World renowned architect Richard Rogers and Roger Madelin, joint chief executive of Argent, are to advise Boris Johnson on the design of buildings across the capital.

The two property heavyweights have been appointed to Mayor’s Design Advisory panel, along with Royal institute of British Architects president Sunand Prasad and Joyce Bridges, chair of the English Heritage Advisory Committee.

The panel, which will be chaired by Sir Simon Milton, deputy mayor for policy and planning, will meet several times a year to advise on London-wide design strategy and high profile schemes.

The Mayor is also in the process of recruiting a wider group of experts for a Design Advisory Forum.

‘Great design has been the hallmark our great city from our historic palaces and squares to our modern offices,’ said Johnson.

‘However, in striving for design excellence we must ensure we have a constant supply of new ideas and fresh thinking and that is why these two new resources of experienced advisers and younger talent prepared to challenge traditional thinking will be invaluable to me and my teams as we evaluate new proposals and improve our capital’s buildings and infrastructure.’