April 25, 2018

Remembering Mike Smith

Mike Smith

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


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


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


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

Milton Keynes

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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Moorings Park Grande Lake names landscape architect


Outside Productions International has been named the landscape architect for Moorings Park Grande Lake, a new life plan community being developed through a partnership between Moorings Park and luxury custom homebuilder and developer London Bay Homes. Landscape architect Patrick Trefz, ASLA, RLA, founded the landscape and architectural design firm in May 2000. During the past 18 years, Outside Productions has served Southwest Florida as well as international clients from around the world including Canada, China, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and Russia, to name a few. Trefz is a Florida native who grew up in the Tampa Bay area and is a graduate of the…

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Lendlease selected as preferred bidder for major redevelopment of London’s Euston station


Lendlease has announced it had been selected as preferred bidder for a major redevelopment of London’s Euston station. Subject to the finalisation of contracts, Lendlease will work with the Greater London Authority and London Borough of Camden to develop a masterplan for, and subsequently deliver, a 54-hectare site above and around the new station. Currently catering for around 42 million passengers a year, Euston will be redeveloped to house new high-speed rail services (known as HS2) connecting the Midlands and north of the UK to London, and is due to start operating in 2026. The project comprises more than 400,000…

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New campus masterplan puts Sheffield Hallam University at the heart of the city


Sheffield Hallam University has revealed its new campus masterplan which places it at the heart of the city. Designed by BDP the masterplan creates a single, sustainable and flexible campus that will allow Sheffield Hallam to achieve its ambition of becoming the world’s leading applied university. Architect director Sue Emms said: “The masterplan we have helped to create will transform Sheffield Hallam University’s campus. It will be connected, legible and cohesive to create a holistic campus feel and a new gateway to the city of Sheffield. New ways of learning and working are supported by providing the right type of spaces…

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University College Dublin’s Future Campus International Design Competition launches


Two-stage competition seeks an outstanding integrated design team to create an urban design vision for an around 24 ha area of the overall campus and concept designs for a new 8,000 sqm and circa €48m Centre for Creative Design Stage Two honorarium of €40,000 for each of five shortlisted teams Jury chaired by Professor Andrew J. Deeks, University College Dublin President, and includes Sir David Adjaye, Principal, Adjaye Associates; Paul Thompson, Rector, Royal College of Art, London; Ann Beha, Principal Ann Beha Architects and member, Harvard University Design Advisory Panel; and acclaimed urban planner Joe Berridge, Partner, Urban Strategies, Inc….

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BRE report shows blockchain technology can benefit the built environment industry


A new report from BRE Trust explores opportunities to address challenges in the built environment industry using blockchain technology. Distributed Ledger Technology (of which blockchain is one application) is a digital record of the economic transactions or changes in the ownership of an asset. The information is shared and continually updated on a network of computers simultaneously, whilst secured through cryptography. This means that while allowing digital information to be distributed, but not copied, a blockchain is both transparent and incorruptible. The new report, ‘Blockchain – feasibility and opportunity assessment’, draws insights from two workshops run by the BRE Trust…

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