News in brief: Appointment at CABE

Les Sparks will become chairman of the design review committee at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) from 1 October. He will lead a team of six fellow CABE members in reviewing a range of projects from masterplans to individual buildings and distinguishing good designs from bad ones. Sparks, an architect and planner, was previously director of planning and architecture at Birmingham City Council and director of environmental services at Bath City Council.

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