February 21, 2018

Gillespies attend opening celebration at The Piece Hall in Halifax

Piece Hall

On Tuesday 1 August, Gillespies attended the official opening of The Piece Hall in Halifax. Organised by The Piece Hall Trust – the newly formed charity who will operate The Piece Hall – the daytime celebrations began by the sounding of a bell at 10am by Hannah Cockroft, the Halifax-born British wheelchair racer and Paralympian, signalling the official opening of The Piece Hall. The team were joined by members of the council, the Piece Hall Trust, locals and tourists who gathered to see the unveiling of the restored eighteenth century cloth hall, which is now home to a variety of…

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Scottish Government grants consent for South Kyle Wind Farm


The Scottish Government has granted consent for 50-turbine South Kyle Wind Farm in the Scottish Uplands of East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway. The result follows a Public Inquiry which determined that the benefits of the wind farm would be significant. It’s another renewable energy success for LDA Design who developed a landscape-led design strategy for the site on behalf of Swedish energy giant, Vattenfall. The proposed wind farm is situated in one of the UK’s wildest areas, a ‘dark sky’ spot perfect for stargazing. Vattenfall is committed to ensuring the project generates local employment through the project itself and…

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Playforce win contract to create playground in Southwark


Playforce has won a £150,000 contract to create an entire primary school playground in the London borough of Southwark. Work begins on the project at Friars Primary Foundation School in August – with completion expected in September. The project, whose price tag is unusually lavish for a school, has been made possible thanks to a windfall created by Friars selling a house to developers for conversion into flats. The contract will see the Playforce team remove all the school’s existing play equipment and creating new learning and physical zones for the children. These include a nature zone with hexagonal viewing pond, a physical climbing…

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FutureArch is partnering with the Flood Expo 2017


FutureArch has joined forces with the Flood Expo 2017 as an official partner ahead of the event’s highly anticipated return on the 27 and 28 of September at ExCeL London. The Flood Expo is simply unique; it’s the world’s largest exhibition and conference designed to showcase the latest innovations that further the way flooding is predicted, prevented, and managed by bringing together the latest solutions, the most innovative suppliers, and the industry’s greatest schedule of seminars led by the world’s most prominent experts. This standout exhibition regularly attracts partnerships with major players from across the industry. FutureArch’s inclusion in the 2017 show…

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Rushden Lakes shopping and leisure scheme opens to the public


Phase One of the pioneering Rushden Lakes shopping and leisure scheme has opened to the public. Situated in the Nene Valley, Northampton, the site combines shopping and restaurants with extensive opportunities for outdoor activities within the rich natural habitats of the surrounding wildlife reserves. Comprising approximately 400,000 sq ft of new retail and restaurant accommodation (phase 1), the former gravel extraction pit includes a square mile of lake and SSSI woodland, a boathouse and boardwalk with alfresco waterside dining, wet play area, central water feature and rill. Up to 5 million people are expected to flock to the scheme in…

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LUC on the winning team for three New London Architecture Awards


LUC is delighted to have been on winning teams for three projects at the 2017 New London Architecture Awards. The design team worked with Haworth Tompkins Architects on a new Peabody housing scheme in Silchester, responsible for developing the masterplan for this major regeneration project within The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea which comprises 112 new homes (shared ownership, outright sale and social rent), and new community and retail facilities. This project won an NLA award in the Housing category. In the Mayor’s Award category, LUC was part of the winning team for Central Somers Town Community Facilities with Adam Khan…

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Arup launches new Drivers of Change interactive app


Arup releases interactive app featuring its exclusive research on forces shaping the built and natural environments. This digital version of Drivers of Change puts the power to visualise future living — and the factors shaping the future — in the hands of educators, industry professionals, and the public. The app offers an informed starting point for conversations within communities and companies alike. Ten topics (climate change, convergence, demographics, energy, food, oceans, poverty, urbanisation, waste, and water) can be explored through any, or all, of the five STEEP lenses (social, technological, economic, environmental, and political). Packed with facts, images, and infographics, the app…

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EverEdge offer 10% discount on classic range


EverEdge, who have been manufacturing steel garden edging products for over 20 years, is running a short, two-week sale on the classic range. The sale, which runs until midnight on 18 August, offers a 10% discount on the entire range. Peter Hughes, operations and marketing manager at EverEdge, said of the deal: “Who fancies a discount? For a very limited time, EverEdge is offering 10% off the entire EverEdge Classic range of steel edging products. We have never offered a discount before but the boss is feeling generous, so grab it while you can!” To claim the discount all you…

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GreenBlue Urban celebrating 25th Silver anniversary


GreenBlue Urban are celebrating their 25th Silver anniversary. The month was July, the year 1992 – A landscape gardener from Hastings, East Sussex having studied horticulture, arboriculture, tree nomenclature and landscape design at Plumpton Agricultural College soon realised there were causes for early tree mortality. On a particularly dry summer he discovered that drought stress was the biggest single killer for newly planted trees.  Back home in the family garden shed after abundant research a simple solution was created; a perforated tube, fixed to a tree stake, looping around the root system made tree watering hugely more efficient.  The RootRain…

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Ordnance Survey releases open dataset and free map of Britain’s Greenspaces

Ordnance Survey

Delivered by Ordnance Survey (OS), the free map contains data from OS and other sources, and can be used immediately, for free, through the popular leisure mapping app and online service, OS Maps. This comprehensive map of Great Britain’s greenspaces is also available as an open dataset, called OS Open Greenspace, for communities, businesses and developers to create products and services that will encourage healthier and greener lifestyles. OS CEO, Nigel Clifford, says: “Geospatial data can transform Governments, businesses and communities for the better. We see that through our work in Great Britain and internationally, and we’re excited to be…

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