May 26, 2018

University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape to celebrate 50th anniversary with international conference


The University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape has announced that registration is open for Landscape50, a landmark international conference that brings together leading thinkers and practitioners from around the world to set out a bold future vision for Landscape Architecture. This event presents a unique opportunity to hear from global leaders at the very forefront of the discipline, in a stimulating and dynamic environment. Landscape50 features nine speakers that represent the broad multi-disciplinary nature of Landscape Architecture, and who have been responsible for shaping the agenda in their own fields of practice, research and ideas. Through a series of sharp,…

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Arup supports the delivery of Solar Gate in Hull’s Queen’s Gardens


Arup has provided state-of-the-art structural engineering design services for an advanced 10-metre tall sculpture, which has now officially opened in Hull’s Queen’s Gardens. Solar Gate is a super-light innovative structure that uses solar alignment to mark specific times and dates in Hull’s history engraved into discs set into the ground, much like a sundial. Sixteen reveal dates have been selected to celebrate landmark moments in the city’s history and world events. Arup collaborated with architects Tonkin Liu and local fabricator PearlGreen to create the piece to celebrate Hull’s status as 2017 UK City of Culture. The height of a three-storey…

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Success for Austin Design Works in LI awards small projects category


At a prestigious ceremony held on the 23 November at The Brewery, London, landscape architect Rachael Emous-Austin won a Highly Commended award for the Small Projects category for the design of the walled garden and entrance way at Stroud’s Museum in the Park. The event was hosted by host Bill Bryson, OBE.  Joining her to celebrate were co-director Matthew and Ann Taylor (Learning and Programmes Officer) from Stroud Museum. “We are all so proud; this is confirmation that everyone’s efforts and perseverance have paid off,” says Ann Taylor, who managed and fund-raised for the project together with her museum team and…

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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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