A CONFERENCE taking place in Chester will explore whether new buildings in the city are up to an acceptable standard.
Cheshire Society of Architects stages ‘Chester: are our new buildings good enough?’ this month.
Delegates will be asked to consider whether architects and planners deserve praise or criticism for the quality of new buildings in the historic city centre and whether opportunities for good design are being squandered.
The first event takes place at the University of Chester in the Binks Building at 6pm on March 21. Almost half of the 300 places have already been filled and admission will be £5 on the night.
There will be presentations from eight of the UK’s leading architects and planners including professionals with direct experience of working in historic cities such as Bath, York, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
They will join businessmen, civic leaders, politicians, lobby groups to explore what constitutes good design in historic cities.
The event will also feature open discussions, a drinks reception and networking.
“The timing of this important event coincides perfectly with the ongoing One City Plan debate,” said organiser and architect Andy Foster.
“It promises to be a lively debate around the contentious question of what constitutes good design.
“I’ve no doubt there are some recent developments that will come under scrutiny.”
This will be the first of a series of eight monthly events covering a range of design and planning-related topics.
For more details and registration go to www.csaparry.eventbrite.co.uk or email csa@andyfosterarchitects. com