Chaired by Roger Harrabin (BBC Energy and Environment Analyst), the launch will consist of a number of quick fire presentations followed by a discussion:


  • Why we need a Design Quality Unit – Matthew Carmona (Chair, Place Alliance – Professor of Planning and Urban Design, UCL)
  • Delivering on the national ambition – Sarah Weir OBE (CEO, Design Council)
  • How might a Design Quality Unit operate – Chris Martin (Co-Founder + Director, Urban Movement)
  • What would a Design Quality Unit look like – David Rudlin (Former Chair, The Academy of Urbanism – Director, URBED)
  • First response, the national need  – Andrew Taylor (Director – Head of Planning, Countryside Properties)
  • Second response, the local need – Laura Alvarez (Senior Principal Urban Design and Conservation Officer, Nottingham City Council)
  • Discussion