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

In Praise of Fothergill Watson


Many thanks to Richard White, who has provided the below. Richard is a Director of Mitchell Architects in Plymouth and a regular Design Review Panel member, attending Design Review Panels across the South West; in Devon (both Plymouth and Exeter) as well as Somerset sessions held in Taunton.


"Fothergill Watson, notable architect of Nottingham from circa 1866 until 1907, completed some 100 buildings in his lifetime.

Many of his surviving buildings are listed and described as a style of a combination of Gothic revival flavoured with a taste of Old English vernacular.

Watson changed his name upon marriage to Watson Fothergill, with his mother’s maiden name added as he considered this addition improved his status in society. He later switched the names around to Fothergill Watson for the same rationale.


He is recorded as being witnessed driving down the Mansfield Road in the morning in a large carriage driven by four grey mares with two liverymen up front and two behind. Once on site, he is again reported to have never left his carriage but given his instructions directly to the building foreman and never conversed directly with the tradesmen or artisans. An empirical example of the Victorian elitist.


One most noticeable aspect to his work is that he “signed” his buildings with a stone plaque, always on the first floor, with his name, Architect, and a date. When asked why, his response was that people on the upper deck of a trolley bus should have something interesting to read.


In the 1970’s, it was discovered, when restoration work was being done to one of his banking client buildings, that the parapets were adorned with carved monkey statues. The only explanation at the time was that this may have been a reference to the term “monkey” being the Victorian slang for a bad debtor. The assumption then was that this was a thinly veiled insult by Fothergill Watson to his clients.

It may be that we should now consider that the buildings of today be adorned with plaques from their creators ... as well as some carved monkeys !

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Some of this information has been gleaned from Wikipedia – that font of all true knowledge, Delphic oracle and new age arbiter of many publican disputes. "


by Richard White of Mitchell Architects

BA(Hons) BArch RIBA

www.marchitects.co.uk

Mitchell Architects are a Chartered Architects Practice based in Plymouth and Exeter, in Devon. They have been delivering their chartered architectural service since 1986. They have a team of highly skilled, motivated & hard working professionals, dedicated to providing the best service possible. You can read more about Richard by clicking here ...

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