July 18, 2018

Atkins-designed innovation centre opens at the University of Edinburgh

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Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is the designer behind a new animal science innovation centre and campus hub opened today at the University of Edinburgh by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. The £23 million Charnock Bradley Building at the university’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies provides a place at the heart of the university campus for staff, students, and businesses to share ideas, innovations and research. It is part of the University of Edinburgh’s four-phase, 20-year development of the campus to establish it as a world-leading centre of excellence for animal science. SNC-Lavalin acquired WS Atkins plc…

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Urban Edge welcomes Gosia Soltan to Landscape Design team

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Urban Edge Architecture has announced the arrival of Gosia Soltan into its Landscape Design team. Gosia completed her Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture in Warsaw and went on to work for the Ministry of the Environment. Working there until 2017, Gosia’s role was senior sustainability consultant on environmental programmes and she spent a significant amount of time in Brussels as Poland’s representative on the EU forum.  Prior to her work at the Ministry, Gosia worked at a private landscape design practice in Suffolk where she focused predominantly on residential and public realm landscape design, from conceptual work through to detailed hard and soft…

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Registration Opens for ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Philadelphia

Registration is now open for the 2018 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting and EXPO planned for October 19-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The annual meeting, featuring more than 350 exhibitors,  is the largest gathering of landscape architecture professionals and students in the world. According to ASLA President Gregory A. Miller, FASLA, Philadelphia is the perfect setting for the annual meeting because it offers a mix of reverence toward history and inspiration for landscape architects as they address the changing world through sustainable design. “Philadelphia is famous for bringing bright minds together to accomplish the remarkable,” said Miller….

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Green space generates over £34 billion of health and wellbeing benefits

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New research from Fields in Trust demonstrate that parks and green spaces across the United Kingdom provide people with over £34 billion of health and wellbeing benefits. The report comes as the Fields in Trust launches a new five-year strategy Green Spaces for Good – including a foreword from the charity’s President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, who sets out the strategic focus on protecting parks and green spaces for future generations to enjoy. The new strategic approach is underpinned by research evidence; Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces aims to change perceptions by establishing a baseline for the value that…

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Birmingham Conservatoire named Project of the Year at RICS Awards

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The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire was named as Project of the Year at the RICS West Midlands Awards at Grand Station in Wolverhampton. The ceremony celebrated the most impressive and community beneficial property schemes, with the Conservatoire also taking home the Design through Innovation award. Project of the Year accolade is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area. Bennett Architectural worked alongside Galliford Try to design, supply and install Kawneer AA100 windows and AA720 curtain walling systems and achieve one of the highest levels of acoustic attentuation in the world. Lionel Grant, Managing…

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Poole Council begin search to procure development partner

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Poole Borough Council’s cabinet have given the green light to procure a development partner for its £170m town centre regeneration plans, a Built Environment Networking conference has heard. Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth & Infrastructure at the Borough of Poole Council, revealed that the decision on the Town Centre North project has been taken the night before our event. The council has been working with consultants Deloitte and architects BDP on the project, which incorporates 400 new homes, a hotel, swimming pool, commercial office space and a replacement bus station. Under the council’s timetable for the project, public consultation is…

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University of Cambridge breaks into housing delivery big league

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The University of Cambridge is on track to be one of the major housing developers in the south of England this year, a Built Environment Networking event has heard. Heather Topel, Project Director of the university’s North-West Cambridge development, told the event that 150 homes in the scheme’s first phase have already been built, with that figure set to increase to 550 in the next three months and reach 700 by the end of the year. Most of the accommodation has been occupied so far by post-doctoral staff working at the university with the first housing for sale ready to…

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Urban forest and pest management: a Canadian perspective

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A seminar with Philip van Wassenaer and Alexander Satel, 30 April 2018 – Report by Colin Hambidge   The series of seminars hosted by Barcham Trees at its Ely, Cambridgeshire, nursery assumed an international flavour in late April when Philip van Wassenaer and Alexander Satel from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, presented to an audience of tree officers, arborists, landscape architects, designers, private contractors and tree managers. Philip founded his company Urban Forest Innovations Inc in 1994, having started his professional life as an arborist, while Alex began in traditional forestry. Philip and Alex share almost three decades of experience in developing urban…

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Arup appointed on new community focused stadium in Bath

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Arup has been appointed by Stadium for Bath to play a central role in the design of a new community-focused stadium for the city. The appointment follows a rigorous, multi-stage procurement process involving a series of workshops with the Stadium for Bath team. The workshops explored engineering challenges posed by the proposed site, which is positioned in the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage city. Arup will provide civil, geotechnical, structural, mechanical, electrical and public health engineering as well as ICT, audio visual, acoustic and specialist lighting design for the new 18,000 seat, digitally-enabled stadium. Arup’s team will be led…

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Watch: Selecting species for a better urban treescape by TDAG

Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) ran a seminar in March of this year about selecting tree species in urban areas. The event sold out, with many people missing out. But fortunately the event was recorded and has now been posted on YouTube for you to enjoy. TDAG are also releasing a new tablet guide: How can we improve species selection so that we can provide our towns and cities with diverse and resilient palette of trees that are capable of thriving in challenging urban environments? Due to be released in April 2018, this new TDAG guide will offer for…

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