Arts minister Alan Howarth last week heralded a new spirit in Whitehall that would drive government towards “appropriate and creative high-quality modern architecture”.

Speaking at a Civic Trust dinner on 29 April, Howarth called on architects and planners to work with politicians to improve the built environment in the UK.

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, which is to replace the Royal Fine Art Commission and the Arts Council’s architecture operation, will spearhead the design drive.

Howarth said the government also had high hopes that regional architecture centres would promote good design to younger generations.

The minister said the commission would also be involved with the listing of buildings in conjunction with English Heritage.