September 23, 2017

New Manchester office for public realm specialists re-form

Manchester

Public realm specialist re-form Landscape Architecture is set to move into new office space in Manchester. The company is relocating from the Hive on Lever Street in the Northern Quarter to 921 sq ft of space at Beehive Mill in Ancoats. The switch comes on the back of a series of new project wins. In addition, the practice has promoted David Livesey to director. Livesey, who heads up the Manchester studio, will now be a shareholder in the company. The business was created by landscape architects Andrew Price and Guy Denton in 2011. It now operates across two studios in…

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BDP wins Palace of Westminster Refurbishment contract

Westminster

BDP has been awarded a full interdisciplinary contract for client advisory services to help ensure the safe and secure future of the Palace of Westminster. Since its construction in the mid-1800s, many features and systems in the Palace have never undergone a major renovation, and the heating, ventilation, water, drainage and electrical systems are extremely antiquated. In awarding these contracts, Parliament can take forward the crucial work required to safeguard the Palace and keep Parliament running. Architect director Tim Leach said:  “It’s an enormous privilege for the practice to be entrusted with helping safeguard the Palace of Westminster, this international…

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Gillespies win international competition for Astana Masterplan 2025

international

Gillespies has won an international competition to produce a comprehensive Terms of Reference for the 2025 Astana Master Plan in independent Kazakhstan. The terms of reference will form the foundations of a brief for the future Astana Master Plan that will set out to improve the quality of life of its residents, strengthen the interaction between the municipality authorities, citizens and businesses, as well as providing necessary infrastructure, services and public spaces to accommodate the sustainable long-term development of the city over the next eight years. Gillespies’ proposed terms of reference focus on the physical, socio-economical and sustainability factors that…

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TCL praised by award winning Redrow South East for hard work

TCL

TCL has been thanked for playing a key role in helping Redrow South East win a clutch of NHBC Pride in the Job quality awards over the past year. Three of the ten developments for which TCL has designed and installed the soft landscaping since the spring of 2016 have had their site managers singled out for the coveted awards. Candidates are selected for their technical knowledge, build process consistency, leadership and organisational skills. Only 450 from 15,000 site managers nationwide are presented with the coveted title each year. Redrow South East project manager Mike Tynan took the time to…

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Construction sector to benefit as big contracts move out of the capital

Construction sector

A shift in construction contracts out of London and into the Midlands will help support a sector experiencing uncertainty amid a prolonged Brexit negotiation in the region. That’s the view from Crown Group boss Gareth Emberton on a new report which shows major regeneration and infrastructure project work is moving from the capital to the rest of the UK. Analysts for Barbour ABI and the Construction Products Association says that investment in housebuilding, infrastructure and commercial property in Scotland and the West Midlands had the highest growth. The total value of contracts awarded in London was £13.1bn last year, down…

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Broadway Malyan submit planning for Polish lakeside apartments

Broadway Malyan

Plans have been submitted by Broadway Malyan for a high-end apartment development on the banks of Zegrze Lake to the north of Warsaw. The scheme is one of the first of its kind overlooking the man-made reservoir that is a popular destination for visitors escaping the Polish capital in the summer months. The scheme will include 100 residential units ranging from studios to generous double storey apartments, two levels of underground parking, sport and spa facilities, a restaurant and a small marina. Broadway Malyan’s Bartek Kumor, who is leading the project, said the apartments were designed to minimise their impact…

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Circus West brings life to the newly transformed Battersea Power Station

Circus West

Circus West, the first phase of the transformation of Battersea Power Station into a place that people call home, completes this summer. It opens up a precious new stretch of Thames riverside on the western side of the Power Station, connecting to Battersea Park. The development includes two major new residences: one made out of glass that is longer than The Shard is tall, juxtaposed against another that is copper-clad. These are unified by dramatic new public realm and horticulturally rich gardens. “The challenge has been to make sure the landscape responds to the scale of the Power Station without…

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The Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum wins RIBA National Award

Remembrance Centre

The Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum has been awarded an RIBA National Award. It is the only project in the West Midlands region to have been honoured and is now on the long-list for the Stirling Prize – the most prestigious architecture award in the UK. The judges commented: “The building rises to the challenge of unifying an existing chapel, a former visitor centre and external spaces and gardens. It addresses the Armed Forces Memorial in a powerful way. A well-proportioned, Neoclassical façade projects the appropriate level of gravitas associated with a building of such importance. It separates…

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Peter Coleman is appointed Mayor’s Design Advocate

Peter Coleman

BDP Principal and head of retail Peter Coleman has been appointed one of the Mayor of London’s Design Advocates. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced the appointments on tenth July when he launched his Good Growth by Design programme to enhance the design of buildings and neighbourhoods for all Londoners as the city’s population heads towards ten million people. Peter said: “I am delighted to be selected as one of Sadiq Kahn’s Design Advocates to assist with his vision for London Good Growth By Design. The three key principles I will be looking for in proposals will be design quality,…

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FPCR Building sandcastles at Ryton Pools for new colony of Sand Martins

FPCR

As part of the creation of a new UK Mail facility at the Prologis Park Ryton, FPCR’s client Prologis had created a temporary borrow pit as part of the works and created the perfect new home for a colony of Sand Martins Riparia riparia, which moved in and successfully bred (2015). The birds were left to nest in peace after a wide exclusion zone was implemented but realising that the site was on the birds’ migration route together with the fact that the borrow pit couldn’t stay on site long-term, FPCR worked with Prologis, Whiting Landscapes and the park rangers at nearby…

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