November 22, 2017

Arup and Kiwa Gastec appointed to explore potential for using hydrogen to heat UK homes


Arup is leading a UK government project examining the feasibility of phasing out the use of natural gas for domestic use by converting homes to hydrogen fuel. The £25 million Hydrogen for Heat Programme, commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will look at the feasibility of converting a small village or estate to replace natural gas with hydrogen for cooking and heating. The Arup-led consortium, including hydrogen specialists Kiwa Gastec, will explore the practicalities of using the zero-carbon gas in homes and will facilitate the design and manufacture of new appliances such as fires, cookers…

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Calls for urgent tree planting to prevent climate change


Gathering at a landmark Tree Conference, a diverse collective of scientists, conservationists, forestry experts, and tree project leaders unanimously called for urgent tree planting to avert climate change  Planting trees is more vital than ever, an eclectic gathering of 130 scientists, environmentalists, tree experts, project leaders and multifarious tree lovers concurred at The Tree Conference in Glastonbury on Saturday, 4 November. Despite the widely converging views of those attending the event at the Red Brick Building, all were united by a common call to action – to plant more trees. Conference organiser Suzi Martineau said: “The day brought a huge…

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Research from Gensler shows impact of design on ‘great experiences’


Gensler, a global architecture, design and planning firm, today announced the results of its first-ever Gensler Experience Index, validating that design has a quantifiable impact on experience. The research identifies the key drivers of a great experience and provides a holistic framework for understanding experience across retail, public spaces, and workplaces. This first-of-its-kind research combines the known drivers of creating a human experience — product, brand and service quality, with design factors — something that has not been factored into the formula to-date. The results demonstrate that design is the key differentiating factor between a good experience and a great…

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Cinema and ice-skating rink among ideas floated for London Metropolitan University’s central plaza plan


An open-air cinema, an ice-skating rink and an area for yoga classes are just some of the ideas being touted to be included in the £125m overhaul of London Metropolitan University. The university has launched a consultation over plans to transform its central courtyard to create a large plaza which is open to the community. Proposals for the open space will enable members of the public to pass through the campus from surrounding streets, having access to a new cafe that is also to be developed as part of the blueprint. The project – dubbed ‘one campus, one community’ –…

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Galway City Council grants planning permission for Bonham Quay


Galway City Council has granted planning permission for Bonham Quay a new high end office development overlooking the docks. Aiming to attract modern high-tech industries to Galway, the BDP designed scheme will strengthen the area’s reputation as a fast growing European city. The €104m campus comprises four office blocks surrounded by two adaptable public squares and linked together by landscaped bridges. The blocks range in size to allow for user flexibility. Additional facilities include retail and restaurants, a commuter centre encouraging smarter and sustainable travel, a fitness centre and a larger dedicated arts and cultural facility. Bonham Quay will make…

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Shortlist announced for ‘UK’s Best Park, as voted by YOU!’ award


The shortlists for this year’s Fields in Trust Awards have been announced. Winners in nine categories will be celebrated at a ceremony on Wednesday 29th November at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London hosted by sports presenter and journalist Jacqui Oatley. For the third year the UK’s Best Park, as voted by YOU! Award celebrates the nation’s favourite park following nominations by the public of 360 parks and with over 15,000 votes cast. Four local green spaces have been shortlisted: Craigavon City Park in County Armagh, Roath Park in Cardiff, Rouken Glen Park in East Renfrewshire and Stanley Park in Blackpool. The overall winner and UK’s…

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LUC working on landscape enhancement in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park


LUC is to be involved in the ongoing development of landscape and visual mitigation proposals in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park on behalf of ScottishPower Energy Networks (SPEN) and Scottish & Southern Energy Networks (SSEN). Focusing on existing transmission infrastructure located across the National Park, LUC has been working closely with SPEN, SSEN, stakeholders and landowners to develop proposals to mitigate visual impacts whilst delivering potential landscape, biodiversity, recreational and tourism benefits to visitors and communities alike. You can read about the prioritisation of proposals in the latest issue of the Friends of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs magazine, The Voice, here. SPEN and…

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Gillespies donates bulbs to mark the opening of Maple West Retirement Village in Stoke-on-Trent


Gillespies has donated 600 “Narcissus February Gold” bulbs to mark the opening of Maple West, a new retirement village located on the site of the former Westcliffe Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent. Developed by Sapphire Extra Care Ltd, a partnership between Your Housing Group, Eric Wright Group and Kajima Partnership Ltd, Maple West provides almost 400 ‘extra care’ homes together with new facilities and a communal garden space designed by Gillespies. The planting project, organised by Your Housing Group, stemmed from a discussion with a local resident named Betty, who resided in the historic workhouse buildings that once occupied the site. Still…

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Green light as regeneration plans for Filton Airfield take-off

Filton Airfield

Plans by infrastructure and development company YTL to regenerate Bristol’s historic 350-acre site at Filton Airfield have received the green light from South Gloucestershire Council. The masterplan includes 2,675 new homes, 62 acres of employment and industrial space, three new schools, community facilities, a new railway station and a dedicated Metrobus route on the site of the former airfield in north Bristol. Grant Associates worked closely with architect Allies and Morrison on the masterplan and developed the overall landscape strategy for the scheme, one of the largest brownfield sites in the UK. YTL Land and Property purchased the site from…

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Tower Hamlets Local Plan nearing completion after LUC support

Tower Hamlets

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets Local Plan is in the final stages of consultation after LUC provided support on the preparation of a comprehensive evidence base to ensure that healthy communities are delivered. Once adopted, the plan will be the key strategic document to guide and manage development in the borough until 2031. LUC’s input has included extensive evidence gathering on water spaces, green infrastructure and open space needs to ensure that the Local Plan delivers healthy communities to help address poor health and low quality living environments in this densely urban Borough. LUC Associate Emma Luke, alongside Rosica Kolarova, Spatial Planning Officer from…

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