April 24, 2018

ASLA business survey shows balanced conditions for US Landscape Architecture firms

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Landscape architecture firms experienced consistently healthy conditions for the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the latest American Society of Landscape Architects’ Business Quarterly survey. Although billable hours slightly retreated, inquiries for new work grew. A growing number of firms are planning to boost hiring during the first quarter. A five-year comparison of survey results shows that numbers for the fourth quarter are well within range. The survey found 82.4 percent of responding firms reported stable to significantly higher billable hours for the third quarter, a dip from the 85.7 from the previous quarter. This result is higher than what…

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University of Manchester launches new £60m framework to help deliver regeneration


The University of Manchester has launched a new £60m framework to help deliver its £1.2bn regeneration. The framework, which could see the University appoint 65 companies over 13 different lots including architecture, engineering, consultancy and planning, will last for four years. Every year many billions of £’s of construction work and consultancy fees in the UK are let through frameworks, and our one-day Construction Frameworks Conference on the 24th May is set to be the sector’s largest event of the year. The conference will discuss and showcase best practice in the construction frameworks marketplace, help clients achieve best value and reduce costs…

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Plans submitted for £675,000 garden at Orthopaedic Hospital


A stunning garden for spinal injuries patients at the Orthopaedic Hospital is another step closure after plans were officially submitted. Designed by award-winning gardener Bunny Guinness, the ambitious £675,000 project will be based at the Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries in Gobowen thanks to the Horatio’s Garden team. It will be only the fourth of its kind in the UK created in memory of Horatio Chapple, who wanted to be a doctor and volunteered at a spinal unit in Salisbury before he tragically died at the age of 17 when he was killed by a polar bear during a trip…

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Bennetts takes on biggest DfMA project at New Grange Hospital


Bennett Architectural will undertake its biggest DfMA project to date, providing high quality glazing solutions for the £350m New Grange Hospital in Cwmbran, South Wales. Bennetts will work alongside main contractor Laing O’Rourke, supplying and installing Kawneer AA100 curtain walling systems, doors and windows. Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) will be used to add glazing to concrete panels off-site at Laing O’Rourke’s Explore Industrial Park before being transferred to Cwmbran. Lionel Grant, Managing Director at Bennett Architectural commented, “This is the biggest DfMA project we have taken on so far, but we have no doubt our multi-talented team will…

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Sadiq Khan proposes resident ballots for estate regeneration


City Hall funding for major estate regeneration in London will only be provided if residents vote in favour of the changes, the mayor has proposed. Under the scheme, ballots for residents on projects where demolition is planned would become a condition for mayoral funding, Sadiq Khan suggested. Mr Khan said he wanted to make sure those living on social housing estates “are at the heart of any decisions”. The Conservatives said the announcement “smacks of pure cynicism”. Launching his guide to housing estate regeneration, Mr Khan said he wanted to use his investment powers to give more say to residents….

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Nottingham City Council seek Developer for the regeneration of land surrounding Sherwood Library


The search is on to find a developer to regenerate the area surrounding a ‘run down’ library in Sherwood. In December, the Post reported that Nottingham City Council wants to sell the site in Spondon Street to a developer, who would be required to redevelop the area and provide a new library as part of the agreement. Under the plans, a mixed-use development comprising of a new library with a police contact point, shops, homes and public toilets would be created on land currently owned by the council. The plans were subject to a public consultation and now the council has approved…

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American Society of Landscape Architects praises introduction of Living Shorelines Act

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The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) applauds Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ) for introducing the Living Shorelines Act, which would provide critical funding to the nation’s coastal communities, and develop flood-resistant green infrastructure projects that integrate plants and local ecosystems. In the aftermath of major hurricanes and superstorms, the United States has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in evacuation, clean-up and rebuilding efforts. The Living Shorelines Act will promote the use of nature-based systems and materials to help coastal communities address climate-related weather events and rebuilding efforts in a more resilient and cost-effective manner. The bill also includes…

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New £100m School of Architecture and the Built Environment for University of Wolverhampton


New plans have been submitted by the University of Wolverhampton for its School of Architecture and the Built Environment at its £100m Springfield Campus development. A decision was taken to alter the scheme after pre-construction works on the historic site discovered structures of some of the original buildings were not viable so could not be incorporated into the plans. The campus development project aims to transform a 12-acre, grade II-listed former brewery. Associated Architects has designed the new school which centres around the original clock tower building and combines it with a large new building. The university has said the…

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Plant trees now to reduce HS2 impact, says green expert

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A green spaces expert is calling upon landowners to plant trees in order to lessen the environmental impact of the new High Speed Two (HS2) rail network. Deric Newman, general manager of national tree supply, planting and relocation specialist, Glendale Civic Trees, says it’s imperative that planting projects begin as soon as possible along the affected routes in order to provide the most benefits. Hundreds of green spaces across the country are at risk of damage as part of the creation of the new high-speed railway network, which has been designed to create better connections between cities, and cut journey…

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Five cities selected to develop global water resilience framework


Cities from five continents have been selected to contribute to the development of a global framework for water resilience. The City Water Resilience Framework (CWRF), developed by Arup with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, will help cities better prepare for and respond to shocks and stresses to their water systems. Amman, Cape Town, Mexico City, Greater Miami and the Beaches, and Hull were selected because they represent the range of water challenges facing cities around the world. They have also been selected because of their diversity in terms of size of population, geographic location and economic status and because of…

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