Press release

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

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Tourism and Heritage Minister John Penrose has laid a statutory instrument and explanatory memorandum in the Houses of Parliament.

Tourism and Heritage Minister John Penrose has laid a statutory instrument and explanatory memorandum in the Houses of Parliament which, subject to Parliamentary approval, will lead to the formal dissolution of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) next year.

This follows decisions taken in the course of the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review to dissolve CABE. 

Last April CABE transferred its design review activities to a subsidiary company of the Design Council, and in September a joint CABE and English Heritage built environment education programme, Engaging Places, was transferred to Open City Architecture.

Notes to editors

  1. Once the statutory instrument, made under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, comes into force, which is expected to be in late January 2012, CABE will be dissolved. 
  2. Any remaining property, rights and liabilities of CABE will transfer to the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport.  CABE’s final accounts and report will be published by DCMS shortly after the dissolution date. 
  3. The final administration of CABE’s affairs is being handled by officials at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and all enquiries should be made to the department.
  4. CABE’s website has been archived, the website address is: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110118095356/http:/www.cabe.org.uk/
  5. The Design Council - CABE’s website
  6. Open City Architecture’s website.
  7. Engaging Places’s website.
  8. Please contact: Peter Karpinski, CABE Closure, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2-4 Cockspur Street, London SW1Y 5DH; or peter.karpinski@culture.gsi.gov.uk for matters concerning the final administration and winding up of CABE.

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