through the design and building process, from vision to completion.

All CABE client guides

Client guides help those responsible for delivering public buildings and spaces. They cover issues such as building a strong team, establishing a design vision and consulting users effectively as well as useful illustrative examples.

More resources for public sector clients

Sustainable Cities

Cut through the complexities of climate change with clear priorities for action and see which places are getting it right.

Open space strategies: what local authority decision makers need to know

Explaining what an open space strategy is and the tangible benefits of producing one.

Planning for places: delivering good design through core strategies

Helping local authorities take a spatial approach to writing their core strategy as part of a local development framework.

Design review: principles and practice

Design review is a tried and tested method of promoting good design and a cost-effective way of improving quality.

Future health: sustainable places for health and well-being

Explaining how good design makes healthy places by linking health-promoting design with thinking about health and well-being.

Making competitions work

Advice from experienced professionals on how to get the best from running a design competition.


Use our free and practical community engagement toolkit to help measure the quality of your public spaces.