DSE appoints Sutton Panel

Design South East has been selected by the London Borough of Sutton to set up and manage their design review panel, a sign of the Borough’s commitment to achieving high-quality design. Like so many Outer London areas, Sutton is under significant pressure to provide new homes. This development pressure needs to be balanced against the Borough’s unique existing character to ensure the quality and vitality of its town and district centres as well as the suburban heartlands. The aspiration to meet housing targets provides opportunities to enhance employment, business, retail, culture and leisure opportunities for existing and future residents of the Borough.

Much of the Panel’s focus will be on reviewing schemes coming forward in Sutton town centre and other urban areas, although the Borough’s suburban heartlands are also poised to see significant development of small sites. A key involvement of the Sutton Design Review Panel will be in reviewing proposals for the London Cancer Hub, a new neighbourhood around the existing Royal Marsden Hospital, the Institute of Cancer Research and the now vacant Sutton Hospital site.

A dedicated panel of experts will be getting to understand the qualities, challenges and aspirations for the Borough and will draw on their knowledge, experience and expertise to provide consistent, independent advice to the council and developers and design teams.

Gillian Horn – Chair (Architecture, Housing)

Dieter Kleiner – Vice-Chair (Architecture, Regeneration)     

Graeme Sutherland (Architecture, Public Realm)

Wendy Bishop (Architecture, Sustainability)

Kyle Buchanan (Architecture, Housing)        

Magali Thomson (Architecture, Education)

Yemi Aladerun (Architecture, Housing)

Vinesh Pomal (Architecture, Housing)

Una Daly (Architecture, Historic Environment)        

Gary Allen(Civil and Structural Engineering, Property Development)

June Barnes (Housing, Property Development)

Sarah Stevens (Planning, Regeneration)

Glen Macfarlane (Landscape Architecture, Public Realm)

Katy Neaves (Townscape consultant, Landscape Architecture)

Oli Davey (Transport Planning, Public Realm)          

Adam Towle (Regeneration, Urban Design)

Neha Tayal (Urban Design, Regeneration)

Vinita Dhume (Urban Design, Regeneration)

Philip Gray (Sustainability, Building Services Engineering)

The Suffolk Design team braves the cold for the first of three Study Tours

On Friday 1st February 2019 our Suffolk Design team along with a group of around 16 Councillors and Officers from all Suffolk local authorities, + other Suffolk groups braved the chilly weather for the first of three new Suffolk Design Study Tours.

The group visited a diverse range of housing developments in and around Cambridge, and the first site visit lead by Alice Hamlin, Mole Architects, was to Marmalade Lane, a sustainable co-housing neighbourhood comprising of 42 homes.  The group learned about co-housing principles and their impact on the design, as well as the house types and customisation. They were also joined by local residents in the Common House.

Further site visits included the North-West Cambridge Development; an extension to the City, lead by Visit Cambridge. The group were shown around Storey’s Field Centre, they also looked at Ryle Yard, Eddington, by Witherford Watson Mann and Maccreanor Lavington.

After a well-earned lunchbreak at Anstey Hall, the mixed group were treated to two more site visits including the Trumpington Meadows development, with a tour and talk lead by one of our Kent Design members; Adam Tillion of Barratt David Wilson Homes, touching on the history and design evolution of the development which is set within a 148-acre country park.

The last stop was at Abode, Great Kneighton, a major housing and mixed-use development in the city’s Southern Fringe growth area. A guided tour and talk by the architect Stephen Proctor, Proctor & Matthews Architects looked at varied housing types to suit the transition from urban to rural edge.

Thank you to all our guest speakers/tour guides, and to everyone who didn’t let the wintry weather stop them from joining us on this 1-day tour.

If you are interested in finding out more about Suffolk Design please visit: www.suffolkdesign.uk


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