The Design Companion

These events are based on UDL’s recently published book on design guidance for planners. The book was prepared by a wide range of planning and design experts who will speak at the events, helping those involved in placemaking secure higher standards of design and deliver better places.

Wed 27/02/19, 9.15am–1pm

Environmental Design

What are the important environmental issues all planners need to consider for proposals? Industry experts will unpack these issues and discuss techniques to measure and mitigate wind, temperature and daylight.


•Wind & Development – Andrew Allsop & Giulia Matteoni, ARUP
•Noise: Impact & Mitigation – Daniel Baker, MAS Environmental
•Light & Development  –  Anna Coppel & Mutlu Ucuncu, ARUP
•Policy & Planning – Gwyn Richards, City of London

Location: 55 Broadway
Fri 08/03/19

Kings Crescent – site visit

Join us on a tour to Kings Crescent as we hear from the architects and developers about restoring community pride through renovating existing estate buildings and the pivotal role the scheme plays in Hackney’s larger estate programme. We will also pass Woodberry Down and visit the beautiful Woodberry Wetlands en route to Kings Crescent.

Wed 27/03/19

Town Centres, High Streets & Public Transport

We will discuss the commercial pressures on our high streets and investigate how local rail, bus and underground stations can help keep our high streets healthy and active.

Location: Palestra
Thu 31/01/19
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Public Space Design

Examining how planners can consider and influence the design of public spaces to deliver high quality places; offering local economic, environmental and social benefits.


  • Neil Deely, Metropolitan Workshop
  • Landscape Makes the Liveable City – Fenella Griffin, Untitled Practice
  • Interchange Design: Designing for Desire Lines – Marta Liut, TfL
  • Design in the Historic Context – Marie Burns, Burns + Nice

Sponsored by Metropolitan Workshop

Wed 12/12/18
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Street Design

This event has already taken place but you can find the main lessons from the session in the ‘Event Takeaways’ document.

A look at how streets can achieve their full potential to serve buildings and their occupants, to enable movement by foot or by bicycle, and to be places to linger and enjoy.
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  • Tue 13/11/18, 9am–4pm
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    Housing Design

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    How will we meet our housing targets and make sure it is quality over quantity?  We investigate housing design, sharing expertise on how best to deliver quality homes.  We look at the importance of accessibility, explore Croydon’s new residential SPD and ask; what makes a house a home?


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  • Housing Design Takeaway
  • Wed 31/10/18, 9am–1pm
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    Landscape Design

    This event has already taken place but you can find the main lessons from the session in the ‘Event Takeaways’ document.

    With a focus on London’s environment; we discuss the importance of delivering green infrastructure in your borough and learn how to assess landscape proposals and drawings in a practical workshop.

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  • Tue 09/10/18, 10am–3pm
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    Design and the Historic Environment

    We are off to Brixton for a practical heritage workshop with expert David McDonald, and visiting the recently renovated Lambeth Town Hall and nearby The Department Store. Spaces are limited due to site visit restrictions so book early to avoid disappointment.

    Thu 13/09/18, 9am–4pm
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    Building Tall Neighbourhoods

    Join us for an investigation into the environmental and social impact of tower clusters in the planning pipeline; will they provide the housing we need and create prosperous neighbourhoods for everyone in the community?

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