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CABE – the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment the government’s advisor on design of buldings and public space has set 5 gold standards for local authorities to judge their public spaces ahead of the 2012 Olympics. The criteria, one for each Olympic ring are for all local authorities, not just those in London.
CEO of CABE, Richard Simmons said: €œ2012 will be a massive test of the quality of our public space. Not just in London, but right across the country when people gather in all the major civic spaces to watch and celebrate. So are we ready? Local authorities have four years to get it right.€
Public spaces for viewing the games on mega screens by satellite link are planned across the country and CABE last year set up Spaceshaper to advise community groups with redesigns to parks and squares.
The gold standards drawn up by CABE are:
- An inclusive space: does everyone feel welcome and safe?
- A distinctive space: does the space contribute to local character?
- A healthy space: does the space encourage active lifestyles where even the unathletic can be inspired to try for a personal best?
- A sustainable place: is there a long-term plan for effective management and maintenance?
- A green place: softer, greener, natural surfaces will adapt much better to climate change.
Let’s hope our athletes continue to do us proud! Call the London Property Finder for news of property close to major sites of our public spaces