Places Matter! adds to design review panel

The publicly funded architecture and built environment centre for the North West has appointed ten new members to its design review panel.

The new members joining the panel are:

  • John Adlen, director of strategic development, Savills
  • Andrew Dainty, managing director, AGD Regeneration
  • Brian Gowthorpe, associate, Arup
  • Heather Hilburn, chief executive officer, Shape East
  • James McMillan, assistant director of development, Great Places Housing Group
  • Jane McRobbie, The Confab Lab
  • Dan Mitchell, partner, Barton Willmore LLP
  • Stephen Parry, managing director, Neptune Developments
  • Philip Summers, managing director, R-Gen Developments
  • Marilyn Taylor, Marilyn Taylor Associates

Places Matter! said the new members will add a fresh perspective from backgrounds in housing, property development and community planning.

Martin Stockley, chairman of Places Matter! design review panel, said: "Design review is our core activity and has proven to be of great benefit in adding value and design quality to schemes large and small. Widening our panel skills is critical to us being able to maintain the quality of design review. We warmly welcome our new panel members and I am looking forward to working with them."

Annie Atkins, Places Matter! programme director, added: "Two years on from the last recruitment we felt it was time to bring new skills on board to supplement the existing experience on the panel. With a changing economic and political climate the new recruits will add a valuable new perspective to the panel discussions."

The design review is one of the eight affiliated panels working with CABE to deliver design review nationally.

Places Matter! works across the public and private sectors to drive up the skills and knowledge of all those involved in new development, promoting good design and encouraging strong client leadership.

Steven Broomhead, former chief executive of the North West Development Agency, helped establish the Places Matter! Design Review Panel in 2007.

Since its creation, the design review panel has reviewed over 200 unique schemes in the North West, representing over £3.5bn of investment.

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