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

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 is the industry standard for the design of new housing developments.

Creating Excellence provides BFL12 assessment and facilitation. The Housing Excellence Design Panel is made up of BFL12 assessors and has a track record of supporting schemes to achieve 12 Greens.

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EVENTS

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 is the industry standard for the design of new housing developments.

Creating Excellence provides BFL12 assessment and facilitation. The Housing Excellence Design Panel is made up of BFL12 assessors and has a track record of supporting schemes to achieve 12 Greens.

BFL12

EVENTS

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.

Design Network

case studies

Sid Valley Place Analysis

Capturing character is a fundamental criterion when managing growth – Creating Excellence supported the community in the preparation of the Sid Valley Place Analysis to support the preparation of the now complete Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan.  The Sid Valley is comprised of four distinct but connected areas; the seaside resort of Sidmouth and the rural […]

Redwood Drive, Chaddlewood, Plympton

Design review to support design development of new housing so that it is well integrated with recent edge of settlement housing. Creating clear visual connections and a strong street and public space network with a strong relationship to a new park: a shared amenity for new and existing housing. The Review Process - The project […]

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Goldsmith Street is a modest masterpiece

Goldsmith Street by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley has won the 2019 Stirling Prize: awarded to the UK’s best new building. The project for Norwich City Council is made up of almost 100 highly energy-efficient homes. Rows of two-storey houses are bookended by three-storey flats, each with their own front door, generous lobby space for […]

50 years of Utopia

I never thought the Barbican Estate and Marmite had anything in common: you probably either love them or you hate them? Well, maybe not. This year (July) marks half a century since residents first moved into the Barbican Estate and with each decade, love for the grey concrete mass on the north edge of the […]

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.
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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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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