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Dunton Hills Garden Village-design facilitation

Type      Design Facilitation
Clients   Brentwood Borough Council
             Design South East

Year       2019

Appointed as Design Review chair, Jane Briginshaw is leading the design input to Brentwood Borough Council's Dunton Hills Garden Village. Pioneering an intensely collaborative process, the team is focused on delivering Brentwood’s vision for Dunton Hills along with Homes England's and TCPA's garden city principles. There is a resolute determination to achieve a beautiful, healthy and sociable community at Dunton Hills, through good design.

Dunton Hills Garden Village is set to deliver around a new self-contained community of 4,000 homes with accompanying employment and local services, along with community infrastructure such as schools for Brentwood Council over the life of the site.


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The Knowledge - Design Network blog

Type      Consultancy
Client    The Design Network, Urban Design London, TFL
Year       2018-2019

The Knowledge is a weekly blog for the Design Network, covering policy and other significant news to do with planning, design and the built environment. Don’t miss out, the blog will be brief, as well as useful and entertaining.

Features in the pipeline include:
• e-learning modules covering design, planning and placemaking 
• podcasts where you talk about your place and what it means to you
• Ask Jane: an interactive chat room, where questions you post are answered by the Design Network online community

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Kingston local plan workshop - collaboration with Citiesmode

Type     Consultancy
Client   Kingston Council/Citiesmode
Year      2018

Design England collaborated with Citiesmode, the city planning research and training consultancy, to support the latest phase in the evolution of Kingston Council’s new Local Plan to guide the future development of the borough. The Local Plan will provide a long term vision and strategy to meet the future needs for  homes and employment in the borough, identifying changes that may happen, and the broad locations for such development.

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Liveable City Conference - Danish Embassy

Type      Advocacy
Client    Danish Embassy
Year       2018

Design England's Jane Briginshaw spoke about gender diversity in the session "Architecture for All". Seven powerful women talked about the ways they were tackling diversity. Anna Kerr and White Arkitkter's fabulous Places for Girls project, Caroline Buckingham on RIBA’s mentoring programme, Louise Wyman reminding us that for Homes England diversity is strength and Anna Schabel infusing new life into Women in Architecture. laying down the 'House that Jane Built challenge'. 

2018, The Year of Women in Architecture and Construction. Funders only commission partners with a commitment to an all-female team on at least one major housing project. All female means yes, the architect, engineer and HR manager. It also means the plumber, electrician, site manager and bricklayer.


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Social Value - WSP

Type      Consultancy
Client    WSP
Year       2018

Working with WSP on a project to unlock Social Value in urban design. Watch this space.


The Economics of Housing and People- Ecobuild 2018

Type      Advocacy
Client    Ecobuild
Year       2018

Design England developed this session at Ecobuild to help connect the present-day economics of housing to the real lives of people. The session took three different perspectives and asked the journalist and writer, Polly Toynbee, to comment from her “bigger picture” viewpoint. A key objective was to create a dialogue between panellists and audience and arrive at clear recommendations.



Design for Communities

Type      Consulting
Clients   Design South East
Year       2018

Setting up a fund, process and campaign to identify and support community led projects that increase the design capacity of communities and respond to real needs and locations.. We are using an innovative crowdfunding process so that Design for Communities is sustainable and gathers additional financial and community support.



Design review panels

Type      Design review
Clients   Design South East,
              various local authorities

Year       Ongoing

Jane Briginshaw chairs design review panels for Design South East, Medway, Kingston and Surrey Heath. She is a design review panellist for Places Matter, London Legacy Development Corporation, Urban Design London, Camden and Wandsworth Councils.



Designing different kinds of development

Type      Training
Client     Urban Design London
Year       2017

Looking at the specific design challenges of high rise, super-dense, inner city, town centre and suburban schemes. Including speakers from Design Council CABE, RB Kingston, Building for Life workshop and a site visit to Maccreanor Lavington’s new housing development, Blackfriars Circus.



Inventons la Métropole

Type      Consulting
Client    Catherine Tricot Architectes Urbanistes & City of Paris
Year       2017

With the Takalefaire Co-operative in St Denis, outside Paris, we were shortlisted for the major French public sector land competition inventons la métropole. This is a plan for a self-funded community led live/work project to refurbish and provide new build accommodation for music education and events, affordable maker and co-working spaces. We worked with renowned philosopher Bernard Steigler to develop the project considering the future of work and how we may live in the future.


Evidence to the Greater London Authority

Evidence to the Greater London Authority

Examining Neighbourhood Planning

Type      Advocacy
Clients   Greater London Authority Planning Committee

Year       25 April 2019

Neighbourhood Planning and London's Communities

The Localism Act 2011 gave residents more power to shape their neighbourhoods through the planning process. But earlier investigations by the Committee had revealed patchy results, with many people being unaware of the scheme. The Committee spoke to experts, including Design England’s Jane Briginshaw and representatives of neighbourhood planning forums for an update.

Watch the webcast


Small things matter - design training

Type      Training
Clients   Councils outside London,
               Urban Design London

Year       2017 - 2018

A training seminar focused on the design details and practicalities that can make a difference to the quality of a project, to the day to day life of the residents and to the perception of new housing. 

The half day training is tailored to local requirements and combines inspiring speakers, useful information and a hands-on workshop with a real case study. After the training planners and councillors have gained an understanding of what good design is, why it matters and what they can do to improve the quality of housing projects.



Tooting Neighbourhood Plan

Type      Advocacy
Client    Tooting Neighbourhood Forum
Year       2017

Since the neighbourhood planning system was created in 2011, 1,500 communities in 64% of local authorities round the country have developed a neighbourhood plan.

This is Wandsworth’s first neighbourhood plan and an exciting opportunity for people in Tooting to shape the decisions made about the local area. Anyone with a stake in the local community can be involved to help work up guidelines in the form of a Neighbourhood Plan, to influence planning decisions within the area of the plan.


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No more 'manels!'

Type      Advocacy
Clients   Housing design professionals
Year       2017

On the strength of a pilot, Design England launched an intensive five week public speaking training course. Geekspeak was joyous and funny. It hit a chord because young and old women are completely ready to speak up and be heard. Within minutes and with the tiniest encouragement from the fabulous London Victorian Toastmasters trainers, participants gave brilliant unrehearsed speeches on a random topic with confidence.


Lord Bob Kerslake

Lord Bob Kerslake

Is it the job of local authorities to create better places?

Type      Consulting
Clients   Local authority leaders
Year       2017

Hosted by Lord Bob Kerslake, at the House of Lords, we convened a group of leaders  and politicians to explore the role local authorities can play and how they can leverage community support to make good places.

Why and how do you start a new conversation on placemaking? In a world much changed from the days of the New Towns and the Urban Design Task Force we need ideas and strength from new partners to lead us to creatively imagine and deliver even better new places. Start with a conversation. Lord Kerslake was kind enough to host Who’s Job Is it Anyway at the House of Lords for a group of national and local politicians and leaders, from organisations ranging from the GLA to Ebbsfleet, Cambridge, London, Kent and Bedfordshire facilitated by JBA, Telos and Design South East, gathered to pool experiences, thoughts and ideas.