The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) has appointed three new commissioners to advise the government on its plans for the UK’s public spaces.

The Minister of State for Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism, Margaret Hodge MP, appointed the trio today to join the 16-strong team of leading industry advisors.

Architect Piers Gough, of CZWG Architects, regeneration chief Nick Johnson, of Manchester-based urban renewal company Urban Splash, and Hanif Kara, an engineer who co-founded Adams Kara Taylor Ltd, the design-led engineering consultancy, will join the team.

Piers Gough and Hanif Kara’s four-year appointments will run with immediate effect, and Nick Johnson’s from 15 December 2007. They replace Dickon Robinson and Louisa Hutton, who stepped down from the commission in July 2007, and Brian Boylan, who is stepping down in December. Robinson is replaced by Ben Page as chair of the CABE Space steering group.

Paul Finch, deputy chair of CABE, stepped down in August 2007. Deyan Sudjic has been shadowing Finch since October 2006.