November 22, 2017

Grant Associates wins four gongs at IFLA awards for Gardens by the Bay project


Grant Associates has won a clutch of accolades at the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia-Pacific Awards. Gardens by the Bay, which was masterplanned by the UK and Singapore based landscape architect, won an ‘Outstanding Award’ in the categories of both ‘Parks and Open Space’ and ‘Lighting and Night Experience’. The Gardens, which are a favourite destination for Singaporeans as well as an international tourist destination attracting over 30 million visitors since opening in 2012, also scooped an ‘Award of Excellence’ for ‘Cultural and Urban Landscape’. Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Friendship Park, a new 41 hectare city park planned for…

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EU Withdrawal Bill ‘inadequate to deliver “Green Brexit”‘, warn professional bodies


The LI is among seven institutions that have called for a new independent body to scrutinise government and safeguard the environment. As MPs begin to debate the landmark European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, leading scientists, engineers and professionals in the environment sector have called for meaningful parliamentary scrutiny of environmental policies and laws. The Environmental Policy Forum (EPF) today warned ministers that the Withdrawal Bill threatens the future of the environment in the UK. Representing a collective membership of around 70,000, the EPF comprises seven professional bodies that have come together to promote environmental sustainability and resilience. The Conservative Government committed in its…

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LUC attends Landscape Institute LGBT+ Diversity and Inclusion workshop


LUC was present at the Landscape Institute’s recent workshop on LGBT+ diversity and inclusion, led by Diversity Trust. The workshop, which is the first of its kind at the Landscape Institute, aimed to help inform the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. LUC supports the LI’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy, with representation at the workshop by our Director of Landscape Planning Rebecca Knight. Over the months ahead the diversity and inclusion Working Group will convene workshops on the five priority areas of its work, including disability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and social and economic background. The aim of these events is to: 1) Highlight the issues faced by…

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Exciting speakers lined up for Flood Expo 2017

The Flood Expo is the world’s largest exhibition and conference designed to showcase the latest innovations that further the way flooding is predicted, prevented, and managed. It takes place on the 27th & 28th of September at ExCeL London, and tickets are free from the Flood Expo website. The show features over 200 innovative suppliers, 100 CPD-accredited seminars, interactive debates, live demonstrations on the River Thames, one-to-one advice from industry experts, unparalleled networking opportunities, and much more. Your Free Ticket will gain you access to expert-led talks, including United Nations’ Tiffany Hodgson, NASA’s Dr David Green, MET Office’s Dr Nick…

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Two major schemes masterplanned by FPCR near completion


Two major schemes masterplanned by FPCR are now nearing final build out and completion. Both projects were consented following appeals, Leicester Road, Hinckley (232 dwellings) in July 2011 and Henthorn Road, Clitheroe (270 dwellings) in March 2012. The Hinckley site was contentious as a result of its Green Wedge location, but the Inspector concluded that as the site had good defensible boundaries the loss of this particular section of Green Wedge would not diminish the ability of the remainder to guide development form. The Green Infrastructure strategy has successfully assimilated the new homes into the framework of existing vegetation around…

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Gillespies offering exclusive tours of Crossrail Place Roof Garden


As part of this year’s Open House, Gillespies is offering members of the public exclusive tours of Crossrail Place Roof Garden, a new elevated roof garden that sits above Crossrail Place in Canary Wharf, on Saturday 16th September. The sessions will offer insights into the design and architecture of the new garden, exploring its innovative roof structure, its rich maritime history, and the story behind the planting selection. Tours will run from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 16th September. Address: Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, E14 Accessing Crossrail Place Roof Garden: From Canary Wharf tube station Take…

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BDP wins Yancheng Nanhai Future City urban design competition


The Mayor of Yancheng and central Chinese government have selected BDP from a shortlist of five practices to develop Yancheng in south China. The urban design competition sought a detailed design strategy and eco vision for the city to boost its leisure, healthcare and education services whilst improving accessibility and circulation to develop it as a key tourist destination. The designs for the 16 sq km district make maximum use of water, green spaces and eco features including eight parks and new green water networks. A central lake will facilitate transport links and provide a range of leisure activities for…

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Palmerston Court gets green light from Wandsworth Council


Wandsworth Council has given planning consent for Palmerston Court, a new housing development on the southern tip of Nine Elms in Battersea, one of the UK’s most exciting urban regeneration projects. The four-building development, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) with all public realm by LDA Design, will create 162 elegant homes, many with views along the Thames towards the City. Twenty one per cent will be affordable shared ownership. A series of public courtyards and gardens will create a network through the site and a connection to the wider Battersea area. In a part of London previously dominated…

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Masterplan for Jurong Lake District Singapore unveiled


The Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has unveiled the masterplan for Jurong Lake District in Singapore, the city’s future second Central Business District. The masterplan is exhibited till mid-September and invites the public to share their views. KCAP Architects&Planners, leading a multi-disciplinary team consisting of SAA Architects, Arup, S333 and Lekker is responsible for many of the key ideas developed in the plan. After the appointment as consultant in early 2017, the team has elaborated the winning design true to concept. The competition design defined key qualities as such that they could be strengthened throughout the integrated design process and…

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FPCR visits some of Britain’s best housing developments


The FPCR Landscape team recently visited a number of residential schemes in the Cambridge area as part of maintaining Continuous Professional Development (CPD). The visits, done over two days, saw FPCR’s landscape department visit Accordia, Great Kneighton, Trumpington Meadows, Cambourne and Loves Farm, all recent or ongoing schemes. Looking at their varied architectural design, layout, planting, materials and landscaping, the trip was certainly beneficial as FPCR continues to strive for good design. Visiting the completed sites allows the team to see, in particular, materials and planting in-situ, and provides further opportunity to make design decisions that are then successful once…

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