Based in Birmingham, MADE is an organisation dedicated to improving the quality of our towns, cities and villages. They believe that a high quality built environment is essential for economic prosperity and wellbeing. Well-designed places function better, use fewer resources, encourage investment and enterprise, engender social interaction and a sense of community and make people happy, healthy and proud. To create great places MADE sets out to:
• Consistently raise standards of planning, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, civil engineering and transport planning.
• Understand that an appreciation of cultural context and a creative process is essential for making great places.
• Incorporate an understanding of all aspects of sustainability and the need to address climate change into our design practices.
• Ensure that citizens can engage in constructive dialogue with design professionals and have a decisive say in the future of their places.
• Improve the evidence base for the benefits of built environment quality.
• Encourage debate about design and place and create a clamour for quality places among the public, politicians and the media.
MADE’s Design Review Service (along with other services) is affiliated with the national design review service operated by Design Council Cabe. That means they are part of a comprehensive national service which is signed-up to an agreed set of principles for quality design review. MADE also supports the development of high quality, independent local design review services in the Midlands.
A recent scheme that has benefitted from the MADE Design Review Panel is the Marfield School Site in Redditch. The scheme proposed 79 residential units, 87% of which were affordable. The MADE design review panel members lauded the scheme for It’s intent to achieve high sustainability standards through an innovative approach to design and construction. Once completed the scheme will be the largest Norwegian timber frame development in Europe.
For more information please visit the MADE website www.made.org.uk or call 0121 348 7980