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East of England

The East of England has one of the fastest growing populations and economies in the UK.

House and tree

Abode, Harlow
Photo by Housing Design Awards/Richard Learoyd

With no one single major town or city as its heart, maintaining its rich and unique character while its built environment develops is set against the  threat of climate change.

Regional partners

  • East of England Development Agency
  • Inspire East (the Regional Centre of Excellence)
  • Government Office for the East of England

Architecture centres

We fund the following architecture centres:

  • Shape East
    Engages the public in issues affecting the local built environment, through workshops, interactive events, exhibitions, talks, training and online resources
  • TransForm MKSM
    Champions better design of buildings, spaces and places by giving advice to all those involved in development in Milton Keynes and the South Midlands.

We also fund the Architecture Centre Network, a development and advocacy organisation for the architecture centres.

Regional design action manager

This role focuses on issues related to growth and housing expansion, and is jointly funded by the East of England Development Agency. The work concentrates on five urban settlements which will be affected by the region’s growth agenda, with the aim of promoting good quality design.

Training events and seminars run through the programme for design champions and local authorities have included the Station Hill Design Clinic, which took place in March 2005 in Bury St Edmunds. This involved local authority officers and representatives of local businesses, and focused on how to develop the site.