The Forum Exeter, Devon

An RIBA south west award wining building at Exeter University in Devon; The Forum. This building benefited from design review during the design and pre-planning stage

Design Review Panel Training 2018

Design Review Panel training session carried out in Taunton and the Somerset County Cricket Ground in November 2018. The event was extremely well attended by local authority representatives, house builders and design team members

Exeter Quay by Jonathan Braddick

Photograph of Exeter Quay taken by Architect and Design Review Panel Manager Jonathan Braddick. The Design Review Panel holds regular design review panel sessions at Exeter City Council

Design Review Panel Training 2018

Design Review Panel training event 2018. Jonathan Tricker, Highways Engineer, Urban Designer & Director at Phil Jones Associates, gave a talk entitled: ‘Highway Design in Placemaking’

Steiner School Exeter

The design review Panel was engaged by Willmott Dixon during the pre-application design stage of the project to help them prepare a design that would be acceptable to the local authority

Design Review Panel Site Visit Poole

Photograph from a 2018 design review panel site visit carried out in Dorset in 2018. A full sit down design review panel was subsequently held in the Poole Borough Council Offices

North Grays Farm Para 79 House

External visualization for a NPPF paragraph 55 (now 79) house that was presented to the design review panel. This project has subsequently gone on to achieve planning permission and is now built on site

Design Review Panel Training 2017

Design Review Panel training session carried out in Exeter, Devon in December 2017. The event was extremely well attended by local authority representatives, house builders and design team members

Para 79 House by Hawkes Architecture

Para 79 House in Dover Kent by Hawkes Architecture

Rockfish Exeter Quay

A small but sensitive project in Exeter Quay; The Rockfish Restaurant has been designed by Grainge Architects who engaged with The Design Review Panel during the design & pre -application planning stage

Pegasus Life Project Sidmouth Devon

Pegasus Life secured planning permission through public inquiry for a Sarah Wigglesworth Architects scheme for a C2 assisted living community at The Knowle, Sidmouth, Devon. The Design Review Panel (www.designreviewpanel.co.uk) were instructed by East Devon District Council (EDDC) to provide multidisciplinary, expert, independent and impartial guidance and feedback to the local authority, applicant and design team during the pre-application design stage.

Plymouth Hoe

Photograph of Plymouth Hoe, Devon. The Design Review Panel holds regular design review panel sessions at Plymouth City Council

Design Review Panel Training 2017

Design Review Panel training session carried out in Exeter, Devon in December 2017. The event was extremely well attended and incorporated a mock design review panel session and design workshop

Ian Firth

Chartered Surveyor

​Ian began trading as Bondstones as a sole practitioner back in 2012, however it quickly became apparent that the demand for Bondstones' services was far higher than an individual could manage alone. In early 2015 he took the decision to grow the practice beyond the "power of one" and incorporated the company with a view to expansion. He is well known (and frequently recommended) for his quick understanding and empathy for clients - and particularly in finding (and deciphering) their individual needs and wants, often in testing circumstances. Ian graduated from Seale Hayne College (UoP) in 2001 having initially studied Estate Management. After a short stint in the Civil Service (MAFF / DEFRA) he subsequently became an ADAS consultant - working with several other well known firms prior to first going it alone in back in 2007. Aside from managing his own business interests, Ian has also worked within MAFF / DEFRA (at an executive level) and, for a time, worked as resident agent to a renowned Sporting Estate in the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire and with additional interests in South Wales. His experience and skills in rural planning, architectural design and entrepreneurship enable him to provide straight forward - articulate - no-nonsense advice and recommendations (to those that are prepared to listen!) In 2016 Ian was accepted as a member of the Design Review Panel

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