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  1. Presentation overview • Our legacy • Policy context • The Building for Life Partnership • Some examples: the good, the bad and the ugly • How Building for Life is being used

  2. Our legacy.

  3. The CABE housing audit 100 schemes in each audit: • By top 10 home builders • In average price band • Schemes of 20+ dwellings • Completed within last 3 years • Mix of size and locations • Post-occupancy survey

  4. The national picture 293 schemes completed between 2001-2006

  5. Making the case for good design

  6. Firmness Will it last? Functionality Does it work? What is ‘good design’? Delight Does it look good?

  7. Best practice: the policy framework PPS 12:Integrating sustainability appraisals into the planning process PPS 1:Sustainable development as the core principle underpinning planning PPS 3 & CSH:Housing Manual for StreetsCollaborating on design across departments

  8. Best practice: the policy framework PPS 1 PPG 3 Code for Sustainable Homes Lifetime Homes Secure by Design Safer Place Local LDFs Local SPDs

  9. Enter Building for Life

  10. The Building for Life Partnership Led by: • CABE • Home Builders Federation (HBF) • In association with: • The Housing Corporation • English Partnerships

  11. The 20 Criteria • Environment and Community • Character • Streets, parking & pedestrianisation • Design and Construction

  12. The 20 Criteria • Environment and Community • Character • Steets, parking & pedestrianisation • Design and Construction • Use • Amount • Layout • Scale • Landscaping • Appearance • Access

  13. Environment & Community • Community facilities • Appropriate accommodation mix • Appropriate tenure mix • Easy public transport access • Reduced environmental impact

  14. Character • Scheme-specific design • Response to local setting • Distinctive identity • Easy orientation • Coherent building layout

  15. Streets, Parking & Pedestrianisation • Priority of building layout over streets and car parking • Well integrated car parking • Pedestrian and cycle friendly streets • Connection to existing roads and paths • Eyes on the street for safety

  16. Design and Construction • Well designed and managed public space • Architectural quality • Adaptation, conversion or extension • Advances in construction and technology • More than statutory minima

  17. Cr 8 Thinking it through:Character Sense of place (but also cr. 12,13,16)

  18. Cr 13 Thinking it through:Streets, Parking & Pedestrianisation Appropriate street design

  19. Cr 15 Thinking it through:Streets, Parking & Pedestrianisation Overlooked public space (but also cr. 12)

  20. Cr 16 Thinking it through:Design & Construction Well-designed public space (but also cr. 12,13)

  21. Cr 17 Thinking it through:Design and construction Architectural quality (but also cr. 13,15,16)

  22. Realising the vision

  23. Promoting best practiceThe Building for Life awards Gold Silver Silver Great Bow Yard Langport, Somerset South West Eco Homes Stride Treglown Pepys Estate Deptford, London Hyde Housing BPTW Mealhouse Brow Stockport,Manchester Northern Counties HA TADW

  24. Rostron Brow, Stockport

  25. Adelaide Wharf, Hackney

  26. City Point, Brighton

  27. Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

  28. Royal Arsenal, Woolwich

  29. The Sinclair Building, Sheffield

  30. Points of engagement Annual Monitoring Returns Housing audits Standard Awards Design Review EP/HC Pre-application assessment Internal client review Brief Training CONSTRUCTION PLANNING DESIGN

  31. Quality targets & planning assessments • English Partnerships: 14/20 on all EP Land • CLG Housing audit in the Thames Gateway: • 2010: 50% good (14/20) or very good (16/20), nil poor (<10/20) • 2015: 100% good or very good, nil poor • Housing Corporation: 12/20 for all grant supported housing • (10/20 for rural/street fronted infill schemes) • Planning authorities: Core strategy, SPD, planning discussions, monitoring

  32. Assessment evidence guidance

  33. Between 08/09 and 10/11 CABE is training at least 500 BfL assessors: at least one embedded assessor working in every LPA in England additional independent assessors working in a supporting role. Accredited assessors work will be governed by a code of conduct covering issues such as monitoring, remuneration and conflicts of interest. During the pre-planning stage, these Building for Life assessors will: produce a full evaluation report and BfL score (x/20) for development proposals support other assessors as a moderator After completion, Building for Life assessors will: feed in to assessments for annual monitoring returns indicator H6 Accredited Assessors:What you would be doing

  34. Your work as an assessor will usually conclude with an evidenced evaluation report, which explains the score you have arrived at and lists the relevant evidence. This report might be referred to by: planning officers or by the planning committee funders or landowners who have committed to a minimum standard researchers, panel and final judges for the Building for Life awards staff working on annual monitoring reports All evaluation reports, including the score, must be logged by the BfL partnership. CABE will carry out random spot checks of BfL evaluation reports for quality control: at least 1 evaluation report per assessor per annum. Accredited Assessors:What you would be doing

  35. To gain accreditation, you should: go to http://www.buildingforlife.org/assessors/tools download the example Design and Access statement and the reporting template assume the role of BfL assessor working in the local planning authority and complete an assessment report for the scheme submit your report to enquiries@buildingforlife.orgby February 28 The Building for Life team will check your assessment against the target score provide feedback on the way in which the score is evidenced quantify the variance across assessors for future monitoring send you a formal letter of accreditation and a code of conduct Accredited Assessors:Homework for candidates!

  36. Thank you enquiries@buildingforlife.org www.buildingforlife.org Also supported by English Partnerships, the Housing Corporation and The Civic Trust

  37. BfL in pre-planning and AMR Formal BfL score as part of Committee Report Check pre-planning assessment against as built AMR H6 Formal AssessmentCABE Endorsed Review by BfL Moderator (½ day max.) LPA advice to developer on the information required to provide BfL feedback ( List of Drawings + Design Statements etc. ) Review by BfL Assessor working in LPA (1 ½ day max.) Pre-planning submission Informal assessmentNot CABE Endorsed Planning application Planning approval Project Completion Construction Feedback to applicant Design iterations Initial engagement between LPA and developer Pre-planning discussion