July 18, 2018

Arup report shows there must be a rethink of the design of arid cities

arid cities

Arup is calling on arid cities to move on from a 1950s paradigm of city planning and design, or face becoming increasingly less habitable as they become drier. The report urges cities to learn from innovative developments around the world, such as industrial-scale fog and dew harvesting and cooling pavements that can reduce ambient temperatures by up to 7 degrees. Almost a third of the world’s land surface is classified as ‘arid’ and this area is set to increase as climate change brings more frequent, extreme weather events, such as drought. The authors warn that technologies of the last century,…

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New campaign launched to grow a wildflower for every Londoner

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A new campaign has been launched between London National Park City, and Seedball to ‘grow the national park city’ by sowing #wildflowersforLondoners The campaign website explains: “This spring, we are calling for Londoners to come together and help make London a successful National Park City by sowing 9 million #WildflowersForLondoners – one flower for every Londoner. “You don’t need to know about gardening to help turn London into a greener landscape. “By backing our campaign, you are helping us to show Londoners how easy it is to #getgrowing in our own neighbourhoods and how, through small actions, over time we…

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Team appointed for second phase of Leicester £85m sustainable urban extension scheme

Leicester

A Leicester-based architectural company has been appointed to work on the second phase of the city’s new £85m sustainable urban extension scheme, Ashton Green. Rg+p has been retained as architects, master planners, urban designers, planning consultants and landscape architects on phase two of the project, which will see 305 homes constructed. The company will work alongside Leicester City Council and developer Kier Living on the scheme. Ashton Green is situated on the northern outskirts of city and includes the provision for up to 3,000 new homes together with community and health facilities, employment land, retail space and approximately 13 acres…

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Trees should be used to combat flash flooding says leading environmental charity

Ahead of World Water Day on 22 March new research reveals the positive impact that trees in our urban environments can have – ‘slowing the flow’ of water. City of Trees, a leading environmental charity, is calling for trees to be used as a technique to combat flash flooding in cities and towns, as well as cleaning polluted water. Flash flooding is becoming an increasing problem particularly in urban areas. As the population in the UK continues to grow, more green space is being built on which means a reduction in the amount of space for water to drain naturally…

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Top ten landscaping projects in the UAE valued at over $5.8 billion

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The total value of the top 10 landscaping projects in the UAE exceeds $5.8 billion, said the event organisers of the upcoming Urban Design & Landscaping Expo, the Middle East’s only dedicated trade fair for urban, green and open spaces. With three new theme parks under development among the major landscaping projects, the UAE reinforces its position as an attractive destination for recreational tourism. The world’s tallest building (the 828-metre Burj Khalifa), the world’s largest indoor theme park (the IMG Worlds of Adventure, as big as 28 football fields), and the world’s biggest shopping mall (the Dubai Mall, with over…

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Arup is lead partner for the 15th annual Road User Charging Conference

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Arup is the lead partner for the Road User Charging (RUC) Conferenceagain this year, taking place in Brussels, Belgium on 7 and 8 March 2018. The conference provides an opportunity for leading practitioners from around the world to discuss the latest insights, review case studies, and debate current trends and future challenges that affect senior decision makers who have responsibility for intelligent transportation systems and road pricing. Getting international perspectives on RUC is vital in order to understand the future of intelligent transportation systems. Padraig Kenny, Associate Director and Arup Road Pricing Leader, will deliver a presentation on maximising the value…

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The results are in – Oxford street transformation plans receive widespread support

Oxford

More than 22,000 responses received on plans to transform London’s most famous shopping street into one of the world’s finest public spaces 64 per cent of responses to online consultation supported plans in some form, with comments from local residents, businesses and visitors now being reviewed and fully considered. Plans to transform Oxford Street and the surrounding area into an unrivalled place to live, work and visit have received widespread support, it was confirmed today. The plans, subject of a recent consultation by Westminster City Council and Transport for London, proposed a new traffic-free area between Orchard Street and Oxford…

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£10m funding secured for new HS2 urban quater

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Plans to create an urban quarter around the HS2 Interchange station in Solihull have taken a major step forward today after almost £10 million in new funding was secured. In addition, the principles of designing new infrastructure and transport connections at the site close to the NEC and Birmingham Airport were agreed, with a final deal to be signed later this month. The Urban Growth Company (UGC) was established by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to maximise development and investment at the HS2 station site and neighbouring land, collectively known as The Hub. It has been working jointly with the council…

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Azizi Developments opens doors for new contract tenders

Azizi

Azizi Developments, one of the leading private developers in the UAE, has announced that it will start accepting the prequalification applications for AED 20 billion worth of contract tenders for its projects in Dubai in 2018. This is in addition to the developer’s existing pipeline of projects that are in various stages of development across the city. Construction on the various projects is set to commence 60 days from now and will be delivered by 2020. This is the largest tender announcement from the developer till date and will contribute to its real estate portfolio over the next few years….

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Gillespies relocate in Leeds to accommodate expansion

Leeds

Gillespies’ Leeds office has relocated to a new, larger office in the heart of the city to accommodate expansion. Previously located across two floors in the Minton Chambers Building in Heatons Court, the new location at Phoenix House on South Parade, offers a contemporary, open plan office space, with improved meeting facilities to welcome clients and consultants together with breakout spaces to encourage creative collaboration. Tom Walker, Gillespies Partner who is responsible for the Leeds studio, said: “We are really pleased to be moving into a new, refurbished office in the vibrant heart of the City’s Central Business District. We…

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