Design review and enabling
Design review and enabling are mechanisms which support the achievement of design excellence at different stages of a project.
Enabling is a means of supporting a client, usually in the public sector, at an early stage in a project’s development – at feasibility or before. It is the first step in ensuring that a good design team is selected, that the appropriate procurement route is taken and that a clear development brief is in place. Enabling can sometimes be provided directly through Design Council CABE or Creating Excellence (in the South West). For small to medium projects the Architecture Centre can offer advice on design team selection, design competitions and other support.
Design Review at a national level is run by Design Council CABE who operate panels for major schemes of national significance and also work closely with the regional panels.
Design review in the South West is provided on a regional basis by the South West Design Review Panel, managed by Creating Excellence.
In 2007 the Architecture Centre supported establishment of a panel for Bristol, the Bristol Urban Design Forum. The forum sits regularly to review both major schemes and city council strategies and policies. The Centre manages the Forum and hosts the review sessions.
If you are looking for advice on using design review or setting up a local panel please contact us.