New Way To Try And Influence Building Design in Croydon

Residents who are fed up with the poor design of new buildings in Croydon may now have an opportunity to influence future thinking.

At the Council meeting on Monday 5 December Cabinet member Alison Butler is reporting the establishment of the Place Review Panel.

‘Architecture, regeneration, design and construction professionals will shortly be offering guidance and expertise on key developments coming forward in Croydon through its new independent place review panel. The panel, established by the council, will ensure that Croydon’s increasing popularity as a development location will continue to be shaped by its commitment to delivering quality design and placemaking throughout all aspects of the built environment including public realm, infrastructure and buildings. The 22 multi-disciplinary and high calibre panelists with expertise in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, urban design conservation, engineering, placemaking and culture, will complement the services already provided by the council’s award-winning spatial planning and development management teams. There will be one review day every month, with each review panel consisting of one chair and five panelists.’

The chairs of the panel are Angela Brady of Brady Mallalieu, Neil Deely of Metropolitan Workshop and Oliver Richards of Orms.

The panelists are:

  • Cllr Alison Butler
  • Hiro Aso (Gensler, Head of Transport and Infrastructure)
  • David Bickle (Victoria & Albert Museum, Director of Design, Exhibitions & FuturePlan)
  • Harbinder Birdi (Hawkins Brown, Partner)
  • Darryl Chen (Hawkins Brown, Partner)
  • Jim Coleman (Buro Happold, Head of Economics)
  • Tom Coward (AOC, Founder&Director)
  • Russell Curtis (RCKa, Founding Director)
  • Nick Hayhurst (Hayhurst & Co, Founding Director)
  • Wayne Hemingway (Hemingway Design, Founder)
  • Donald Hyslop (Tate, Head of Regeneration & Community Partnerships)
  • Barbara Kaucky (Erect Architecture, Founding Director)
  • Richard Lavington (Maccreanor Lavington Architects, Founding Partner)
  • Holly Lewis (We Made That, Co-founding partner)
  • Laura Mazzeo (Farrells, Partner)
  • Jo McCafferty (Levitt Bernstein, Director)
  • Christopher McCarthy (Battle McCarthy, Managing Director)
  • Tim Murphy (Waterman Infrastructure, Principle Heritage Consultant)
  • Hugh Pearman (Journalist; RIBA Journal, Editor)
  • Daniel Rea (Periscope, Co-Founder)
  • Biljana Savic (Academy of Urbanism, Director)
  • Prisca Thielmann (Maccreanor Lavington, Associate Director)
  • Glynn Tully (Levitt Bernstein, Associate Director)

‘With an increased number of high profile development proposals being submitted in Croydon, the panel will play an important role in scrutinising and challenging design quality, to allow the borough’s renaissance to fully flourish and create places that continue to attract investment and that people care about and want to spend time in. I am delighted that such an exceptionally high calibre of applicants were keen to be involved in the panel. It shows that Croydon is recognised as an area of growth with opportunity for high quality development.’


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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