Design skills audit lined up

CABE wants to pilot an audit of urban design skills in two councils to try to raise expertise, Planning has learnt.

The design watchdog is in talks with the local authorities and hopes to start in the new year. It follows an announcement by Architecture + Design Scotland (ADS) this week about a similar pilot project that Highland Council will run in Inverness.

CABE head of skills Carlton Robert-James said: "We want to test the system in two authorities with the possibility of rolling it out across the country."

CABE is using the Capacitycheck model, a method of appraising and developing design skills recently produced by consultancy Urban Design Skills.

ADS head of urbanism Diarmaid Lawlor said: "Capacitycheck supports training, education and learning on the job for the people on whom higher standards of design depend." If the pilot proves successful, ADS will look at whether it can help roll it out to all local authorities in Scotland.

The method is available to download free at www.capacitycheck.co.uk.


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