It is desirable to control the form, quality or detail of future building on a new development to improve the character and consistency of the public realm. Design Codes can be an appropriate tool to provide design control if some measure of regulation is required by a local authority or landowner. Design Codes allow some freedom of choice for the future developer or designer. Codes constrain and direct design options with a view to maintaining some consistency across a development as well as or alternatively ensuring a level of quality. Different types of code allow for different levels of choice. Codes can control the way a development is planned or the way individual buildings are designed within a plan, or both. Codes can dictate a style or just control particular features such as materials or heights. Codes can set factual limits tested only by a checking process or can be guidelines to indicate what designs are likely to be acceptable to a final arbiter.
Different types of codes are appropriate to different developments, different developers and different authorities. ADAM Architecture has extensive experience of writing and administering a wide range of Design Codes and has pioneered the use of ‘non-stylistic’ design coding and producing detailed ‘pattern book’ codes.