July 17, 2018

Plans for Great Northern Warehouse revamp go before councillors

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Plans for revamp of the Great Northern Warehouse on the corner of Deansgate Peter Street in Manchester City Centre has gone before councillors this week. Manchester Council’s planning committee will consider the scheme, unveiled by Architects Simpson Haugh last year that will see the main building which currently houses restaurants, shops and leisure facilities, including a cinema, become a residential, commercial and leisure quarter.  and includes a makeover of the city’s Great Northern Square and Deansgate Terraces. The first phase of the proposals will see the upper two storeys of the Great Northern Warehouse, at present used as a car park, converted to 100 apartments,…

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Design proposals announced for Glasgow Mental Health Estate

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Keppie Design has announced a detailed design proposal has been submitted for Stobhill Mental Health Estate. Appointed by hub West Scotland to deliver the project for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the works will comprise a new Acute Admissions Unit (AAU) and hospital-based Complex Clinical Care Unit (CCC) in the grounds of Stobhill Hospital. BAM Construction has been appointed contractor, with the project expected to be complete by March 2020. Keppie said the the prominence of the site accords “great opportunities” for the design of the new units to become a “positive, welcoming and therapeutic” addition to the campus. A…

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Opportunity to create the first Garden City of the 21st century

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World class ideas sought in design competition to develop a modern, healthy city at Ebbsfleet, Kent Ebbsfleet in Kent will be the site of the first new Garden City of the 21st Century, creating 15,000 new homes, 30,000 jobs and seven city parks. It is also the largest of the 10 Healthy New Town initiatives being run by the NHS to show that land can be used to deliver health benefits.  This has created an exciting opportunity to take an innovative approach to the design and sustainability of the city and, in particular, the health of its community. That is…

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Multidisciplinary team win undergraduate Urban Buzz competition

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A talented multidisciplinary team from some of UK’s best-known universities have won TRADA’s prestigious undergraduate Urban Buzz competition Edward Shaw and Wing Lam Lo from the University of Sheffield, Katy Horner from Edinburgh Napier University, Will Evans from Coventry University and Jure Zibret from Leicester School of Architecture, ‘Team 6’, were victorious against eleven impressive rivals to win the £2000 top prize with their ground-breaking entry of a multi-storey timber car park. Speaking on behalf of the winning team, Edward Shaw said: “We are so excited to win Urban Buzz 2018. Representing our respective universities, presenting our designs to a panel of eminent judges, learning to…

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Industry collaboration is key as BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 prepares to go live

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The updated BREEAM UK New Construction scheme goes live this week, following BREEAM’s most comprehensive industry consultation to date. The revision of the world leading sustainability assessment method for real estate addresses key industry challenges around the performance gap as well as lifecycle assessment, offering benefits for developers, investors and users. It also adopts fresh approaches to sustainable travel and ecology to reflect evolving best practice. BRE worked with industry to align the updated scheme to today’s sustainable development priorities. The learning from that collaboration has driven a string of improvements, the most important being: Performance gap: The energy category now…

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Remembering Mike Smith

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Mike Smith, founder of Macgregor Smith Landscape Architects, sadly passed away at the end of last year after being diagnosed with cancer. Known for his big smile and warmth of personality, he was once described as ‘the man who just couldn’t keep still’ – his energy and enthusiasm for his work and life was boundless.  Mike’s passion and excitement for landscape and his ability to communicate this to everyone he met made him a highly respected and inspirational colleague, leader and teacher. Mike was educated at public school and came from an army family.  He nearly took up a place…

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PhD funding available for sustainable green barriers research

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Funding is available for a four-year PhD studentship to work on a project investigating the feasibility of sustainable green barriers to air pollution. The BREATHE project will look at how successful ‘green fences’ are at mitigating the effects of road traffic related air pollution on the health and wellbeing of schoolchildren and staff working at the schools. The successful candidate will work with Sheffield City Council and selected schools in Sheffield to develop green barriers – hybrid structures incorporating physical barriers and living plants – and effective methods for monitoring outcomes. Where possible, ‘citizen science’ approaches to monitoring will be…

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Major regeneration plan in Derby given the go ahead

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The second phase of a major regeneration scheme in Derby has been given the go-ahead. The latest Castleward development will see more than 100 homes constructed across two sites with the first on land bounded by Carrington Street, Wellington Street, Canal Street and the second by Liversage Street, John Street and The Boulevard. The plan was submitted in July 2017 to Derby City Council by its preferred partner Compendium Living. Phase one, which was completed in early 2017, included 163 new homes, community facilities, commercial space and improvements to the streets and open areas. A statement submitted to the council…

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Wavin to debate the future of drainage at Ecobuild

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With new research suggesting that Britain’s major towns and cities are at risk of increased flooding, stormwater management is becoming more important than ever before. As Richard Dawson, professor of earth systems engineering at Newcastle University, states in his research released last week, there is an “urgent need to design and adapt our cities to cope with these future conditions.” Wavin, the UK’s leading manufacturer of plastic piping systems, will be bringing this debate to ecobuild (ExCel London, 6 – 8 March 2018), and calling for more holistic drainage solutions that protect UK infrastructure now and in the future. The…

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Milton Keynes Development Partnership appoints team for Campbell Park Northside project

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Manchester-headquartered Urban Splash is to launch its first Milton Keynes venture. The Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) has appointed Crest Nicholson and a joint venture between Urban Splash and Places for People as preferred developers for Campbell Park Northside; a 29.6-acre site to the north of Silbury Boulevard. The project will comprise a residentially-led, mixed-use scheme comprising about 1,500 private and affordable homes, a local centre with food and beverage outlets, a hotel and office/employment accommodation. Detailed proposals will be developed over the next few months in preparation for extensive stakeholder engagement and public consultations. MKDP chief executive Charles Macdonald…

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