Success follows joining Kent Design

bptw partnership have been a valued member of our Kent Design cpd programme since joining in early 2017 and therefore we are pleased to hear that they have received the AJ100 award for fastest growing practice of the year. We have enjoyed meeting many of the team at our training and conference events and we hope to continue this great relationship with such a dedicated, hardworking group of built environment professionals. Well done everyone!

bptw is an award-winning design-led practice specialising in architecture, planning consultancy and visualisation. They are passionate about creating great places for people to live, work and play, and they work in collaboration with leading developers, housing associations, local authorities and private clients to create high quality solutions for the built environment. In 2017 DSE appointed one of bptw’s founding partners, Mark Bottomley as a member of the DSE Panel. To read more about bptw partnership in the AJ click here

Woking Tall Buildings Panel

Development of Woking’s town centre is already underway, with the three towers of the Victoria Square development marking just the start of a significant period of transformation of the town centre as high-rise towers gain planning approval or come forward at the pre-planning application stage. At 34 storeys high, the Victoria tower is said to define the limits of tall buildings in the town. We are pleased to have been brought on board by Woking Borough Council to review proposed developments in the town centre, helping to shape the future of this fast expanding town. Like so many places close to London, Woking is facing pressure for development and is taking on the challenge of accommodating higher density development in the context of a traditional town centre.

A dedicated panel of experts will be getting to understand the council’s aspirations for the town and will get to know the town centre, its character and its challenges, drawing on their knowledge, experience and expertise to provide consistent advice to the council and developers.

The Woking Tall Buildings/Town Centre Panel are:

Chris Bearman (Chair), Architecture/Urban Design

Gerard Maccreanor, Architecture

Cara Bamford, Architecture

Chris Schulte, Urban Design/Public Realm

Peter Bishop, Planning/Urban Design

Jon Akers Coyle, Landscape Architecture/Public Realm

Vincent Lacovara, Planning/Placemaking

Maggie Baddeley, Planning

Paula Hirst, Urban Regeneration

Louise Goodison, Architecture/Heritage

Image credit: Coplan Estates

Kent Design Masterclass: Design in historic environments

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Responding to a need to consider the setting and significance of heritage buildings and to show sensitivity to the history that defines the character and identity of our towns and cities, Design South East organised a tour and masterclass for Kent … [Continue reading]

Ash Sakula get the go-ahead for £140m Olympic fringe quarter

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The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has now approved plans for a £140 million mixed-use quarter in Hackney Wick, London. Designed by two London architecture studios, the Wickside project sits on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic … [Continue reading]

Design for Communities Fund – deadline extended until 4th July 2018


Have you got an idea for a project to improve your area for the benefit of the local community or do you know someone that has?  The Design for Communities Fund created by Design South East has pledged up to £10,000 to support innovative crowdfunding … [Continue reading]

Join our team – full time post for Design Advisor


Job opportunity: Design Advisor DSE is an independent charity working to improve the quality of design in the built environment. We work in London, the South East, the East of England and parts of the West Midlands. Supported by a … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Masterclass: An integrated approach to placemaking

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Balancing the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and public transport users is a major challenge as we design junctions, new housing developments and town centres. This masterclass will concentrate on how decisions are made about access and … [Continue reading]

NLA conference in association with DSE – 28th June 2018

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London and the Wider South-East region accommodate one third of the population of England, and the growth projected for the next decades will mean the provision of millions of additional new homes, infrastructure and jobs. London’s growth is not … [Continue reading]

Study tour for local authority officers & councillors

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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 … [Continue reading]

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]