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Andy von Bradsky
Andy von Bradsky

About

Von Bradsky Enterprises is a consultancy that specialises in housing, place and regeneration. Its mission is to support excellence in the design and delivery of more and better homes for all.

Founded by architect, Andy von Bradsky, it builds on over 30 years of experience in housing and regeneration for the private and public sector in the UK. It draws on Andy’s experience as former Partner and Chairman of PRP, an architectural practice specialising in housing.

VBE promotes best practice in place making, design, sustainability and community engagement, and supports work in housing led regeneration, new settlements and residential development. It has particular expertise on holistic regeneration of run down housing estates across the UK.

VBE works for central and local government, housing associations, developers, cross industry agencies, charities and professional bodies.

VBE undertakes research and best practice development to advance industry knowledge of housing design related matters for the benefit of clients, end users and communities.

Services

Andy has wide experience of all aspects of the design and delivery of housing and place, drawing from extensive experience of promoting and delivering good design quality at PRP.

He advises at all stages of the process from concept to management and post-occupancy evaluation. This depth of experience has led to appointments to advise on policy development.

Architectural consultancy

VBE offers architectural consultancy for:

  • Strategic advice, at project inception and competitive procurement stages
  • Briefing, project set up, planning, masterplanning and design
  • Delivery, procurement, construction and post construction
  • Management strategies that inform design
  • Community engagement in the design process.

Regeneration consultancy

VBE offers regeneration consultancy and is able to advise on:

  • Policy development
  • Strategies for landowners
  • Procurement strategies
  • Brief development
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Masterplanning advice
  • Resident engagement in design

Design review

Andy champions best practice and good quality design. He participates in structured design reviews at concept and planning stage as a registered Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert and member of the Design Review panel for Design South East.

Research

Andy undertakes research and best practice development in the housing sector. He participates in research projects to advance industry knowledge of housing, regeneration and new places with particular interest in the impact on professionals, end users and society.

Publications

Contributions to research and thought leadership articles, leading to publications and research.

  • Altered Estates, 2016 – a collection of four essays by architects HTA, LBA, PRP and PTE that set out best practice for estate regeneration in London, and lessons for the emerging government strategy
  • NHBC Tenure Integration, 2015 – a literary review of academic research on tenure integration for NHBC and HCA
  • Super-density the Sequel, 2015 – a follow up to the earlier report on the theme of density and standards and current challenges in respect of design and management
  • Housing Standards Review: Towards More Sustainable Homes, 2013 – a government report by the Housing Standards Challenge Panel, chaired by Andy
  • Rationalising Regulations for Growth and Innovation, 2012 – a commentary on the need for a consumer led approach to standards and consolidating standards into regulation
  • Recommendations for Living at Super-density, 2007 – authored with HTA, LBA, PRP and PTE, a commentary on housing standards in high density development.

Working with

Andy provides support for clients on a project or term basis, through secondment or discrete work packages.

Central and Local Government

Department of Communities and Local Government

Seconded to DCLG to advise on housing design and delivery issues and helped develop promote and implement the Estate Regeneration National Strategy, published in December 2016. Working with government agencies to develop policy and best practice, providing a bridge with the professional and commercial sector through engagement, collaboration and facilitation.

As Chairman of PRP, appointed by government to the Housing Standards Review Challenge Panel, a group of 4 professionals that contributed to the review process by challenging policy makers to ensure the outcome reflects housing industry and professional views without undermining quality and sustainability. A publication, ‘Towards More Sustainable Homes’ was published in 2014.

All Party Parliamentary Group: Quality

A member of the APPG on quality in the housing industry from a consumer perspective leading to publication of recommendations in ‘APPG: More Homes, Fewer Complaints’, 2016.

Basingstoke and Dean Borough Council

As a Partner of PRP, responsible for writing and delivering a report on the affordable housing strategy for Basingstoke and Dean BC for the Manydown urban extension, west of Basingstoke, for submission to DCLG. The report helped inform the local plan for this 8000 new home garden village.

Housing Associations and developers

Family Mosaic

Sits on the Finance and Develop Committee of Family Mosaic, a London based housing association and member of the G15 housing associations. The Committee reports to the Board on financial performance and individual projects.

Places for People

Assisted Places for People, a commercial developer, with a series of bids to local authorities for large scale housing and regeneration projects in London and the south east.

Charities

Shelter

Andy led PRP’s architectural and urban design support for Shelter’s highly regarded Wolfson Economics Prize, 2014, that explored the potential for garden cities to address the chronic housing shortage. Entitled ‘How would you deliver a new Garden City which is visionary, economic and popular?’ Shelter achieved 2nd place out of 250 entries.

Wolfson Economics Prize 2014

Consultants

PRP Architects

Andy continues to provide consultancy advice to PRP on individual projects, sustainability, innovation and on research work.

Other consultants

Andy promotes and supports closer collaboration between professional disciplines of architectural design, urban design, landscape design, environmental and project management services. He participates in collaborative projects with fellow consultants in other Practices, such as HTA, Levitt Bernstein and Pollard Thomas Edwards on research and development of best practice.

Memberships

The Housing Forum

Role: Chairman

The national cross sector housing membership network that informs, influences and provides a network for ‘more and better homes’.

http://www.housingforum.org.uk/

Design Council CABE

Role: Built Environment Expert

Design Council CABE is recognised as a leading authority on the use of strategic design and the UK Government’s adviser on design.

http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/

RIBA

Role: Member of Housing Advisory Group

Advisor to RIBA, the professional body for practising architects, on housing issues.

https://www.architecture.com/RIBA/Professionalsupport/

NHBC Foundation

Role: Member of NHBC Foundation Expert Panel

Delivering high quality research and practical guidance to help the house-building industry.

https://www.nhbcfoundation.org/

Urban Design London

Role: ‘Wise Friend’

A network for practitioners to engage with council members and officers to create and maintain well-designed, good quality places by offering training and advice.

http://www.urbandesignlondon.com/

Other memberships:

Highbury Group – University of Westminster

Fellow of Royal Society of Arts

The Housing ForumDesign CouncilRibaNHBC FoundationUrban design LondonFellow of Royal Society of Arts