Guildford Borough Council signs up to design review through Design South East

Guildford town centre

24 February 2015 We delighted to announce that Guildford Borough Council has secured agreement with Design South East to refer proposals for new development within the borough to the South and East Panel for design review. Cllr Stephen Mansbridge, … [Continue reading]

Let’s hope the new design panel doesn’t reinvent the wheel

Kent Design

January 2015 In December the Department for Communities and Local Government launched Enabling High Quality Starter Homes for First Time Buyers - a consultation document on plans to help people onto the housing ladder. Alongside the main … [Continue reading]

Maidstone’s Local Plan – engaging local communities

Maidstone plan copy

Like many places in the South East, Maidstone is set to experience significant population change and related growth over the next 15-20 years. In response to this trend, Maidstone Borough Council is assisting nine parishes in the borough in the … [Continue reading]

Chris Lamb on creating successful garden cities


December 2014 George Osborne’s announcement of a new garden city at Ebbsfleet was one of the more unusual features of the 2014 Budget Statement. An immediate accusation from opponents was that here was the cynical use of a nostalgic phrase to … [Continue reading]

New members sought for Ashford Design Panel

Ashford Design Panel provides expertise about future development of the Ashford area Design South East and Ashford Borough Council recognise the value of great architecture and urban design, and their contribution to placemaking and regeneration. … [Continue reading]

New members and leadership for South East Panel


Enlarged design review panel offers expertise throughout the South East and East of England Design South East has appointed some of the UK’s leading built environment professionals to join its successful design review panel. Under the leadership … [Continue reading]

Chris Lamb interviewed on Ebbsfleet Garden City and north Kent theme park proposals

BBC Radio Kent

Design South East Director Chris Lamb has been interviewed on the BBC Radio Kent Breakfast Show about the future Ebbsfleet Garden City and proposals for a Paramount theme park on the Swanscombe peninsula. Chris told listeners that a focus on design … [Continue reading]

Design South East seeks a new Chair

Design South East is one of the leading design support organisations in the UK. Influential, impartial and expert, we work across the greater south east to support a better built environment. As we extend our reach across the greater south east and … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Awards: Is your construction project the next Rocksalt?

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The search is on to find the successor to Rocksalt, the current overall winner of Kent Design & Development Awards. Mark Sargeant’s restaurant in Folkestone, designed by Guy Hollaway Architects, scooped Project of the Year when the biannual … [Continue reading]

Chris Lamb talks to BR FM about history, the arts and quality of place

Design South East Director, Chris Lamb talks to the Daniel Monday night community show (BRFM), covering the connection between history, the arts and quality of place. … [Continue reading]