The British government is beginning to understand that design makes a difference in major infrastructure schemes, says architect Sadie Morgan, who is advising on £100 billion of investment in UK rail and energy projects (+ interview).
Morgan, co-founder of London architecture firm dRMM, effectively became one of the most powerful figures in British architecture last month when she was named as the only creative on the government's National Infrastructure Commission. The group will advise the government on £100 billion of investment over the next five years.
This quickly followed her appointment to chair the design panel for HS2, a high-speed rail link that is the UK's biggest infrastructure project.
"I would like to see it as a clear message that they're starting to take design seriously," she told Dezeen. "I definitely think the government is getting it."
"The focus on design within HS2 is really positive. The people involved believe deeply in their design vision," she said. "And I think government is beginning to recognise that actually it makes a difference."