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 ( 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

CG Fry & Son Ltd (builders & developers) Support the Design Review Panel Taunton Garden Town

The Design Review Panel is extremely grateful to C G Fry & Son Builders for supporting our recent Design Review Panel & Taunton Garden Town CPD / Training day held at the Somerset County Cricket Ground on the 2nd October (photos and details of the event can be seen by clicking here ...). Please see below for a short blog article by their managing director Philip Fry

Philip Fry, BSc MRICS


Philip is the grandson of the founder of the company, Charles George Fry. After qualifying with a degree in Quantity Surveying, Philip worked for a major contractor in London and moved to CG Fry in 1991. Since then he has overseen the growth of CG

Fry to become a major contractor/developer in the South West.

CG Fry & Son Ltd are a privately owned builder/developer that operate across the South West.

The company was founded in the 1930’s by Charles George Fry who was a general village builder, undertaker and Cartwright. In the late 1940’s Charles was joined by his son Eddie Fry. Up until the late 1970’s, the companies focus was on contracting work. In the late 70’s CG Fry carried out their first development, however the company remained predominantly a general building contractor carrying out some development work.

In the early 90’s when Eddie was joined by his son Philip, CG Fry were awarded the first phase of development at Poundbury, HRH Prince of Wales urban expansion of Dorchester. The company used this as a spring board to help increase their development focus and took many of the principles of what they were learning at Poundbury and applied this to other areas across the South West.

Today the company turn over around £90m per annum and directly employ around 180 people.

Contracting work is still very much part of their operation and that part of the company, turnover around £20m per annum and predominantly work in Dorset, Devon and Somerset. The work is varied and includes private and commercial clients, carrying out works on private houses, schools, health care and affordable housing. Affordable housing has been a strong market for the company over the last 10 years and have worked with many RSL’s, bringing the lessons learnt from their own developments to this side of the sector.

The development team build around 250 new homes per year across all the South West counties. The company’s focus has always very much involved a bespoke design led solution to all the areas in which they build, trying to ensure that wherever they build the development feels that it belongs to that area, this is done through carefully crafted vernacular design, whilst ensuring it meets current day building standards.

This design led approach has driven CG Fry to bring much of the design led function in house and they currently directly employ around 20 architects and CAD technicians to help ensure that exacting standards of design are met. The decision to bring this in house has very much helped CG Fry maintain design quality as they have expanded their house building business. This in house facility also allows for many design challenges to be sorted out directly between the construction and design team, rather than going back through a third party. It also allows direct input from the sales team to make sure that the product is what purchasers want to buy.

Quality development does not have to cost more to build, it is about ensuring house proportions and details are correct and material choices are appropriate. Combining these correctly can create a development the feels right and appropriate to an area and create a place that purchasers can be proud to live.

Much of the development work involves working with land owners that want to ensure development on their land is carried out to a high standard in terms of design and build and leave a legacy behind of quality developments for future generations to admire.

CG Fry are not only one of the principal developers of Poundbury, they are also working jointly with the Duchy of Cornwall at their major urban expansion to Newquay known as Nansledan. Developments range in size from a few homes through to a 1000 homes. More details of these sites can be seen on the website

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