About Us

About Us

About Design West

Design West brings together the best expertise from across the built and natural environment sectors. Independent and not-for-profit we work collaboratively with the development sector and decision-makers to shape better places.

We provide design review, policy support, consultation and training for the West of England. Find out how we can support you. 

Design West was established in partnership with WECA and unitary authorities from across the West of England. 


Design West has proven extremely beneficial. The Design Review panel is run effectively and the panel members have good subject knowledge and insight which has aided our proposals as we’ve moved through the planning process.

Kevin Hunt, Director – JLL

Design West acts as a critical friend to the council, providing design review on a regular basis alongside policy and strategy review. The panel members’ wide ranging expertise helps the council make robust and well balanced decisions and is an excellent resource for officers & members to draw on.

Cllr Nicola Beech, Cabinet member for Spatial Planning and City Design – Bristol City Council

Thanks to Design West for today’s design review of our next phase of Finzel’s Reach on the former Avon Fire HQ plot. Good positive feedback and well-received critiquing of our scheme.  It makes for better schemes.

Gavin Bridge, Director – Cubex