Design:Midlands want to reassure that we are taking coronavirus seriously and will wish to avoid putting our associates, Panel members, local authority and developer/design colleagues at any risk – your safety is our utmost priority in delivering our services to you.

For now, we will not be holding face to face events, but will be offering remote-based support instead. We will be discussing with those that have booked onto design reviews on how this can be delivered. We will adapt design support on any new commissions received in this interim period.

Training events will be postponed until later in the year – and delegates will receive separate notification on that.
If you have any queries about our approach, or suggestions on how we can best continue to provide support, please let us know.

We hope the current crisis is not affecting you, your loved-ones or your business too much and that we can get back to normal soon. Thank you.

Your impartial resource
for design support

Who we are

Design:Midlands – an independent, impartial resource providing design support for local authorities, communities, decision makers, housebuilders, businesses and design professionals. We are a recently merged organisation of two established charities, Opun (East Midlands) and MADE (West Midlands).

We believe in the importance of creating sustainable places where people want to live, work and socialise.

We support:

Participation – enabling creative engagement in place making
Advocacy – promoting the case for better quality design
Education - developing greater understanding of place
We offer design review, engagement and training functions using the combined talent of 60 Panel members – architects, landscape architects, engineers, highways environmental specialists and more. Our experience is in new community residential schemes, public realm, regeneration and all aspects of the built environment.
Please get in touch to find out more, or email on design review or training needs.

Julie Tanner
julie@designmidlands.org / 07970 514 480 or
Dharmista Patel
dharmista@designmidlands.org / 07967 638 786
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