September 23, 2017

Ten year landmark for award-winning MediaCityUK


Last month marked ten years since The Peel Group began transforming the derelict Salford docklands into MediaCityUK, an award-winning media hub which is now home to the BBC, ITV, Salford University and more than 200 media businesses. Gillespies delivered a contemporary new public realm together with a sequence of dynamic public spaces that have transformed this area into a place of culture and entertainment. At its heart, a multifunctional Piazza, with elegant stone paving, now serves as a space for activities, media events and large gatherings – you may recognise it as the backdrop for many ITV shows such as…

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LDA Design secures planning for Hill of Towie Wind Farm extension

LDA Design

LDA Design has helped renewable energy company RES secure consent for the expansion of the Hill of Towie Wind Farm in Moray. This decision, released in June, will increase the number of turbines at the wind farm from 21 to 37, generating up to 48 MW of renewable energy – enough to power over 26,000 houses a year. It is expected that during the construction and first year of operation Hill of Towie II will create more than £4.4 million of inward investment. The Scottish Government, which has an ambition to meet at least 50 per cent of the country’s…

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Businesses give a ringing endorsement to Bognor Regis Town Centre improvements


Businesses and other stakeholders have voted in favour of establishing a Business Improvement District (BID) in Bognor Regis. Starting April 1 2018, the BID will invest more than £700,000 in projects and the management of Bognor Regis Town Centre over the next five years. Led by Town Centre Manager, Toyubur Rahman, the campaign for the BID focused on promotion, safety, an active evening economy and parking. Councillor Mrs Gillian Brown, Leader of Arun District Council, said: “It’s great to be in partnership with businesses in Bognor and to jointly be investing in the town. “The referendum result clearly shows businesses in the town have an appetite to improve…

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Public consultation to begin on lifting of planning curbs around London to Kent high speed rail link


Consultation on proposals to reduce planning restrictions along the HS1 route starts 10 July 2017. A public consultation opens on Monday 10 July 2017 on proposals to reduce planning restrictions along the high speed rail route, known as HS1, between London St Pancras and the Channel Tunnel. As a long-term infrastructure project, HS1 is protected under planning regulations which restrict development alongside or close to it. Known as ‘safeguarding’, the regulations do not prevent development taking place near large-scale schemes like HS1, but do ensure that they allow access to, and protection of, the infrastructure itself. During construction and early operation of HS1, it was essential…

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LUC associate director speaks at Glasgow NOW event


LUC associate director of landscape architecture Duncan McLean recently presented at the Landscape Institute Scotland Reflections Series Event: Glasgow NOW. As part of an evening of presentations about some of the biggest regeneration and public realm projects happening right now in Glasgow, Duncan spoke to a sold out audience about LUC’s award winning work on the Shawfield National Business District. The LIS Reflections series aims to bring together more experienced landscape practitioners with the less experienced, emerging and student generations. The events seek to be a platform for knowledge transfer and provide opportunities for discussion between members and the public, regarding a range…

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£2.3 billion investment in infrastructure for new housing


A £2.3 billion fund which could unlock 100,000 new homes in areas of high demand has been launched by the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid. Speaking in Birmingham at the LGA Conference, the Communities Secretary said that the investment will help to fund vital physical infrastructure projects like the building of roads, bridges, energy networks and other utilities, the absence of which continues to hold housebuilding back. The new investment through the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) aims to solve this problem and today opens for bids for local authorities across England to come forward with proposals to help get homes built faster. Funding will also…

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LUC begins work on an integrated Green Infrastructure and Landscape Sensitivity study for Leicestershire


LUC has begun work on an integrated Green Infrastructure and Landscape Sensitivity study for Leicestershire. Local authorities are in the process of preparing a non-statutory Strategic Growth Plan (SGP) for Leicester & Leicestershire. This will identify longer term proposals for housing and economic growth and will inform the preparation of local authorities’ Local Plans. The landscape and visual sensitivity study and the closely linked GI study will help ensure that, through clear evidence, locations identified for economic and housing development are delivered in a way that conserves and enhances landscape, biodiversity and green infrastructure. LUC’s Landscape Planning & Management and…

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Buzon UK launch brand new website

Buzon UK

Buzon UK, manufacturers of adjustable pedestals to be used on terraces, have launched a new website with the following announcement: “After several years we thought it was finally time to retire the old Buzon UK website and replace it with a slicker, more advanced responsive website. “Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about Buzon’s products, services and construction solutions. Our current and prospective clients will be able to access the Resource Centre, which provides valuable technical data and information as well as direct links to Buzon’s BIM objects.” New features…

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Low Marnham Combined Heat and Power Plant nears completion

power plant

Work is nearing completion on JG Pear’s Combined Heat and Power Plant at Low Marnham in Nottinghamshire. The plant will significantly enhance the overall sustainability of the company’s existing operation processing animal by products. FPCR provided masterplanning and landscape expertise for the project, and Phil Rech subsequently gave evidence at the Public Inquiry in 2014. With a 28m high main boiler house and a 50m chimney, the building complex is inevitably visible across the local area. However, careful use of varied cladding colours and appropriate perimeter landscape treatment results in the complex being successfully assimilated into the Nottinghamshire countryside. Martin…

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A Fresh Approach to School Landscapes: Play and Learning outside the classroom

Fresh Approach

With a foreword by Sir David Attenborough, ‘A Fresh Approach to School Landscapes’ is a new book published as a guide to best practice that the Hampshire County Council Landscape group have developed working with the national charity ‘Learning through Landscapes’ (LTL). The book has been created with the input of a cross departmental ‘Playing and Learning Beyond the Classroom Strategy Group’ at Hampshire County Council. This is a working group comprising representation from Property Services, Children’s Services, Public Health, Countryside Services and Learning Through Landscapes. The publication of the book at a challenging time for local government highlights the…

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