November 22, 2017

Nottingham City Centre demolition prepares the way for Unity Square


A multi-storey car park and shops have been demolished opposite Nottingham Railway Station, to make way for extensive redevelopment in a key city location. The Unity Square site currently has outline planning consent for up to 450,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, a new hotel alongside other retail and leisure outlets surrounding brand new public realm. FPCR has provided landscape design services for the proposed scheme, and undertaken ecological surveys at the site. The proposed high quality public realm is focussed on a podium plaza, abutting the three proposed buildings, comprising raised planters, a grid of multi-stemmed birch…

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New Director of Landscape Planning among 19 LUC promotions


LUC have announced that 19 members of its talented workforce have been promoted this month. In the Planning, Appraisal and Assessment team, Sarah Young has been promoted to Director of Planning in LUC’s Bristol Office. Three members of staff have been promoted to Associate Planners: Emma Luke and Kate Reid in Bristol; and Jon Pearson in London. Three staff have also been promoted to Senior Planners: Katie Norris and Kieran Moroney in Bristol; and Rosie MacLellan in Glasgow. Two new appointments have been made in the London office: Hong Chen joins the company from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets as…

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Housing proposals approved for Stella Property Investments at Sedgefield Durham

Stella Property

FPCR have had recent success at Appeal, with housing proposals approved for Stella Property Investments at Sedgefield Durham. This brownfield site is located at the former Community Hospital site at the northern edge of Sedgefield, by NET Park Technology Park and is capable of accommodating up to 100 new homes together with a comprehensive green infrastructure. FPCR had gone to significant lengths, showing how the masterplan would retain existing trees, and hedgerows which would be supplemented with new belts of planting, to create a distinctive green setting for the new neighbourhood, whilst maintaining separation to the neighbouring village at Fishburn….

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Gillespies attend opening celebration at The Piece Hall in Halifax

Piece Hall

On Tuesday 1 August, Gillespies attended the official opening of The Piece Hall in Halifax. Organised by The Piece Hall Trust – the newly formed charity who will operate The Piece Hall – the daytime celebrations began by the sounding of a bell at 10am by Hannah Cockroft, the Halifax-born British wheelchair racer and Paralympian, signalling the official opening of The Piece Hall. The team were joined by members of the council, the Piece Hall Trust, locals and tourists who gathered to see the unveiling of the restored eighteenth century cloth hall, which is now home to a variety of…

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Scottish Government grants consent for South Kyle Wind Farm


The Scottish Government has granted consent for 50-turbine South Kyle Wind Farm in the Scottish Uplands of East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway. The result follows a Public Inquiry which determined that the benefits of the wind farm would be significant. It’s another renewable energy success for LDA Design who developed a landscape-led design strategy for the site on behalf of Swedish energy giant, Vattenfall. The proposed wind farm is situated in one of the UK’s wildest areas, a ‘dark sky’ spot perfect for stargazing. Vattenfall is committed to ensuring the project generates local employment through the project itself and…

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Playforce win contract to create playground in Southwark


Playforce has won a £150,000 contract to create an entire primary school playground in the London borough of Southwark. Work begins on the project at Friars Primary Foundation School in August – with completion expected in September. The project, whose price tag is unusually lavish for a school, has been made possible thanks to a windfall created by Friars selling a house to developers for conversion into flats. The contract will see the Playforce team remove all the school’s existing play equipment and creating new learning and physical zones for the children. These include a nature zone with hexagonal viewing pond, a physical climbing…

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FutureArch is partnering with the Flood Expo 2017


FutureArch has joined forces with the Flood Expo 2017 as an official partner ahead of the event’s highly anticipated return on the 27 and 28 of September at ExCeL London. The Flood Expo is simply unique; it’s the world’s largest exhibition and conference designed to showcase the latest innovations that further the way flooding is predicted, prevented, and managed by bringing together the latest solutions, the most innovative suppliers, and the industry’s greatest schedule of seminars led by the world’s most prominent experts. This standout exhibition regularly attracts partnerships with major players from across the industry. FutureArch’s inclusion in the 2017 show…

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Rushden Lakes shopping and leisure scheme opens to the public


Phase One of the pioneering Rushden Lakes shopping and leisure scheme has opened to the public. Situated in the Nene Valley, Northampton, the site combines shopping and restaurants with extensive opportunities for outdoor activities within the rich natural habitats of the surrounding wildlife reserves. Comprising approximately 400,000 sq ft of new retail and restaurant accommodation (phase 1), the former gravel extraction pit includes a square mile of lake and SSSI woodland, a boathouse and boardwalk with alfresco waterside dining, wet play area, central water feature and rill. Up to 5 million people are expected to flock to the scheme in…

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LUC on the winning team for three New London Architecture Awards


LUC is delighted to have been on winning teams for three projects at the 2017 New London Architecture Awards. The design team worked with Haworth Tompkins Architects on a new Peabody housing scheme in Silchester, responsible for developing the masterplan for this major regeneration project within The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea which comprises 112 new homes (shared ownership, outright sale and social rent), and new community and retail facilities. This project won an NLA award in the Housing category. In the Mayor’s Award category, LUC was part of the winning team for Central Somers Town Community Facilities with Adam Khan…

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Arup launches new Drivers of Change interactive app


Arup releases interactive app featuring its exclusive research on forces shaping the built and natural environments. This digital version of Drivers of Change puts the power to visualise future living — and the factors shaping the future — in the hands of educators, industry professionals, and the public. The app offers an informed starting point for conversations within communities and companies alike. Ten topics (climate change, convergence, demographics, energy, food, oceans, poverty, urbanisation, waste, and water) can be explored through any, or all, of the five STEEP lenses (social, technological, economic, environmental, and political). Packed with facts, images, and infographics, the app…

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