ACA AGM: Thursday 23 January, Jerwood Space, Union Street, London. SE1. 18.00-18.30

Soapbox Event: Thursday 23 January, Jerwood Space, Union Street, London SE1  18.00 – 20.00

Design Quality should be enforced through the planning system

Motion: Design Quality should be enforced through the planning system

FOR: Tchaik Chassay, Architect
AGAINST: Claire Bennie, Former development director of Peabody
MODERATOR: Alfred Munkenbeck, Munkenbeck & Partners
Geoff Wilkinson, Approved Inspector
Richard Harrison, Architect – CIC Working Group Lead, Design & Specification, Grenfell Review
Brian Waters, President, ACA
Darya Bahram, Secretary General, ACA

In the draft London Plan December 2017:
“There is welcome acknowledgement of the problems of protecting design quality once permissions have been given, and indications of how this could be addressed.” (Planning in London editorial, January 2018)
draft London Plan page 103 policy:

Maintaining design quality
H The design quality of development should be retained through to completion by:
• 1) having a sufficient level of design information, including key construction details provided as part of the application to ensure the quality of design can be maintained if the permitted scheme is subject to subsequent minor amendments
• 2) ensuring the wording of the planning permission, and associated conditions and legal agreement, provide clarity regarding the quality of design
• 3) avoiding deferring the assessment of the design quality of large elements of a development to the consideration of a planning condition or referred matter
• 4) local planning authorities using architect retention clauses in legal agreements where appropriate.
Claire Bennie, founding director of housing development consultancy Municipal and former development director of Peabody.
Tchaik Chassay studied at the Architectural Association in London qualifying in 1968. He worked with Edward Cullinan Architects between 1969-81 becoming a senior partner. In 1982 he founded Tchaik Chassay Architects which later became Chassay and Last. In 2011 he founded the current practice Chassay Studio in London’s Notting Hill Gate.
23 January 2018 18.30 – 20.00

Jerwood Space, Union Street
London, SE1 0LN
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Free to attend, cash bar

Pinsent Mason/Alliance Steering Group/ On Pole collaborative Construction Report 23.11.2017

pinsent masons

Venue: Room 14.12 – Pinsent Masons, 30 Crown Place, Earl Street, London EC2A 4ES
Time: 17.00 – 18.30
The ASG, Pinsent Masons and On Pole invite you to join them at a discussion event around the Pinsent Mason Collaborative Construction report launched in September. The report can be downloaded from:

Key topics will include:

Contractual Structures and Changing Risk Profiles

  • Supply Chain Involvement
  • BIM and its impact on Procurement
  • Effective Team Working
  • Industry Leadership


We will also be discussing the role of the independent adviser and collaborative working, the team coach and/or the ‘Corporate Fool’.

We hope you will join the conversation.