November 22, 2017

Ambitious plans to transform Newcastle city centre are unveiled


Ambitious plans to transform the heart of Newcastle city centre into a world-class shopping destination have been unveiled. Newcastle City Council plans to spend an initial £3m to improve the area around Northumberland Street, which attracts 13m visitors a year and supports hundreds of jobs. Plans to be discussed next week would see the closure of Blackett Street to traffic, the creation of new event space around Northumberland Street and a huge cleaning operation in the city centre. But council bosses hope those plans will eventually lead to a larger £20m programme that could see Blackett Street entirely pedestrianized and the three-acre vacant…

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Green light for three new residential buildings in Greengate district of Salford


Developer Select Property Group has got the green light for three new residential buildings in the Greengate district of Salford. The firm aims to build two 18-storey blocks and another of 16 storeys at Embankment West, the site of the former Manchester Exchange Railway Station. Warring-based demolition contractor Bagnell UK will now start removing a viaduct structure on site with Murraywood Construction of St Helens carrying out groundworks. Select expects to choose a main contractor by the spring for construction to start in summer 2018. Two of the buildings will comprise flats, while the third will house 147 serviced apartments…

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West Country designers team up with Bristol Zoo to save Madagascar’s lemurs


Landscape architect Grant Associates has teamed up with Bristol Zoological Society (BZS) and the Richard Feilden Foundation (RFF), in conjunction with fellow Bath based architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios), in a project to save Madagascar’s critically endangered wildlife, including the blue-eyed black lemur, and their forest habitat. Grant Associates is helping BZS to develop its existing field research centre and eco-tourist camp in the heart of Ankarafa Forest in Sahamalaza Peninsula, part of Radama National Park. This north western part of Madagascar is one of the most biodiverse on earth and lies within an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The team…

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Oman Botanic Garden designs have been revealed


Covering over 420 hectares, the Oman Botanic Garden will be one of the largest in the world. Arup, Grimshaw and Haley Sharpe Design (hsd) have together delivered the engineering, landscaping, architecture and interpretive designs for the largest botanic garden in the Arabian Peninsula. With guidance from His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the garden will celebrate and conserve the country’s botanic diversity, to be enjoyed by the people of Oman for generations to come. Two biomes which mimic the natural temperature and humidity of the unique external environments will house a significant array of native fauna and flora,…

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Professional team appointed for £1bn Northern Gateway


Far East Consortium has chosen its professional team for the £1bn Northern Gateway project, including masterplanner Farrells, cost consultant Turner & Townsend, and planning consultant HOW. Landscape architect Planit IE, engineering, transport, remediation and sustainability consultant Arup, economic development consultant Regeneris, and project manager Buro4 also join the team for the £1bn project, which could deliver more than 10,000 new homes in North Manchester over the next 10 years. Planit IE and HOW also worked with FEC on its £235m MeadowSide residential project, which was designed by architect 5plus. FEC has previously recruited staff from HOW, with development manager Hillary…

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Members approve changes to LI governance at 2017 AGM


Four motions will improve flexibility and information sharing, and help to attract a wider variety of candidates to the role of LI president. Members of the Landscape Institute have voted in overwhelming support of four motions at this year’s annual general meeting (AGM). Voters agreed to carry the following motions: To allow the Institute to pay a president’s stipend (passed with 436 votes to 77) To allow increased flexibility in the timing of the election and nomination process (passed with 506 votes to 17) To increase the maximum number of terms of office for trustees and Advisory Council members from…

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Visionary book focusing on new paradigms for landscapes nominated for prestigious award


A visionary book capturing the learning from Europe’s largest greenspace initiative, Central Scotland Green Network, has been shortlisted for a prestigious research award from the Landscape Institute. ‘Growing Awareness – How green consciousness can change perceptions and places’ edited by Professor Brian Evans, Head of Urbanism at The Glasgow School of Art (the GSA), and Sue Evans, Head of Development at CSGN, brings together a significant research effort by the Central Scotland Green Network Trust and The Glasgow Urban Laboratory at the Glasgow School of Art together with contributions of leading experts from across the globe, to inspire the transformation…

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Civic Engineers awarded £1.8 million contract to help deliver Glasgow City Centre ‘Avenues’ project


Civil and structural engineers, Civic Engineers have been awarded the £1.8 million contract to help deliver the transformative ‘Avenues’ project for Glasgow City Council. Part of the Enabling Infrastructure Integrated Public Realm (EIIPR) commission, the project is supported by the £1.13billion Glasgow City Region City Deal, which has funding of £115million for Glasgow city centre projects. The transformation of the ‘Avenues’ seeks to dramatically improve the quality of the city centre environment, putting people at its heart.  Focusing on seven key city-centre thoroughfares; Argyle St west, Argyle St east, St Enoch’s Square, the Underline (a pedestrian and cycle route linking…

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LUC design director awarded Landscape Institute Ambassador for Landscape status


LUC have announced  that director of landscape architecture Jennette Emery-Wallis has been awarded with Ambassador for Landscape status by The Landscape Institute. The purpose of the Ambassador for Landscape initiative is for LI members to engage with school and college students to: Raise the profile of landscape architecture as a profession that makes a real difference to local and national places and environments Engage with school students, so that those with an interest in the built and natural environment, and art and design are aware of the profession as a possible career choice Promote the study of LI-accredited courses at…

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Celebrations as Manchester’s Ordsall Chord is completed


The Ordsall Chord, a 300m stretch of rail track and a series of new bridges and viaducts in Manchester designed by BDP, has now completed. The occasion was celebrated on 9 November with an event attended by Rail Minister Paul Maynard MP and Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham. The new rail link connects Manchester’s Piccadilly and Victoria stations for the first time and unlocks new routes and improve connections and journey times across the north of England, as well as new direct links from the north to Manchester Airport. Central to the design is the world’s first asymmetric network…

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