We pioneered the use of Design Review. It is now an established methodology for assessing and improving the quality of the built environment for public good. Recognised in the National Planning Policy Framework, it is an independent and impartial process of expert peer review. Since it was set up in 2009, over 3,500 Reviews have been delivered in the UK and internationally, with Design Council delivering just under 1/3.
How we deliver
The Design Review process focuses on outcomes for people, ensuring places better meet the needs of the people using them. An interdisciplinary panel of Design Council Experts assesses the design of a proposal using constructive advice to identify and communicate the strengths and weaknesses of the design. The panel also gives advice on how to achieve better outcomes to the quality of architecture, urban design, landscape and highway design, as well as social and environmental sustainability.
The panel provides advice on new development proposals, masterplans, individual buildings, infrastructure projects, design related policy, design visions and principles; and also can provide strategic support and training. We also run Paragraph 79 reviews.
For Local Authorities, the aim of Design Review is to support the authority in achieving their objectives and securing the best outcomes and quality of life for residents, workers and visitors through development, regeneration and renewal
We have provided design support to more than 1,000 unique schemes in local authorities and NGOs since 2011.
Current and past clients include: Network Rail, Highways England, London Borough of Brent, London Borough of Bromley, London Borough of Wandsworth, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Waltham Forest, Thurrock Council, Anglian Water, The Barbican, Portsmouth City Council, Calderdale Council, Exeter City Council, Oxford City Council and City of Melaka (Malaysia), Thessaloniki (Greece) and Irfan (Oman).
Category: Place & Infrastructure
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