Information to Provide to the Design Review Panel 

In order to gain maximum benefit from a design review session the project team is advised to provide as much information as possible. It is recommended that the project team provides the following information listed below:-

Presentation

The presentation should be clear regarding the aspirations of the project, as well as contextual understanding and how the project sits within and relates to its surroundings. 

  • Contextual analysis showing the site in relation to its to surroundings.

  • Movement systems including pedestrian, cycle and road networks.

  • Accessibility links to public transport.

  • Urban and street patterns if relevant,usually applicable to master plans and projects of larger scale.

  • Building context including ownerships, conservation areas, existing buildings to be retained and/or demolished, listed buildings and new buildings.

  • Building mass, in particular new buildings, with regard to their height, size, scale, and relationship to adjoining sites.

  • Open spaces, both existing and proposed, especially how they relate to the buildings and the public realm as well as movement patterns and orientation.

  • Public realm treatment, orientation and site sections, to show its relationship to the proposed building and adjoining areas.

  • Plans, sections and elevations of proposed building(s), annotated sufficiently to explain purpose of spaces, orientation and scale. These plans can be sketches or diagrams.

  • Views and panoramas to and from the building, especially for applications that lie within a conservation area. It is useful to show existing views and new views incorporating the proposed scheme.

  • Detailed drawings or visual examples of use and treatment of materials and, if applicable, energy efficiency proposals. 

Design Brief

A brief design statement should be provided setting out:-

  • The purpose of the proposal.

  • An urban design analysis of the site and its context, to include any significant master plans or other area initiatives that affect the proposal.

  • The principles underlying the architectural design.

  • An outline of the design process, to include other design options that were pursued.

  • The broad details of the development form: layout (urban structure and urban grain), landscape, density and mix, scale (height and massing) and appearance (materials and an indication of key details).

  • The implications of the development for urban and environmental sustainability.

  • The programme of the development.

  • A statement on how the Panel’s previous comments have been addressed (for schemes undergoing a further review).

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