May 26, 2018

Adelaide Contemporary Design Competition draws global response


Competition organisers Malcolm Reading Consultants revealed today that the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition has attracted 107 teams made up of circa 525 individual firms from five continents. The global call for interest was designed to encourage Australian as well as leading international practices – a condition of the competition is partnership with an Australian practice at stage two. The majority of applicants, over a third, are led by Australian practices. Of the rest, over a fifth of entrants came from North America; just under a quarter from mainland Europe; a tenth from Asia (with a strong showing by Japan);…

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Gillespies and Hemingway Design to help shape a Garden Village Vision for Carlisle


Carlisle City Council and their partners have aspirations to deliver a new 10,000 home ‘garden village’ south of the city as part of their ambitious housing and development growth agenda. The Cumbrian district council has commissioned a multi-disciplinary team led by masterplanners Gillespies, working closely with design champion Wayne Hemingway of Hemingway Design, to develop an ambitious vision and concept for the St Cuthbert’s area. The broader team includes WYG and commercial property consultants, LSH focusing on transport and viability, respectively. Innovation, quality and local distinctiveness are at the heart of the design process, supported by creative engagement with the…

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Green-tech supplies landscaping materials for new-look Stevenage Town Centre


Green-tech has been involved in the regeneration of Stevenage Town Centre, which is one of the early stages of a 15 year regeneration plan for the town commissioned and managed by Stevenage Borough Council. The decision makers at Stevenage turned to Green-tech for a cost-effective, robust solution for the planting of 11 semi-mature trees as part of their landscape design for the proposed refurbished town centre area. Green-tech supplied their ArborRaft tree planting system to provide an optimum start for each tree. The ArborRaft System works by absorbing the impact of vehicle and pedestrian load to prevent soil compaction, thus…

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Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens revamp moves a step closer


Plans to transform Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens into a year-round favourite city destination continue to move forward as the City Council publishes an amendment to the current detailed planning application for further comment. LDA Design’s imaginative revamp of Aberdeen’s sunken Victorian Gardens respects the unique character and history of this heart-of-the-city space, whilst aiming to make it more social and more usable. The scheme refinements are in response to representations made about the detailed planning application. LDA Design has also been liaising with Historic Environment Scotland on developing the scheme. Improved accessibility is key to the project’s success. The latest…

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PLACE Design + Planning announces new Associate

PLACE Design + Planning

Meaghan Kombol has been promoted to Associate at landscape architecture practice PLACE Design + Planning. A Chartered Landscape Architect, Meaghan gained her MA in landscape architecture in 2006 and has a great deal of international and national experience, from desert-reclamation projects in Abu Dhabi to residential and school landscapes in the UK. Meaghan’s designs have been well-received and have won numerous awards and accolades. Her sustainably-driven designs create highly functional, yet aesthetically pleasing spaces, maximising the potential of sites for users and clients. In 2015 she authored a book, published by Phaidon Press, 30:30 Landscape Architecture in which 30 of…

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UNESCO awards Lake District World Heritage Status


At a meeting in Poland on ninth July 2017, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee awarded World Heritage Site status to the Lake District.  In doing so, the Committee praised the area’s beauty, farming and the inspiration it had provided to artists and writers.  It is the 31 place in the UK and overseas territories to be put on the UNESCO World Heritage List alongside Stonehenge, Kew Gardens and Liverpool. Chris Blandford, President of World Heritage UK and CBA Senior Consultant, described the decision as “fantastic news”. “The Lake District had been trying to obtain World Heritage status since 1986.  This decision…

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Mayor appoints Manisha Patel as a Design Advocate

Manisha Patel

Manisha Patel, has been appointed as part of a 50-strong panel of Design Advocates to the Mayor of London. The panel is drawn from a pool of individuals representing the highest quality of talent and expertise across a broad range of built environment disciplines. Design Advocates are tasked with providing invaluable support to the Mayor and his staff, through advocacy, critique and research for his Good Growth by Design agenda, which looks to address the many pressing issues facing the capital’s built environment. Manisha said of her appointment: “I am delighted to have been selected as a Design Advocate and…

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Barton Willmore submit outline planning application for new settlement in South Wales

Barton Willmore

Barton Willmore has submitted a masterplan and detailed architectural proposals to Torfaen County Borough Council on behalf of Johnsey Estates UK to transform a major 52-hectare brownfield regeneration site in South Wales. An Outline Planning Application and Listed Building Application have been submitted to create a new, contemporary urban village at Mamhilad. Under the proposals, one of Wales’ largest Listed Buildings will form the focus of a place that will include 975 homes, a new neighbourhood centre with shops, leisure facilities, a primary school and significant employment opportunities, surrounded by areas of attractive open space and woodland. Located between Pontypool…

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Capita’s Hyndburn Wind Farm project named best sustainable development


Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure, alongside its client Energie Kontor Ltd and contractors Conservefor Ltd, has won the Sustainability Award at the North West Construction Awards, for the Hyndburn Wind Farm Project. The collaborative team combined expertise in upland land planning, hydrology survey and ecological survey and monitoring to deliver the environmental aspects of the scheme. Specifically, the team designed, implemented and are continuing to monitor a habitat restoration strategy which saw the 12-turbine moorland site become nominated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as well as raising the water table and increasing plant and bird species. The…

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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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