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

West End Plymouth City Centre Ideas Competition


The Devon and Somerset Design Review Panel are delighted to have worked with the Plymouth Branch of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Plymouth Architectural Trust and the Plymouth School of Architecture to have set up and run an ideas competition for the regeneration of the West End of Plymouth City Centre.

The competition was open to all, and expressions of interest were invited to provide visionary design ideas for a concept that revitalises the West End of Plymouth City Centre whilst enhancing the surrounding areas and supporting a wider city vision. The competition extended the spirit of Sir Patrick Abercrombie’s radical post-war Plan for Plymouth into the twenty-first century, and sought adventurous proposals that imagine a lively, inclusive, successful future for the city.


The Design Review Panel prepared the brief (a copy of which can be seen at www.architectureplymouth.com) which split the competition into two stages;

  1. Expressions of Interest and Expressions of Interest and Selection of Shortlist

  2. Submission and Presentation of Design Concepts

The shortlisted team(s) proceeded to stage two, and received an honorarium of £3,000.00 to propduce proposals that were then presented to the the Design Review Panel as part of a design review panel session for formal judging and feedback.


The judging panel consisted of:

  • Jonathan Braddick - Devon & Somerset Design Review Panel Chair & RIBA SW Regional Chair

  • Graham Devine - RIBA Plymouth Branch Chair & Director at LHC Architecture

  • Bob Brown - Head of Plymouth Shool of Architecture

  • Win Scutt - Archaeologist, Broadcaster, Lecturer and Heritage Tourism Advisor

  • Stuart Wingfield - Strategic Growth Manager, Plymouth City Council

  • Jon Walton - City Centre Manager, Plymouth City Council

The winning team, who went on to present their proposals at the RIBA Plymouth City Centre West End Debate (photographs of the event can be seen by clicking here ... ) were a cooperative that consisted of:


A full pdf version of the winning submission can be downloaded by clicking here ...

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