Scotland’s version of CABE, Architecture & Design Scotland, was launched this week, and will target the design of PPP projects.

As with CABE, Scotland’s architectural champion will rely on the planning authorities to submit projects for design review.

Sebastian Tombs, chief executive of the new body, said: “PPPs are a huge growth area, where local authorities have an interest in delivering projects. So we will have to go upstream as far as we can to influence their design.”

At the launch ceremony this week, Patricia Ferguson, Scottish minister for tourism, culture and sport, said she hoped to see an impact on the design of hospitals, schools, housing and public spaces.

The first aims of the quango are to set up a design review panel and formulate its strategy for advocating good design.