March 17, 2018

Fields in Trust supports API call to increase investment to positively impact health and wellbeing


Fields in Trust welcomes a new report from the Association of Play Industries (API) into the state of England’s playgrounds and supports calls for increased investment that will positively impact the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, said: “Play is the first step children take towards physical literacy and an active lifestyle and therefore investing in play spaces and securing their future should be a priority in combating the negative health impacts of a sedentary population. Parks and playgrounds are vulnerable to closure in these challenging times and it’s important that…

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Laurence Associates expand with successful acquisition of planning consultancy


A planning-led architectural practice on the outskirts of Truro is looking to expand its business following the successful acquisition of a Liskeard-based planning consultancy. Laurence Associates is an award-winning practice, based at Threemilestone, which offers town planning, architecture and landscape architecture expertise. It’s bought Urban & Rural Planning Associates to extend its reach in South East Cornwall and across the border into Devon. Managing director Richard Marsden said: “Generally speaking, people look for consultants in their own patch because they know the local planning issues and how the local authorities work. “South East Cornwall and Plymouth is a huge opportunity for Laurence Associates…

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Shortlist announced for Ross Pavilion international design competition


The Ross Development Trust in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council and Malcolm Reading Consultants have announced the seven finalist teams who will proceed to the second stage of the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition. The competition is searching for an outstanding team of architects, landscape designers, engineers and other specialists for the new circa £25m Ross Pavilion and Gardens project in the heart of Edinburgh. Each of the finalist teams is led by an architect, listed below: Adjaye Associates (UK) BIG Bjarke Ingels Group (Denmark) Flanagan Lawrence (UK) Page \ Park Architects (UK) Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (Norway) wHY (USA) William Matthews Associates (UK) and Sou Fujimoto…

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Green infrastructure is key to the development of Grandhome


Major investment is underway in establishing the formal and informal green spaces at Grandhome, the new community for Aberdeen that will meet a significant proportion of the city’s new housing needs over the next 25 years. More than £7 million of work is currently being carried out to deliver the first phase of supporting infrastructure for the community, which includes extensive landscaping and the creation of Grandhome’s first open spaces. The delivery of the vision for Grandhome, set out in its masterplan, will set new standards in the region for place making in terms of its built environment, sense of…

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Salford Quays redevelopment plans approved by planners


Fortis Developments plans to develop Furness Quay, within Salford Quays, have been unanimously approved by planners, subject to the execution of a section 106 agreement. This exciting development, to be named Fortis Quay, will consist of 5 high specification blocks creating in excess of 750 luxury apartments and will rise to 27 storeys, which once built, will be the tallest building in Salford. The 2 existing buildings, formerly used as offices, have permission already to convert and extend with Custom House rising from 6 stories to 10 storeys and Furness House from 11 storeys to 17 storeys. The 640,000sq.ft Fortis…

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LI realigns staff structure to deliver growth for members


The Landscape Institute has announced a new team structure for its employees that will help it to deliver its key objectives in the new business year and beyond. In consultation with the LI Board and Council, members, and practices in both the public and private sector, the LI has identified a need to grow its membership, to broaden its reach across professions, and to increase its influence and relevance. A major feature of the new structure is the increased staff presence across the UK. Officers based in key regional centres will assist in the delivery of candidate support, CPD and training,…

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