September 23, 2017

Broadway Malyan submit planning for Polish lakeside apartments

Broadway Malyan

Plans have been submitted by Broadway Malyan for a high-end apartment development on the banks of Zegrze Lake to the north of Warsaw. The scheme is one of the first of its kind overlooking the man-made reservoir that is a popular destination for visitors escaping the Polish capital in the summer months. The scheme will include 100 residential units ranging from studios to generous double storey apartments, two levels of underground parking, sport and spa facilities, a restaurant and a small marina. Broadway Malyan’s Bartek Kumor, who is leading the project, said the apartments were designed to minimise their impact…

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LUC completes latest round of Sustainability Appraisal work for Braintree District Council


The planning team at LUC recently completed the penultimate stage of Braintree District Council’s Sustainability Appraisal (SA) prior to Examination, which will be used to inform the development of the Braintree District Local Plan. Located in north Essex, Braintree is a predominantly rural district and is one of the fastest growing areas in England. This means it is essential that the District responds to the growing needs of its rising population, whilst ensuring development and growth is sustainable. Sustainability Appraisal is a tool used to asses planning policy documents to evaluate the social, economic and environmental implications of the document….

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Circus West brings life to the newly transformed Battersea Power Station

Circus West

Circus West, the first phase of the transformation of Battersea Power Station into a place that people call home, completes this summer. It opens up a precious new stretch of Thames riverside on the western side of the Power Station, connecting to Battersea Park. The development includes two major new residences: one made out of glass that is longer than The Shard is tall, juxtaposed against another that is copper-clad. These are unified by dramatic new public realm and horticulturally rich gardens. “The challenge has been to make sure the landscape responds to the scale of the Power Station without…

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The Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum wins RIBA National Award

Remembrance Centre

The Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum has been awarded an RIBA National Award. It is the only project in the West Midlands region to have been honoured and is now on the long-list for the Stirling Prize – the most prestigious architecture award in the UK. The judges commented: “The building rises to the challenge of unifying an existing chapel, a former visitor centre and external spaces and gardens. It addresses the Armed Forces Memorial in a powerful way. A well-proportioned, Neoclassical façade projects the appropriate level of gravitas associated with a building of such importance. It separates…

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Peter Coleman is appointed Mayor’s Design Advocate

Peter Coleman

BDP Principal and head of retail Peter Coleman has been appointed one of the Mayor of London’s Design Advocates. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced the appointments on tenth July when he launched his Good Growth by Design programme to enhance the design of buildings and neighbourhoods for all Londoners as the city’s population heads towards ten million people. Peter said: “I am delighted to be selected as one of Sadiq Kahn’s Design Advocates to assist with his vision for London Good Growth By Design. The three key principles I will be looking for in proposals will be design quality,…

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FPCR Building sandcastles at Ryton Pools for new colony of Sand Martins


As part of the creation of a new UK Mail facility at the Prologis Park Ryton, FPCR’s client Prologis had created a temporary borrow pit as part of the works and created the perfect new home for a colony of Sand Martins Riparia riparia, which moved in and successfully bred (2015). The birds were left to nest in peace after a wide exclusion zone was implemented but realising that the site was on the birds’ migration route together with the fact that the borrow pit couldn’t stay on site long-term, FPCR worked with Prologis, Whiting Landscapes and the park rangers at nearby…

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Ten year landmark for award-winning MediaCityUK


Last month marked ten years since The Peel Group began transforming the derelict Salford docklands into MediaCityUK, an award-winning media hub which is now home to the BBC, ITV, Salford University and more than 200 media businesses. Gillespies delivered a contemporary new public realm together with a sequence of dynamic public spaces that have transformed this area into a place of culture and entertainment. At its heart, a multifunctional Piazza, with elegant stone paving, now serves as a space for activities, media events and large gatherings – you may recognise it as the backdrop for many ITV shows such as…

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LDA Design secures planning for Hill of Towie Wind Farm extension

LDA Design

LDA Design has helped renewable energy company RES secure consent for the expansion of the Hill of Towie Wind Farm in Moray. This decision, released in June, will increase the number of turbines at the wind farm from 21 to 37, generating up to 48 MW of renewable energy – enough to power over 26,000 houses a year. It is expected that during the construction and first year of operation Hill of Towie II will create more than £4.4 million of inward investment. The Scottish Government, which has an ambition to meet at least 50 per cent of the country’s…

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Businesses give a ringing endorsement to Bognor Regis Town Centre improvements


Businesses and other stakeholders have voted in favour of establishing a Business Improvement District (BID) in Bognor Regis. Starting April 1 2018, the BID will invest more than £700,000 in projects and the management of Bognor Regis Town Centre over the next five years. Led by Town Centre Manager, Toyubur Rahman, the campaign for the BID focused on promotion, safety, an active evening economy and parking. Councillor Mrs Gillian Brown, Leader of Arun District Council, said: “It’s great to be in partnership with businesses in Bognor and to jointly be investing in the town. “The referendum result clearly shows businesses in the town have an appetite to improve…

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Public consultation to begin on lifting of planning curbs around London to Kent high speed rail link


Consultation on proposals to reduce planning restrictions along the HS1 route starts 10 July 2017. A public consultation opens on Monday 10 July 2017 on proposals to reduce planning restrictions along the high speed rail route, known as HS1, between London St Pancras and the Channel Tunnel. As a long-term infrastructure project, HS1 is protected under planning regulations which restrict development alongside or close to it. Known as ‘safeguarding’, the regulations do not prevent development taking place near large-scale schemes like HS1, but do ensure that they allow access to, and protection of, the infrastructure itself. During construction and early operation of HS1, it was essential…

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