Design North East
Places Matter
Integreat Plus
Opun
MADE
Design South East
Creating Excellence
Urban Design London

The Network consists of eight not-for-profit organisations that promote better and more sustainable places to stimulate economic growth.

We are dedicated to support and inspire England’s built-environment professionals to create great spaces and places. Click on the map to explore the different regions we cover.

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East Midlands Opun

Opun is the trading name for Architecture East Midlands Ltd – we are a charitable company limited by guarantee. We are managed by a Board of Trustees and supported in our delivery by a Panel of built environment experts - as practitioners leading in their profession they offer a range of services, that includes design review but also a host of other design support interventions. As we are not-for-profit our charitable offer is in securing design uplift through design review, promoting best practice through education and community benefits in our design support services. 

For general enquiries contact: jo@opun.org.uk

Planning, Design & Placemaking
/events/opun/planning-design-placemaking/ Thu 7 Feb 2019
West Midlands MADE

MADE is an organisation dedicated to improving the quality of our towns, cities and villages. We believe that a high quality built environment is essential for economic prosperity and wellbeing.

Well-designed places function better, use fewer resources, encourage investment and enterprise, engender social interaction and a sense of community and make people happy, healthy and proud. A high quality built environment is essential to the prosperity of all our cities, towns and villages. In the Midlands there is a lot to be proud of in our historic towns and villages and in some excellent new buildings and public spaces. However, in large parts of our cities and towns we face a legacy of post-industrial dereliction, highway domination, disconnected development, dismal architecture, cluttered and poorly-maintained public space. There is a lot of work to do to put this right.

For general enquiries contact: meredith@made.org.uk

North West Places Matter

Places Matter is devoted to generating a strong sense of place in living, working and leisure environments throughout the North West of England. We work across all sectors to drive up the skills, promoting good design and encouraging strong client leadership. We hold regular monthly meetings and additional special sessions on request.

For general enquiries contact: info@placesmatter.co.uk

South West Creating Excellence

Creating Excellence provides practical assistance in support of good design and effective community engagement to make better places and communities. CE operates throughout the South West of England, from Gloucestershire to Cornwall.

CE runs the Creating Excellence South West Design Review Panel which it created in 2005 to raise design standards in architecture and the built environment by giving guidance on major schemes at proposal stage. It also runs the CE Housing Excellence Design Panel that offers design review and Building for Life Design Support, particularly useful to support masterplan preparation and reserved matters applications.

As part of the Design Network, CE has been awarded funding to focus efforts on increasing the skills and learning of councillors, planning officers and communities in improving design quality and delivery outcomes. 

CE has recently undertaken the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan Place Analysis. CE has been the regional hub for empowerment and engagement work, initiating Funding South West, and the South West Localism Group.

CE was set up in 2004 as the region’s centre of excellence on regeneration, funded by the South West Regional Development Agency. Now independent, it has adapted and continues to adapt. It is a social enterprise and a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

For general enquiries contact: jo.widdecombe@creatingexcellence.org.uk

It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission
/events/creating-excellence/its-easier-ask-forgiveness-it-get-permission/ Tue 5 Mar 2019, 10am–4.30pm
North East Design North East

designe ltd provides Design Review and Enabling Services in North East England, offering impartial development advice for developers, local authorities & individuals from the conception of a project through every stage of the design and planning process.

Our panel members are all seasoned professionals and acknowledged experts in their diverse fields, able to be “critical friends”, helping extract the highest possible design quality and sustainability – in environmental, social, physical and financial terms – from any given development proposal.

 Our Purpose is to:

  1. Provide Design Review, Enabling and other specialist services to the Public & Private sectors and the communities in the north east;
  1. Improve the quality of the built and developed environment;
  1. Up-skill communities to better understand and engage with the development processes;
  1. Provide training to client’s in-house staff to broaden their skills base and boost their confidence;
  1. Provide support to local authorities and other public bodies and charities, either via training, intervention or technical expertise & support.

Leave a positive legacy from any interim interventions and training.

This includes tailored training in a number of areas including Manual for Streets, Building in Context, Building for Life 12, Localism and Urban Design.

For general enquiries contact: alan@designeltd.com

Yorkshire & the Humber Integreat Plus

Integreat Plus is the trading name of the Cultural Industries Quarter Agency (CIQA), a social enterprise which provides regeneration, design and economic development support for communities, local authorities and social enterprises. Its remit is to encourage the best in quality placemaking, helping people achieve their place-based aspirations.

Design:Yorkshire, our design review service, is an independent and impartial peer review service that aims to lift the design quality of developments throughout the region. It draws upon multi-disciplinary expertise and knowledge of panel members to facilitate and achieve the highest standards in design and placemaking. The panel is made up of 30 well-respected built environment professionals with experience in architecture, town planning, urban design, landscape architecture, sustainable and low energy design, engineering and conservation.

Design Review is an extremely helpful technical resource which offers applicants and design teams clear, constructive comments and guidance on schemes, encouraging their improvement and progression early in the design process where changes can improve design quality and enhance viability. The panel sees schemes at all scales, from inception through to planning stage, and the service can be used by local authorities to assess the design quality of schemes submitted for planning approval.

For general enquiries contact: info@integreatplus.com


London Urban Design London

We support and inspire the capital’s built-environment professionals to create great spaces and places. Since 2000 we have welcomed over 100,000 delegates to our training programme with over 50 public and private organisations subscribing to and benefiting from our bespoke events, design review services and planning and design resources.

We are a leading design review provider, with a diverse panel of design experts offering guidance on transport infrastructure, public realm and development projects in London.

Our acclaimed design guidance, ‘Design Companion for Planning & Placemaking’, was published in 2017 by RIBA and can be found online.

For general enquiries contact: info@urbandesignlondon.com

South East & East of England Design South East

Design South East is the region’s leading source of built environment design support. Local authorities, developers and communities throughout the greater south east region trust us to provide outstanding and impartial design advice and assistance.

The south east plays a huge role in the UK economy and is the gateway to mainland Europe. The region is facing the enormous challenge of accommodating new homes and infrastructure while maintaining its status as one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Good design is at the heart of that conundrum, and the key to ensuring that the south east remains an exceptional place to live, work and visit.

Design South East is a not-for-profit organisation and 100% independent. We facilitate understanding between local authorities, developers and local communities. We combine local knowledge with world-class expertise, providing clear, constructive and consistent advice on design issues. We provide great value for money, working alongside local authorities and developers to harness or complement their existing skills to create great buildings and spaces.

For general enquiries contact: info@designsoutheast.org

Each Network member has a proven track record of delivering successful Design Review. Services extend beyond Design Review to include training, community engagement, economic development, design workshops, advice to local authorities, neighbourhood planning support, and promotion of the new Building for Life 12. Network members work closely with professional bodies in their regions.

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