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Independent, practical design review and planning support across the West and South West of England.

THE ARCHITECTURE CENTRE + CREATING EXCELLENCE

Merger of Two Respected Organisations Creates Design West

Creating Excellence and The Architecture Centre are to join forces to provide one unique and authoritative organisation dedicated to bringing people together to shape better places under the brand Design West.  

Both organisations work to create a better built environment, championing good design, and the sharing of best design practice.  Each has been operating in the South West for over fifteen years and both are highly respected for what they do. Combining under the banner of Design West consolidates joint experience and extensive resources to provide the very best in design support to local authorities, communities, and developers throughout the South West. 

CREATING EXCELLENCE

Creating Excellence offers independent support in the delivery of good quality design, sustainability uplift and placemaking.

We bring the experience of a multi-disciplinary Panel to provide a service tailored to your needs. As members of the Design Network, we can tap into a vast range of expertise drawn from right across the country to meet your needs.

Our Design:SW Review Panel is made up of experts in all fields of architecture, landscape design, highways, environmental specialisms and urban design in order to provide impartial advice for new residential, public realm and commercial schemes.

Managed by Panel Managers experienced in stakeholder management, planning, training and placemaking.

Our Services

DESIGN REVIEW

The Design: South West Review Panel (DSWRP) is managed by Creating Excellence Ltd., a not for profit company, established in 2007 to provide impartial advice and support to communities, developers and public bodies. The DSWRP process provides a professional and independent service that assesses and advises on the design quality of schemes being developed in the South West of England.

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OUR PANEL

Our Design Review Panel is made up of experts in all fields of architecture, landscape design, highways, environmental specialisms and urban design in order to provide impartial advice for new residential, public realm and commercial schemes.

We bring together a bespoke panel of experts for each Design Review, enabling us to select people with the appropriate disciplines for your project.

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BUILDING FOR LIFE 12 & HOUSING EXCELLENCE

Building for Life 12 has been relaunched as Building for a Healthy Life (BHL) – updating BFL12, this joint initiative with the NHS, Homes England and the Home Builders Federation, this Design Code aims to improve the design of new and growing neighbourhoods. 

Creating Excellence, as part of the Design Network, provides BHL training, assessment and facilitation. The CE Housing Excellence Design Panel has a track record of supporting schemes to achieve better designed, healthy and sustainable places.

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TRAINING

The key to embedding good design in planning is to ensure regular up to date training for all professionals involved. We create individual sessions covering topics including highways, environmental challenges, urban design and planning policy and can deliver them to local authorities or the private sector. Get in touch with us to book onto one of our regular training sessions, or to create something specifically for your team.

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PLANNING SUPPORT

Creating Excellence provides a whole menu of services designed to assist the progression of building developments through the planning system. This might be a regeneration project or a new build. We can provide impact appraisals, look at conservation issues and produce evidence required to support the very best outcomes.

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THE DESIGN NETWORK

The Design Network consists of seven not-for-profit organisations around the UK which promote better and more sustainable places in order to stimulate economic growth. As members of the Design Network we are able to work with the best people from around the country and draw in expertise to our own design review panels.

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Our Services

DESIGN REVIEW

The Design: South West Review Panel (DSWRP) is managed by Creating Excellence Ltd., a not for profit company, established in 2007 to provide impartial advice and support to communities, developers and public bodies. The DSWRP process provides a professional and independent service that assesses and advises on the design quality of schemes being developed in the South West of England.

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OUR PANEL

Our Design Review Panel is made up of experts in all fields of architecture, landscape design, highways, environmental specialisms and urban design in order to provide impartial advice for new residential, public realm and commercial schemes.

We bring together a bespoke panel of experts for each Design Review, enabling us to select people with the appropriate disciplines for your project.

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BUILDING FOR LIFE 12 & HOUSING EXCELLENCE

Building for Life 12 has been relaunched as Building for a Healthy Life (BHL) – updating BFL12, this joint initiative with the NHS, Homes England and the Home Builders Federation, this Design Code aims to improve the design of new and growing neighbourhoods. 

Creating Excellence, as part of the Design Network, provides BHL training, assessment and facilitation. The CE Housing Excellence Design Panel has a track record of supporting schemes to achieve better designed, healthy and sustainable places.

BFL12Building for a Healthy Life

TRAINING

The key to embedding good design in planning is to ensure regular up to date training for all professionals involved. We create individual sessions covering topics including highways, environmental challenges, urban design and planning policy and can deliver them to local authorities or the private sector. Get in touch with us to book onto one of our regular training sessions, or to create something specifically for your team.

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PLANNING SUPPORT

Creating Excellence provides a whole menu of services designed to assist the progression of building developments through the planning system. This might be a regeneration project or a new build. We can provide impact appraisals, look at conservation issues and produce evidence required to support the very best outcomes.

National Design Guide

THE DESIGN NETWORK

The Design Network consists of seven not-for-profit organisations around the UK which promote better and more sustainable places in order to stimulate economic growth. As members of the Design Network we are able to work with the best people from around the country and draw in expertise to our own design review panels.

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case studies

Sainsburys, Ottery St Mary

Inserting a supermarket into a sensitive heritage setting was a tricky design and planning proposition. Design review gave assurance that the impact would be acceptable.

Gloucester Services

Design Review backing helped a scheme win consent on a challenging site. A new service station for the M5 near Gloucester meant a huge swathe of countryside being developed in full view from the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Design West launches to create better places across the South West region

Creating Excellence and The Architecture Centre have joined forces as Design West to champion design and placemaking across the South West of England, bringing the public, politicians and professionals together to shape better places. Design West will help to create a better built environment, championing good design, community engagement and the sharing of best practice, […]

National Design Guide webinars well received

Our recent free webinars run together with our Design Network partners, Design Midlands, have been very well received by delegates - if you missed the first two, then take a look at our webinars page where you'll find a link to the recording of each of them, plus a summary of the discussions held. Design […]

CREATING EXCELLENCE Team

The Creating Excellence team comprises four highly experienced practitioners, Dominic Murphy, Julie Tanner, Timothy Cantell and Jo Widdecombe. We create our South West Design Review Panels to suit the expertise required for a particular project, members are drawn from the team of experts.
Timothy organised the creation of the South West Design Review Panel in 2005: he was Manager until 2015 and is now Panel Secretary.
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Dominic is an experienced regeneration and community engagement practitioner.
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Jo is a planning consultant and chartered town planner with extensive experience in the preparation of neighbourhood plans
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Julie Tanner combines a passion for architecture and urban design with a specialism in place making.
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Creating Excellence Ltd is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales number 6148133. Registered address: 9 Beechen Cliff Villas, Beechen Cliff Road, Bath, BA2 4QR
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