Kent Design and Development Awards 2018

Once again it will soon be time to celebrate new architecture in Kent! The Kent Design & Development Awards 2018 ceremony will take place on 8th November 2018.

There is still time to enter – the deadline for entries is 31st July. Shortlisted schemes will be notified in September. The winners of the six categories will go on to compete for the Project of the Year trophy, sponsored by Kent Design member DHA Planning, which will be awarded to the building or scheme with the greatest level of design quality in Kent.

Click here to find out more.

2016 winner The Wing at Capel-le-Ferne, designed by Godden Allen Lawn in Folkestone.

Tour & talks: Kent Design study tour: council led housing development

On Thursday 5th July DSE led a group of individuals from the private sector + Kent & Medway local authorities on a study tour of council led housing developments in North London. This guided tour took the group to two major developments; the Kings Crescent Estate and the Colville Estate, both situated in the London Borough of Hackney. This study visit was very topical, as only the night before the Kings Crescent Estate, part of the estate regeneration masterplan developed in collaboration with Henley Halebrown and Karakusevic Carson Architects was awarded the NLA Mayor’s Prize 2018.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan quoted: “The Kings Crescent Estate is a great example of how estate regeneration can preserve existing diverse communities and support them through periods of change. An example of combining sensitive refurbishment together with new buildings and great design, which has created a neighbourhood people can be proud of.” 

On 21 June the Kings Crescent Estate also received an RIBA National Award, click here to read more.

The group then took a guided tour around the Colville Estate where they heard from the design teams and those within the Council, including Ken Rorrison, Regeneration Design Manager, London Borough of Hackney, and Chloe Phelps, Head of Design at Croydon’s Brick by Brick development company.

To finish off the day there were talks and discussion with our contributors at Karakusevic Carson Architects in South East London where the group was lucky enough to be given a tour of their studios, including a room full of architectural models.

Tour & talks: Kings Cross study visit for Woking Borough Council

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On the evening of Thursday 5th July DSE Design Advisors' Huw Trevorrow and Helen Goodwin led a group of 15 officers and councillors from Woking Borough Council (WBC), together with members of DSE’s recently formed Woking Town Centre Panel on a study … [Continue reading]

DSE in partnership to deliver Suffolk Design initiative

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DSE is part of the team which has won the contract to deliver Suffolk Design, a joint initiative by all Suffolk’s local authorities to raise their game on design quality in the built environment.  We will be working in a new partnership with … [Continue reading]

Success follows joining Kent Design

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bptw partnership have been a valued member of our Kent Design cpd programme since joining in early 2017 and therefore we are pleased to hear that they have received the AJ100 award for fastest growing practice of the year. We have enjoyed meeting … [Continue reading]

Woking Tall Buildings Panel

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Development of Woking’s town centre is already underway, with the three towers of the Victoria Square development marking just the start of a significant period of transformation of the town centre as high-rise towers gain planning approval or come … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Masterclass: Design in historic environments

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Responding to a need to consider the setting and significance of heritage buildings and to show sensitivity to the history that defines the character and identity of our towns and cities, Design South East organised a tour and masterclass for Kent … [Continue reading]

Ash Sakula get the go-ahead for £140m Olympic fringe quarter

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The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has now approved plans for a £140 million mixed-use quarter in Hackney Wick, London. Designed by two London architecture studios, the Wickside project sits on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic … [Continue reading]

Design for Communities Fund – deadline extended until 4th July 2018


Have you got an idea for a project to improve your area for the benefit of the local community or do you know someone that has?  The Design for Communities Fund created by Design South East has pledged up to £10,000 to support innovative crowdfunding … [Continue reading]

Join our team – full time post for Design Advisor


Job opportunity: Design Advisor DSE is an independent charity working to improve the quality of design in the built environment. We work in London, the South East, the East of England and parts of the West Midlands. Supported by a … [Continue reading]