Study Tour: Building at Density: learning from London

With ambitious housing targets and concern over the loss of countryside, there is a strong case for considering higher density housing development in Kent and Medway. However, previous poor practice has led to suspicion of ‘non-traditional’ development by many. In this study tour we aim to challenge these views and focus on the opportunities building at higher density can bring to repair and improve urban environments. We will examine how higher density development can not only deliver successful places to live, but also create active mixed use communities and public spaces.

Setting off from Stratford International at 9.30am, we will begin the tour with the highest density schemes including the St Andrews development in Bow, before gradually working our way towards Barking. Developments we will visit along the way include Trinity Buoy Wharf – considering how to create a viable mixed use community in an area of intense housing development, and Barking Town Centre – understanding how well integrated development and public realm design can help define a civic centre.  The tour will end at the Barking riverside development, before returning to Stratford International at 4.30pm. There will be contributions from a mix of architects and developers involved in some of these schemes throughout the day.

Members can book online using the booking link or email: Kent Design

Non-members will be charged £95.00 + vat, per place, please use the booking link provided on  Lunch and coach travel is included.


Brighton & Hove City Charrette

On Monday March 20th we will be hosting a charrette to help shape the thinking about the future of Brighton & Hove. We will be joining leaders and influencers in the City, the Chief Executive of Brighton & Hove City Council, members of the Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce, other leading professionals and amenity societies, students and staff of the two universities and many more.

Over the course of an afternoon at the British Airways i360 with presentations and facilitated roundtables we will maximise the opportunities in the City and address the challenges.

Speakers include:

Julia Barfield, Marks Barfield Architects
Nick Hibberd, Brighton & Hove City Council
Dr Andy Brown, Historic England – South East
Claire Bennie, Brighton Design/PLACE Review Panel 

The Brighton & Hove City Charrette is organised by Design South East on behalf of Brighton & Hove City Council.

Key Sponsors include:
Marks Barfield Architects, British Airways i360, RIBA (Sussex Branch), First Base, DMH Stallard, Platinum Business Magazine and Kreston Reeves.

This event is supported by The Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce.

Look out for tweets from @DesignSouthEast with #BHCityCharrette

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