Architecture watchdog CABE has asked the chief executives of Britain’s 30 largest contractors to a meeting today to discuss design.
Most of the invited firms will attend the meeting along with CABE chairman Sir Stuart Lipton and deputy chairman Peter Stewart.

CABE chief executive Jon Rouse said: “The meeting is a sleeves-rolled-up one – we want to find out what they think of us. It’s about us being accountable.”

Other items on the agenda will be the Better Public Buildings campaign that Tony Blair launched at the 2000 Building Awards and the relationship between CABE and the government.

The invitation to contractors follows a similar meeting with architects that CABE hosted in late January.

A meeting with property investors is planned in October.