Design support

We help local authorities by strengthening policies and plans, and providing expertise and advice to planners. We support public, private and community stakeholders from the conception of a project to every stage of the design and planning process.

Supporting local authorities

Developing built environment policies

We help local authorities develop design and planning policies, offering facilitation and design expertise at key stages. Our one-to-one sessions or workshops maximise impact and minimise expenditure.

Supporting clients

Getting design decisions right from the start

We offer our expertise and experience to clients at the beginning of the development process, such as setting out the framework for developing a brief or selecting the design team.

Impartial, responsive advice

Quality design advice and support

Our advice service for planning officers complements design review, offering impartial advice that helps to strengthen internal capacity and enable more effective and efficient development management.

Navigating procurement

Selecting the best design team

Our support includes the management of open or limited competitions, supporting the interview process, and helping to develop consensus around a brief and engage stakeholders.

Enabling housing quality

Building For Life training and assessments

We undertake independent assessments for local authorities, house builders and Registered Social Landlords using Building for Life 12 – the industry standard for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods.

Stakeholder engagement

Sharing and shaping projects with end users

Using a design workshop format, we bring the public and private sectors together with local communities to address complex design and planning issues, and to agree a way forward.