December 11, 2017

Mayor appoints Manisha Patel as a Design Advocate

Manisha Patel

Manisha Patel, has been appointed as part of a 50-strong panel of Design Advocates to the Mayor of London. The panel is drawn from a pool of individuals representing the highest quality of talent and expertise across a broad range of built environment disciplines. Design Advocates are tasked with providing invaluable support to the Mayor and his staff, through advocacy, critique and research for his Good Growth by Design agenda, which looks to address the many pressing issues facing the capital’s built environment. Manisha said of her appointment: “I am delighted to have been selected as a Design Advocate and…

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Barton Willmore submit outline planning application for new settlement in South Wales

Barton Willmore

Barton Willmore has submitted a masterplan and detailed architectural proposals to Torfaen County Borough Council on behalf of Johnsey Estates UK to transform a major 52-hectare brownfield regeneration site in South Wales. An Outline Planning Application and Listed Building Application have been submitted to create a new, contemporary urban village at Mamhilad. Under the proposals, one of Wales’ largest Listed Buildings will form the focus of a place that will include 975 homes, a new neighbourhood centre with shops, leisure facilities, a primary school and significant employment opportunities, surrounded by areas of attractive open space and woodland. Located between Pontypool…

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Capita’s Hyndburn Wind Farm project named best sustainable development


Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure, alongside its client Energie Kontor Ltd and contractors Conservefor Ltd, has won the Sustainability Award at the North West Construction Awards, for the Hyndburn Wind Farm Project. The collaborative team combined expertise in upland land planning, hydrology survey and ecological survey and monitoring to deliver the environmental aspects of the scheme. Specifically, the team designed, implemented and are continuing to monitor a habitat restoration strategy which saw the 12-turbine moorland site become nominated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as well as raising the water table and increasing plant and bird species. The…

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Broadway Malyan submit planning for Polish lakeside apartments

Broadway Malyan

Plans have been submitted by Broadway Malyan for a high-end apartment development on the banks of Zegrze Lake to the north of Warsaw. The scheme is one of the first of its kind overlooking the man-made reservoir that is a popular destination for visitors escaping the Polish capital in the summer months. The scheme will include 100 residential units ranging from studios to generous double storey apartments, two levels of underground parking, sport and spa facilities, a restaurant and a small marina. Broadway Malyan’s Bartek Kumor, who is leading the project, said the apartments were designed to minimise their impact…

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LUC completes latest round of Sustainability Appraisal work for Braintree District Council


The planning team at LUC recently completed the penultimate stage of Braintree District Council’s Sustainability Appraisal (SA) prior to Examination, which will be used to inform the development of the Braintree District Local Plan. Located in north Essex, Braintree is a predominantly rural district and is one of the fastest growing areas in England. This means it is essential that the District responds to the growing needs of its rising population, whilst ensuring development and growth is sustainable. Sustainability Appraisal is a tool used to asses planning policy documents to evaluate the social, economic and environmental implications of the document….

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Circus West brings life to the newly transformed Battersea Power Station

Circus West

Circus West, the first phase of the transformation of Battersea Power Station into a place that people call home, completes this summer. It opens up a precious new stretch of Thames riverside on the western side of the Power Station, connecting to Battersea Park. The development includes two major new residences: one made out of glass that is longer than The Shard is tall, juxtaposed against another that is copper-clad. These are unified by dramatic new public realm and horticulturally rich gardens. “The challenge has been to make sure the landscape responds to the scale of the Power Station without…

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The Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum wins RIBA National Award

Remembrance Centre

The Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum has been awarded an RIBA National Award. It is the only project in the West Midlands region to have been honoured and is now on the long-list for the Stirling Prize – the most prestigious architecture award in the UK. The judges commented: “The building rises to the challenge of unifying an existing chapel, a former visitor centre and external spaces and gardens. It addresses the Armed Forces Memorial in a powerful way. A well-proportioned, Neoclassical façade projects the appropriate level of gravitas associated with a building of such importance. It separates…

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Peter Coleman is appointed Mayor’s Design Advocate

Peter Coleman

BDP Principal and head of retail Peter Coleman has been appointed one of the Mayor of London’s Design Advocates. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced the appointments on tenth July when he launched his Good Growth by Design programme to enhance the design of buildings and neighbourhoods for all Londoners as the city’s population heads towards ten million people. Peter said: “I am delighted to be selected as one of Sadiq Kahn’s Design Advocates to assist with his vision for London Good Growth By Design. The three key principles I will be looking for in proposals will be design quality,…

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FPCR Building sandcastles at Ryton Pools for new colony of Sand Martins


As part of the creation of a new UK Mail facility at the Prologis Park Ryton, FPCR’s client Prologis had created a temporary borrow pit as part of the works and created the perfect new home for a colony of Sand Martins Riparia riparia, which moved in and successfully bred (2015). The birds were left to nest in peace after a wide exclusion zone was implemented but realising that the site was on the birds’ migration route together with the fact that the borrow pit couldn’t stay on site long-term, FPCR worked with Prologis, Whiting Landscapes and the park rangers at nearby…

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Ten year landmark for award-winning MediaCityUK


Last month marked ten years since The Peel Group began transforming the derelict Salford docklands into MediaCityUK, an award-winning media hub which is now home to the BBC, ITV, Salford University and more than 200 media businesses. Gillespies delivered a contemporary new public realm together with a sequence of dynamic public spaces that have transformed this area into a place of culture and entertainment. At its heart, a multifunctional Piazza, with elegant stone paving, now serves as a space for activities, media events and large gatherings – you may recognise it as the backdrop for many ITV shows such as…

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