Sunday 29 March 2020

What's Character Got To Do With It

EMC, in conjunction with Design Midlands are running a series of four half day masterclasses.

We are often left feeling that new development lacks character, that it could ‘be anywhere’ and that it doesn’t ‘fit in’. But what do we mean by character and why do we often fall so short of the mark? In this seminar we will attempt to unpick the tricky topic of character, explore what we can do to improve it, and how we can avoid common pitfalls in new development.

Speaker Biographies

Garry Hall Director Urban Forward Ltd

Garry is an urban designer who specialises in larger-scale developments such as new settlements and urban extensions. He has extensive experience in producing character assessments, design guides and design codes. He is also an editor for the Building for Life consortium, who write and manage the nationally recognised BfL12 system.

Garry set up Urban Forward Ltd in 2011 and has since been involved in Tresham Garden Village, Ebbsfleet Garden City, and the 15 thousand homes planned around Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough.

Garry sits on several Design Review panels and chairs the East Midlands DRP. He also runs training and seminar programs across the country aimed at improving design skills for all sectors.

Who should attend?

Professional, practical and useable training courses for local authority officers, the voluntary and private sector with an interest in the practicalities of place making.  Numbers of attendees are limited to support discussion between participants and the trainer. 

The courses will provide participants with current best practice and an enhanced understanding of each subject.  


Thursday 19th March 2020



There will be an opportunity for networking during lunch which is provided.


Glenn Howells Architects, 321 Bradford Street, Birmingham, B5 6ET


Local Authority Members of East Midlands Councils and West Midlands Employers - £95 + VAT

Non-members £150 + VAT

Please note that purchase order numbers are required. 

Special Offer

The Masterclasses are a series of 4 events.  If a member local authority sends delegates to all sessions there will be a discounted rate of £85 + VAT per event.

13th February 2020 AM - Blue Infrastructure - ‘A Practical Guide to Implementing Sustainable Drainage Systems - SuDS’

13th February 2020 PM – Manual for Streets, Getting it Right

19th March 2020 AM – What’s character got to do with it?

19th March 2020 PM - How to achieve a QUALITY green development?

CPD Certificates will be provided at the end of the day. 

How to book:

To book a place please complete the online booking form below.  The closing date is Thursday 12th March 2020.

Terms and Conditions:

Please read the terms and conditions regarding cancellation here.


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