February 2011

Thank you for your interest in The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment

Prince of Wales launches Community Capital at the Foundation's Annual Conference.

The focus of this months newsletter is the launch of Community Capital at our Annual Conference last week, attended by HRH The Prince of Wales and celebrity Architect and Foundation Ambassador George Clarke.

The Foundation are also excited to announce a new Public Membership Programme for 2011. Current members will be receiving a copy of our Annual Review later this month and a letter explaining the renewal process. Non-members wishing to join should contact Francesca Dean, Membership Officer to secure their membership for 2011 and take advantage of the exciting events we have scheduled for the year - a highlight being an exclusive members breakfast at the Ideal Home Show at Earl's Court in March. Individual Membership to The Foundation is now only £30, so there couldn't be a better time to join!
Prince of Wales launches Community Capital
HRH The Prince of Wales visited Shoreditch to launch Community Capital at the Annual Conference of The Prince’s Foundation. Community capital is a new framework, developed by The Foundation, which aims to highlight how community engagement in the planning process can lead to sustainable, high-quality development.
The Government’s localism bill has the potential to enhance communities’ opportunities to shape their own localities through neighbourhood planning. However there is a danger that without guidance and support devolving these decision-making powers will add complexity and risk to the development process, leaving local communities vulnerable to inappropriate developments, which they are powerless to fight. The Prince’s Foundation believes that using a holistic approach which builds community capital by taking into account Natural, Financial, Social and Built capital will provide a base for a vibrant and lasting environment. 
His Royal Highness watched a panel debate hosted by one of the Foundation’s ambassadors, George Clarke, before making a speech to the attendees.
Speaking at the event, HRH The Prince of Wales said:
“At the moment we’re drawing the capital out and not living on the income. I think the same thing is true in terms of Community Capital. We have huge challenges unless we think about Community Capital, how to enhance it, how to make it resilient and how to form the kind of surroundings that will help that resilience in the future…"

To Read the Speech in Full Please go to: http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/speechesandarticles/index.html

For more information about Community Capital, please see our website - www.princes-foundation.org

2011 deadline looms for the Prince of Wales's Building Craft Apprentices Programme

This month sees the closing date for the Building Craft Apprentice applications for 2012. The programme consist of eight-months of applied study which offers building craftspeople the opportunity to enhance and advance their design knowledge and experience in traditional and sustainable building crafts. Applications are welcomed from craftspeople who have studied any of a wide variety of building skills. Applicants must have attained either a United Kingdom NVQ/SVQ Level 3 or equivalent from a centre of vocational excellence, or an equivalent qualification in traditional building skills from a recognised authority. For more information on applications, please see our website -


"This course has been an amazing opportunity to travel the country, see places I may have never have had the chance to see, and meet people who will both remain friends, and hopefully become colleagues on future projects. It has given me the chance to further myself in my career and learn new and interesting elements of roofing which I may have never had the chance to do."

Ian McCarthy, Craft Apprentice, December 2010

Closing date: 25th February 2011


To book any tours or events, please contact Francesca Dean, Membership officer on francesca.dean@princes-foundation.org or call 0207 6138584

Members’ Tour of Brompton Oratory - Wednesday 2nd March 2011, 16:30-18:00

The Brompton Oratory, Brompton Road, London SW3 (next to the Victoria and Albert Museum)

£20 per person (Student rate of £8)

We are very fortunate to have The Brompton Oratory’s Architect, Russell Taylor, lead us on an architectural tour of The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, popularly known as the Brompton Oratory. Russell designed two new chapels one to St Joseph in 2005 and the other to honour the beatification of Cardinal Newman in 2010. Russell Taylor has also designed the September 11 Memorial in Grosvenor Square, and worked on Crosby Hall and Arundel Castle. The theme of his tour is the continued application of the classical orders with accent on Neo-baroque over the past 130 years.


Ideal Home Show Members Breakfast Event  - Thursday/Friday 24th/25th March 2011

Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA

Current members Only - Free of Charge

The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment and the Ideal Home Show have an exciting new partnership to help Britain promote and build better neighbourhoods and communities. This year, the Foundation's Natural House will be exhibited at the show and we are delighted to offer members an opportunity to see the house before the show opens and have breakfast with us. Members will then be free to wander round the rest of the show at their leisure. Spaces are limited for this event, so please register your interest with the Membership Officer as soon as possible.

Members' Tour of St. Paul's Cathedral - Tuesday 5th April 2011 18:00 - 20:00

St. Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD

£40 per person

This popular tour led by Martin Stancliffe Surveyor to the Fabric, will be an exclusive opportunity to see the cathedral during it's historic £40 million programme of cleaning and repair to mark the 300th Anniversary in 2010. This is the first time in its long history that the building has been comprehensively restored inside and out. Foundation Members can witness Wren’s original vision and see his Cathedral as fresh as the day it was completed.

Members' Tour of the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace - Tuesday 5th October 2011 18:00 - 20:00

The Official Residences of The Queen, London SW1A 1AA

Save the date for our architectural tour of The Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace by the architect who designed the building, John Simpson of John Simpson and Partners


Get Involved: Upcoming Public Consultations

Bury St Edmunds -

Town Public Meeting

Monday 14th February 2011, 15:00—19:30, Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

Drop in session to gather comments and suggestions for the area.

Village Public Meeting

Tuesday 15th February 2011, 15:00—19:30, Rougham Sports Hall

Drop in session to gather comments and suggestions for the area.

Public Presentation

Tuesday 1st March 2011, 19:00—21:00, Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

Presentation on principles of sustainable urban design and potential for the area.

Public Presentation

Friday 4th March 2011, 18:00-20:00, Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club

Presentation of the results of the three day design workshop.


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