DSE are helping Slough to strengthen their commitment to design

On Wednesday 12th September, DSE Design Advisor Helen Goodwin, together with Tom Selby of Croydon Borough Council’s Placemaking Team, led a training session for Slough Borough Council to strengthen the commitment to design. The objective of the session was to explain the relationship between design and place-making and to empower development managers to become proactive in the design process, helping to shape high-quality development through their pre-app discussions with developers and design teams based on a better understanding of the meaning and value of good design.

The session helped to bring different council departments together around the table to discuss a vision for what Slough could become. Learning from the step-by-step journey which Croydon council has taken to establish a successful Placemaking team over the past two decades, the council learned how important it is to set a shared vision for a town centre to inform policy frameworks and to reframe people’s opinion of the place where they live and work.

To discuss DSE’s design support or training for local planning authorities contact David Tittle, Head of Design Advice david@designsoutheast.org or 01634 401166.

Consultant required to support our business development

We are looking for a consultant to support our development

We are looking for a consultant to develop our marketing and communications strategy and to plan and deliver a programme of associated business development actions and activities.

There is a budget available of up to £30,000 for this 12-month contract. The appointed consultant will have access to a separate, additional, budget for the costs of venues, catering, design and production and will work with the staff team at Design South East.

Driven and highly motivated, you will have the aptitude, knowledge and skills to support the development of Design South East. You do not need to be a built environment professional, but you must understand the sector and the issues associated with the built environment; You must also  be able to work alongside our team and to engage productively with our design panel. Experience of working in the areas of research, marketing or communications would be beneficial.

We are open to approaches from individuals, groups of consultants and organisations. We are also open to secondments from other organisations.

The deadline for submissions is 12.00 on 15 October 2018.

For a copy of the brief please email eleanor@designsoutheast.org. If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of the contract, please contact Chris Lamb on 01634 401166 or by email chris@designsoutheast.org.

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