November 22, 2017

£50 million flood defence scheme opens in Leeds

Leeds

A £50 million flood alleviation scheme in Leeds which uses moveable weir technology – a first for flood risk reduction in the UK – has opened this week. Arup has worked with Leeds City Council and the Environment Agency as lead engineer on the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme since 2011. It is one of the largest river flood alleviation schemes in the country and will provide more than 3,000 homes, 500 businesses and 300 acres of development land with increased protection against flooding from the River Aire and Hol Beck. It is the first time that moveable weirs have been…

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Gillespies scoops first prize at the European Garden Awards for Crossrail Place Roof Garden

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Crossrail Place Roof Garden was awarded first prize for best “Innovative Design of a Contemporary Garden” at the European Garden Awards of the Schloss Dyck Foundation and of the European Garden Heritage Network, held at the IGA 2017 in Berlin. The garden was selected as a positive example of how landscape architects can “rethink roof gardens and connect them with concepts for urban parks and architecture. The garden was praised for its “innovative concept and extraordinary plant skills” Now in its 8th year, the European Garden award honours exceptional achievements in garden culture and in making use of parks and gardens…

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New Parks Action Group is ‘welcome’ and ‘urgently needed’ says the Association of Play Industries

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The Association of Play Industries (API) has welcomed the announcement of the newly established Parks Action Group, to help safeguard the future of parks and green spaces amid ongoing funding pressures. The government-created advisory group will be chaired by Parks & Green Spaces Minister, Marcus Jones MP. API Chair, Mark Hardy, said: “We are at an important time in the ongoing campaign to protect the future of parks and green spaces. The wealth of research showing the crucial role parks have to play in all our lives continues to grow. We hope that the Parks Action Group will have a…

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GreenBlue Urban launches the ArborSystem Configurator

GreenBlue

GreenBlue Urban are delighted to announce the launch of their freeonline tool that enables users to design a tree pit to their exact requirements. It has been a long-term ambition of GreenBlue’s to make it easier for clients to specify products and design a tree pit with ease. The new tool hosts a wide selection of tree species to compliment designs with a range of infrastructure scenarios.  Incorporating ArborFlow ensures SUDS tree pits are also an option for planners and designers. Full specifications and drawings are distributed for ease of quotation and project estimation. The main purpose of the configurator…

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Danish firm Schulze+Grassov chosen for London’s first design district

London

SelgasCano, 6a Architects and David Kohn Architects are among the eight architecture studios creating buildings for a purpose-built design district at the heart of the new Greenwich Peninsula development in London.  The new one-hectare design district will provide a permanent base for over 1,800 of London’s creatives across a range of affordable architect-designed workspaces at the centre of the riverside site. The design district set within the Greenwich Peninsula scheme, which is being overseen by developer Knight Dragon, will be anchored by 16 buildings. Eight architecture firms including 6a Architects, Mole, Architecture 00, Barrozi Veiga, SelgasCano; Assemblage, Adam Khan Architects and David Kohn Architects will design the buildings, while landscape architects Schulze+Grassov will create…

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Supertrees feature in global expo about urban nature

Supertree

Grant Associates’ designs for the Supertree Grove of Singapore’s internationally acclaimed Gardens by the Bay are to feature at the Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology (EDIT) in Toronto, Canada. The Supertrees will appear in ‘The Green and the Gray’, an interactive exhibition curated by international design studio Carlo Ratti Associati that runs from 28 September to 8 October 2017. Part of the wider EDIT Expo, the exhibition investigates the evolving relationship between nature and cities. Grant Associates’ founder Andrew Grant will also present a talk about the Supertree Grove at the event on 2 October 2017 to tie in…

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GreenBlue Urban celebrate quarter of a century in style

GreenBlue Urban

GreenBlue Urban recently celebrated its 25th birthday. Celebrations took place at the London Transport Museum. A message on the company’s website read: “It has been an incredible quarter of a century at GreenBlue Urban and what better than to celebrate in style and say thank you to our friends and supporters from across the private and public sector. We have been fortunate over these years to have established lasting partnerships with respected colleagues, enabling us to develop the next generation of SUDs compatible tree pit systems and to look forward to future innovations focused on air quality technology.   “Over…

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Green spaces have key impact on children’s health

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Glendale is highlighting the positive impact spending time outdoors has on children’s health, following a report which revealed hundreds of playgrounds have closed across England in the past two years. The national green services provider, which specialises in the management and maintenance of public and private green spaces, believes the closures will lead to a negative impact on children’s long-term health. One in every five children aged 10 to 11 is obese according to the NHS, with a lack of exercise one of the leading causes. According to the report by the Association of Play Industries (API), over 200 playgrounds…

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Masterplan creates a digital future for Thailand

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Proposals for a new 100-hectare digital park have been launched, heralding a major step forward in Thailand’s digital aspirations. Digital Park Thailand, located in the Sri Racha district of the Chonburi Province, was unveiled at The Digital Thailand Big Bang Conference 2017. The site will be aimed predominately at digital and technology industries and it is anticipated that over 58,000 people will live and work there. The new district will be developed over the next 10 to 15 years and is within the EEC SEZ, a special economic zone. As well as promoting digital industries, there will be a range…

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New Boarding Houses open at Wycombe Abbey School after LUC input

Boarding

We were delighted to attend the opening ceremony of Pitt and Rubens Boarding Houses at Wycombe Abbey School last week. Wycombe Abbey is an independent girls’ boarding school in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. The school forms the major part of a nationally significant landscape (Grade II) as recorded in Historic England’s Register of Parks and Gardens of Historic Importance in England. The site also forms the setting for a backdrop of rich historical architecture including the Grade II* listed Abbey and Caroe designed boarding houses and Chapel. The project provides boarding accommodation for 108 girls (54 in each house) with supporting staff accommodation….

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