DESIGN REVIEW

What is Design Review?

Design Review is an effective means of early consultation on significant development proposals. The Bishop Review of Design Support is a critical document to the future of regional and local design review, go to the Design Council website for more information.

Why come to Design Review?

The Design Review process offers access to expert and independent professional guidance, leading to recommendations for improvement and added value. BUDF provides a breadth of expertise which may not be available to the project team or to the planning department and we may be able to highlight problems or opportunities which have not been identified earlier.

What happens at a Design Review session?

The process involves the design/client team discussing their initial concepts and sketch proposals with a panel of 6 to 8 members, drawn from a pool of design and environment professionals. We normally allow about 2 hours to review each scheme.

Following a presentation of the proposals, panel members reflect on the emerging design and give guidance on how to bring out the best urban design solution for the site. This guidance is sent to the design team after the meeting in the form of a formal letter written by the session Chair, summarising the panel’s views.

How do I put a scheme forward for review?

The 2017/2018 BUDF Design Review dates are shown below.

Bristol City Council dates are for schemes that the council has asked BUDF to review (maximum of 4 schemes per day).

Fast Track afternoon sessions are for developers who wish to present a scheme to BUDF (maximum of 2 schemes per half-day) outside this cycle.  Please contact the Fast Track Panel Administrator Pippa Goldfinger to enquire about booking one of these sessions: Pippa.Goldfinger@architecturecentre.org.uk

  • 5 hour sessions can be booked on any of the available dates, a minimum of 14 days in advance with payment.
  • The cost is £1,500 plus VAT per 1.5 hour Design Review Panel session. On booking, an invoice will be issued by The Architecture Centre – sessions are secured once payment is confirmed with a Remittance Notification sent to the Fast Track Panel Administrator.
  • By requesting a session it is agreed that in the event of cancellation, no refunds will be given. In the event of a cancellation where payment has not already been made, it shall remain due and shall be paid within 14 days of the invoice being issued.
  • Information to be reviewed by the Panel is to be provided to the Fast Track Panel Administrator no later than 10 days in advance of the booked session date – instructions on what is required will be issued at the time of booking.
1 Tuesday 30 May 2017 Bristol City Council Book through Bristol City Council
2 Tuesday 27 June 2017 Fast Track (pm) Fully booked
3 Tuesday 25 July 2017 Bristol City Council Book through Bristol City Council
4 Tuesday 26 September 2017 Fast Track (pm) Please contact Panel Administrator
5 Tuesday 31 October 2017 Bristol City Council Book through Bristol City Council
6 Monday 27 November 2017 Fast Track (pm) Please contact Panel Administrator
7 Monday 11 December 2017 Bristol City Council Book through Bristol City Council
8 Tuesday 30 January 2018 Fast Track (pm) Please contact Panel Administrator
9 Tuesday 27 February 2018 Bristol City Council Book through Bristol City Council
10 Tuesday 27 March 2018 Fast Track (pm)) Please contact Panel Administrator

 

For more information about bringing a scheme to a Design Review session, please go to Submit a scheme.
If you would like to read reports from previous sessions, please go to Schemes reviewed

 

 

 

 

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