Study Tour goes off-site in London

In July the latest Kent Design study tour took a mixed group of planners and other built environment professionals to visit a series of site across South East London. The tour focused on a range of off-site construction systems, from the CLT system used at the TNG Youth and Community Centre, introduced by DSE panel member Dieter Kleiner from RCKa Architects; to the modular system used at Place Ladywell, introduced by Andrew Partridge from Rogers Stirk Harbour+Partners.

The group also visited the innovative Urban House system currently under construction at Kidbrooke village, introduced by David Brown from Berkeley Group. This offered an insight into to forefront of prefabricated design and construction techniques, with the tour receiving highly positive feedback from a diverse range of industry professionals from planning officers to architects and developers.

We would like to thank all those involved and look forward to organising the next tour!

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Kent Design Masterclass: Design Codes – 11th July

Controlling quality and embedding character are key challenges facing the design of any new development. Design Codes are one of the best tools for doing this, yet they remain a rarity in the English planning system. We feel this is a missed opportunity. Used properly, and managed with care and skill, new development that is subject to a Design Code is often exemplary, with beautiful streets, buildings and public spaces that help make great places to live for the residents and provide the developer with a solid return on their investment.

This session is aimed at planning officers (DC and policy) who need to decide whether codes are an appropriate tool and negotiate their content, regeneration and highways officers who will deal with coded developments, developers who may face requirements for design codes and architects and urban designers who may be asked to develop codes.

What you’ll get from this masterclass:

  • Understand the purpose of design coding
  • Learn what to code for and when
  • How to write an effective design code
  • Common pitfalls in design coding, and how to avoid them
  • Managing and implementing design codes

The session is a mixture of talks and workshops, giving you both the theory and practice of design coding.

Delivered by:

Garry Hall, Design Advisor, Design South East

Sue McGlynn, Director, Sue McGlynn Urban Design

Date: 11th July 2017

Event time: 1pm – 5.30pm

Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Rd, Chatham ME4 4TR

To book your place online please visit

Members can book places by emailing

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