People Value Places

 At JBA our work usually falls into a few areas but if you can’t find exactly what you need, we’d be happy to discuss bespoke working arrangements and projects.

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Client design advice, including

  • Project and design review, analysis, support and management
    • Design advice on projects at sketch, pre app or planning stages
  • Building and planning policy and regulation
    • Writing design vision / briefs for partners and projects
    • Help with selecting partners and procurement
    • Expertise on quality standards and regulation past and present including:
      • Housing Technical Standards
      • Nationally Described Space Standard (NDSS)
      • National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
    • Writing and evaluating tenders
    • Zero and low carbon support and guidance
  • Neighbourhood planning and sustainability

Design, planning and townscape communication

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Gillian Horn speaking at a UDL event

Conferences and training: we work with partners such as Urban Design London and Design South East and Design For Homes  as well as developing bespoke sessions and courses for housing associations, local authority officers and commercial partners.

Thought leadership and innovation

We hold private leadership debates, publish articles and contribute to national and local conversations on housing, planning, placemaking, architecture and design.

  • Advising “La Gentillesse”a multi disciplinary team in Paris on housing innovation, we are on shortlists for two sites for the Inventons la Métropole du Grand Paris

  • Hosted by Lord Bob Kerslake, at the House of Lords, we convened a group of leaders  and politicians to explore the role local authorities can play and how they can leverage community support to make good place

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    Lord Bob Kerslake

  • Writing for the Housing Forum Building Better Homes working group

Strategic – working in partnership with local authorities and housing associations to build efficiency and capacity 

  • Base line assessment to diagnose design gaps
  • Training and awareness raising at leadership level- making the case for good design
  • Embedding design led thinking
  • Developing champion role within organisation
  • Tools and processes- policy and guidance; design coding; design review

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Advice systems and processes for quality evaluation
    • Compliance audit for registered providers
    • Quality Counts research
    • Emerging housing typologies
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