February 18, 2018

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

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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

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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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BDP wins Yancheng Nanhai Future City urban design competition

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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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Masterplan for Jurong Lake District Singapore unveiled

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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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SOM masterplan for Colombo, Sri Lanka features designs by Grant Associates

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Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has won an international competition to design a new finance and marina district for Sri Lanka’s largest city Colombo with a masterplan created in collaboration with Grant Associates. Backed by the China Communication Construction Company (CCCC), the scheme will see the transformation of 269 hectares of reclaimed land next to Colombo’s Central Business District (CBD), and aims to create a landmark destination for commerce, tourism, and culture in South Asia. Featuring a marina, canals and a sequence of public parks, the masterplan will feature a ‘new skyline’ of skyscrapers that is visible from different…

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Gillespies win international competition for Astana Masterplan 2025

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Gillespies has won an international competition to produce a comprehensive Terms of Reference for the 2025 Astana Master Plan in independent Kazakhstan. The terms of reference will form the foundations of a brief for the future Astana Master Plan that will set out to improve the quality of life of its residents, strengthen the interaction between the municipality authorities, citizens and businesses, as well as providing necessary infrastructure, services and public spaces to accommodate the sustainable long-term development of the city over the next eight years. Gillespies’ proposed terms of reference focus on the physical, socio-economical and sustainability factors that…

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UNESCO awards Lake District World Heritage Status

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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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Broadway Malyan submit planning for Polish lakeside apartments

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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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