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Raynsford and Whitby plan for new generation of designers

CONSTRUCTION MINISTER Nick Raynsford and ICE vice president Mark Whitby are to champion a new scheme which they hope will produce a 'new generation of urban designers.'

Following discussions last week, a working party is to be set up to help engineers become more aware of the impact their work has on their everyday environment.

'We have taken the first step to ensure far reaching improvements are delivered in the quality of the built environment, ' said Raynsford after initial talks last week.

It is hoped the scheme will start to produce a new breed of engineers which, according to Whitby, is 'more concerned with working with people, than building the tallest, longest and largest'.

He added: 'Engineers are already managing their built environment, but we hope to help them develop the skills that can really deliver.'

The working party will be chaired by Stuart Lipton of the Commission for Architecture in the Built Environment, and will include representatives from other professional institutions.

Initially it will find ways to incorporate training in the built environment into university degrees and continuing professional development.

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