February 19, 2018

Westgate retail mixed use development opens to the public in Oxford


Westgate, a major retail led mixed use development in Oxford has opened up to the public. It comprises a full range department store, over 100 retail units ranging in size, and 30 restaurants and cafes. A new public roof terrace with walkways and courts leads to the restaurants and bars which provide spectacular views across the city’s historic roofscape. BDP led the masterplan for the development which required seamlessly stitching into the historic city fabric. The new Westgate arranges a series of four individual urban blocks, tied together by public spaces and urban fabric that operate as a single entity….

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Dimitrios Grozopoulos scoops first prize in the hand-drawn category at the inaugural Architecture Drawing Prize


Landscape Architect Dimitrios Grozipoulos has won first prize at the inaugural Architecture Drawing Prize, in the ‘hand-drawn category. Dimitrios’s drawing ‘Scenarios for a Post-Crisis Landscape’ was commended by the judges as “having a haunting quality beyond that of most images of post-industrial landscapes, portrayed with an extraordinary control of line.” Dimitrios Grozipoulos, said; “For me drawing is about capturing the essence of a place with all its spatial and immaterial qualities. It should help people free their mind of any preconception of architecture, form, design, lines and colours. It should make us dream.” He continued “My drawing depicts a brownfield site in Piraeus…

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American Society of Landscape Architects releases VR video of Klyde Warren Park


The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently released a new virtual reality (VR) video of Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Texas, which the society says bridges a highway and reunites a part of Dallas. Intended to entice viewers into taking a vivid journey through this park built over the highway, ASLA says the video is narrated by landscape architect James Burnett, FASLA, president of OJB Landscape Architect, who designed the park. ASLA says the video demonstrates the latest VR technology, was created using GoPro Odyssey on Google Jump and takes viewers into the heart of the park to explore…

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TCL helps to transform Southampton common with new nature play area

Southampton common

Designed by Davies White and built and installed by TCL, Southampton Common Nature Play and Water Park has received a £500,000 redevelopment. Having won the project by competitive tender earlier in the year, TCL were the principle contractor for installing a brand new play area at Southampton Common. With inspiration taken from nature, the new area has taken on a whole new look for the local residents. The site, which previously held just a paddling pool, has been transformed into a multisensory play area accessible to all ages. Equipment on the site includes water play, towers, climbing logs, zip wires…

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Google to create neighbourhood featuring designs to make the weather ‘feel nicer’


Google is set to build a “new kind” of high-tech neighbourhood that will be unlike anywhere else in the world. The company has revealed radical plans for the town, which will be called Quayside. It will feature flexible buildings that can be completely reconfigured at speed, and Google will even attempt to “mitigate” the weather, to encourage people to spend more time outside. It’s an astonishing vision, which Google hopes to turn into “a blueprint for the 21st-century urban neighbourhood”. Quayside will be built on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront, with the project being undertaken by Google subsidiary Sidewalk Labs and the…

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LUC focuses on tackling barriers to health and wellbeing


Working with the landscape to release more of its power for good is essentially what everyone in every profession at LUC has been doing since it started over fifty years ago. The evidence of the benefits to Health and Wellbeing from physical activity and contact with nature is growing exponentially, and health professionals, academics, researchers, designers, planners and policy makers are able to use this evidence to release funding and support programmes for positive change. Conversely, the social and economic cost of spiralling obesity rates (diabetes, heart disease) nationally and globally constitutes a crisis that requires a joined-up rapid response….

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Architects and Landscape Architects appointed to major £200m Gateshead Quays development


The upcoming £200m regional arena, conference and exhibition centre at Gateshead Quays is pushing ahead with plans after announcing which businesses will be responsible for the site’s design. Three firms of architects are now in place to plan the 10-acre site on Gateshead Quays, which sits directly opposite the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and between Sage Gateshead and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. World-renowned architecture firm HOK have been appointed to design the new 12,500 seat arena and international conference and exhibition centre. HOK has designed some of the most iconic buildings in the world, including the recently opened $1.3 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium…

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Planning approval given for colliery regeneration plan


Outline planning permission has been given to the construction of 800 new homes on a former colliery site in Nottinghamshire. Harworth Group, which specialises in regenerating brownfield sites, has secured a resolution to grant planning permission for a mixed-use redevelopment of the former Thoresby Colliery near Sherwood Forest. The 450-acre site will provide up to 800 new homes and 250,000 sq ft of employment space, through the consent granted by Newark & Sherwood District Council.  The current masterplan provides for new housing, a retirement village, a primary school, a 25-acre business park, leisure facilities and a 300-acre country park. The…

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Broadway Malyan win award for mixed use project in China

Broadway Malyan

Hefei ID Mall is one of the winners of the MIPIM Asia Award 2017 for Best Mixed Use Development. Designed by Broadway Malyan, the scheme includes a 70,000sqm shopping mall on five levels, 15,000sqm supermarket and 45,000sqm office tower incorporating cinema, food court and rooftop restaurant. The 150m office tower has achieved a “Green Star” rating and has an impressive 70% area efficiency. The office space has been designed at Grade A standard to attract high-end occupiers. The scheme will now progress to the final round, where it is up against Lotte World Tower and Mall in Seoul, South Korea and…

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Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition launches


New art destination will combine gallery with public sculpture park and showcase South Australia’s exceptional collection of international and Australian, including Aboriginal, art Two-stage competition seeks outstanding design team for new Adelaide landmark Prominent site on Adelaide’s celebrated North Terrace boulevard is adjacent to the historic Adelaide Botanic Garden and close to the Art Gallery of South Australia Adelaide Contemporary’s world-first Gallery of Time will draw from the State’s collection to place Aboriginal art and culture in conversation with work from European and Asian cultures Competition is open to international and Australian architects – with a requirement for international practices…

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