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Reviewing schemes

There are two different design review processes - presentation panel reviews and internal reviews - but both evaluate design quality using the same approach.

Design review: how CABE evaluates quality in architecture and urban design explains our approach to reviewing design quality.

We decide the most appropriate review type for a scheme on a case-by-case basis depending on availability, time scales, the stage of the design process and complexity of the scheme. The two different review processes are explained below.

Presentation panel reviews

There are three steps in a presentation panel review:

  1. Before the review
    The case officer visits the site and meets the design team and any others involved.
  2. During the review
    Those responsible for the scheme - architects, local authorities, clients and others - present the scheme to the panel. They may use materials such as architectural models, plans, elevations, computer-generated images and other contextual information.
  3. After the review
    Panel members discuss the scheme with those responsible for the scheme. The chair then summarises the panel members' views.

Presentation panel reviews are attended by up to six panel members and each review usually looks at around eight schemes. If you are coming to a presentation panel review, you should read about presenting your scheme. You can also watch our video guide to see how these reviews work in practice.

Internal reviews

A chair of CABE's design review panel, another panel member and CABE's design review staff review the scheme at CABE. This review looks at architectural models, plans, elevations, computer-generated images and other contextual information.

We review up to 24 schemes every month using internal reviews.