Design Quality Framework

Your guides for improving design quality to build a better Nottingham.

The Design Quality Framework is a series of guides to help you make better design choices for your building project and to meet Nottingham City Council planning requirements more easily.

The guides are applicable to all kinds of projects, from small scale domestic projects through to large scale commercial developments.

What is the Design Quality Framework for?

Nottingham City Council’s ambition is to improve the design and appearance of the city at every level. This means making the design choices that lead to a more sustainable and healthy city.

This Framework aims to address design quality issues by giving applicants and designers information and certainty at an early stage during the planning process to help them create exemplary places where the citizens of Nottingham want to live.

Test Phase - help us develop the scheme

Until 30 September 2019 this project is in a test phase. We are testing the Design Quality Framework with with three guides: ‘Street Design Guide’, ‘Facades Design Guide’ and ‘Housing Design Guide’. We will be developing more guides in the future so keep checking this website for more information. The two guides in 2020 to follow are Community Engagement Guide and Shop Front Design Guide.


Design Quality Framework - Repeat launch due to popularity!

20 May 5.30–7.30 PM, 38 Carrington Street, Nottingham - more details

For more information about events on architecture, urban design, sustainability and heritage visit the 38 Carrington Street website and 38 Carrington Street Facebook page.


How to use these guides

Introduction: Why use these guides

The role of the City Council in design quality

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