July 22, 2018

Mecanoo to transform railway line into green corridor connecting the city

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Mecanoo has released images of its plans to transform a former railway line in taichung, taiwan into a bio-diverse green corridor. the site, which measures a total length of one mile, was a catalyst for the development of the old city, traversing its downtown. Although formerly an important means of connection, today the disused railway divides the city and impedes circulation from one side of the tracks to the other. Mecanoo’s proposal uses the rail line to reconnect the different parts of the city in a sustainable way. as part of the plan, an inviting green corridor will include bike and pedestrian lanes to better cater…

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Engineers to review Old Oak Common works

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A pair of engineers will review works carried out at Old Oak Common as part of an independent review board, New Civil Engineer can reveal. AKT II founder Hanif Kara and Arup Head of UKMEA Planning Richard de Cani are among 22 engineers, architects and local government bodies which will provide expertise to the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC). Arup architect Sowmya Parthasarathy has also been added to the OPDC Review Group which will be independently assessing the HS2 and Elizabeth Line interchange. UCL professor in urban design and chair of the OPDC Place Review Group Peter Bishop said that…

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Pegasus Group works on landscape proposal for Grade II Listed masterpiece

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Plans to convert Grade II listed buildings in Surrey into a retirement living complex have proved to be a landscape architect’s dream merging historic and contemporary designs. National consultancy Pegasus Group was appointed to provide landscape design to support Eden Retirement Living’s proposals to turn Grade II*-listed CEMEX House, originally designed by architect Ted Cullinan, into an 81-home ‘later living’ village near Egham. The landscape design includes walled gardens for allotments and informal lawns that could be used for bowls and croquet. The development stands within a parkland-style landscape complete with an ornamental pond. The buildings sit within Green Belt…

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Landmark Place awarded Gold by Considerate Constructors Scheme

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Barratt London’s Landmark Place project team has been awarded a Gold Considerate Constructors Award at the National Site Awards 2018. This recognition is awarded to sites for outstanding contributions towards improving the image of construction. To win an award, judges look at what measures a site has put in place to be more considerate towards local neighborhoods and the public, the workforce, and the environment. This award is coveted by developers, but for Barratt London, achieving such an accolade at Landmark Place is even more significant, as it sits next to one of London’s most popular tourist sites, The Tower…

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Winning design gives new look to Berkshire Botanical Garden

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A new gateway is greeting visitors to the Berkshire Botanical Garden. The 4,000-square-foot entry garden, in front of the Center House, is the result of a nationwide competition involving individuals and teams of students enrolled in accredited landscape architecture programs. The winning design, by a team attending the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was selected by a five-member jury of independent designers, horticulturalists and landscape architects. “Over the last few weeks, the work has progressed rapidly,” said director of Horticulture Dorthe Hviid “The fountain and stonework is almost complete. The landscape has been graded into…

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Bennett Architectural shortlisted for Manufacturer of the Year Award

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Bennett Architectural has been shortlisted for the prestigious Manufacturer of the Year award at the Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards 2018. This award recognises Staffordshire businesses who have shown innovation in manufacturing through design, testing and development relating to an existing or new product. Bennetts has shown innovation in the construction industry using practices such as DfMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) and BIM as well as offering award winning design and fabrication for projects at Maggie’s Centre in Manchester, Victoria Gate in Leeds and more recently the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Lionel Grant, managing director at Bennett Architectural commented: “It’s a…

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Landscape architecture students design new artificial reef at Redondo dive site

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A landscape architecture student’s illustration of part of an artificial reef to be built at Washington’s Redondo Beach dive area. Students are working with the state, the dive community and others to design a new reef to provide a healthy habitat for marine life. What makes a good artificial reef, for divers, and for marine life? The landscape architecture students have done designs for a state-funded project to replace the artificial reef at the Redondo Beach dive site. They will present and discuss their work in a public meeting May 30, in Des Moines. The landscape architecture studio class is…

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Riverlight and South Gardens awarded RIBA London Awards 2018

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Two projects that Gillespies have delivered landscape design for have scooped prestigious 2018 RIBA London Awards – Riverlight, a pioneering residential-led development in the heart of the emerging Nine Elms regeneration area, and South Gardens, the first phase of the Elephant Park development by Lend Lease. Designed by world-renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Riverlight consists of six modern and elegant residential pavilions, carefully arranged within a high-quality riverside landscape setting by Gillespies. The strategic placement of these pavilions – which share the same architectural language but vary in height and colour – generated opportunities to create a permeable open space, with the…

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Berkeley Group host Woodhurst Park’s first community picnic

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The residents of Woodhurst Park have come together to mark the start of spring and enjoy their first community picnic within Bracknell’s newest Country Park. The “Wildlife in the Community” celebration was hosted by Berkeley Homes, with support from, the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust. Local families, including some who have just moved into their new Woodhurst Park home, were treated to guided nature walks, arts and crafts sessions, a raffle and lawn games. The Wildlife Trust explained how everyone can support biodiversity though cultivating nature-friendly plants in gardens, balconies or window boxes. There were also pop-up gardens on display including lavender and…

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Gillespies designed Elephant Park hosts the Chelsea Fringe Festival

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The Gillespies-designed Elephant Park is currently hosting the 2018 Chelsea Fringe, a festival running from 19 to 27 May. The park will provide a befitting setting for an array of community-focused activities that will bring to life the joy and excitement surrounding green spaces and gardening. The park, which opened in August 2017, is the centrepiece of Lend Lease’s wider Elephant Park development that will regenerate the former Heygate Estate into a new residential quarter. The park will host a range of workshops, music and performances and art and crafts activities by community organisations, big and small…don’t miss out. Check…

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