New funding for regional architecture centres

14 December 2009

Jane Barraclough, 020 7070 6771,

CABE is giving £900,000 to 21 architecture and built environment centres across England for 2010-2011 for projects aligned with CABE’s core work: built environment education; promoting regional design review; and training for both Manual for Streets and Building for Life.

Projects include workshops in Hull where local communities learn about sustainable architecture; a programme in Wakefield which shows teachers how to use their school building as a teaching tool; and an initiative in London where school pupils respond to an architect’s brief.

MADE’s programme in the West Midlands involves students in the Building Schools for the Future process; Architecture Centre Devon and Cornwall will be developing a 20th century heritage trail; and in London, Fundamental Architectural Inclusion will be working with young people in the five host Olympic boroughs to build their knowledge of architecture and public space in advance of 2012.

Projects which focus on regional design review, following the affiliation earlier this year between eight regional panels and CABE, include roadshows and workshops to showcase regional success stories to local planning authorities that currently do not use the service. The Building for Life training will focus on supporting the assessors’ network.  

Caroline Fraser, Head of regions at CABE, comments: ‘What all these projects share is an ambition to inspire local demand for good design. We particularly like the way in which so many architecture centres have developed inspiring education programmes to involve young people with the spaces and places around them.’

The regional funding programme has made awards since 2002 to help support and strengthen the centres. Applicants had to demonstrate that their proposal would increase public understanding and involvement in architecture and the built environment, and help create better designed buildings, spaces and places.

Notes to editors



Amount awarded

Northern Architecture









Places Matter

North West



West Mids



West Mids



East Mids


AC Bristol

South West


AC Devon + Cornwell

South West


Shape East



Solent Centre

South East


Kent Architecture Centre

South East


Transform MKSM

South East (E + EM)


RIBA Trust



Urban Design London



New London Architecture






Open House



Building Exploratory



Architecture Foundation



Architecture Centre Network


£70,000 (subject to further negotiation)

CABE is the government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space. As a public body, we encourage policymakers to create places that work for people. We help local planners apply national design policy and offer expert advice to developers and architects. We show public sector clients how to commission buildings that meet the needs of their users. And we seek to inspire the public to demand more from their buildings and spaces. Advising, influencing and inspiring, we work to create well-designed, welcoming places.