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

James McKechnie

Transportation Director

James leads Hydrock’s national Transportation team. He is responsible for a wide range of transport planning projects across the UK on a variety of schemes including large urban extensions. He has grown development planning teams in two leading consultancies, as well as having worked within the public sector both directly and as a consultant. He is highly regarded within the industry, having won a National Transport Award as well as being shortlisted with Hydrock for Best Professional Firm in the Michelmores Property Awards and the New Civil Engineer Best Companies Awards. He is commonly appointed to unlock ‘stalled’ sites, or to seek solutions on projects which others have not been able to progress due to design, policy, land ownership or viability issues.

James represents the Transportation Development Planning sector on Highways England’s national liaison panel. James is also a regional committee member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation; he has recently advised on the Institution’s responses to Government on changes to the planning system. He is well respected for his expert-witness work, usually at planning and CPO Inquiries, and enjoys strong links with leading planning barristers.

James is at the forefront of Hydrock’s ‘designing for the future’ cross-discipline initiative and our thought-leadership work in relation to placemaking initiatives such as the recent Taunton Garden Town design charrette with RIBA, Somerset West and Taunton Council and Arts Taunton. James’ work includes technical leadership on the Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension Masterplan, Cullompton Town Centre Masterplan, Yeovil Refresh, Cranbrook/Sherford (for Highways England), and town centre masterplan/studies in Dartmouth, Paignton, Torquay and Exmouth.

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