About Us

Creating Excellence is the South West’s leading source of built environment design support. Local authorities, developers and communities throughout the region trust us to provide outstanding and impartial design advice and assistance in design review, design support, training and community advice. Our services are independent and have no association with any private business interests.

We have an expansive resource of knowledge and we offer a pragmatic approach, focussed on seeking solutions. The new name for South West Design Review Panel (SWDRP) is Design:SouthWest.

Our Design Review panels are put together specifically for each unique scheme, with members being chosen to suit the various disciplines required for that scheme.

Creating Excellence is welcomed by all local authorities across the administrative South West region.  The dialogue is proven to add rigour but will also speed the progression of a scheme through the planning process.
Those that want to be associated with design excellence, use Creating Excellence.


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.
Dominic is an experienced regeneration and community engagement practitioner.
Jo is a planning consultant and chartered town planner with extensive experience in the preparation of neighbourhood plans
Julie Tanner combines a passion for architecture and urban design with a specialism in place making.
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Website created by Nicky Stephen Marketing
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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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