Following increasing demand for its services across the south of England, the Kent Architecture Centre has changed its name to Design South East

New name reflects organisation’s regional role

The change reinforces the centre’s role as the South East’s leading source of design support for local authorities, developers and communities, the organisation says.

With a focus on the design of the built environment as whole, and particularly urban design, it has advised on some of the most important developments in the region. From its base in North Kent it has expanded to cover an area from Margate to Milton Keynes and from Southampton to Southend-on-Sea. With a focus on the design of the built environment as whole, and particularly urban design, it has advised on some of the most important developments in the region.

The name ‘Design South East’ appropriately reflects the current work of the organisation and its range, the organisation says. Design South East is one of eight members of the Design Network, a new national network developed to enable the delivery of high-quality design support across England.

Supporting a better built environment remains the focus of Design South East, says director Chris Lamb. ‘Our design review work is addressing the challenges of growth and delivering quality and is helping to unlock progress on sites through the clarity and consistency of our advice. Our work with communities is helping local people to work constructively with developers and house-builders and to prioritise quality of place in Neighbourhood Plans.’

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