April 20, 2018

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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PlaceFirst moves forward with Welsh Streets plans


Build-to-rent developer PlaceFirst has released images of its plans for the regeneration of Welsh Streets in Liverpool, a series of Victorian terraces near Princes Park which have stood largely empty for years. In its first pilot project, PlaceFirst plans to create 24 homes from the refurbishment of the current houses on the site, creating modern and energy efficient homes for families, and turning both the street and rear of the properties into communal avenues, rather than traditional yards and alleys. PlaceFirst is working on the wider masterplan for Welsh Streets under an agreement with Liverpool City Council, which could see…

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Grant Associates elected to SILA executive committee

Grant Associates

Mike Wood, Senior Associate at Grant Associates, has been elected to the Executive Committee for the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA). Mike will serve a two-year term on the Executive Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the non-profit organisation that represents landscape architecture professionals in Singapore. Grant Associates has been an active member of SILA since the UK headquartered practice formed a Singapore office in 2006 after Grant Associates was appointed lead designer of the city state’s landmark scheme Gardens by the Bay. Grant Associates has gone on to consolidate its reputation in the region…

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Fields in Trust supports API call to increase investment to positively impact health and wellbeing


Fields in Trust welcomes a new report from the Association of Play Industries (API) into the state of England’s playgrounds and supports calls for increased investment that will positively impact the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, said: “Play is the first step children take towards physical literacy and an active lifestyle and therefore investing in play spaces and securing their future should be a priority in combating the negative health impacts of a sedentary population. Parks and playgrounds are vulnerable to closure in these challenging times and it’s important that…

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Laurence Associates expand with successful acquisition of planning consultancy


A planning-led architectural practice on the outskirts of Truro is looking to expand its business following the successful acquisition of a Liskeard-based planning consultancy. Laurence Associates is an award-winning practice, based at Threemilestone, which offers town planning, architecture and landscape architecture expertise. It’s bought Urban & Rural Planning Associates to extend its reach in South East Cornwall and across the border into Devon. Managing director Richard Marsden said: “Generally speaking, people look for consultants in their own patch because they know the local planning issues and how the local authorities work. “South East Cornwall and Plymouth is a huge opportunity for Laurence Associates…

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Shortlist announced for Ross Pavilion international design competition


The Ross Development Trust in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council and Malcolm Reading Consultants have announced the seven finalist teams who will proceed to the second stage of the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition. The competition is searching for an outstanding team of architects, landscape designers, engineers and other specialists for the new circa £25m Ross Pavilion and Gardens project in the heart of Edinburgh. Each of the finalist teams is led by an architect, listed below: Adjaye Associates (UK) BIG Bjarke Ingels Group (Denmark) Flanagan Lawrence (UK) Page \ Park Architects (UK) Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (Norway) wHY (USA) William Matthews Associates (UK) and Sou Fujimoto…

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Green infrastructure is key to the development of Grandhome


Major investment is underway in establishing the formal and informal green spaces at Grandhome, the new community for Aberdeen that will meet a significant proportion of the city’s new housing needs over the next 25 years. More than £7 million of work is currently being carried out to deliver the first phase of supporting infrastructure for the community, which includes extensive landscaping and the creation of Grandhome’s first open spaces. The delivery of the vision for Grandhome, set out in its masterplan, will set new standards in the region for place making in terms of its built environment, sense of…

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