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

Ross French

Chartered Environmentalist

Ross brings a balanced approach to projects: a natural strategic thinker who understands that a keen eye for detail is critical to good ideas being realised. He believes that a clearly defined brief, developed in collaboration with the client, is key to ensuring that the design and procurement process runs smoothly. Since 1997, Ross has worked in both contracting and consultancy, holding leadership positions at three international practices. His qualifications and experience span architecture, urban design and engineering, and he has a strong understanding of the planning process and construction procurement.

Working throughout the UK, and in Ireland and France, his project work has spanned a range of sectors, including mixed use, residential, hospitality, office, education, culture and justice.

With a cross-disciplinary background, he has been well-equipped to adapt to the intensifying volume and complexity of environmental legislation in the industry. He has worked on a number of innovative buildings, including the first office building subject to the ‘Merton rule’, which stipulated the provision of onsite renewable energy technologies.

Ross is keen to learn from other countries, and considers his career highlights to include visits to Germany and Sweden to see examples of PassivHaus construction. In 2009, he was awarded the CIBSE Travel Bursary to evaluate traditional approaches to water management in the Levant and their applicability to contemporary development.

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