July 22, 2018

Construction of Emaar’s Creek Horizon development reaches podium level


Located at the Dubai Creek Harbour master development, the Creek Horizon project will also offer individual townhouse opportunities. Emaar Properties’ Creek Horizon residential project at Dubai Creek Harbour, has now reached ground level. The project, following the theme of ‘living on an island’, offers a bold ‘destination living experience’ and comprises two towers, rising from a landscaped podium structure. Located at the Dubai Creek Harbour master development, the Creek Horizon project will also offer individual townhouse opportunities and shared leisure amenities, such as a swimming pool, gym and recreation areas, which will help to define a vibrant atmosphere in the…

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SMAR Architecture Studio appointed to design Science Island


Kaunas City Municipality announced this week the appointment of SMAR Architecture Studio, based in Australia and Spain, to design Lithuania’s new National Science and Innovation Centre, known colloquially as Science Island. SMAR was the highest ranked of three winners in the Science Island International Design Contest, which attracted 144 teams from 44 countries and was the most popular design competition ever held in Lithuania. The appointment completes the Negotiated Procedure without Publication of a Contract Notice – the second stage of the process following the original Design Contest; both processes were run to Lithuanian procurement regulations. The new €25m science…

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Trafford Council extends consultation on former Manchester United players’ Turn Moss plans


Trafford Council has extended the consultation period on plans to build a football training ground on Turn Moss in Stretford after the proposals attracted a deluge of objections from local residents, with 1,600 representations received as of last Thursday. The plans by Academy 92, headed up by former footballers Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, and Nicky Butt, are to build a training ground for Salford City FC, including four training pitches, an office, and a gym converted from an existing storage facility. There will also be a new floodlit pitch for public use alongside a café, children’s play area,…

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The importance of greenspace to be discussed at Glasgow Caledonian University


The importance of greenspace for youngsters growing up in Scotland will be discussed at an event at Glasgow Caledonian University this summer. The annual Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Forum will celebrate 2018 as Year of Young People, exploring how the needs and rights of children should be at the heart of decision-making locally and globally. Experts attending this year’s event will include architect Hanna Johansson, who has been instrumental in transforming Billund into Denmark’s Capital of Children. The Danish city is leading the way with a 30-year plan to create a biodiverse space, or ‘holistic urban environment’ for both…

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London’s newest retail & leisure destination launched at Battersea Power Station


Battersea Power Station Development Company is today launching London’s newest retail and leisure destination that will house the best and brightest collection of British and international brands in one of the world’s most iconic buildings. Millions of people will visit the Power Station once it reopens and is brought back to life in 2020. They will be able to take advantage of the wide range of shops planned as well as a food hall that will provide local visitors, residents, tourists, shoppers and workers with a huge variety of places to eat, drink, engage and interact. The two turbine halls…

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Local authorities and developers must work together to boost the quality of new developments


The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched two new resources for developers and local authorities designed to help boost housing standards and improve social value outcomes.The first resource takes the form of a Housing Standards Playbook – to support local authorities drive up the sustainability of new homes through policy. UKGBC’s housing standards playbook urges local authorities to act consistently to: Set a standard for all new homes to be built to 19% improvements compared to current national minimum on carbon reduction Commit to a policy for all new homes to be net zero carbon in operation from 2030…

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Designs revealed as three Yorkshire train stations are set to be transformed


The designs for three Yorkshire train stations by BDP have recently been revealed. The plans for stations in Bradford, Halifax and Middlesbrough were all announced by their respective local councils within days of each other. Bradford Interchange and its surrounding area are set to be transformed by investment in a city centre station as part of Northern Powerhouse Rail. We have produced a vision for the station which shows a more open, public area in front of a multi-levelled interchange. The plans are part of a campaign to secure central government funding, boost the northern economy and speed up journey…

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ASLA applauds passage of Congressional Spending Bill

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The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) applauds Congress for passing a fiscal year 2018 spending bill that provides funding for programs vital to American communities. This bill takes important steps toward upgrading our nation’s infrastructure, improving our water management systems and increasing funding for parks, forests and federal lands. The Society has long advocated for the increased funding of green infrastructure, including releasing a series of recommendations last year that urged policymakers to support a comprehensive plan for transportation, water and natural systems. The spending bill as passed ensures that support. “The bipartisan passing of this bill is evidence…

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Multi-disciplinary practice partners with Nottingham Trent University to offer architectural insight


Multi-disciplinary architectural practice, rg+p has partnered with Nottingham Trent University to offer students a practical insight into the design of educational and learning environments. The Leicester-based firm has undertaken lectures and workshops with undergraduates from the Nottingham Institute of Education as part of their ‘Designing Spaces for Learning’ module. Principal landscape architect, Julian Gladman and head of interiors, Ian Matthews have delivered two lectures at the University’s Clifton Campus as well as hosted 30 students at rg+p’s Leicester office to provide real life examples of the environment and business of architecture. Julian Gladman said: “We’ve just completed a short series…

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UK’s largest connected and autonomous vehicle project tackles city centre parking


An Arup-led UK trial of connected and autonomous vehicle technology has been demonstrating how parking difficulties could soon be a thing of the past. The UK Autodrive project has been using public roads and car parks in Milton Keynes to show how connected and autonomous vehicles could make the search for parking spaces much easier in future. Project partners Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) have demonstrated how cars can communicate with each other to notify drivers of available parking spaces – without the need for any additional parking bay sensors. Jaguar Land Rover has…

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