Join the Brighton & Hove DesignPLACE Panel

Design South East has been awarded the contract to continue delivering Design Review services for Brighton & Hove County Council.

We are now recruiting for new panel members and chairs. The panel will be refreshed, blending new and established panel members into a highly active, current and engaged panel, who will continue to shape the growth of Brighton & Hove in line with the ambitious Brighton & Hove City Plan.

Brighton & Hove is a ‘city by the sea’ famous for its vibrant, cosmopolitan lifestyle with a strong commitment to the arts and thriving creative and digital industries. The City Plan is focussed on housing delivery while also meeting the needs of the city’s diverse economy, all in a constrained context situated between the South Downs National Park and the sea. With a limited legacy of derelict or vacant sites, these natural boundaries define and limit the outward expansion of the city.

Design South East will set up, manage and coordinate the panel to bring expert, independent design advice that rises to the design challenges of these particular Brighton issues.

We are seeking to recruit between 15 and 20members, from whom we will select a Chair and a Vice Chair. Applications are welcome from experts in the following areas:

  • Architecture, particularly:
    • high-density/mixed-use in sensitive contexts, including industrial and employment space
    • estate regeneration
  • urban design, particularly:
    • public realm, streets and highways
  • landscape architecture
  • conservation and heritage
  • sustainability
  • heritage
  • engineering
  • viability/development economics

As well as design review panels panel members will have the opportunity to participate across the breadth of activities Design South East delivers with Brigton and Hove City Council, including design training, workshops, charrettes and design surgeries.

Please download the recruitment pack

Brighton & Hove DesignPLACE panel – Recruitment pack May 2019

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 29 May 2019. If having thoroughly read the pack, you have further questions, please contact Sogand Babol or call 01634 401166 and request a call back.

Design South East Helps Shape the Quality of Garden Towns

In March this year, the Minister of State for Housing announced the unveiling of 5 new garden towns, which together are set to unlock up to 64,000 much-needed homes across England. Chosen from more than 100 ambitious proposals, the 5 taken forward receive an initial £750,000 to help develop plans for vibrant, thriving destinations where people can live, work and raise families.

Minister of State for Housing Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:

“This plan is about the government working with councils and developers to get great homes in keeping with beautiful areas in England. We want to help local authorities build strong and vibrant communities where people want to live, work, and raise families.”

Design South East is supporting the planning and development of Hemel Garden Communities – one of the 5 successful destinations, a proposed major urban extension of Hemel Hempstead, providing both new employment space for the area, and delivering up to 11,000 homes.

Environmental credentials and high-quality design are at the heart of the project vision, looking at innovative and sustainable new growth through to 2050 and beyond. Drawing its experience of working with local authorities on similar projects across the wider south east, DSE is bringing its understanding of the ingredients required for the creation of successful garden towns to the project and is helping the local authority to secure design quality through the planning process.

Developed in line with the TCPA principles, 4 key priorities were identified for the project which support both green and social infrastructure, and also mobility aspirations. It is of increasing importance that urban infrastructure is designed with future communities in mind and be fit for purpose for modern day requirements, such as electric vehicles and new SMART building and urban technologies. Natural landscaping supports low energy living, and aligns with the importance of sustainable infrastructure to provide social value opportunities; alongside the design and inclusion of community focal points which encourage familial wellbeing and healthy lifestyles. Drawing on the opportunities offered by the existing topography helps to retain character from the unique qualities and landscape features, views and natural habitats inherent to the local area and its surroundings.

DSE is working closely with the council in the delivery of a series of workshops with the local council and its stakeholders, facilitating the development of the masterplan designs, unlocking opportunities and addressing challenges. We are also delivering a programme of design reviews to test emerging design principles against the original vision and intent. This impartial service brings cost and time efficiencies to the planning process, driving quality and ensuring stakeholder consensus in supporting policy considerations and integrating local sensitivities.

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This week we delivered the first of a series of Design Surgeries for Mole Valley District Council to help the development management team to assess the quality of applications across the borough. The surgeries were preceded by a training event for … [Continue reading]

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Suffolk Design Study Tour to Norwich & King’s Lynn


On Wednesday 20th February the Suffolk Design team, along with a mixed group from Suffolk local authorities, other Suffolk groups, and local architects, embarked on the second one-day study tour, this time visiting developments in Norwich and King's … [Continue reading]

The 2019 Housing Design Awards are open for entries

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This is the longest running awards scheme in the Country, set up by the Government in 1948. Awards are made to developments at two stages; Project, where the scheme has detailed planning permission but is not yet Completed (on site and even partly … [Continue reading]