DSE in partnership to deliver Suffolk Design initiative

DSE is part of the team which has won the contract to deliver Suffolk Design, a joint initiative by all Suffolk’s local authorities to raise their game on design quality in the built environment.  We will be working in a new partnership with Hemingway Design, the firm of design entrepreneur Wayne Hemingway, and Norwich-based Hudson Architects led by DSE Panel Chair Anthony Hudson.

Suffolk Design will have as its lasting legacy a new type of county design guide including a web-based portal and a printed desk-top companion.  Over the next year we will be working with the local authorities, developers, designers and community leaders throughout Suffolk to develop and shape the content of the guide.  Alongside this we will deliver a series of CPD events including masterclasses, round-tables and conferences.

A launch event will take place on 9thJuly.  It is invite only but if you have not been invited and feel you should be please email Suffolk’s Growth Programme Partnership Manager Karen Chapman.  If you want to be kept informed about future events and developments in the Suffolk Design initiative please email David Tittle.

Study tour for local authority officers & councillors

With an increasing need to build at higher densities in Brighton and Hove, DSE organised a tour for Brighton & Hove City Council officers and councillors to look at precedent schemes in London. This tour looked at a variety of schemes from estate regeneration at Kings Crescent, small scale infill at the Copper Lane co-housing project, and urban regeneration on Redchurch Street.

Design Quality Conference delivers a powerful message

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Design Quality Conference delivers powerful message but will the new NPPF follow through? A powerful message emerged from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s ‘Design Quality Conference’ held in London at the end of April … [Continue reading]

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]

DSE announces a new initiative, our Design for Communities Fund

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DSE is delighted to announce our new Design for Communities Fund (DCF) which will invest from the charity’s annual reserves to support projects designed to strengthen a community’s design skills or that result in improvements to a community’s built … [Continue reading]

Black Country Panel appointed

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The Black Country LEP, supported by DSE, has appointed its Panel to assess and advise on housing schemes for the Black Country Garden City The Black Country Garden City is an ambitious initiative to increase the quantity and raise the quality of … [Continue reading]

Grain House gets planning approval

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East London architects, Studio Bark has won approval for a private house at Thakeham, West Sussex after taking the proposal to the DSE design review panel. The application was made under Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework which … [Continue reading]

DCLG Planning Delivery Fund

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DCLG have announced new funding to help improve design quality and speed up housing growth. DSE can be your partner to deliver the outcomes required. The Planning Delivery Fund includes streams for Joint Working, Design Quality and Innovation.  … [Continue reading]

Join our team – full time post for Design Advisor

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Join a growing organisation at the forefront of promoting good design in the built environment. DSE is an independent charity working to improve the quality of design in the built environment. We started over 20 years ago as an architecture centre … [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]