Chester architects join local design panel

In the future, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning committee will have access to reports produced by a new Design Review Panel.

The panel is there to encourage local developers to strive for, and achieve, design excellence. In total, nineteen architectural experts have agreed to sit on the panel, which has been jointly set up by the Council and Chester Renaissance. Amongst them are several Chester architects, many of who have decades of experience in their particular field.

Each architect has his or her own area of expertise, including urban design, landscape, conservation, and heritage architecture. In addition, the panel also has a civil engineer, a chartered engineer, a commercial property advisor, and an environmental design and sustainability advisor.

With experts from so many disciplines sitting on the panel, the review of proposed projects will be in depth. This is expected to ensure that new developments in the area will be practical and fit for purpose, as well as visually appealing.

The chair of the panel, Erin Walsh, said:

“The local panel presents a great opportunity to work with developers and design teams to further achieve the highest quality design and to actively work together to ensure happy and healthy communities, places and spaces across the borough.”

It is planned for Walsh to chair each meeting, but the panel members will vary. Who attends depends largely on the project under consideration, with the idea being that the panel members with the most relevant experience will be the ones to look at each individual project. At each meeting, the developer will present their proposals for the panel’s consideration.

Posted by Mark
September 11, 2014

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