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Office for Place in Stoke-on-Trent welcomed

Design:Midlands, the independent, impartial organisation providing design support for local authorities, communities, housebuilders and design professionals welcomes today’s announcement of the establishment of the Government’s Office for Place in Stoke on Trent. Design:Midlands, which covers both the east and west of the region, offers design review, engagement, support with local plans and training through a panel of over 60 built […]

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Webinar on Building for a Healthy Life

As part of Homes England's Winter Learning Programme, Julie Tanner of Design Midlands took part in a special webinar in February 2023 covering the Practical implementation of BHL. A recording of the webinar can be seen here:

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Webinar on Para 80 Houses Demystified

East Midlands Councils are running a webinar on Paragraph 80 Houses Demystified as part of their Low Cost CPD Programme for Planners which has been put together by Design Midlands.  The webinar will take place via MS Teams on Thursday 20th April 2023 from 10.00am-11.45am.  The webinar will cover different aspects of Paragraph 80 houses […]

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Design:Midlands is seeking two areas to pilot our Shaping Streets Review

The objective is to provide recommendations through a collaborative discussion that highlights the potential of the street and its vicinity to put people first, prioritise active travel, slow and/or reduce traffic and generally improve health and wellbeing. A panel will be appointed that will include Highways, Active Travel, Urban Design and Landscape/Public Realm. Following a […]

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New 2023 prospectus for Design Midlands

The new 2023 prospectus has been released by Design Midlands. Outlining the breadth of work undertaken by Design Midlands, the prospectus includes testimonials, details of sponsorship opportuntities and events as well as photographs of recent projects. Click here to download your own copy.

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Webinar series launched

Design Midlands has launched its first series of webinars for 2021, starting on 10 March with the new National Model Design Code. Each webinar is chaired by a member of the Design Midlands design review panel and includes experts in the field of the webinar topic. The second webinar on 17 March entitled 'On your […]

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We're recruiting panel members

We're currently recruiting panel members to join the Design:Midlands Review Panel and the deadline for applications is 30 October 2020. If you're interested in applying, click here to find out more about what's required and how to submit your credentials.

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Design Midlands and Creating Excellence deliver series of free webinars to promote the new National Design Guide

To help promote the new National Design Guide, Design Network partners Design Midlands and Creating Excellence are running a series of free webinars providing an overview of the National Design Guide.  These will include best practice demonstrations and reflection on the post-covid19 world. The webinars will be interactive, with the Panel using questions and comments from the […]

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Design:Midlands highlights report on how to prioritise good design and quality in new homes

During 2019 the Design Network organised a series of roundtable conversations between the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and councillors and planning officers across the country. MHCLG representatives attended to listen and learn about the day to day barriers local authorities were finding when looking to deliver well designed, high quality homes. […]

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