Achieving sustainable development, town centre revitalisation and meeting housing demand often requires building at medium to high densities. However, this type of development can create tension, with risks of overlooking to neighbouring homes or tall and bulky forms within historic settings. This Online Masterclass will explore the key principles to delivering well-designed, higher density neighbourhoods that respond appropriately to context. It will feature presentations and case studies from practitioners who have delivered successful, higher density developments.

Design Surrey learning events are designed for public sector practitioners within Surrey, with limited or some knowledge and experience of the topic, and those who would like to refresh or build on their existing knowledge.


  • Understand the potential role of higher density development in towns and neighbourhoods
  • Explore principles for successful higher density development
  • Recognise best practice examples of sensitive, high density developments

The Learning event will include:

  • live guest speaker presentations and Q&A
  • a members only online resource library of content, presentations, key takeaways and further reading

Delivered by:

Robert Sakula, Founder Partner, Ash Sakula Architects
Claire Bennie, Founder, Municipal
Oliver Davey – Co-Founder + Principal Design Engineer, Urban Movement
Ross O’Ceallaigh, Programme Manager, Design South East

Key details:

Date: Tuesday 22nd February 2022
Time: 09:30 – 11:30 (Login from 09:15)
Format: Online via Zoom

Booking details:

Design Surrey member organisations

Surrey local authority members: Please ensure all bookings are made through your key contact or representative  who will be able to book places at this event on your behalf. If you do not know who that is, please email:  and we will let you know.

To book, please email the central Design Surrey email address: with the following details:

  • Name of delegate(s)
  • Role/Job title
  • Organisation
  • Email address of delegate(s)
  • Confirmation the delegate(s) can access Zoom through a work or personal device (if this event should take place via Zoom)