New Design Standards for (HCA) London. Julian Hart Design and Standards Manager. Background. HC. EP. GLA/LDA. Mayor’s Housing Strategy. Design Standards work by Design for London. HCA. New national standards. London Plan. HCA London. G LA. HCA (- London). London Housing Strategy.
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Design and Standards Manager
Mayor’s Housing Strategy
Design Standards work by Design for London
New national standards
HCA (- London)
Process to achieve long-term objective complicated by London Plan Examination in Public process, devolution of HCA London to GLA and changing policies in Coalition administration.
In July 2010, the HCA London Board decided that,
with effect from April 2011:
From April 2012:
The London Housing Design Guide has been written in a planning context (now translated directly into draft Housing SPG). It has been necessary to interpret this into the funding context, where requirements must necessarily be more ‘black and white’.
Through close working between national HCA, HCA London, GLA and LDA, it has been possible to:
Best place to get a copy of the design guide is on-line:
The new London DQS framework represents an extension of the national proposed HCA system by inclusion of those elements of the Mayor’s Design Guide which are not covered by the HCA system:
HCA London will prepare a proforma excel spreadsheet, into which design information can be inputted, and this proforma will need to be submitted with Bidder Liaison Forms.
Over April 2011 to April 2012, assessment of design standards in London will have to operate off-line, in parallel with the IMS.
During 2011/2012 the core funding space standards will correlate with those that have been provided in INTERIM London Housing Design Guide.
From April 2012, the core space standards for the whole of London (embedded into new London Plan and final Design Guide) will hopefully be aligned with new national standards.
All schemes of any size
Medium and Large Schemes
Large Developments = anything that is assessed by GLA PDU (entire project >= 150 units) or >£5m
Medium Developments = all schemes within projects of >= 20 units or >=£2m funding
There is some really good housing being designed and built. But it is depressingly rare.
The main problem areas, which have been observed, were:
(24th and 28th September, next in Jan/Feb)