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

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Widemar Spruijt

Urban Designer

Throughout my career I have reviewed hundreds of designs of different types and scales and strongly believe design review panels can greatly enhance the design process.

In the Rotterdam planning department, I was on the organizing committee for the “Ontwerpers Overleg” (Designers Forum), which was a cross-departmental advisory board, meeting monthly, regarding planning and design in Rotterdam and how design can add value. It was extremely useful to bring together the relevant disciplines at the earliest stages of a design to learn from each other and enhance the outcome.

At the Greater London Authority, I developed a framework for urban design comments, focusing on typology, massing, architecture, inclusive design, and materials. Even though the applications were at a relatively high planning level I always made sure to highlight details that are of strategic importance to the success of the scheme. I was an active contributor to the Design and Access Forum, in which schemes are reviewed on inclusive design. I also regularly presented and reviewed schemes at the then Commission for Architecture and the Build Environment and I have done various presentations and panels to promote good design and urban infrastructure.

I have relevant experience with infrastructure projects. In Rotterdam, I reviewed plans for the high-speed train through Rotterdam, and was part of the initial design team for the redevelopment of the central station in Rotterdam, looking at the programme, integration into the area, and architecture.

I was responsible for the zoning plan and design parameters for the new underground station Blijdorp, making sure it was properly integrated in the urban context and that the above ground structure would enhance the conservation area it was located in.

During my time in Hong Kong I worked on different public realm projects. I completed a Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Design and Management at the University of Hong Kong, and wrote my dissertation on pedestrian connectivity of Transit-Oriented Development.

At Rotterdam, Tower Hamlets and the GLA I co-authored policy on urban design, devising policies that will yield good quality design but that are not overly descriptive.

I also have experience in defending good design. In my capacity as Urban Designer at Tower Hamlets, I successfully defended the refusal of a planning application on grounds of urban design at appeal.
Currently I am on the advisory committee for the Holly Lodge Estate conservation area.

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