30 - 01 - 2024


BPTW, in partnership with Design South East, have been awarded a contract to support Runnymede Borough Council in Surrey to develop an area wide design code for the borough following a competitive tender process.

Building on the tailored support we have provided to other local authorities embarking on the design coding process, our Urban Design team will co-deliver the baseline analysis that will create a strong foundation for the design coding vision for Runneymede. We will also work closely with Design South East to support the transfer of design skills to council officers for the long-term benefit of Runnymede’s Planning Department through a series of internal workshops and external stakeholder engagement events. We will work alongside officers to enable cross-departmental collaboration to guide the translation of Runnymede’s existing Design SPD into a comprehensive and user-friendly Design Code for the borough, in line with the National Model Design Code, to underpin the review of the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan.

We are excited to be collaborating with Council planning staff in the role of expert, trainer and critical friend, guiding the design coding process and supporting a team of Council planning officers as well as a cross-departmental working group. Through strategy development, expert understanding of the National Model Design Code, effective delivery of innovative and effective design codes, training, and engagement, we look forward to supporting the production of a council-led design code for Runnymede. We will also go on to test and peer review the emerging code to ensure the proposed coded requirements and guidance are suitable for the Borough, are clear, practical and deliverable, and help to deliver high quality places that are contextually responsive.

Working closely with  Design South East, BPTW’s Urban Design Director, Scott Elliott Adams, will lead our team and draw on his experience facilitating the delivery of the Government’s National Model Design Code testing programme, as well as experience directly developing and delivering exemplar local authority codes elsewhere.


BPTW’s team to deliver the project will be led by our Urban Design Director Scott Adams


We will collaborate with council teams and Design South East to guide the translation of Runnymede’s existing Design SPD into a comprehensive and user-friendly Design Code for the borough