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Drivers of Distinctiveness: Maximising the Heritage and Culture Potential of Place

Kent Design

Thursday, 23 February 2017 from 09:00 to 13:00 (GMT)

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Kent has rich historic and cultural environments that are important assets but are we doing enough to creatively manage them and to maximise the heritage potential for inward investment and building visitor economies?

As in many places, Kent suffers from modern day challenges of traffic, under-maintenance, and bland modern architecture that have undermined the potential and value of these special places. How can the 21st Century Conservation Area change and develop? How can new designs add to the character and identity of the place? How can historical and cultural assets be managed and sustained through creative re-use? What is the role of designers in heritage and culture-led re-presentation of places? What new forms of collaboration can maximise the potential of historic and cultural places? These are some of the questions this conference aims to explore.

We will hear from architects, conservation managers, landscape designers, brand specialists, planners and tourism strategists about how they plan, manage, sustain and design the heritage and cultural potential of place.

By the end of the Conference you will have:

  • Introduced to innovative ways of managing heritage and cultural assets to support inward investment and tourism

  • Examined local examples where context, creativity of design and new cultural uses have enhanced the identity of a place

  • Understood the process of re-presenting a place through heritage and culture

  • Informed on how to plan for change in Conservation Areas with a focus on assessing new designs in historic fabrics

  • Understood the collaborations necessary to bring about positive change in areas of historical and cultural interest

Speakers confirmed:

Dr Andy Brown, Planning Director, Historic England in the South East
John Worthington MBE, The Independent Transport Commission
David Hills, Director, DSDHA
Chris Bearman, Partner, Allies and Morrison
Ben Found, Senior Archaeological Officer, Heritage Conservation, Kent County Council
Martin Hall, Environmental Consultant with Medway Council
Richard Holdsworth MBE, Preservation and Education Director, Chatham Historic Dockyard
Sophie Jeffrey, Creative Producer, The New Carnival Company CIC
Peter Bettley, Executive in the Private Office of Sir Roger De Haan
John Barber, Board Member, Folkestone Festival
Simon Harrison, Head of Design, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
Leanne Tritton, Founder and Managing Director, Ing Media
John Rushton, Chairman, Small Back Room

For this event we can offer a 50% charitable discount on ticket prices to societies and civic groups. Please email for more information on how to book. Online booking will close at 1pm on Friday 17th February.

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The Commissioner's House, The Historic Dockyard

ME4 4TZ Chatham
United Kingdom

Thursday, 23 February 2017 from 09:00 to 13:00 (GMT)

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Kent Design brings together the people that will shape Kent and Medway, helping to accommodate change and growth through the delivery of high quality architecture, public space and infrastructure. Improving the quality of life for both visitors and residents. Kent Design is for everyone involved in the built environment, providing a unique platform for collaboration. Building on the successful Kent Design Initiative and Kent Design Guide, it is a forum for professionals, politicians and the public to discuss and debate the key issues in planning, design and development.

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