September 23, 2017

Sweco becomes first approved Institute of Asset Management public exam venue in Leeds


Landscape Architecture, Engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco has become the first public Institute of Asset Management (IAM). Sweco, which is based in the city, has significant asset management expertise across its UK offices and by becoming an exam venue the company will enable Sweco staff and other individuals to sit exams for the institute’s qualifications. The IAM has exam venues across the globe and approved Sweco’s Leeds office facilities, resources and staffing and determined the venue satisfied the quality assurance and quality control requirements of the institute. IAM exam support team, said: “The IAM is delighted to welcome Sweco…

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Winner of competition to redesign Dumfries town centre revealed


The winner of a design competition to help revitalise the historic centre of Dumfries has been announced. Entrants were invited to submit their ideas for the Midsteeple Quarter in the heart of the town. First prize went to Ayr-based ARPL Architects’ vision for the area and a number of empty shops nearby. The competition was organised by the community-led Stove Network in collaboration with the Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA). Gordon Flemming, of ARPL Architects, said: “We are very pleased that our ideas for the Midsteeple Quarter in Dumfries were recognised by the competition judges. “The challenge of ensuring regional…

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Groundwork set to begin work on Letchworth GC skate park


A £140,000 makeover of an outdated skate park in Letchworth GC will begin next week. The work on the recreational sport facility in Norton Common will start on Monday (June 5) and is expected to take around three months to complete. The skate park, which is located on the recreational side of the nature reserve, was installed around a decade ago and has become run down over the years. Groundwork, the architecture company that is carrying out the work in partnership with North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC), held a series of consultation events with the skaters and BMX riders who use the park so that they…

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Influence landscape staff attend photography CPD day


Influence landscape staff members attended a full day CPD with MS Environmental in May as part of the practices commitment to a high level of standards in landscape photography and visual presentation. MSE were established in 2000 and provide a number of technical services to a wide range of clients including Influence. Mike Spence is a member of the Landscape Institute Technical Committee with a specific remit to advice on technical aspects of photography and photomontage in LVIA. The presentation included technical advice on photography methods, equipment, photo stitching, and compliance with the Landscape Institute’s guidance note 01/11, Scottish Natural…

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Barton Willmore’s plans for Harrogate Spring Water are approved


Barton Willmore’s Leeds team have secured unanimous outline planning permission to expand Harrogate Spring Water’s bottling facility. Approved by Harrogate Council, the extension to the facility in the town will provide an additional 59,000 sq ft of floorspace and expand its production. Bringing many benefits to the local area, the expansion will increase employee levels by 47% whilst the construction phase of the development could add as much as £1.5m to the local economy. The team provided Town Planning, Research, Landscape Design and Graphic Communication services for the project. Stuart Natkus, planning director at Barton Willmore, said: “The extension will…

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Living bridge part of new plans for Brent Cross Shopping Centre

Brent Cross

Hammerson and Standard Life Investments today announce that they have submitted a detailed planning application, in accordance with existing outline planning consent, for the £1.4bn redevelopment of the iconic Brent Cross Shopping Centre in London. The plans, submitted to Barnet Council, envisage the refurbishment and extension of the shopping centre introducing more than 200 new retail stores, 60 restaurants, a state of the art cinema complex, hotel accommodation, a new town square, a relocated and enlarged bus station as well as improved public spaces.  Brent Cross London is the northern element of the wider £4.5bn regeneration plan for Brent Cross…

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David Ross Sports Village opens after LUC landscape proposals

David Ross

LUC attended the official opening of the new £40m state-of-the-art David Ross Sports Village on Park campus at the University of Nottingham this week. Olympic table tennis champion Deng Yaping and gold medal-winning canoeists Tim Brabants MBE and Etienne Stott MBE were among the line-up of sporting legends who joined fellow alumni David Ross and UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl for the celebrations. Facilities include an indoor fencing salle (hall), dance and spin studios, an all-glass squash court, an outdoor full-sized 3G rubber crumb pitch, tennis courts,  gym and a High Performance Zone which has a 60m six-lane indoor sprint track, a bespoke cardio training area,…

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Fields in Trust protection programme to safeguard green spaces

Fields in Trust

A new Fields in Trust protection programme will create a legacy of 50 permanently safeguarded outdoor spaces across the UK and tackle physical inactivity. The Active Spaces programme funded by The London Marathon Charitable Trust will protect recreational land and encourage people, particularly the most inactive communities, to participate in physical activity, sport and play. This is the first UK-wide funding programme delivered by The London Marathon Charitable Trust. The innovative Active Spaces partnership will safeguard the future of green spaces across the UK The Trust has set aside £675,000 in 2017/18 to safeguard 50 green spaces in perpetuity and to fund activation…

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Bedford park is latest multifaceted project for TCL Group

TCL Group

The diverse range of skills offered by the member companies of the TCL Group is seeing the organisation win a growing number of multifaceted projects requiring a breadth of specialist expertise. Brickhill Country Park in Bedford, the latest example, saw landscape services provider TCL create a 30-hectare parkland for Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon. Working with TCL Group’s specialist play division it was able to handle all aspects of the project – from planning, design, local authority and public consultation, to implementation. The final result consists of nine play areas which reflect the natural landscape of the surrounding parkland and preserve plant diversity and…

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LUC expands with new offices in the north of England


LUC has opened the first of two new offices in the north of England in Lancaster with the second office opening in Manchester next month. With existing presence in London, Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh, the expansion into the north of England fills an important gap in LUC’s geographical coverage and enables them to better serve their clients by providing services at a local level. The new office at Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, will be headed up by Jon Abbatt, who is joining LUC as Director of Strategic Development. Jon, who was previously Head of Environment with ADAS UK, will be…

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