July 22, 2018

£32m funding secured for No1 Old Trafford in Manchester

Old Trafford

Cole Waterhouse is pushing on with No1 Old Trafford, its £68m mixed-use development near Manchester United’s stadium, after securing £32m of sales with investor IP Global at its 18-storey tower. CBRE was enlisted by Cole Waterhouse last year to find a funder for the project, and launched the scheme overseas last month. Craigleith Property Group is also supporting the developer in the hunt for investors. The 354-home scheme, designed by architect 5plus, is being developed by Cole Waterhouse, headed up by chief executive Damian Flood and chairman Brendan Flood. Including a mix of 139 one-beds, 211 two-beds, and four three-beds…

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FutureArc re-brands in line with first anniversary


FutureArch is fast-approaching its first anniversary as a standalone magazine. To coincide with this achievement, we’re making some minor changes to the brand, the design of the magazine and the content that we will continue to supply via all our media channels. As children, we were always taught to speak proper and to never drop our Hs. Well, on this occasion, we’ve decided to disregard this advice, and from the May issue onwards, we will be known as FutureArc. We’ve made this decision to take the brand to the next step and to bring clarity into the market. We’ will…

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Barcham invites landscape architects to biosecurity practice training days

landscape architects

Landscape architects and designers are being given the opportunity to discover more about tree health, biosecurity and tree nursery practice at training days to be run by Barcham Trees at its Ely, Cambridgeshire, nursery in the summer of 2018. Barcham’s Keith Sacre explains “We have already been approached by landscape architect and garden design practices to offer  their staff continual personal development (CPD) sessions on plant health and biosecurity. The question of biosecurity is recognised as being one of the most critical issues of the moment, with the threat posed from uncontrolled importation of plant material growing exponentially. Given our…

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Final residential phase on major lakeside scheme approved by planners


The final residential phase of a major mixed use development around a new railway station on the outskirts of Reading has been given the green light. Planners at Reading Borough Council unanimously backed proposals for a series of seven lakeside residential buildings that will create 459 new apartments at Green Park Village, an associated gym and new retail units. The latest application on behalf of developer St Edward Homes, part of the Berkeley Group, is the sixth phase of residential development at the scheme which will eventually provide homes for all aspects of the community with a full range of…

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Taunton Surgical Centre given the green light

surgical centre

Planning consent has been granted for a major new £79.5m surgical centre which has also just had funding approval from the Department of Health. BDP were appointed by Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to design a new Surgical and Critical Care Unit and Endoscopy Suite at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. The new centre will include six endoscopy rooms, patient recovery and clinical support areas, eight operating theatres which include two interventional radiology theatres, recovery areas and clinical support together with 22 critical care beds. The surgical unit will have dedicated wards ensuring the patients remain within the appropriate…

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New appointment boosts Gillespies’ Urban Design expertise


Gillespies has expanded its urban design team with the appointment of Chris Wong as a Principal Urban Designer. Chris joined Gillespies’ Manchester office and will be responsible for leading several urban design and planning strategies across the UK and internationally. Chris previously worked for architects Studio Egret West, and before that NBBJ in Shanghai and at Martha Schwartz & Partners’ London studio. Jim Fox, Associate Partner at Gillespies, commented: “We are excited to welcome Chris to our growing team. He is a talented and creative designer, who brings a wealth of UK and international masterplanning experience from planning to construction. Chris joins…

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Safe Regeneration picks firms for its £200m framework


A swathe of firms across the North West have been picked by Safe Regeneration for its £200m framework, with winners including big hitters Morgan Sindall and Robertson alongside SMEs across architecture, construction, and the built environment. Bootle-based Safe Regeneration focuses on community and heritage projects; business enterprise support; community-based landscape, habitat and ecological projects; and training. The framework is split into 15 lots covers house building, general construction, design services, refurbishment and project management. Among the winners were Preston-based FWP, which won places on six lots including construction design management, project manager, structural engineer and quantity surveyor. Rochdale-based contractor the…

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Sharjah unveils first international platform on architecture


The northern emirate of Sharjah will be hosting the first platform on architecture and urbanism in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (Menasa) region, thus continuing its cultural engagement expansion in the UAE. Founded by Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Urban Planning Council, the Sharjah Architecture Triennial aims to stimulate debate on regional built environment by reframing on-going conversations from a regional perspective. Taking place in the UAE and engaging with regional and international discourse, the first edition commences in November 2019. The Sharjah Architecture Triennial is holding its first public programme, a panel discussion…

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Gillespies’ Partner Mike Sharp to retire after 30 years at the practice

Mike Sharp

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Mike Sharp, after 30 years of dedicated service at Gillespies; 20 of which he spent as a Partner. Mike joined Gillespies in 1988 and was made a Partner 10 years later. Following his rise to Partner, he went on to set up Gillespies’ Bradford office and subsequently the Leeds office with fellow Partner Tom Walker, where he has since been successfully leading a strong portfolio of urban design projects across the north of England. Notable works around the region include the Gainsborough Town Centre Masterplan, Hartlepool Town Centre Masterplan,…

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ASLA Survey: demand high for residential landscapes with sustainability and active living elements

Applauds ASLA

People want to do downward-facing dogs in their sustainable designed backyards or shared outdoor spaces—while their phones are charging nearby. That is one of the possible conclusions of the 2018 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Landscape architects were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements in 2018. The survey was fielded February 22 through March 8, 2018, with 808 responding. ASLA revised the survey this year to include new types of outdoor amenities that appeal to both single-family and multi-family owners and residents. Residential…

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