Weston-super-Mare Design Forum

The Weston-super-Mare Design Forum (WSMDF) provides a dedicated panel to review and advise on emerging strategies and development plans to ensure that new developments are of the highest quality.

North Somerset Council has set out a bold vision for the town centre, with the ambition to create outstanding places for quality urban living, business and learning.  Following the recent award of Heritage Action Zone status for Weston and with new developments now being planned, the council commissioned the Architecture Centre to set up a dedicated Design Forum for the town.

The Weston-super-Mare Design Forum provides a dedicated panel that meets quarterly to review and advise on emerging strategies and development plans, working with North Somerset Council and other stakeholders to ensure that new developments are of the highest quality. The panel comprises built environment experts from a wide range of disciplines including planning, architecture, urban design, landscape and sustainability.

Panellists include Louis Rice (UWE), Nigel Dyke (Alec French Architects), Andy Gibbins (ARUP), Bill Gething (UWE), Sue Illman (Illman Young) and Andy Cockett (Nathaniel Lichfield). The panel is chaired by Nick Childs, former chair of the Bristol Urban Design Forum (BUDF), who was instrumental in setting up the BUDF. Nick is also Chair of Trustees at the Architecture Centre and a Director of Childs + Sulzmann Architects.