Kent Design Masterclass: Design in historic environments

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 County officers and others from the public and private sector to explore questions surrounding design in historic environments. After an inspiring tour of the RIBA Stirling prize shortlisted ‘Command of the Oceans’ building at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, led by the architects Peter Baynes and Alan Mitchell of Baynes and Mitchell Architects, we heard about other prize-winning developments within heritage settings, including the work of Henley Halebrown Architects in Roehampton. We discussed working closely with planning authorities, building control and conservation bodies and the need for strong collaboration and communication throughout a project’s development to achieve the best design outcome

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Kent Design Masterclass: An integrated approach to placemaking

Balancing the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and public transport users is a major challenge as we design junctions, new housing developments and town centres. This masterclass will concentrate on how decisions are made about access and street design in new developments and examine the latest good practice form elsewhere in the UK. We will explore the policy context for transport design and the latest thinking on promoting active travel.


Phil Jones, Chairman, Phil Jones Associates

Date: Thursday 21st June 2018

Time: 13:00 – 17:00

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

Message to our Local Authority members: Please check with your KPOG representative who will be able to book places at this event on your behalf.

Non-members will be charged £95.00 pp + Vat. Tickets can be booked online To book your place, and find about about other forthcoming Kent Design events please click here

Kent Design Masterclass – Designing with Nature

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Beyond the policy obligations to promote biodiversity and protect threatened species, are there other benefits to developments driven by considerations of landscape and nature? This masterclass will explore the natural and social capital as well as … [Continue reading]

Delivering design quality in Kent and Medway – a one day workshop

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Since the publication of the current Kent Design Guide, new tools, techniques, and processes have been developed by local authorities and consultants in Kent, Medway and elsewhere to help promote, foster, and deliver design quality. These include … [Continue reading]

Brighton & Hove City Charrette – 11th December 2017

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Building at Density: what does good look like? With a growing demand for homes and jobs within the restricted city boundaries of Brighton and Hove there are pressures to increase residential densities. But with poor examples from the late … [Continue reading]

Annual Architecture Lecture to discuss Developing Historic Environments

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Every year The Guildford Society holds its Annual Architecture Lecture hosted by the University of Surrey. Run by volunteers to provide a forum for debate about the issues affecting Guildford Town and Borough, the Society is known for holding … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Roundtable: responding to the housing White Paper


On Tuesday 13th June 2017, a group of Kent Design members including heads of planning from local authorities, housebuilders, architects and consultants met at the Maidstone Museum for a roundtable discussion to ask how far proposals in the … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Masterclass: Design Codes – 11th July

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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 … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Study Tour: 6th July 2017


Off-site construction is increasingly challenging traditional practices in the design and construction industry. From modular systems, to more flexible prefabricated frames, there are a wide range of applications that have been used to create some of … [Continue reading]