Study Tours

Design for Homes organises visits by minibus or coach across the UK and Europe to see and learn about the best in new residential and mixed use development. “Efficient, well planned and well organised. It was a real eye-opener” More than 40 groups of Local Authority planning departments (including elected members), RDAs, NGOs, Housing Associations, Private Developers and Architects have undertaken our tours across the UK and Europe since we began offering them in 2004.

  • We tailor visits to suit particular client requirements/interests, such as scheme locations (edge of town, urban) and vernacular (contemporary/traditional house types).
  • We use unrivalled industry contacts to arrange site access and, where appropriate, for a professional involved in each development to be on site to add expert guidance on site.
  • We make sure that each location is no more than 90 minutes’ drive from the pick up point to allow for up to 5 site visits in a single day. We make sure the site visits are arranged to minimise rush hour traffic delays.
  • We provide detailed colour printed itineraries with images, site plans and descriptions of each scheme for each delegate.
  • We find the best venues for good meals – you’ll need an hour off your feet.
  • We only need 4 weeks’ notice to arrange a full tour. Please click here for a list of previous clients and quotes.

Design for Homes organises regular one or two-day tours to see the best new residential-led regeneration schemes in Scandanavia (particularly Hammarby Sjostad and Malmo), Ireland, Holland and Helsinki. Costs are dependent on group size and destinations.

Costs Include coach hire, itinerary planning, printouts and an expert guide with you all day. Typically for a UK tour this averages to £300 per head including all costs, rising to £800 for an international multi centre tour. Additional guides can be arranged to meet the tour on site. Please call us on 020 3301 3855 to discuss an itinerary and for a cost estimate.

Previous clients include:

  • Academy for Sustainable Communities
  • Aedas
  • Alan Baxter
  • Ashford Borough Council
  • Barking Riverside
  • Barratt
  • Bexley Borough Council
  • BPTW
  • Bristol City Council
  • Colchester Borough Council
  • Communities and Local Government
  • Dublin City Council
  • East Thames
  • East of England Development Agency
  • English Partnerships
  • Fingal County Council
  • Gateshead Council
  • Glen Howells Architects
  • Habinteq
  • Hastings Borough Council
  • Henry J Lyons Architects
  • HBF
  • Housing Corporation
  • The Housing Forum
  • HTA Architects
  • Huntingdonshire District Council
  • Hyder Consulting
  • Inspace
  • Isle of Wight Council
  • Jane Darbyshire & David Kendall Architects
  • Kingspan
  • Land Lease
  • Land Securities
  • Lansbury Holdings
  • London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • London Development Agency
  • Milton Keynes Partnership
  • NHBC
  • Northern Ireland Housing Executive
  • Orbit
  • Poplar HARCA
  • PRP Architects
  • Renaissance South Yorkshire
  • Sheppard Robson Architects
  • Kent Architecture Centre
  • Kent Thameside
  • Three Rivers District Council
  • Thurrock Borough Council
  • Watford Borough Council
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Zero Carbon Hub

Delegate quotes:

  • “This has opened my eyes to what high density can be with careful forward planning”
  • “Excellent choice of developments and the guide had good knowledge”
  • “Very interesting – and different approaches all addressing different issues”
  • “Excellent tour- informative and relaxed”
  • “The trip has increased awareness and knowledge that will be applied to future planning committees”
  • “This is the type of event that stimulates new ideas and responses to urban design issues”
  • “We’ve seen that modern design can deliver high quality living space”
  • “We’ll encourage a little more imagination in planning applications in future”

Tours in 2009:


  • Solar City, Linz


  • Orestad, Copenhagen
  • BoKlok, Malov
  • Frosilos, Copenhagen


  • Vikki, Helsinki
  • Arabianranta, Helsinki


  • Vauban, Freiburg
  • Basler Platz, Frankfurt
  • Media Hafen, Dusseldorf
  • Hafencity, Hamburg
  • Barcode, Munich
  • Kronensburg, Hannover
  • PassivHaus, several locations


  • Adamstown, Dublin
  • Dublin Docks, Dublin
  • Ballymun, Dublin
  • Elm Park, Dublin
  • Fingal CoCo, Swords


  • Borneo Sporenburg, Amsterdam
  • VINEX Programme, several locations


  • Moscow City, Moscow
  • Icons of Modernism, Moscow
  • Gazprom City, St Petersburg


  • Olympic City, Barcelona


  • Hammarby Sjostad, Stockholm
  • Silverdal, Stockholm
  • Gashaga Brygga, Stockholm
  • St Eriks, Stockholm
  • Augustenborg, Malmo
  • BO01, Malmo
  • Annestad, Malmo
  • Sege Park – Solar City, Malmo
  • Jakriborg – Swedish Poundbury, near Malmo
  • ENVAC, Automated Waste Collection System, Stockholm + Malmo


  • Accordia, Cambridge
  • Chimney Pot Park, Manchester
  • New Hall, Harlow
  • Staiths, Newcastle
  • Upton, Northampton
  • Six of the best, several locations, see films
  • Housing Design Awards Winners, see HDA website for scheme details
  • ENVAC, Automated Waste Collection System, Wembley

Tailor made tours available, Architectural practices & Architectural Schools welcome.