Designing the future of Brighton & Hove

Planning event involves city design teams and communities in developing future guidance.

A collaborative design workshop at Hove Town Hall is being held to explore design solutions to some of Brighton & Hove’s urban planning challenges.

The City Charrette 3, a partnership between Design South East, Brighton & Hove City Council and Design Brighton, will be staged on Friday 19 October 2018 and will bring local architecture, development and planning professionals together to help shape the future of the city.

This event will explore a range of development sites, chosen by the city council, with the aim of producing design solutions and guiding principles for each.

Proposals will be put together by invited design teams, made up of five or six professionals and students. Each team will work together on one relevant project and consider practical issues such as proposed routes and connections, building functions, structural forms and public spaces.

A wider group of stakeholders, including representatives from local community groups, will also be invited to an evening session to discuss the proposals from the workshop and offer constructive feedback. These responses will help inform the future of development in the city.

Design South East coordinates the designPLACE review service for Brighton & Hove City Council, bringing together a panel of independent, built environment experts to review major development proposals. With an overall ambition to improve design standards, an annual design workshop known as a ‘charrette’ is run as part of this service with an aim to involve the wider community in the debate.

This year’s charrette, the third of its kind, will be run in collaboration with Design Brighton – organisers of the new urban design festival due to take place in October 2019. Founded by the Cowell Consulting Group and Stickland Wright Architects, Design Brighton aims to position Brighton as a world-class urban design centre.

Festival co-founder John Cowell of Cowell Consulting Group said: “We are thrilled to see the best creative minds come together to help resolve Brighton & Hove’s urban challenges. We can’t wait to help establish and strengthen Brighton & Hove’s rightful place as one of the key creative hubs for development in the UK.”

Councillor Julie Cattell, Brighton & Hove City Council’s Lead Member for Planning, commented: “We’re looking forward to seeing the proposals for the city’s future and will be listening carefully to the community’s input to guide the future development of Brighton & Hove.”

Final proposals from the charrette will be presented at the event and exhibited at the official Design Brighton launch at the i360 on 24 October.

To learn more about Design Brighton and The Brighton & Hove City Charrette, please visit

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