June 19, 2018

LI leaders join industry experts in promoting urban green infrastructure

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On Thursday 28 June, Polypipe host a one-off conference, promoting the importance of green infrastructure in the built environment. The free event will take place at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) headquarters at One Great Street, London. Senior LI staff and members CEO Dan Cook, Sue Illman PPLI, Dr Phil Askew and Martin Kelly will be among the 16 industry experts speaking. Traditional piped drainage systems still have an important role to play in ensuring the resilience of our towns and cities. But they are now only part of the solution. This is why innovation such as drainage through…

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Logik submits plans for Arundel Street

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Logik Developments, chaired by former cricketer Andrew Flintoff, has moved forward with its plans to build a 386-home development in Castlefield, Manchester, anchored by a 35-storey tower designed by architect SimpsonHaugh. The development was first revealed at a public consultation in September last year and a planning application has now been submitted to Manchester City Council for 386 apartments across two new buildings, as well as the retained DOT Building, which is currently vacant having formerly been home to a motorcycle warehouse. The largest of these will be the 35-storey tower facing the Mancunian Way, which will contain a total…

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Landscape architecture firm unveils first glimpse at 200-acre riverfront master plan

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OJB Landscape Architecture (OJB) released concept images reimagining downtown Omaha’s riverfront – only one portion of its 200-acre Missouri Riverfront Revitalization plan. The plan, which spans both sides of the river, involves areas in and around Gene Leahy Mall, Heartland of America Park, and Lewis and Clark Landing on the Omaha side. It aims to unify Omaha, NE and Council Bluffs, IA into a regional destination and will finally allow residents and visitors to access and enjoy the Missouri River. “The approval of the Master Plan is a game changer for the City of Omaha,” OJB’s Managing Principal, Kyle Fiddelke, ASLA said. “The project will spur economic development and bring business back…

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Six-acre park opens after extensive landscape architectural design

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US studio James Corner Field Operations has created a public park on the waterfront site around the former Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, featuring a sunbathing spot, an industrial-style playground and a taco stand. Opening this week, Domino Park comprises six acres (2.4 hectares) of parkland, stretching a quarter of a mile along the East River in Williamsburg, in front of the old red-brick factory. New York-based landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations – which also worked on the High Line with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro – was enlisted to transform the formerly derelict parcel of land as part of a major redevelopment of the Domino Site, located just north…

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#ChooseLandscape launches next month – here’s how to get involved

Find out how you can support the LI’s new careers campaign, #ChooseLandscape and help inspire the next generation of landscape professionals. In July, the LI will launch its brand new careers campaign, #ChooseLandscape. They want to: Raise awareness of landscape as a profession. Improve and increase access to landscape education. Inspire young people to choose landscape as a career. #ChooseLandscape is a critical campaign, for the LI and for the profession as a whole. And for it to be as successful as possible, they need the whole profession on board. How can you get involved? Tell your story Are you, or…

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A look at the new Gateway Arch Museum

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St Louis’ Gateway Arch has undergone a redevelopment, with architecture studio Cooper Robertson expanding and renovating the museum beneath the record-holding structure. Landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates have created a new park from the original by Dan Kiley, which now crosses the adjacent highway and connects the site to the city centre of St. Louis. According to the architects, the new project was conceived to restore the link between the city, the museum and the arch. “Our design makes the museum part of Downtown and you move in a linear way through exhibits which explain the meaning behind it,”…

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UCLan starts race for £32m student centre

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UCLan has begun its search for a contractor to build its flagship 78,500 sq ft student centre in Preston, designed by architect Hawkins\Brown. Plinke already announced as landscape architect. The student centre will act as a gateway to the university from the city centre, and also features a 90,000 sq ft public square to the front. The building will include a reception area, learning spaces and a student wellbeing support centre over four storeys. UCLan is expecting to shortlist three contractors for the job ahead of a start on site in early 2019, with completion earmarked for summer 2020 ahead…

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Mecanoo to transform railway line into green corridor connecting the city

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Mecanoo has released images of its plans to transform a former railway line in taichung, taiwan into a bio-diverse green corridor. the site, which measures a total length of one mile, was a catalyst for the development of the old city, traversing its downtown. Although formerly an important means of connection, today the disused railway divides the city and impedes circulation from one side of the tracks to the other. Mecanoo’s proposal uses the rail line to reconnect the different parts of the city in a sustainable way. as part of the plan, an inviting green corridor will include bike and pedestrian lanes to better cater…

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Engineers to review Old Oak Common works

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A pair of engineers will review works carried out at Old Oak Common as part of an independent review board, New Civil Engineer can reveal. AKT II founder Hanif Kara and Arup Head of UKMEA Planning Richard de Cani are among 22 engineers, architects and local government bodies which will provide expertise to the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC). Arup architect Sowmya Parthasarathy has also been added to the OPDC Review Group which will be independently assessing the HS2 and Elizabeth Line interchange. UCL professor in urban design and chair of the OPDC Place Review Group Peter Bishop said that…

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Pegasus Group works on landscape proposal for Grade II Listed masterpiece

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Plans to convert Grade II listed buildings in Surrey into a retirement living complex have proved to be a landscape architect’s dream merging historic and contemporary designs. National consultancy Pegasus Group was appointed to provide landscape design to support Eden Retirement Living’s proposals to turn Grade II*-listed CEMEX House, originally designed by architect Ted Cullinan, into an 81-home ‘later living’ village near Egham. The landscape design includes walled gardens for allotments and informal lawns that could be used for bowls and croquet. The development stands within a parkland-style landscape complete with an ornamental pond. The buildings sit within Green Belt…

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