Britain is witnessing its largest public building programme for a generation. Every city, town and neighbourhood will see a marked change in its fabric over the course of the next decade.
The ambitious programme is producing 100 new hospitals, 3,000 new doctors’ surgeries and the transformation of thousands of schools across the country. Equally significant are the one million new homes being built in the south and the renewal of thousands more in the north.
And of course there are the 2012 Olympics. Exciting plans will see both the creation of world-class sporting venues and unprecedented regeneration to the east of London.
Taken together, this programme represents an extraordinary opportunity to transform the fabric of the nation. It is an opportunity we must seize now, by promoting the very best in architecture and design quality at all levels. The design of homes, towns and cities affects everyone.
The places and spaces being created now must produce environments that people can thrive in and take pride in for generations to come.