November 22, 2017

Unlocking local potential: LDA Design to talk garden villages

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Earlier this year, the government named the first ever garden villages. This new initiative has the potential to deliver more than 48,000 homes across England. From Long Marston in Stratford-on-Avon to West Carclaze in Cornwall; from Welborne in Hampshire to St Cuthberts in Cumbria, the 14 new villages will have access to a government fund of £6million over the next two financial years. It’s an investment which emphasises the need for locally-led development. Much rests on it. Get these right, and we will create welcoming, enterprising new places which will help to address the real and pressing need for housing….

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New Scotland Yard wins Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2017

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New Scotland Yard was named the winner of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award at last night’s British Construction Industry Awards. The award recognises excellence in publicly funded buildings and infrastructure. Won in competition by architects AHMM, the new £60m headquarters has successfully remodelled and extended the neo-classical Curtis Green Building into a contemporary setting for the Metropolitan Police. Gillespies – who were part of the original competition team – have delivered a distinctive, striped public realm that has opened up the existing enclosed space, creating a bold and welcoming public face for the Metropolitan Police. Source

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Chris Packham brands Government road plans “totally unacceptable”

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Government road builder Highways England has put to the public vote three routes which would all tear through a rare ancient woodland – home to the protected and threatened hazel dormouse – in their pitch for a new bypass around Arundel in West Sussex. Astoundingly it comes just two years after it committed to no net loss of biodiversity by 2020*, says the Woodland Trust. Just a six km stretch of road could put the scale of woodland loss in the same bracket as national infrastructure project HS2. The Woodland Trust – with just 5 days to go [consultation deadline…

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Images released of planned new £1bn neighbourhood and park in South London

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The first images of the planned £1 billion new neighbourhood and park replacing the “challenged” south London estate where rappers So Solid Crew grew up are published today. Under the proposals most of the blocks on the sprawling “Soviet-style” Winstanley and York Road Estate next to Clapham Junction will be demolished to make way for more than 2,200 new homes, including 1,148 for private sale. The images were published today to mark the formal signing of a partnership between Wandsworth council and contractor Taylor Wimpey, which will oversee the 10-year works. Facilities such as a gym, fitness studios, eight-court sports…

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Design studio Open hires two landscape architects in manchester

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Andrew Watson and Chris Moir have joined the multi-disciplinary design practice, Open, in Ancoats as landscape architects. Watson joined from Fabrik where he was technical director from 2010 until this year. In this position he was involved in the regeneration of Irwell Riverside in Salford. Watson brings experience of working with Urban Splash, Places for People, and Downing. He is joined by Chris Moir, who was a graduate landscape architect at TPM Landscape from October 2016 to September 2017. The Manchester office in the grade two-listed Beehive Mill has been operating for a year, led by former Turley director Jaimie…

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We must act now to save our parks, playgrounds and green spaces, says Association of Play Industries

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New research from Fields in Trust showing the crucial role that parks and green spaces play in all our lives has prompted the Association of Play Industries (API) to highlight once again the alarming decline in playgrounds uncovered in their Nowhere to Play campaign. API Chair, Mark Hardy, says: “The Fields in Trust research shows, for the first time at national level, a direct and statistically significant link between public parks and green spaces and health and wellbeing. “We are at a pivotal point in the ongoing campaign to protect the future of our playgrounds, parks and green spaces. There…

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Plans to transform the Oxford Street District into a world class public space progress after strong support

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Work to make the Oxford Street district a globally renowned public space has taken a step forward with the publication of the full results of the first public consultation that showed strong support for transforming the area. A second consultation on plans to secure the street’s future as the world’s best outdoor shopping experience and a great place to live and visit will now go ahead later this year. Bordering vibrant residential community across Mayfair, Marylebone, Fitzrovia and Soho, Oxford Street welcomes more than 500,000 visitors every day. It is the location of some of the world’s best-loved stores and brand…

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Nottingham City Homes’ teams up with local charity to give Broxtowe Country Park entrance an upgrade

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Nottingham City Homes’ (NCH) has teamed up with local charity, Rebalancing the Outer Estates Foundation, to upgrade the entrance to Broxtowe Country Park. The entrance to the park, which splits Lindfield Road and Woodfield Road, was looking harsh and unwelcoming, and was in desperate need of an upgrade to make the most of what the Country Park has to offer. Local architects HLP Design were appointed through competition and NCH consulted with the surrounding communities and local councillors to secure funding and agree costs with Nottingham City Council (NCC), which delivered the work on the park entrance. Nick Murphy, Chief…

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Work underway on Bournemouth Council’s £2m ‘phase 2’ project

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Work to resurface Pier Approach in Bournemouth has begun. A ground-breaking ceremony to kick off Bournemouth council’s £2 million ‘phase two’ project has been held. The work follows on from the borough’s £4m phase one project started in 2014, which saw the eastern side of Pier Approach repaved, a new tourism office built and a fountain water feature installed. The new work, expected to be completed in the spring, will see the western site repaved to match the east, new ‘landscaping’ features and new bins sunk into the ground to increase their capacity. The work has been scheduled to take…

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Public Inquiry to be held into controversial Whitesands flood scheme

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A public inquiry will be held into the controversial Whitesands flood protection scheme. The council announced that the fate of the £25 million scheme lies in the hands of the Scottish Government. Ministers will decide whether to take the scheme forward, modify it or reject it completely. Councillors approved the scheme after an hour-long debate on the plans in June. Conservative group leader Ian Carruthers tabled a bid to scrap the scheme but it was defeated by 25 votes to 16. Council leader Elaine Murray said this week: “This administration is absolutely committed to a flood protection for the Whitesands that incorporates much needed…

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