Boris names design panel

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has named his full panel of architectural advisors.

The four-strong panel is Sunand Prasad, RIBA president; Richard Rogers; Joyce Bridges, chair of the English Heritage Advisory Committee; and Roger Madelin, joint chief executive of Argent.

The panel will be chaired by Simon Milton, deputy mayor for policy and planning, and will meet the Mayor and his senior advisors 'several times' a year.

Johnson is also expected to put together a Design Advisory Forum, which will give 'broader advice' to the Design Advisory Panel as well as the London Development Agency (LDA). The forum will be recruited through open advertisement.

Johnson said: 'Great design has been the hallmark of our great city from our historic palaces and squares to our modern offices.

'However, in striving for design excellence we must ensure we have a constant supply of new ideas and fresh thinking. That is why these two new resources of experienced advisors and younger talent – prepared to challenge traditional thinking – will be invaluable to me and my teams as we evaluate new proposals and improve our capital's buildings and infrastructure.'

Peter Bishop, group director of design, development and environment at the LDA, added: 'This new design advisory panel will bring together four people at the forefront of their respective fields. 

'Their unique blend of experience and knowledge will help the Mayor and the LDA achieve their objectives to create a better, more beautiful and sustainable city.'

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