December 11, 2017

Sweco UK celebrates a year since rebrand with 150 new recruits

Sweco UK

Leading engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco UK is celebrating a successful 12 months since its rebrand from Grontmij in April last year. In the last year, Sweco have expanded their UK operations by offering the addition of a landscape architecture team based in Manchester, which has pushed the number of staff in the UK to around 800 in total. Sweco UK managing director, Max Joy, said: “Rebranding to Sweco has enabled us to plan for sustainable, profitable growth. We had strong, positive momentum from day one of the rebrand and our teams have thrived upon the new and exciting…

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Survey reveals a third of the industry is not clear on how to comply with Government BIM mandate


NBS’ seventh annual BIM survey reveals that a year since the BIM level two mandate came into force, a third of the industry is still unclear with what they have to do to comply with it. Repeated issues coming out of the survey, which had over 1,000 responses, were government failing to enforce the mandate and a lack of education for clients – 72 percent of clients don’t understand the benefits of BIM. “The introduction of the BIM mandate has broadly been a success – BIM adoption in the UK is growing in both extent (more people are using BIM)…

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Fields in Trust launches manifesto for parks for the UK general election

Fields in Trust

Fields in Trust has launched its Manifesto for Parks in advance of the General Election on 8th June. The election presents an opportunity to ensure the UK’s parks, playing fields and green spaces are addressed as a vital national issue by the next government. Fields in Trust is championing our green spaces and raising awareness of the positive impact they have on our communities. Download and read their Manifesto for Parks Download and print their doorstep card. Keep it by your front door and when your candidates come canvassing you’ll have four questions you can ask them about your local parks and green spaces…

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Outdoor Deck Company live on the NBS National BIM library

outdoor deck

The Outdoor Deck Company is pleased to announce they are now live on the NBS National BIM library offering all their decking and contemporary cladding products for free download in a variety of formats including Revit and IFC. The published objects include Duradeck™, Durapine™, Softline© and Techniclic©. The Outdoor Deck Company objects provide detailed information about each individual decking and contemporary cladding product and their physical characteristics, enabling integration with the building design model. More than just a 3D version of CAD, BIM contains rich parametric data including not only geometry, but the properties of building components. This information is incredibly useful for specifiers, architects, contractors, consultants and designers. Mike Wilderink, Outdoor…

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HRH Princess Royal visits Battersea Power Station to learn about redevelopment

Battersea power

HRH The Princess Royal joined leaders from around the Commonwealth for the first official event at Battersea Power Station’s new culture and events venue, The Village Hall. The Princess attended the CSCLeaders programme in her capacity as President of the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences. CSCLeaders is run annually by the global leadership development organization Common Purpose. Chairman of Battersea Power Station Development Company Dato Jauhari welcomed HRH The Princess Royal to the event comprising 100 exceptional leaders selected from a diverse range of backgrounds from governments, businesses and NGOs across the Commonwealth countries. The event formed…

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Sweco appoints visualisation consultant to boost Manchester landscape architecture team


Leading engineering, environmental and design consultancy Sweco UK has bolstered its Manchester landscape architecture team with the appointment of a visualisation consultant. The addition allows Sweco to develop a new service to its offering focused on the production of verified ‘photomontage’ images. Will Fox, who will be based in Sweco’s St Peter’s Square office, has 16 years’ consultancy experience. He joins Sweco after working for clients including National Grid; Barratt Homes; RWE; Western Power Distribution; Scottish Power; Network Rail; and Manchester Metropolitan University. Welcoming Will to the business, Phillip Black, technical director, said: “Will’s appointment to the landscape architecture team…

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Andrew Grant to judge Greater London National Park City competition

National Park

Andrew Grant, founder and director at Grant Associates, is to sit on the jury for campaign group Greater London National Park City’s ‘Imagine’ competition. The competition is calling for creatives from all disciplines, from film-making to architecture and design, to visualise the capital’s future as a National Park City. With a broad brief, submissions can range from ideas for future developments to re-imagining London’s current landscape. Imagine aims to promote awareness of London National Park City, which is an initiative to make London the world’s first National Park City by applying the principles and values of a rural National Park…

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Wokingham Town Centre to be given £3.8million redevelopment


A £3.8million development of Wokingham Town Centre is set to get underway. Next month eight months of building will begin at Market Place, with the work undertaken in phases and to finish in March 2018. The aim of the Wokingham Borough and Wokingham Town councils joint project is to spruce up the centre, through new additions including a ‘continental style’ restaurant space and a row of semi-mature trees, and improve the traffic and pedestrian flow of Market Place. Wokingham Town Mayor Councillor Gwynneth Hewetson said: “Our newly refurbished Market Place will be a fantastic heart of the town where we…

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Grant Associates wins international competition for landmark city-park in Tianjin


Landscape architect Grant Associates has won an international competition to create a new 41 hectare city park for Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City (TJEC) in northern China. Occupying a central location in Tianjin Eco-City on the Gu Dao Canal, the design vision for Friendship Park is a park that welcomes visitors of all ages, celebrating the friendship between China and Singapore, and embodying the principles of sustainability. Grant Associates’ masterplan aims to translate these ideas onto site by interlocking contrasting landscapes and characters – like water and land, nature and city – while maintaining a unity in the design with a continuous…

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Public consultation on £400m Sirocco Quays revamp


The public will have the chance this week to see fresh and detailed plans for a £400m revamp of Sirocco Quays in Belfast. The huge site would encompass more than 700,000sq ft of office space, a hotel, 815 homes, restaurants, pubs, shops and cafes. It’s claimed when fully completed it could create 5,000 jobs. During the 12-week consultation process – which is a requirement of a development of this size – the public will be able to see the master plan for the mixed-use scheme and deliver feedback to developers. In November, the Belfast Telegraph revealed that the St Francis Group and a new…

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