April 25, 2018

Azizi Developments opens doors for new contract tenders

Azizi

Azizi Developments, one of the leading private developers in the UAE, has announced that it will start accepting the prequalification applications for AED 20 billion worth of contract tenders for its projects in Dubai in 2018. This is in addition to the developer’s existing pipeline of projects that are in various stages of development across the city. Construction on the various projects is set to commence 60 days from now and will be delivered by 2020. This is the largest tender announcement from the developer till date and will contribute to its real estate portfolio over the next few years….

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Gillespies relocate in Leeds to accommodate expansion

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Gillespies’ Leeds office has relocated to a new, larger office in the heart of the city to accommodate expansion. Previously located across two floors in the Minton Chambers Building in Heatons Court, the new location at Phoenix House on South Parade, offers a contemporary, open plan office space, with improved meeting facilities to welcome clients and consultants together with breakout spaces to encourage creative collaboration. Tom Walker, Gillespies Partner who is responsible for the Leeds studio, said: “We are really pleased to be moving into a new, refurbished office in the vibrant heart of the City’s Central Business District. We…

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Tim O’Hare Associates welcomes geologist to its team of specialists

Tim O'Hare

Leading landscape and soil consultancy Tim O’Hare Associates (TOHA) has further enhanced its team of specialists by welcoming geologist Matthew Heins to its Oxfordshire-based practice.  Originally from South Africa, where his degrees in Geology and Geography led to employment in geological exploration and mining consultancy, Matthew joined Tim O’Hare Associates in February 2018 when he moved to the UK. His role at TOHA is already utilising his broader business development experience as he identifies upcoming projects where TOHA’s extensive soil surveying and site investigation, testing and analysis, design and specification, planning and monitoring, and other specialist soil services can be…

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Civic Engineers announce strong year of growth as turnover grows by 33%

Civic engineers

Civil and structural engineering practice, Civic Engineers, have had another strong year of growth. The practice, which has offices in Manchester, London, Leeds and most recently Glasgow, has seen turnover grow by 33% to £4.5m in the financial year ended February 2018.  In addition, the appointment of former Deloitte accountant, Alistair Topping as Finance Director has been announced. Alistair, an experienced Finance Director, previously spent 13 years at Deloitte advising owner managed businesses throughout the North West. Most recently he was Group Finance Director for a business providing energy efficiency measures which was grown and successfully sold to a trade…

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ASLA looks forward to World Landscape Architecture month 2018

ASLA

This April the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) will celebrate World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM) by looking to the future of the profession. As a part of ASLA’s “This Is Landscape Architecture” social media campaign, a different student chapter will take over ASLA’s Instagram account each day in April. WLAM will also serve as the launch of ASLA’s new logo and rebrand. After a successful 2017 campaign, ASLA will again ask its members and landscape architects around the world to share their favorite designed spaces on social media with a card that reads “This Is Landscape Architecture” with #WLAM2018….

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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

BREEAM

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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