Responding to a need to consider the setting and significance of heritage buildings and to show sensitivity to the history that defines the character and identity of our towns and cities, Design South East organised a tour and masterclass for Kent County officers and others from the public and private sector to explore questions surrounding design in historic environments. After an inspiring tour of the RIBA Stirling prize shortlisted ‘Command of the Oceans’ building at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, led by the architects Peter Baynes and Alan Mitchell of Baynes and Mitchell Architects, we heard about other prize-winning developments within heritage settings, including the work of Henley Halebrown Architects in Roehampton. We discussed working closely with planning authorities, building control and conservation bodies and the need for strong collaboration and communication throughout a project’s development to achieve the best design outcome

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