Developers purchase land or existing buildings with the aim of creating new or refurbished homes, offices, or commercial developments.

Tom Bloxham

Tom Bloxham, co-founder of developers Urban Splash

We work with developers and housebuilders at design review and publish design standards, guidance and advice. We also work closely with the Home Builders Federation on Building for Life.

Resources for developers

Building for Life

Learn about the 20 criteria for evaluating housing developments and enter your best schemes in the Building for Life awards.

Design and access statements: how to read, write and use them

Write better design and access statements with this practical guide which includes a detailed explanation of a real-life application.

Housing standards: evidence and research

2010 will be a pivotal year for housing standards. We have collected the latest research on housing standards, including technical details and a comprehensive evidence base for anyone to draw from.

Space in new homes: what residents think

Research which supports the case for more space in private homes, to ensure that they are functional, flexible and fit for purpose.

Creating excellent buildings

Read our guide to commissioning a building project, covering the four main stages of preparation, design, construction and use.

Creating successful masterplans

Discover how to produce better masterplans that lead to the physical, social and economic revival of places.

Design review panel

Our flagship design review panel advises on the most strategic and significant schemes across England.

Good design: the fundamentals

Find out what our chief executive, Richard Simmons, sees as the main challenges and pitfalls facing design-aware developers today.


Stay up-to-date with planning guidance and advice, read about planning at appeal and download the latest policies.

Making competitions work

Advice from experienced professionals on running a design competition, including Nick Johnson on getting the best from a design competition.

Building on the rim of a recession

Read what Keith Bradley, designer of the Stirling Prize-winning Accordia, has to say about the state of the housing market in England.