July 18, 2018

Sharjah unveils first international platform on architecture


The northern emirate of Sharjah will be hosting the first platform on architecture and urbanism in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (Menasa) region, thus continuing its cultural engagement expansion in the UAE. Founded by Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Urban Planning Council, the Sharjah Architecture Triennial aims to stimulate debate on regional built environment by reframing on-going conversations from a regional perspective. Taking place in the UAE and engaging with regional and international discourse, the first edition commences in November 2019. The Sharjah Architecture Triennial is holding its first public programme, a panel discussion…

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Gillespies’ Partner Mike Sharp to retire after 30 years at the practice

Mike Sharp

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Mike Sharp, after 30 years of dedicated service at Gillespies; 20 of which he spent as a Partner. Mike joined Gillespies in 1988 and was made a Partner 10 years later. Following his rise to Partner, he went on to set up Gillespies’ Bradford office and subsequently the Leeds office with fellow Partner Tom Walker, where he has since been successfully leading a strong portfolio of urban design projects across the north of England. Notable works around the region include the Gainsborough Town Centre Masterplan, Hartlepool Town Centre Masterplan,…

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ASLA Survey: demand high for residential landscapes with sustainability and active living elements

Applauds ASLA

People want to do downward-facing dogs in their sustainable designed backyards or shared outdoor spaces—while their phones are charging nearby. That is one of the possible conclusions of the 2018 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Landscape architects were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements in 2018. The survey was fielded February 22 through March 8, 2018, with 808 responding. ASLA revised the survey this year to include new types of outdoor amenities that appeal to both single-family and multi-family owners and residents. Residential…

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Construction of Emaar’s Creek Horizon development reaches podium level


Located at the Dubai Creek Harbour master development, the Creek Horizon project will also offer individual townhouse opportunities. Emaar Properties’ Creek Horizon residential project at Dubai Creek Harbour, has now reached ground level. The project, following the theme of ‘living on an island’, offers a bold ‘destination living experience’ and comprises two towers, rising from a landscaped podium structure. Located at the Dubai Creek Harbour master development, the Creek Horizon project will also offer individual townhouse opportunities and shared leisure amenities, such as a swimming pool, gym and recreation areas, which will help to define a vibrant atmosphere in the…

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SMAR Architecture Studio appointed to design Science Island


Kaunas City Municipality announced this week the appointment of SMAR Architecture Studio, based in Australia and Spain, to design Lithuania’s new National Science and Innovation Centre, known colloquially as Science Island. SMAR was the highest ranked of three winners in the Science Island International Design Contest, which attracted 144 teams from 44 countries and was the most popular design competition ever held in Lithuania. The appointment completes the Negotiated Procedure without Publication of a Contract Notice – the second stage of the process following the original Design Contest; both processes were run to Lithuanian procurement regulations. The new €25m science…

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Trafford Council extends consultation on former Manchester United players’ Turn Moss plans


Trafford Council has extended the consultation period on plans to build a football training ground on Turn Moss in Stretford after the proposals attracted a deluge of objections from local residents, with 1,600 representations received as of last Thursday. The plans by Academy 92, headed up by former footballers Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, and Nicky Butt, are to build a training ground for Salford City FC, including four training pitches, an office, and a gym converted from an existing storage facility. There will also be a new floodlit pitch for public use alongside a café, children’s play area,…

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The importance of greenspace to be discussed at Glasgow Caledonian University


The importance of greenspace for youngsters growing up in Scotland will be discussed at an event at Glasgow Caledonian University this summer. The annual Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Forum will celebrate 2018 as Year of Young People, exploring how the needs and rights of children should be at the heart of decision-making locally and globally. Experts attending this year’s event will include architect Hanna Johansson, who has been instrumental in transforming Billund into Denmark’s Capital of Children. The Danish city is leading the way with a 30-year plan to create a biodiverse space, or ‘holistic urban environment’ for both…

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London’s newest retail & leisure destination launched at Battersea Power Station


Battersea Power Station Development Company is today launching London’s newest retail and leisure destination that will house the best and brightest collection of British and international brands in one of the world’s most iconic buildings. Millions of people will visit the Power Station once it reopens and is brought back to life in 2020. They will be able to take advantage of the wide range of shops planned as well as a food hall that will provide local visitors, residents, tourists, shoppers and workers with a huge variety of places to eat, drink, engage and interact. The two turbine halls…

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Local authorities and developers must work together to boost the quality of new developments


The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched two new resources for developers and local authorities designed to help boost housing standards and improve social value outcomes.The first resource takes the form of a Housing Standards Playbook – to support local authorities drive up the sustainability of new homes through policy. UKGBC’s housing standards playbook urges local authorities to act consistently to: Set a standard for all new homes to be built to 19% improvements compared to current national minimum on carbon reduction Commit to a policy for all new homes to be net zero carbon in operation from 2030…

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Designs revealed as three Yorkshire train stations are set to be transformed


The designs for three Yorkshire train stations by BDP have recently been revealed. The plans for stations in Bradford, Halifax and Middlesbrough were all announced by their respective local councils within days of each other. Bradford Interchange and its surrounding area are set to be transformed by investment in a city centre station as part of Northern Powerhouse Rail. We have produced a vision for the station which shows a more open, public area in front of a multi-levelled interchange. The plans are part of a campaign to secure central government funding, boost the northern economy and speed up journey…

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