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

Petroc College – Replacement Teaching Blocks Completed



We are delighted to share news that the new Lifestyle and Engineering Buildings at Petroc’s main Barnstaple campus are now completed. In both instances, the primary need was to provide high quality teaching and learning spaces and ensure that students’ experience at college is as relevant as possible to the work environment. That in turn will boost their employment prospects by providing local employers with a supply of well-trained, skilled potential employees which will boost the local economy.

A key part of the design process was the input that from the Design Review Panel early in 2014. The validation that gave enabled the subsequent planning application to progress smoothly – full planning approval was received exactly 13 weeks after submission. That in turn meant the funding criteria could be met which was a key aspiration from the college.


The Engineering building opened in September 2015 and provides a new state of the art facility for engineering services. It sits beside the existing automotive workshop and comprises a feature double height glass fronted entrance / exhibition space to celebrate engineering and allow that faculty to have a more prominent position. That space leads to workshop areas on the ground floor and classrooms on the first floor.


The Lifestyle Building was handed over to the client in April 2016 and is being made ready for the start of the 2016-17 academic year. This building provides a new home for lifestyle curriculum areas, which include subjects that have a public facing aspect such as catering, beauty therapy and hairdressing.

The entrance foyer of the building leads to a triple height atrium, triangular on plan with teaching spaces wrapped around two sides and a dramatic two storey glass wall on the third. The strong geometry and sleek lines make a bold statement that reflects Petroc’s future vision.

The upper floors are set back beyond the line of the ground floor along the northern side so that the massing of the building follows the contours of Sticklepath Hill and reduces its impact from that viewpoint. The western ends of the building are curved and have feature obscure glazing to allow a diffused light to penetrate the interior and create a beacon-like glow at night

The eastern end of the building includes a large commercial kitchen and public restaurant with floor to celling glazing giving panoramic views over Barnstaple and the Taw Valley. Above this is a large seminar room, making the building an ideal venue for conferences, meetings and events.


Practice Director Peregrine Mears commented:

“As Architects with a proven interest in educational buildings, we are keen to create spaces that inspire and encourage students. Thanks to the support of the Design Review Panel, the education of future generations of young people from across North Devon has taken a huge leap forward.”

www.mearsarchitects.com

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