September 23, 2017

  • New Boarding Houses open at Wycombe Abbey School after LUC input

    We were delighted to attend the opening ceremony of Pitt and Rubens Boarding Houses at Wycombe Abbey School last week. Wycombe Abbey is an independent girls’ boarding school in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. The school forms the major part of a nationally significant landscape (Grade II) as recorded in Historic England’s Register of Parks and Gardens of Historic Importance in England. The site also forms the setting for a backdrop of rich historical architecture including the Grade II* listed Abbey and Caroe designed boarding houses and Chapel. The project provides boarding accommodation for 108 girls (54 in each house) with supporting staff accommodation….

  • New plans for Picardy Place in Edinburgh’s New Town to go on public display

    New plans for works at Picardy Place in Edinburgh’s New Town are to go on public display from Saturday 23 September. Plans for Picardy Place, the main road junction to the north east of Edinburgh City Centre, lies within the Edinburgh World Heritage Site and the New Town Conservation Area and adjacent to the ongoing St James redevelopment. TH Real Estate, who are leading the St James development, and Laing O’Rourke have been contracted by City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Government to deliver the Picardy Place programme. The proposed plans, comprising three streets, aims to “fundamentally alter the layout of…

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    New bursaries to encourage engagement with LI archives

    Thanks to funding from the LI and an anonymous donor, bursaries of up to £150 are available to enable students to access the LI archive at the University of Reading. The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) is pleased to offer bursaries to encourage use of and engagement with its Landscape Institute (LI) archives. Based at the University of Reading, MERL is home to the LI collection of books and archives related to landscape practice: books and journals on landscape architecture, garden history, and landscape and urban planning; press cuttings; minutes; membership lists; financial papers; publications; a slide library; and an album containing the…

  • Leeds

    Green space to be revamped as part of vision for Leeds to be the best city

    New design proposals to be submitted to Leeds City Council’s executive board next week show the planned redevelopment for one of the key gateway areas of the city. The artistic images show the £1.9m planned redevelopment of the existing green space in Quarry Hill, which forms part of a large programme of works for the revival of public spaces in the city centre and also complements the major redevelopment proposals in this area of the city, which will take place over the next two years. The public realm has been designed by re-form landscape architects. As part of Leeds’s ambition to be…

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    Former LI president publishes new book on the art of landscape architecture

    Hal Moggridge, a world-renowned authority on landscape design and Fellow of the Landscape Institute (FLI), has written a new book, Slow Growth: on the Art of Landscape Architecture. Published by Unicorn at £30 and due for release on 18 September 2017, Slow Growth illustrates the art of landscape architecture in broad, comprehensive terms. Eleven chapters explore ideas and techniques of naturalistic landscape design, which the author illustrates with projects of his own, delivered before the era of digital presentation. Hal joined the late Brenda Colvin, a founding member of the Landscape Institute, at Colvin & Moggridge in 1969. He was principal…

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New Boarding Houses open at Wycombe Abbey School after LUC input

Sep 22, 2017

We were delighted to attend the opening ceremony of Pitt and Rubens Boarding Houses at Wycombe Abbey School last week. Wycombe Abbey is an independent girls’ boarding school in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. The school forms the major part of a nationally significant landscape (Grade II) as recorded in Historic England’s Register of Parks and Gardens of Historic Importance in England. The site also forms the setting for a backdrop of rich historical architecture including the Grade II* listed Abbey and Caroe designed boarding houses and Chapel. The project provides boarding accommodation for 108 girls (54 in each house) with supporting staff accommodation….

New plans for Picardy Place in Edinburgh’s New Town to go on public display

Sep 21, 2017

New plans for works at Picardy Place in Edinburgh’s New Town are to go on public display from Saturday 23 September. Plans for Picardy Place, the main road junction to the north east of Edinburgh City Centre, lies within the Edinburgh World Heritage Site and the New Town Conservation Area and adjacent to the ongoing St James redevelopment. TH Real Estate, who are leading the St James development, and Laing O’Rourke have been contracted by City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Government to deliver the Picardy Place programme. The proposed plans, comprising three streets, aims to “fundamentally alter the layout of…

bursaries

New bursaries to encourage engagement with LI archives

Sep 20, 2017

Thanks to funding from the LI and an anonymous donor, bursaries of up to £150 are available to enable students to access the LI archive at the University of Reading. The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) is pleased to offer bursaries to encourage use of and engagement with its Landscape Institute (LI) archives. Based at the University of Reading, MERL is home to the LI collection of books and archives related to landscape practice: books and journals on landscape architecture, garden history, and landscape and urban planning; press cuttings; minutes; membership lists; financial papers; publications; a slide library; and an album containing the…

Leeds

Green space to be revamped as part of vision for Leeds to be the best city

Sep 18, 2017

New design proposals to be submitted to Leeds City Council’s executive board next week show the planned redevelopment for one of the key gateway areas of the city. The artistic images show the £1.9m planned redevelopment of the existing green space in Quarry Hill, which forms part of a large programme of works for the revival of public spaces in the city centre and also complements the major redevelopment proposals in this area of the city, which will take place over the next two years. The public realm has been designed by re-form landscape architects. As part of Leeds’s ambition to be…

new book

Former LI president publishes new book on the art of landscape architecture

Sep 18, 2017

Hal Moggridge, a world-renowned authority on landscape design and Fellow of the Landscape Institute (FLI), has written a new book, Slow Growth: on the Art of Landscape Architecture. Published by Unicorn at £30 and due for release on 18 September 2017, Slow Growth illustrates the art of landscape architecture in broad, comprehensive terms. Eleven chapters explore ideas and techniques of naturalistic landscape design, which the author illustrates with projects of his own, delivered before the era of digital presentation. Hal joined the late Brenda Colvin, a founding member of the Landscape Institute, at Colvin & Moggridge in 1969. He was principal…

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Views sought on Westminster’s Church Street transformation

Sep 18, 2017

Peter Brett Associates and LDA Design’s Church Street masterplan has been opened up for public feedback by Westminster City Council. The council wants to make this diverse and complex area, which is close to London’s West End, the most liveable neighbourhood in London, overcoming issues of social and economic exclusion. The masterplan will help guide economic growth and physical development for the next 15-20 years, delivering real change for the community by creating great places to live and opportunities for a healthy and prosperous lifestyle. The scheme includes the creation of circa 1750 new homes, including more affordable homes for…

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LUC expertise informs major planning application in Bushey, Herts

Sep 13, 2017

A major detailed planning application was lodged recently on behalf of Comer Homes. The third and final phase of the prestigious redevelopment at Royal Connaught Park consists of 115 residential units in the extensive grounds of 15 listed and other existing  buildings – previously the Royal Masonic School for Boys and then the American University. LUC provided expertise on landscape design, ecology and Landscape and Visual assessment. Our proposals include a masterplan for the large site and detailed proposals for the application area. These proposals maximise landscape (restoration and enhancement), ecological (over 5h of habitat creation), recreational and access (new shared…

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Plans approved for £300m Meadowhall shopping centre extension

Sep 12, 2017

Plans for a £300m extension to the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield have been approved. Designed by BDP the 30,000 sqm Leisure Hall will add a range of dining and entertainment experiences not currently available at the centre. These include new restaurants, a state-of-the-art cinema, a new café court, gym and other leisure space. Housed under a glazed roof, the extension will integrate with the existing centre to create a new multi-levelled, landscaped mall with high quality internal and external spaces. It has also been designed to accommodate large outdoor events including live music. Architect director Garry Wilding said “The…

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Nominations open for sixth annual Fields in Trust Awards

Sep 11, 2017

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Fields in Trust Awards, an annual showcase of the hard work of green space champions across the UK; nominations are invited in nine separate categories. This year’s Awards ceremony will again be held in the sparkling sporting surroundings of Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, on the evening of Wednesday 29 November. A new Award for 2017 will celebrate the efforts of ‘Friends of’ groups to make their local green space an amazing part of their local community. Friends Group of the Year is open to any ‘Friends of’ Group in the UK who has…

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Three Eden project visitor centres to be created in China

Sep 10, 2017

LDA Design is helping to create the first of the Eden Project’s visitor centres in China. The Eden Project is embarking on developing visitor centres in the US, Tasmania and three in China. Grimshaw Architects and LDA Design have been appointed to create the first of these – a new ecological park near the port city of Qingdao on China’s east coast. Water sets the framework for Qingdao, and LDA Design and their ecology team will help to create wetlands, freshwater and salt lakes, swales, reed beds, rain gardens and beaches. One of the Eden Project’s key messages is that the world…

Grant

Grant Associates wins four gongs at IFLA awards for Gardens by the Bay project

Sep 9, 2017

Grant Associates has won a clutch of accolades at the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia-Pacific Awards. Gardens by the Bay, which was masterplanned by the UK and Singapore based landscape architect, won an ‘Outstanding Award’ in the categories of both ‘Parks and Open Space’ and ‘Lighting and Night Experience’. The Gardens, which are a favourite destination for Singaporeans as well as an international tourist destination attracting over 30 million visitors since opening in 2012, also scooped an ‘Award of Excellence’ for ‘Cultural and Urban Landscape’. Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Friendship Park, a new 41 hectare city park planned for…

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EU Withdrawal Bill ‘inadequate to deliver “Green Brexit”‘, warn professional bodies

Sep 7, 2017

The LI is among seven institutions that have called for a new independent body to scrutinise government and safeguard the environment. As MPs begin to debate the landmark European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, leading scientists, engineers and professionals in the environment sector have called for meaningful parliamentary scrutiny of environmental policies and laws. The Environmental Policy Forum (EPF) today warned ministers that the Withdrawal Bill threatens the future of the environment in the UK. Representing a collective membership of around 70,000, the EPF comprises seven professional bodies that have come together to promote environmental sustainability and resilience. The Conservative Government committed in its…

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LUC attends Landscape Institute LGBT+ Diversity and Inclusion workshop

Sep 7, 2017

LUC was present at the Landscape Institute’s recent workshop on LGBT+ diversity and inclusion, led by Diversity Trust. The workshop, which is the first of its kind at the Landscape Institute, aimed to help inform the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. LUC supports the LI’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy, with representation at the workshop by our Director of Landscape Planning Rebecca Knight. Over the months ahead the diversity and inclusion Working Group will convene workshops on the five priority areas of its work, including disability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and social and economic background. The aim of these events is to: 1) Highlight the issues faced by…

Exciting speakers lined up for Flood Expo 2017

Sep 6, 2017

The Flood Expo is the world’s largest exhibition and conference designed to showcase the latest innovations that further the way flooding is predicted, prevented, and managed. It takes place on the 27th & 28th of September at ExCeL London, and tickets are free from the Flood Expo website. The show features over 200 innovative suppliers, 100 CPD-accredited seminars, interactive debates, live demonstrations on the River Thames, one-to-one advice from industry experts, unparalleled networking opportunities, and much more. Your Free Ticket will gain you access to expert-led talks, including United Nations’ Tiffany Hodgson, NASA’s Dr David Green, MET Office’s Dr Nick…

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Two major schemes masterplanned by FPCR near completion

Sep 5, 2017

Two major schemes masterplanned by FPCR are now nearing final build out and completion. Both projects were consented following appeals, Leicester Road, Hinckley (232 dwellings) in July 2011 and Henthorn Road, Clitheroe (270 dwellings) in March 2012. The Hinckley site was contentious as a result of its Green Wedge location, but the Inspector concluded that as the site had good defensible boundaries the loss of this particular section of Green Wedge would not diminish the ability of the remainder to guide development form. The Green Infrastructure strategy has successfully assimilated the new homes into the framework of existing vegetation around…