February 18, 2018

Resilient infrastructure proposal aims to protect San Francisco Bay from rising sea levels

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San Francisco’s Bay Area could be in for a major ecological makeover. SCAPE Landscape Architecture has unveiled Public Sentiment, a living infrastructure proposal that aims to create a visitor-friendly buffer zone around the bay’s most vulnerable ecosystems – made up of marshes, mudflats, and coastal edges – that would protect the low-lying zones from the imminent threat of rising sea levels. Scape’s proposal was developed for the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, an open design competition that calls for innovative solutions to the many issues facing the Bay Area due to climate change. According to the architects, their inspiration for the proposal is based…

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Original Park Hill engineering firm to transform Sheffield council block into flagship venue for arts, culture and heritage

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Arup designed the original Park Hill complex over 60 years ago and has now been appointed to transform a block in the council estate into a £21m creative hub, including Sheffield’s largest art gallery. Park Hill Art Space will see the Duke Street block in the city centre turned into a new flagship venue for arts, culture and heritage. The 13-storey structure will include live-work flats and studios for artists, a research institute, an archive, shop, cafe and a permanent home for charity S1 Artspace, designed by architect Carmody Groarke. Arup designed the original Park Hill complex which started on…

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£25 million redevelopment in the pipeline for Weston Park cancer hospital in Sheffield

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Plans are being drawn up for a major £25 million expansion of the Weston Park cancer hospital in Sheffield. The scheme – the site’s biggest-ever redevelopment – could involve an overhaul of the outpatient department and car parking, a new pharmacy unit, theatres to undertake surgical procedures and the creation of a ‘link bridge’ connecting Weston Park with the neighbouring Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Jessop maternity wing. Medical bosses also want to spruce up the main building with fresh cladding to give it a more modern appearance. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ directors and governors have been briefed about the scheme, which forms…

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Landscape and architectural firms collaborate on elaborate Gingerbread City

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                              In festive news this week, some of the world’s biggest architecture firms have been competing for plots in this winter’s tastiest property market — the Gingerbread City. Recently opened at the Museum of Architecture in London, the miniature metropolis is brimming with contemporary — and almost entirely edible — buildings. Around 50 companies specializing in architecture, engineering and landscaping have baked and built structures for the project. The city boasts a castle, a stadium and three bridges, alongside public buildings and residential areas. Organizers said…

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Bennetts wins contract for Ainsdale Station revamp

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Aluminium glazing specialists Bennett Architectural have been chosen to supply and install glazing and curtain walling for the upgrade and refurbishment of Ainsdale train station in Southport. Working with main contractor Morgan Sindall, Bennetts will provide and install Kawneer AA100 curtain walling systems as well as Pilkington Planar bolted glazing. The £2.5m investment in the Merseyrail station comes from the Government’s National Stations Improvement Programme and Network Rail. Additional features for the new station include a passenger waiting area with WiFi, improved information screens, increased seating and new waiting shelters. Lionel Grant, Managing Director at Bennett Architectural commented, “We’re delighted…

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Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition coming soon

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University College Dublin (UCD) is commissioning an international search for an outstanding design team to devise an Entrance Precinct Masterplan and design a landmark 8,000 sqm building, the circa €48m Centre for Creative Design. The international competition will launch in early 2018. Interested architects, urban designers and masterplanners can now sign up to receive notification of launch on the competition website’s holding page at https://competitions.malcolmreading.co.uk/universitycollegedublin/ UCD benefits from a parkland and wooded campus close to Dublin’s city centre that has a serious architectural pedigree with a mid-20th-century core that was designed by Andrzej Wejchert. Recent additions include the Student Centre,…

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Barratt Homes submits plans to build 89 more homes on Winnington green space

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A developer is hoping to build 89 homes on green space in Winnington Urban Village. Barratt Homes has submitted a planning application to Cheshire West and Chester Council for the development, which would consist of 12 two-bedroom flats, eight two-bedroom houses, 56 three-bedroom houses and 13 four-bedroom houses. The development would have parking provision for 181 cars, and be built on green space to the south of Winnington Lane and west of Burnside Way. Barratt claims that the development would create 42 full-time equivalent jobs in construction, and that CWAC would receive a £150,000 per year boost in council tax…

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Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition shortlist revealed

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The Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia and Malcolm Reading Consultants has revealed  the six teams shortlisted for the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition. Finalist teams will now receive a further briefing and create concept designs that will be revealed to the public and stakeholders in an exhibition in April in Adelaide, and online, before the competition jury meets in May 2018. The architect-led teams were the unanimous choice of a selection panel that included representatives of Arts South Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Office for Design and Architecture…

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Civic Engineers appointed to deliver Inverness Railway Station active travel project

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Civic Engineers have been appointed to deliver a vital piece of work in Inverness, promoting active travel by enhancing access by foot and bike to Inverness railway station, via its three entrances and their connecting routes to the city centre. HITRANS, the regional transport partnership for the Highlands and Islands, and The Highland Council, have made the appointment, which will see Civil and Structural Engineers, Civic Engineers, carry out feasibility, design and community engagement/public consultation for the project. It will complement and add value to the plans by Abellio ScotRail to upgrade Inverness Railway Station and its surrounds. The goal is to…

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Design changes submitted for Potato Wharf phase two

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Lend Lease Residential has submitted a series of design changes for the second phase of its Potato Wharf project in Castlefield, including both internal and external changes, and alterations to cladding. Proposals for the second phase of Potato Wharf were approved in November 2015, comprising 191 apartments for private sale across two eight-storey blocks. A second planning application, switching the apartments from private sale to build to rent, was submitted in February this year. The scheme has now returned to planners with a series of design amendments, including altering the size of both blocks and changes to the building’s feature…

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