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DC CABE reveals £8k-a-go design review fee

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Design Council CABE has announced plans to charge £8,000 for its full design review service

The independent design watchdog confirmed the new pricing strategy which would also see developers pay £5,000 for ‘follow-up panel’ reviews and £3,500 for ‘follow up desktop’ reviews.

The service would include a site visit, 90 minute design review meeting and a formal advice report.

DC CABE revealed the tariff after the launch last week of its ninth and latest regional design review panel which covers the capital. The event took place at the organisation’s new headquarters within AHMM’s Stirling Prize-shortlisted Angel Building in London (pictured).

Design Council deputy chair Paul Finch said: ‘The creation of a formal London Panel marks the completion of the network of design review panels that cover England.

‘We have an important role to play offering strategic advice to London boroughs, collaborating with local and regional panels and ensuring that collectively we deliver good design for the people of London.’

DC CABE director Nahid Majid added: ‘Cabe is delighted to be launching London Design Review, bringing the expertise of our built environment experts to bear on schemes that affect people who live and work in the capital.

‘Cabe has delivered more than 4,000 Design Reviews; our work is key to the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework and increasingly recognised internationally as best practice. Our new strategic remit in London will add value to local and regional panels, and we look forward to collaborating with boroughs to bring the transformative power of design to the streets of the capital.’

The former quango is also working with the RIBA, RTPI and Landscape Institute on an updated design review guidance document which is planned to be published later this year.


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