Keith Bradley and Joanna van Heyningen are to head up a stellar CABE design panel that will oversee all planning applications in Oxford city centre
The co-founder of Stirling Prize-winning Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios will chair the newly formed Oxford Design Review Panel (ODRP) and will be supported by vice-chair Heyningen of Heyningen and Haward Architects.
Other architects on the 27-strong panel are Paul Monaghan, Sarah Wigglesworth, Alan Berman of Berman Guedes Stretton, John Lyall of Lyall Bills & Young, Penoyre & Prasad partner Gillian Horn, 5th Studio’s Tom Holbrook, Ryder’s Colin Haylock and Wright & Wright founder Clare Wright.
Pam Alexander, the new CABE chair, said the deal between the design watchdog and Oxford City Council was ‘a great new template’ for how the organisation, officially called CABE at the Design Council, will work in the future.
In a statement CABE said that the ODRP, which will meet around once a month, ‘…will consider a broad range of projects, including housing, infrastructure, civic buildings and the public realm, promoting consistency in design as the city develops.’
Michael Crofton-Briggs, head of city development at Oxford City Council, said: ‘We want to ensure that we have the best quality of design for our future buildings that works within the demands of the historic city, but also can move with the times.
‘Our aim is for the panel to understand how the city works and that the level of architectural and urban design excellence that Oxford deserves.
‘This is an exciting time as we progress with some major developments in the city, like the Jericho boatyard [by Haworth Tompkins], the Westgate shopping centre [by BDP] and the new homes in Barton [masterplanned by Glenn Howells Architects].’