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Better by design

Fri 1 December 2017, 1:55 pm

Harrow Council has set up a panel of prestigious experts who will help en-sure that buildings planned in the borough's ambitious redevelopment pro-gramme are designed to the highest standards.

Harrow Council has set up a panel of prestigious experts who will help ensure that buildings planned in the borough's ambitious redevelopment programme are designed to the highest standards.

The Design Review Panel involves 50 experts from the fields of architecture, planning, engineering and development and will meet every month to examine all significant schemes put forward in Harrow borough, both before and after they apply for planning permission.

The group held its first meeting at the Royal College of Art, hosted by the Architecture Foundation and chaired by its director Ellis Woodman. Leading London architects including Fiona Scott, Mark Tuff and Judith Loesing presented their visions to an audience ranging from developers and partners to councillors and local people engaged in the borough’s innovative Residents’ Regeneration Panel.

Neil Deely, partner at Metropolitan Workshop, is one of three chairs of the monthly Panel. He said: "Having grown up in Harrow, I am excited to be in a position to ensure through the Panel that new development is of the highest quality and delivers better-designed buildings with the right aspect and facilities to grow communities."

The panel will support the council’s ambitions for the borough's £1.75 billion Building a Better Harrow programme. Its remit includes design and skills training for council officers and members, along with a refresh of Harrow's existing design guidance and policy.

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