THURROCK Council is working in partnership with Design Council Cabe to implement and run a design review and support panel as the authority prepares for major growth and investment.
The authority has ambitions to deliver significant numbers of high-quality housing, major infrastructure and regeneration schemes. This ambition, coupled with the creation of new mixed-use developments, substantial environmental improvements and enhancements to the public transport network, will transform Thurrock into the economic hub of South Essex by 2035.
David Bull, Director of Planning, Thurrock Council, said: “The Council expects that over the next two decades, Thurrock will grow into a more prosperous, attractive and sustainable place to live and work, with improved quality of life and thriving communities. Galvanized by a decade of planned investment in the borough’s transport infrastructure and enhanced by continually improving educational attainment, the borough will secure its position as the economic powerhouse of South Essex. This will be driven by port-related industries, the logistics sector, new technologies and innovation, recognised for and characterised by a highly skilled, inclusive working population.”
Design Council Cabe has unrivalled experience in the field of design review and has provided similar services for many other authorities and cities, including London Borough of Greenwich, the City of Oxford and most recently the transformational developments at Old Oak and Park Royal in West London.
Clare Devine, Executive Director of Architecture, Built Environment and Design at Design Council Cabe, said: “We are delighted to be working with such an ambitious Borough to support them in their next phase of growth. The independent design review process will instil design quality in development and provide long-term, expert advice to effect transformational change to deliver a sustainable future for the area and the community. We are looking forward to working with and supporting the authority.”
Design Council Cabe recently recruited a further 150 Built Environment Experts (BEEs) to its network, growing its ranks to 400 design experts – the largest and most skilled group of its kind in the country. A dedicated interdisciplinary panel of BEEs will provide Thurrock Borough Council with independent expert advice and support.
Andy Millard, Head of Planning and Growth at Thurrock Council, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Design Council Cabe in what promises to be a major period of growth for us. The next twenty years will see improved design and quality development in Thurrock, and we believe the design of our built environment will be vital to ensuring the area’s future success.”
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