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RIBA responds to Government's estate regeneration report

Estate regeneration response

The Department of Communities and Local Government today (8 December 2016) published the Estate Regeneration National Strategy and £32 million of new funding, targeted at transforming housing estates and delivering high-quality housing. The strategy was developed with the input from an independent advisory panel of leading experts in the built environment, including RIBA President Jane Duncan.

Speaking today, RIBA President Jane Duncan said:

“The RIBA has long campaigned for all communities to be built with the needs of local people at their heart. We are pleased to see that the Government has listened and included strong protections for existing estate residents within today’s announcement.

“I am particularly encouraged to see the Government’s recognition that good design is key to any estate regeneration approach and that improving the built environment has a direct positive impact on the life chances of residents. I am pleased to see the strategy’s practical guidance illustrated with exemplar work by RIBA members, demonstrating how successful estate regeneration can be achieved.

“As a member of the independent advisory panel I promoted the pivotal role of architects in estate regeneration – from conception and design, to delivery. The RIBA will continue to make this case on behalf of our members as development programmes supported by this strategy and funding emerge.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  1. For further press information contact Melanie Mayfield, RIBA press office melanie.mayfield@riba.org
  2. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Architecture.com
  3. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates www.twitter.com/RIBA

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