Black Country Panel appointed

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 new housing in the Black Country. Promoted by the Black Country LEP and supported by the four local authorities of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton as well as housebuilders in the private and social sectors, it sees the Black Country as a new type of 21st century garden city, based on the transformation of an existing urban area, rather than a new settlement in the countryside. The idea for Black Country Garden City came from DSE’s Head of Design Advice, David Tittle when he was working for MADE in Birmingham. He gathered together a group of professionals who through a series of open studios, worked up the concept and submitted it for the Wolfson Prize.

As part of the initiative the Black Country LEP is developing an accreditation system for new housing developments. It wants to designate the best new housing schemes in the area as Black Country Garden City Developments.  Accreditation will get new developments noticed, by the media and the public. It can be used in their marketing. It will provoke discussion and raise aspirations.

Accreditation will be carried out by a panel of experts, assessing schemes against 10 Black Country Garden City Principles. This is not a design review panel, initially its only role is assessment, but the role of the panel may evolve and panel members may be asked to provide advice and support to the Garden City initiative in other ways.

The members of the new panel are:

Alan Bain

Charlie Baker

Daniel Roberts

Elizabeth Griffiths

Hannah Lewis

Joe Holyoak

John Davies

Jon Akers Coyle

Katie Kershaw

Margaret Baddeley

Peter Shirley

Sarah Robinson

Sian Griffiths

Simon Atkinson

Stefan Kruczkowski

If you are developing or designing housing in the Black Country and want to engage with the panel please contact David Tittle by email or call 01634 401166

Grain House gets planning approval

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 allows new-build homes to be constructed in open countryside under special circumstances. Studio Bark has previously won approval for other one-off country houses in East Anglia.

The Grain House, has been designed to reflect the landscape of the site on the edge of the South Downs National Park, north-east of Chichester.

The 362m² eco-home’s series of monolithic walls take their ‘influence from the historic ox-ploughed ridge-and-furrow field patterns, as well as the undulating ridge and valley land forms that characterise the area’.

Speaking to The Architects Journal, Nick Newman, director at Studio Bark said: ’Paragraph 55 continues to provide our practice with a real proving ground for new ideas and iterative thinking. [This scheme] offered the opportunity to integrate novel processes in an unprecedented manner and we look forward to continuing our research as the project progresses.

’Thanks must go to the members of Design South East review panel, whose early critique helped to put the design through its paces and propelled the team forward to unanimous approval at planning committee.’

Work is expected to start on site this summer and to complete in 2019.

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