July 22, 2018

New Manchester office for public realm specialists re-form


Public realm specialist re-form Landscape Architecture is set to move into new office space in Manchester. The company is relocating from the Hive on Lever Street in the Northern Quarter to 921 sq ft of space at Beehive Mill in Ancoats. The switch comes on the back of a series of new project wins. In addition, the practice has promoted David Livesey to director. Livesey, who heads up the Manchester studio, will now be a shareholder in the company. The business was created by landscape architects Andrew Price and Guy Denton in 2011. It now operates across two studios in…

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BDP wins Palace of Westminster Refurbishment contract


BDP has been awarded a full interdisciplinary contract for client advisory services to help ensure the safe and secure future of the Palace of Westminster. Since its construction in the mid-1800s, many features and systems in the Palace have never undergone a major renovation, and the heating, ventilation, water, drainage and electrical systems are extremely antiquated. In awarding these contracts, Parliament can take forward the crucial work required to safeguard the Palace and keep Parliament running. Architect director Tim Leach said:  “It’s an enormous privilege for the practice to be entrusted with helping safeguard the Palace of Westminster, this international…

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Gillespies win international competition for Astana Masterplan 2025


Gillespies has won an international competition to produce a comprehensive Terms of Reference for the 2025 Astana Master Plan in independent Kazakhstan. The terms of reference will form the foundations of a brief for the future Astana Master Plan that will set out to improve the quality of life of its residents, strengthen the interaction between the municipality authorities, citizens and businesses, as well as providing necessary infrastructure, services and public spaces to accommodate the sustainable long-term development of the city over the next eight years. Gillespies’ proposed terms of reference focus on the physical, socio-economical and sustainability factors that…

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TCL praised by award winning Redrow South East for hard work


TCL has been thanked for playing a key role in helping Redrow South East win a clutch of NHBC Pride in the Job quality awards over the past year. Three of the ten developments for which TCL has designed and installed the soft landscaping since the spring of 2016 have had their site managers singled out for the coveted awards. Candidates are selected for their technical knowledge, build process consistency, leadership and organisational skills. Only 450 from 15,000 site managers nationwide are presented with the coveted title each year. Redrow South East project manager Mike Tynan took the time to…

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Construction sector to benefit as big contracts move out of the capital

Construction sector

A shift in construction contracts out of London and into the Midlands will help support a sector experiencing uncertainty amid a prolonged Brexit negotiation in the region. That’s the view from Crown Group boss Gareth Emberton on a new report which shows major regeneration and infrastructure project work is moving from the capital to the rest of the UK. Analysts for Barbour ABI and the Construction Products Association says that investment in housebuilding, infrastructure and commercial property in Scotland and the West Midlands had the highest growth. The total value of contracts awarded in London was £13.1bn last year, down…

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PLACE Design + Planning announces new Associate

PLACE Design + Planning

Meaghan Kombol has been promoted to Associate at landscape architecture practice PLACE Design + Planning. A Chartered Landscape Architect, Meaghan gained her MA in landscape architecture in 2006 and has a great deal of international and national experience, from desert-reclamation projects in Abu Dhabi to residential and school landscapes in the UK. Meaghan’s designs have been well-received and have won numerous awards and accolades. Her sustainably-driven designs create highly functional, yet aesthetically pleasing spaces, maximising the potential of sites for users and clients. In 2015 she authored a book, published by Phaidon Press, 30:30 Landscape Architecture in which 30 of…

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UNESCO awards Lake District World Heritage Status


At a meeting in Poland on ninth July 2017, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee awarded World Heritage Site status to the Lake District.  In doing so, the Committee praised the area’s beauty, farming and the inspiration it had provided to artists and writers.  It is the 31 place in the UK and overseas territories to be put on the UNESCO World Heritage List alongside Stonehenge, Kew Gardens and Liverpool. Chris Blandford, President of World Heritage UK and CBA Senior Consultant, described the decision as “fantastic news”. “The Lake District had been trying to obtain World Heritage status since 1986.  This decision…

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Mayor appoints Manisha Patel as a Design Advocate

Manisha Patel

Manisha Patel, has been appointed as part of a 50-strong panel of Design Advocates to the Mayor of London. The panel is drawn from a pool of individuals representing the highest quality of talent and expertise across a broad range of built environment disciplines. Design Advocates are tasked with providing invaluable support to the Mayor and his staff, through advocacy, critique and research for his Good Growth by Design agenda, which looks to address the many pressing issues facing the capital’s built environment. Manisha said of her appointment: “I am delighted to have been selected as a Design Advocate and…

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Barton Willmore submit outline planning application for new settlement in South Wales

Barton Willmore

Barton Willmore has submitted a masterplan and detailed architectural proposals to Torfaen County Borough Council on behalf of Johnsey Estates UK to transform a major 52-hectare brownfield regeneration site in South Wales. An Outline Planning Application and Listed Building Application have been submitted to create a new, contemporary urban village at Mamhilad. Under the proposals, one of Wales’ largest Listed Buildings will form the focus of a place that will include 975 homes, a new neighbourhood centre with shops, leisure facilities, a primary school and significant employment opportunities, surrounded by areas of attractive open space and woodland. Located between Pontypool…

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Capita’s Hyndburn Wind Farm project named best sustainable development


Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure, alongside its client Energie Kontor Ltd and contractors Conservefor Ltd, has won the Sustainability Award at the North West Construction Awards, for the Hyndburn Wind Farm Project. The collaborative team combined expertise in upland land planning, hydrology survey and ecological survey and monitoring to deliver the environmental aspects of the scheme. Specifically, the team designed, implemented and are continuing to monitor a habitat restoration strategy which saw the 12-turbine moorland site become nominated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as well as raising the water table and increasing plant and bird species. The…

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