February 19, 2018

  • Arup

    Arup awarded HS2 contracts to develop London Euston and Birmingham Interchange

    Arup has been awarded HS2 contracts to help develop and refine the detailed plans for the transformation of London Euston and a major new interchange near Solihull, which will serve Birmingham Airport and the wider West Midlands region. London Euston – working with Grimshaw Architects LLP Birmingham Interchange – working with Arup Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects Limited The new stations, due to open in 2026, will be designed with input from local communities, using best practice principles from stations around the world, and guidelines and specifications endorsed by an independent panel of leading architects and designers. Working with HS2…

  • public square

    New public square opens at foot of RSHP-designed Leadenhall Building

    St Helen’s Square, a new public square at the foot of the RSHP-designed Leadenhall Building in the City of London, has opened. The new square – which at 3,325 square metres is the third-largest open space in the City – provides a world-class setting for a number of iconic buildings, including 30 St Mary’s Axe, The Leadenhall Building, The Lloyd’s Building and The Scalpel, a 35-storey tower currently under construction. Originally won in a design competition back in 2012, Gillespies were commissioned by client The Leadenhall Development Company Ltd, City of London and Aviva, to rejuvenate the existing key thoroughfare…

  • HS2

    HS2 awarded first BREEAM Infrastructure certificate

    HS2 has become the UK’s first infrastructure project to be awarded a BREEAM Infrastructure (pilot) Scheme Certificate for its ambitious sustainability strategy on Phase 1 of the project. The assessment demonstrates that HS2 is committed to going beyond enhancement and protection of the environment, to address the key social and economic impacts of the development. It includes features such as working in harmony with communities, being a great neighbour, putting safety and wellbeing at the heart of the project, and building sustainable economic benefits for the whole of the UK, such as better skills and career opportunities for a new…

  • residential

    147 new apartments to be built after new residential scheme is approved

    A residential scheme being developed as part of a new cluster of tall buildings in a London commuter town has been given the go ahead by planners. The Broadway Malyan-designed St Dunstans scheme will provide 147 new apartments on the southern edge of Woking town centre, one of eight proposed major new developments set to transform the town over the coming years. Broadway Malyan director Peter Vaughan said Woking Borough consisted of more than 60 per cent of land designated as Green Belt so the council was looking at different opportunities for new residential developments. He said: “There are a…

  • London

    London will become the world’s first National Park City

    A campaign to make London the world’s first National Park City has been successful. Over the last few years, campaigners have publicised the fact that London is one of the greenest cities in Europe. By setting up events, getting themselves in the media, and connecting Londoners to the natural world around them, they have achieved their goal. Gradually, people started to join the bid – Sadiq Khan, and members of the London Assembly lent their support. And now the majority of council wards, 53 % of the capital, have backed the idea. Campaigners will now work with the Mayor to…

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Arup

Arup awarded HS2 contracts to develop London Euston and Birmingham Interchange

Feb 19, 2018

Arup has been awarded HS2 contracts to help develop and refine the detailed plans for the transformation of London Euston and a major new interchange near Solihull, which will serve Birmingham Airport and the wider West Midlands region. London Euston – working with Grimshaw Architects LLP Birmingham Interchange – working with Arup Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects Limited The new stations, due to open in 2026, will be designed with input from local communities, using best practice principles from stations around the world, and guidelines and specifications endorsed by an independent panel of leading architects and designers. Working with HS2…

public square

New public square opens at foot of RSHP-designed Leadenhall Building

Feb 16, 2018

St Helen’s Square, a new public square at the foot of the RSHP-designed Leadenhall Building in the City of London, has opened. The new square – which at 3,325 square metres is the third-largest open space in the City – provides a world-class setting for a number of iconic buildings, including 30 St Mary’s Axe, The Leadenhall Building, The Lloyd’s Building and The Scalpel, a 35-storey tower currently under construction. Originally won in a design competition back in 2012, Gillespies were commissioned by client The Leadenhall Development Company Ltd, City of London and Aviva, to rejuvenate the existing key thoroughfare…

HS2

HS2 awarded first BREEAM Infrastructure certificate

Feb 14, 2018

HS2 has become the UK’s first infrastructure project to be awarded a BREEAM Infrastructure (pilot) Scheme Certificate for its ambitious sustainability strategy on Phase 1 of the project. The assessment demonstrates that HS2 is committed to going beyond enhancement and protection of the environment, to address the key social and economic impacts of the development. It includes features such as working in harmony with communities, being a great neighbour, putting safety and wellbeing at the heart of the project, and building sustainable economic benefits for the whole of the UK, such as better skills and career opportunities for a new…

residential

147 new apartments to be built after new residential scheme is approved

Feb 14, 2018

A residential scheme being developed as part of a new cluster of tall buildings in a London commuter town has been given the go ahead by planners. The Broadway Malyan-designed St Dunstans scheme will provide 147 new apartments on the southern edge of Woking town centre, one of eight proposed major new developments set to transform the town over the coming years. Broadway Malyan director Peter Vaughan said Woking Borough consisted of more than 60 per cent of land designated as Green Belt so the council was looking at different opportunities for new residential developments. He said: “There are a…

London

London will become the world’s first National Park City

Feb 14, 2018

A campaign to make London the world’s first National Park City has been successful. Over the last few years, campaigners have publicised the fact that London is one of the greenest cities in Europe. By setting up events, getting themselves in the media, and connecting Londoners to the natural world around them, they have achieved their goal. Gradually, people started to join the bid – Sadiq Khan, and members of the London Assembly lent their support. And now the majority of council wards, 53 % of the capital, have backed the idea. Campaigners will now work with the Mayor to…

Success for Gillespies at the Pro Landscaper Business Awards

Feb 14, 2018

Gillespies have struck gold at the inaugural Pro Landscaper Business Awards. The awards, designed to celebrate the best business practices in the industry, took place on Friday 9 February. international and award-winning business, Gillespies, were successful in the landscape architecture practice category. Founded in 1962, Gillespies is one of the UK’s longest established and most successful independent landscape architectural design practices. Gillespies employs some 150 dedicated professionals at all levels, ranging from trainees at the start of their career to senior and management grade industry leaders. The practice is managed by seven partners with support from a 28-strong management team,…

augmented

Augmented Reality – is it the Key to the City?

Feb 13, 2018

If you have read the latest issue of FutureArch magazine, you will have seen our interview with Neil Manthorpe on augmented reality. If you haven’t – you are missing out! Check it out here In the feature, Neil discusses the app, Key to the City. Key to the City is an educational app that allows you to unlock the hidden layers of the city to experience its rich heritage, history and culture. It does this by using AR, Videos and information points, depending on where you are in London. The hope is that users will be encouraged to get out…

University

University of York embrace wildflowers with new growing site

Feb 12, 2018

Wildflower Turf has provided the University of York with a biodiverse boost to newly-built campus facilities. Based in Hampshire but having recently expanded operations to include a new growing site in Yorkshire, Wildflower Turf worked closely with the University’s landscape partners to enhance the area around the recently completed Piazza Learning Centre. Situated within a picturesque lakeside setting, the Piazza Learning Centre is both sympathetic to the natural landscape while also being fully accessible to the University of York’s student population. The new building contains a range of high-quality learning spaces and facilities for those living and studying on the…

trees

300 trees planted to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force

Feb 9, 2018

City of Trees, alongside cadets from the Greater Manchester Wing of the Air Training Corps planted 300 trees to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. The new trees have been planted at Parkway Playing Fields, Manchester on Sunday 4 February 2018, extending existing woodland creating a haven for both people and wildlife. For the initiative the Air Corps teamed up with leading environmental charity City of Trees who have pledged to plant 3 million trees – one for every man, woman and child in Greater Manchester, over the next generation. Greater Manchester Wing is one of the…

American landscape

ASLA business survey shows balanced conditions for US Landscape Architecture firms

Feb 8, 2018

Landscape architecture firms experienced consistently healthy conditions for the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the latest American Society of Landscape Architects’ Business Quarterly survey. Although billable hours slightly retreated, inquiries for new work grew. A growing number of firms are planning to boost hiring during the first quarter. A five-year comparison of survey results shows that numbers for the fourth quarter are well within range. The survey found 82.4 percent of responding firms reported stable to significantly higher billable hours for the third quarter, a dip from the 85.7 from the previous quarter. This result is higher than what…

Manchester

University of Manchester launches new £60m framework to help deliver regeneration

Feb 8, 2018

The University of Manchester has launched a new £60m framework to help deliver its £1.2bn regeneration. The framework, which could see the University appoint 65 companies over 13 different lots including architecture, engineering, consultancy and planning, will last for four years. Every year many billions of £’s of construction work and consultancy fees in the UK are let through frameworks, and our one-day Construction Frameworks Conference on the 24th May is set to be the sector’s largest event of the year. The conference will discuss and showcase best practice in the construction frameworks marketplace, help clients achieve best value and reduce costs…

garden

Plans submitted for £675,000 garden at Orthopaedic Hospital

Feb 7, 2018

A stunning garden for spinal injuries patients at the Orthopaedic Hospital is another step closure after plans were officially submitted. Designed by award-winning gardener Bunny Guinness, the ambitious £675,000 project will be based at the Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries in Gobowen thanks to the Horatio’s Garden team. It will be only the fourth of its kind in the UK created in memory of Horatio Chapple, who wanted to be a doctor and volunteered at a spinal unit in Salisbury before he tragically died at the age of 17 when he was killed by a polar bear during a trip…

DfMA

Bennetts takes on biggest DfMA project at New Grange Hospital

Feb 6, 2018

Bennett Architectural will undertake its biggest DfMA project to date, providing high quality glazing solutions for the £350m New Grange Hospital in Cwmbran, South Wales. Bennetts will work alongside main contractor Laing O’Rourke, supplying and installing Kawneer AA100 curtain walling systems, doors and windows. Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) will be used to add glazing to concrete panels off-site at Laing O’Rourke’s Explore Industrial Park before being transferred to Cwmbran. Lionel Grant, Managing Director at Bennett Architectural commented, “This is the biggest DfMA project we have taken on so far, but we have no doubt our multi-talented team will…

estate

Sadiq Khan proposes resident ballots for estate regeneration

Feb 5, 2018

City Hall funding for major estate regeneration in London will only be provided if residents vote in favour of the changes, the mayor has proposed. Under the scheme, ballots for residents on projects where demolition is planned would become a condition for mayoral funding, Sadiq Khan suggested. Mr Khan said he wanted to make sure those living on social housing estates “are at the heart of any decisions”. The Conservatives said the announcement “smacks of pure cynicism”. Launching his guide to housing estate regeneration, Mr Khan said he wanted to use his investment powers to give more say to residents….

nottingham

Nottingham City Council seek Developer for the regeneration of land surrounding Sherwood Library

Feb 5, 2018

The search is on to find a developer to regenerate the area surrounding a ‘run down’ library in Sherwood. In December, the Post reported that Nottingham City Council wants to sell the site in Spondon Street to a developer, who would be required to redevelop the area and provide a new library as part of the agreement. Under the plans, a mixed-use development comprising of a new library with a police contact point, shops, homes and public toilets would be created on land currently owned by the council. The plans were subject to a public consultation and now the council has approved…