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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 80 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

Exeter Quay - Rockfish Restaurant

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

Extra Care Development by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

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

Design Review Panel training session carried out in Exeter, Devon. The event was extremely well attended and incorporated a mock design review panel session and design workshop.

Art Deco-style block wins approval in Bromley with Support from The Design Review Panel

As part of a series of articles showcasing examples of projects that The Design Review Panel has reviewed over the last 12 months we are please to share Prospect House in Bromley.

Situated in a Bromley town centre, the project has been designed by Goldstein Heather Architects, and is for the replacement of an existing office building, with an Art Deco inspired office and residences. The architect’s website states:

“A harmonious colonnade creates a sense of civic generosity and an open face to the local streetscape, where the existing buildings are defensive and introverted. The residential element above echoes the architectural gesture of the stepping colonnade, but the use of lighter brick, precast bands and elegant balconies underscore the different use. To the rear of the building, residents will also benefit from landscaped gardens and play space for their children, while, higher up from their balconies, they will have sweeping views beyond London to the Kent countryside.”

Artist impression of the front elevation of prospect house, an art deco building in Bromley recently approved as a result of support from The Design Review Panel
Prospect House, Bromley - Front Elevation

The proposals were for the demolition of an existing building and the erection of a 10 storey building (plus basement) to provide 1,759sqm office floor space Use Class Order Class E(g)(i) on the ground floor and first floor with 61 residential flats (9 studio, 38 x 1

bed and 14 x 2 bed) above and provision of 11 parking spaces.

Eye level perspective artists impression showing the proposed new building in its context.
Prospect House, Bromley - Street View

Overall, The Design Review Panel felt the proposals had been carefully considered and that the applicant had set a very clear agenda of what they wished to achieve. The design team clearly articulated an appropriate response to the context and end user requirements; subject to various suggestions, the proposals were considered to be sophisticated with much to commend them.

The local authority case officers planning committee report states the following:-

"The design of the proposal is influenced by the existing Art Deco style buildings on the High Street. The proposal has been subject to a design review process resulting in a reduction of building height, massing, scale and layout. The design quality of the proposal reflects the role of this designated site as Business Improvement Area in Bromley Town Centre. The proposed building would echo the building typology along Elmfield Road with a cluster of buildings up to 10 storeys in height ...

... The proposed new office accommodation would strengthen the competitiveness of the site and provide an improved office environment in Bromley Town Centre. This application includes the provision of 61 residential dwellings including 8 intermediate dwellings and this would represent a significant contribution to the supply of housing within the Borough and optimist the potential of the site. The proportion, scale residential density of the proposal would be intensified which reflects the role of this designed town centre site."

Prospect House, Bromley - Artist impression on the rear garden
Prospect House, Bromley - Garden View

The project was approved at planning committee on the 20th May 2021. A copy of the officers report can be seen by clicking here ...

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