Making Great Places Jim McMillan  RIBA Assistant Director of Development
The bad old days……..The Ridings, Oldham
Selwyn Street, Oldham Building for Life Gold Award winner
What our tenants say they want? <ul><li>Repairs </li></ul><ul><li>Quality housing </li></ul><ul><li>Value for money </li><...
Beyond the doorstep What adds value to a house? Mostly outside the home Mostly inside the home
So don’t forget the neighbourhood
How do we achieve good design? Set a  clear Brief  Get the  team right Get the  Process  right Good Design
Set a  clear Brief  Get the  deign  team right Get the  Procedures  right Good Design
External Standards
Internal Standards Sustainability  Strategy  for new build housing 2010 BME Design Guide 2010 EMPLOYERS  REQUIREMENTS NEW ...
But you could  still  get this!
<ul><li>“ Good design is not an optional extra, it is an integral part of the success of any project”  </li></ul><ul><li>“...
Building for life <ul><li>Environment and community </li></ul><ul><li>Character </li></ul><ul><li>Streets, parking and ped...
Standard house plans <ul><li>Foolproof(?) way to avoid non-compliance </li></ul><ul><li>House  Plans  not  Types </li></ul...
Set a  clear Brief  Get the  team right Get the  Procedures  right Good Design
Get the team right <ul><li>A skilled team will optimise designs and maximise value </li></ul><ul><li>Team selection based ...
Designers - OJEU Selection <ul><li>A legal requirement but also an opportunity to see who’s out there </li></ul><ul><li>Bu...
Design Competitions <ul><li>Brings in ‘young blood’ and fresh ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Can be hard work and not always suit...
Woodward Place
Guest Street
Get the  Process  right Good Design
Project Journal <ul><li>a briefing, benchmarking and learning tool  </li></ul><ul><li>requires the team to agree outcomes ...
Design Champion – high level commitment and guidance <ul><li>Promoting a design ‘culture’ </li></ul><ul><li>Networking wit...
Design Reviews   <ul><li>Can preview new projects or review finished schemes  </li></ul><ul><li>Allows Architects to see t...
Design training  <ul><li>Building for Life  </li></ul><ul><li>Code for Sustainable Homes </li></ul><ul><li>Modern Methods ...
Study Visits and Away Days Nothing beats seeing the real thing
To Recap… <ul><li>External standards </li></ul><ul><li>Internal standards </li></ul><ul><li>Design specific brief </li></u...
Emperors new clothes?
Is it very different from this?
Compared to this?
Thanks for listening <ul><li>Jim McMillan RIBA Assistant Director of Development </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></...
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Creating viable great places.
Presentation by Jim McMillan of Great Places Housing Group to the West Midlands Urban Design Forum in November 2011

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  • The bad old days. No commitment to quality. Technicians did the schemes. Bread and butter work for architects
  • The bad old days. No commitment to quality. Technicians did the schemes. Bread and butter work for architects
  • Jim McMillan, Great Places presentation

    1. 1. Making Great Places Jim McMillan RIBA Assistant Director of Development
    2. 2. The bad old days……..The Ridings, Oldham
    3. 3. Selwyn Street, Oldham Building for Life Gold Award winner
    4. 4. What our tenants say they want? <ul><li>Repairs </li></ul><ul><li>Quality housing </li></ul><ul><li>Value for money </li></ul><ul><li>Being kept informed </li></ul><ul><li>Tenant enforcement </li></ul>But what does this mean?
    5. 5. Beyond the doorstep What adds value to a house? Mostly outside the home Mostly inside the home
    6. 6. So don’t forget the neighbourhood
    7. 7. How do we achieve good design? Set a clear Brief Get the team right Get the Process right Good Design
    8. 8. Set a clear Brief Get the deign team right Get the Procedures right Good Design
    9. 9. External Standards
    10. 10. Internal Standards Sustainability Strategy for new build housing 2010 BME Design Guide 2010 EMPLOYERS REQUIREMENTS NEW BUILD FOR RENT REVISION D 2010
    11. 11. But you could still get this!
    12. 12. <ul><li>“ Good design is not an optional extra, it is an integral part of the success of any project” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Well designed housing is a fundamental right of everyone” </li></ul>Raising the bar <ul><li>Context </li></ul><ul><li>Clairty of design </li></ul><ul><li>Architectural ambition </li></ul><ul><li>Access and inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Detailing and materials </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Structure and services </li></ul>
    13. 13. Building for life <ul><li>Environment and community </li></ul><ul><li>Character </li></ul><ul><li>Streets, parking and pedestrianisation </li></ul><ul><li>Design and construction </li></ul>‘ Improving quality of life through design’
    14. 14. Standard house plans <ul><li>Foolproof(?) way to avoid non-compliance </li></ul><ul><li>House Plans not Types </li></ul><ul><li>Still allows the designer lots of freedom </li></ul>
    15. 15. Set a clear Brief Get the team right Get the Procedures right Good Design
    16. 16. Get the team right <ul><li>A skilled team will optimise designs and maximise value </li></ul><ul><li>Team selection based on best value not cheapest </li></ul><ul><li>Get a mixture of experience and fresh ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Past schemes are a good indicator (but a bad scheme could be the clients fault) </li></ul>
    17. 17. Designers - OJEU Selection <ul><li>A legal requirement but also an opportunity to see who’s out there </li></ul><ul><li>Build knowledge sharing and joint research events into the framework </li></ul>
    18. 18. Design Competitions <ul><li>Brings in ‘young blood’ and fresh ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Can be hard work and not always suitable </li></ul><ul><li>Assess the benefits before committing </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t presume what you will get because you probably won’t get it </li></ul>
    19. 19. Woodward Place
    20. 20. Guest Street
    21. 21. Get the Process right Good Design
    22. 22. Project Journal <ul><li>a briefing, benchmarking and learning tool </li></ul><ul><li>requires the team to agree outcomes at project inception </li></ul><ul><li>review at key stages in the course of development. </li></ul><ul><li>learning is captured and fed back to future schemes </li></ul>PROJECT JOURNAL Devon Street Oldham
    23. 23. Design Champion – high level commitment and guidance <ul><li>Promoting a design ‘culture’ </li></ul><ul><li>Networking with bodies such as CABE/Design Council, HCA, RTPI </li></ul><ul><li>Research and development </li></ul><ul><li>Organising training and study visits of best practice examples </li></ul><ul><li>Disseminating learning from previous schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Selecting suitable design teams </li></ul>
    24. 24. Design Reviews <ul><li>Can preview new projects or review finished schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Allows Architects to see the work of their peers </li></ul><ul><li>Lets development staff know what their colleagues are up to </li></ul><ul><li>Helps improve presentation skills in a ‘friendly’ environment </li></ul>
    25. 25. Design training <ul><li>Building for Life </li></ul><ul><li>Code for Sustainable Homes </li></ul><ul><li>Modern Methods and ‘lean’ Construction </li></ul><ul><li>Renewable Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Specific Product presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Planning and Building Regulations </li></ul><ul><li>Contract Law </li></ul><ul><li>Health and Safety </li></ul>
    26. 26. Study Visits and Away Days Nothing beats seeing the real thing
    27. 27. To Recap… <ul><li>External standards </li></ul><ul><li>Internal standards </li></ul><ul><li>Design specific brief </li></ul><ul><li>Project journal </li></ul><ul><li>Design Champion </li></ul><ul><li>Design reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Design training </li></ul><ul><li>Study visits </li></ul>Work with an agreed panel Competitions bring fresh ideas Partner with ‘good’ developers Share knowledge between consultants Contractor is part of team Set a clear Brief Get the team right Get the Process right Good Design
    28. 28. Emperors new clothes?
    29. 29. Is it very different from this?
    30. 30. Compared to this?
    31. 31. Thanks for listening <ul><li>Jim McMillan RIBA Assistant Director of Development </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.greatplaces.org.uk </li></ul>
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