September 23, 2017

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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New partner at Gillespies among several senior management changes


As part of this year’s annual round of promotions, Gillespies is delighted to announce the addition of a new partner and eight changes to senior management across the practice’s four UK offices. Armel Mourgue has been promoted to Partner in acknowledgement of 15 years dedicated service and exceptional project management. Based in Gillespies’ London office, Armel has provided design leadership for many of the practice’s high profile and award-winning projects including MediaCityUK, an award-winning creative media hub in Salford and the RIBA Stirling Prize-shortlisted NEO Bankside in London. The eight senior promotions include Warren Chapman and Adam Greatrix as Associate Partners, along with Philip Smith and Gorana Shepherd as Senior…

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Sweco UK celebrates a year since rebrand with 150 new recruits

Sweco UK

Leading engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco UK is celebrating a successful 12 months since its rebrand from Grontmij in April last year. In the last year, Sweco have expanded their UK operations by offering the addition of a landscape architecture team based in Manchester, which has pushed the number of staff in the UK to around 800 in total. Sweco UK managing director, Max Joy, said: “Rebranding to Sweco has enabled us to plan for sustainable, profitable growth. We had strong, positive momentum from day one of the rebrand and our teams have thrived upon the new and exciting…

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Survey reveals a third of the industry is not clear on how to comply with Government BIM mandate


NBS’ seventh annual BIM survey reveals that a year since the BIM level two mandate came into force, a third of the industry is still unclear with what they have to do to comply with it. Repeated issues coming out of the survey, which had over 1,000 responses, were government failing to enforce the mandate and a lack of education for clients – 72 percent of clients don’t understand the benefits of BIM. “The introduction of the BIM mandate has broadly been a success – BIM adoption in the UK is growing in both extent (more people are using BIM)…

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Fields in Trust launches manifesto for parks for the UK general election

Fields in Trust

Fields in Trust has launched its Manifesto for Parks in advance of the General Election on 8th June. The election presents an opportunity to ensure the UK’s parks, playing fields and green spaces are addressed as a vital national issue by the next government. Fields in Trust is championing our green spaces and raising awareness of the positive impact they have on our communities. Download and read their Manifesto for Parks Download and print their doorstep card. Keep it by your front door and when your candidates come canvassing you’ll have four questions you can ask them about your local parks and green spaces…

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