April 25, 2018

Studio Stefano Boeri Architetti continues its design activities in favour of sustainable architecture worldwide

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Following the Vertical Forest projects of Milan, Nanjing, Utrecht, Tirana, Lausanne,Paris – and after the global publication of the call-to-action video for Urban Forestry (https://www.stefanoboeriarchitetti.net/en/urbanforestry) comes today ’s announcement of the new Vertical Forest to be constructed in the Netherlands, in Eindhoven. The Trudo Vertical Forest will be the first Vertical Forest adopted by a social housing project. It is therefore destined for use by low-income social groups, particularly young people with an urban lifestyle. The 19 floors of the Tower will house apartments rented out at affordable rates and graced by balconies with hundreds of trees and plants in…

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Work starts on increased flood protection for Starcross and Cockwood

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More than 660 homes and businesses at Starcross and Cockwood will be better protected from coastal flooding as work started this week on a new £4 million flood scheme. At Starcross the Environment Agency will install 2 new floodgates at Church Road and Generals Lane slipway. They will also raise the car park levels at the Fishing and Cruising Club. In Cockwood the harbour wall will be improved with a raised level along Dawlish Road in line with predicted sea level rises. Work is expected to take around 6 months and be finished by summer. An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “The…

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£50m masterplan for National Railway Museum overhaul

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The National Railway Museum is set for its biggest upgrade since it opened in 1975. Plans to completely overhaul the Leeman Road site have been unveiled. The museum has drawn up a £50 million, seven-year masterplan, designed to increase visitor numbers from 750,000 today to 1.2 million. It will see the two halves of the museum – now divided by Leeman Road – unified by a brand new building. This will be built where Leeman Road is now, after the road is diverted away from the site. And the original Stephenson’s Rocket – now housed at sister attraction the Science…

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Green light for residential-led regeneration scheme at Icknield Port Loop, Birmingham

Birmingham

Birmingham City Council has approved plans for the first phase of a major residential regeneration scheme at Icknield Port Loop, Birmingham. Working closely with Glenn Howells Architects, Maccreanor Lavington Architects and ShedKM, Grant Associates has created a detailed landscape masterplan that will see 207 family homes and 90 apartments built, along with green infrastructure including a new public park, public open spaces, communal gardens and canal-side public realm. The scheme is the first phase of a proposal by Urban Splash and Places for People to develop a total of 1,150 homes on the 43-acre, city centre site. Located next to…

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Barcham plans for arboretum and visitor centre given green light by council planning committee

Barcham

Published by Darren Shelton Barcham Trees, the Cambridgeshire nursery which has provided more than a million instant-impact trees for the urban environment in Britain, has been given the go-ahead by East Cambridgeshire District Council Planning Committee for the development of an arboretum, lake, visitor centre, restaurant and shopping area on part of its 300-acre site adjacent to the A142 between Ely and Soham. This unique and exciting development will create up to 40 new jobs. The company, which is the largest container tree nursery in Europe, had support from a range of interests, including East Cambridgeshire’s tourism office and Soham…

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Mayor approves £1.4bn scheme to regenerate Croydon town centre

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today approved a major development which will give a major boost to long-term plans to regenerate Croydon town centre. The redevelopment of the Whitgift shopping centre by the Croydon Partnership – a joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson – will create 7,000 jobs, deliver nearly 1,000 new homes, and provide the local community with brand-new leisure facilities and rejuvenated public spaces. More than half-a-million square metres of shops and restaurants will be built, alongside space for future student accommodation or a hotel. Sadiq gave the project the green light after it was approved by…

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Flood management schemes backed by West Yorkshire Combined Authority

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Two flood alleviation schemes backed by West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Investment Committee, at their meeting Wednesday 3 January, will help reduce the risk of flooding for hundreds of homes and businesses across Leeds City Region, protect land for new development and provide a refuge for endangered animals. The Natural Flood Management Programme and Wyke Beck Valley Project will be developed with partners to safeguard key areas of land by the River Aire, River Calder and River Colne as well as housing and brownfield sites across east Leeds. The future of a number of vulnerable habitats will also be secured, helping…

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Galliford Try Partnerships awarded first multi-million-pound phase of construction works of regeneration scheme at Old Oak Common

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Genesis Housing Association and championship football club Queens Park Rangers (QPR) have appointed regeneration specialist Galliford Try Partnerships to deliver the first phase of construction works at Oaklands – the first development being brought forward at the Old Oak Common regeneration site in north-west London. The £155m contract will be undertaken over a 164-week construction programme, and will be the catalyst project of the UK’s largest regeneration scheme since work began to transform East London following the 2012 London Olympics. Works comprise the demolition of derelict buildings to make way for a new west London neighbourhood consisting of 605 new…

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Rochdale remains bullish over Riverside development future

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A special meeting of Rochdale Council’s cabinet was held last night to discuss the future of the Riverside development, following anchor tenant M&S’s announcement that it intended to pull out of the scheme at the end of last year. Last night Rochdale councillors vowed to press ahead with the £80m project with partner Genr8, and reiterated that the council intended to hold M&S to its commitment. Council leader, Cllr Allen Brett, said: “As far as we’re concerned, M&S have signed a legally binding contract to take space in the Rochdale Riverside development and we fully expect them to honour that…

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Plans submitted for Merseyside Police Headquarters

Merseyside

Ryder Architecture and contractor Willmott Dixon have submitted a planning application for Liverpool’s 137,000 sq ft Merseyside Police Headquarters on Scotland Road. The development will provide space for up to 1,175 staff across a main four-storey building and a single-storey annex, alongside meeting rooms, a lecture theatre and break-out spaces. A multi-storey car park was originally cited to be built at the site alongside the police headquarters, but this has been scrapped in favour of surface car parking. Willmott Dixon was selected as main contractor for the building on a design-and-build basis in September 2016 through Scape’s major works framework,…

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