Downing Street is proposing that contracts should be awarded with more attention paid to quality than cost. It wants to recapture the Victorian era when councils competed to have the most innovative town halls.
Tony Blair has asked Cabinet Office minister Lord Falconer and Treasury chief secretary Andrew Smith to draw up new procedures to develop landmark public buildings.
Ministers feel current development briefs for public buildings such as JobCentres, courts, schools and hospitals, place too much emphasis on dull and cheap functionality.
and the Built Environment.