What is a design statement?

A Design Statement uses images and words to describe the rationale behind a development proposal. It illustrates how the proposed development responds to the opportunities and constraints of the site on which it is being built and the surrounding area. It expresses the analysis and thinking behind the design being proposed.

It helps to test and communicate the ideas that inform a development, and enables the design and development team to document and share the analysis and decision making that underpin the development. The key attributes of a site and the surrounding area, as well as other factors that have informed the development are clearly identified in the Design Statement, and the design decisions made in response to these attributes are clearly stated.

A Design Statement records the work of the design and development team. For many, this formalises a process already in place. For others, this prompts a closer look at the development in the context of its site and surrounding area.