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Design review service

CABE's design review service has provided free expert advice on the design quality of schemes in England that have a significant impact on their environment.

The service was set up in 1999, emerging from the former Royal Fine Arts Commission. We have reviewed more than 3,000 proposals for major developments.

Design review panels, made up of architects and other built environment experts, have provided that advice. The CABE design review panel has advised on the most strategic and significant schemes across England. We have reviewed small schemes, too,
because they are significant in some other way – their use, site, impact on local planning policy, or for their potential to set a precedent.

Our flagship design review panel has advised on the design quality of around 350 proposals for new developments every year. We have run three specialist panels - London 2012 panel, Crossrail panel and eco-towns panel - using similar processes to our flagship panel. There is also a network of affiliated panels. Until 2010 we also operated a schools design panel, advising on the designs for proposed new secondary schools.

Read the latest design reviews to find out about CABE’s advice at design review.

Design review: how CABE evaluates quality in architecture and urban design explains how CABE has assessed the design quality of schemes.