April 20, 2018

Solent University builds relationship with BRE Academy


Southampton Solent University has announced a prestigious partnership with the world’s leading independent buildings regulation and research organisation. The BRE Group is renowned for its independent review, research and knowledge generation into building systems, products, safety standards and sustainability around the world and its education arm, BRE Academy, has chosen Solent to become one of its official partners. The collaboration means the University can offer the much sought after BREEAM Accredited Professional (AP) training as part of its MSc built environment courses. BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for building and infrastructure projects. Pauline Traetto, Director of BRE…

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Planning permission granted for Roomzzz Aparthotel in Harrogate


A 98-room aparthotel at the Great Yorkshire Showground has been granted planning permission by Harrogate Borough Council. BDP is architect, landscape architect and sustainability consultant for the £10m scheme which is due for completion late 2019. Architect director Mike Hitchmough said: “I’m delighted for our client Roomzzz and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society that we are now able to deliver this wonderful project that will make a valuable contribution to the Showground site and the wider tourism and leisure offer in Harrogate.  The use of stone and vertical timber boarding acknowledges the agricultural aesthetic of the showground whilst extensive new landscape…

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FCPR submits application for sustainable development at Swindon


FCPR has submitted an outline planning application for a new urban extension to the east of Swindon. Comprising some 2,380 dwellings together with a mixed use local centre, employment and primary schools, the application forms part of the wider ‘New Eastern Villages’ allocation, which is Swindon’s main growth area. Appointed by the East Swindon Consortium (Hallam Land Management, Hannick Homes and Taylor Wimpey), FPCR have provided comprehensive landscape, ecological and arboricultural services for this application, following on from our work as part of the previous 2013 application. FPCR have produced a LVIA, an Ecological Assessment, an Arboricultural Assessment, a Green…

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Fields in Trust launch Impact Report 2016 looking at the value of parks and green spaces

Fields in Trust

Fields in Trust have launched their impact report for 2016, taking a look at the value that parks and green spaces bring to people’s lives. Last year was an important year for parks and green spaces. Primary research on Centenary Park in Rugby by the trust demonstrated the value of parks and green spaces. Data from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s State of UK Public Parks 2016 reported the stark figure that 50% of all local authorities have sold or transferred management of parks and green spaces in the last three years. So the announcement of a Parliamentary Inquiry into the future of these…

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Chatsworth Settlement Trustees submit planning application for 650 homes at Mastin Moor


The Chatsworth Settlement Trustees (CST) have today submitted proposals for 650 new homes on land owned at Mastin Moor, north-east of Chesterfield. Gillespies produced the Masterplan and Landscape Visual Impact Assessment for the new scheme. “This development will deliver many benefits to the area,” said Will Kemp, CST’s Planning and Development Manager.  “Not only will it provide new, high-quality homes to buy and rent including affordable housing, but the existing community garden will be doubled in size and 21 hectares of new parkland, play areas and other green spaces will be provided for existing and new residents. “CST has been…

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Hitchin chooses Plantscape to increase its summer display


Extra planters are brightening the streets of Hitchin in Hertfordshire this year after the town decided to invest in a bigger display from Plantscape. The Hitchin Business Improvement District, which was set up to promote the town centre as a good place to shop and visit, hopes the floral decorations will boost footfall throughout the summer. Plantscape installed dozens of window boxes, lamppost-mounted Holestar planters, Flower Towers, floor-standing planters and hanging baskets around the town last year. Shortly afterwards, the BID conducted a survey and, with the comments it received overwhelmingly positive, it agreed to feature even more planters in 2017….

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Gillespies presents masterplan and delivery strategy for Wigan Estate


Gillespies, supported by Cushman & Wakefield, have presented an estate regeneration masterplan and delivery strategy for Worsley Mesnes, Wigan. The plan has been prepared for Wigan Council as part of the government’s National Estate Regeneration programme. The Gillespies-led team has worked closely with the Council, the HCA, developers and local people – through workshops, drop-in sessions and engagement with young people – to develop the route map. The plan includes proposals for 278 new homes, remodelling of unsafe 1960s streets, 7.5 ha of improved green space, as well as the creation of a new ‘heart’ for Worsley Mesnes, providing local shops,…

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Consultation begins on UCL East planning application


University College London’s ambition to create a second campus away from its historic Bloomsbury setting is moving closer to realisation, with its planning application submitted for UCL East in Stratford. The masterplan for UCL East, by LDA Design, moves the needle on higher education design. An open and highly permeable campus is proposed, developed in partnership with the London Legacy Development Corporation to help secure better education and employment outcomes for the local population. In seeking to overcome traditional barriers between world-leading higher education institutions and the public, the masterplan takes a landscape-led design approach. It distils a clear and…

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LDA Design: Littlehampton wins RTPI Excellence in Planning Award


LDA Design’s public realm scheme for the seaside town of Littlehampton in west Sussex has won a Royal Town Planning Institute’s Excellence in Planning Award for the Innovative Delivery of Infrastructure. “The RTPI’s awards are the most respected in the UK planning industry, and it’s fantastic to see our transformation of a stretch of Littlehampton’s waterfront come out on top,” commented LDA Design director, Sophie Thompson. “We wanted to make sure Littlehampton is better defended against flooding but also that its waterfront is better connected to the rest of the town.” The elegant scheme, which enhances flood defences along the…

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Dimitris Grozopoulos highly commended in London National Park City competition


Dimitris Grozopoulos, an assistant landscape architect at Gillespies, was one of three runners-up in an international ideas contest to transform London into a ‘National Park City’. Dimitris was selected from over 50 entries consisting of artists, designers and architects from across the globe that were invited to imagine and visualise what a future London National Park City could look like in a design challenge set by the newly established National Park City Foundation. He developed the ‘Blue Line’, a strategic proposal for Nine Elms that could be scaled up to the wider city of London, using existing railway infrastructure. Through small and…

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