24 February 2015
We delighted to announce that Guildford Borough Council has secured agreement with Design South East to refer proposals for new development within the borough to the South and East Panel for design review.
Cllr Stephen Mansbridge, Leader of Guildford Borough Council, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to secure expert design advice from some of the most influential and respected professionals in the industry. We are confident that the involvement of the Panel will drive up the quality of design for large-scale new developments.  The Council is committed to ensuring that new development is of the highest quality of design and our association with Design South East is testament to that objective.”
Julian Lyon, Chair of The Guildford Society, commented: “We warmly welcome this initiative and the focus on quality design and great place-making it should bring. We have been critical of the lack of independent design scrutiny in the past and we will look forward to working with GBC and Design South East to help make Guildford’s new buildings better by design.”
Robert Offord, of Design South East, said: “Design Review from Design South East provides expert, independent advice on great architecture and placemaking to developers and local authorities. We look forward to working with Guildford Borough Council to help ensure the high quality of the built environment for future generations.”