February 19, 2018

Nottingham College reveal plans for new £58m city hub campus


Newly-merged Central College Nottingham and New College Nottingham have revealed plans for a £58m City Hub campus near the city’s Broadmarsh shopping centre. The new 6-storey campus designed by architects Bond Bryan will provide college and community facilities, together with a new business hub. This will encourage business start-ups, better collaboration between the college and employers and provide the wider community with improved training and skills resources. The campus will also house a performing arts centre, student retail space, café and training restaurant and bar. Procurement chiefs are presently shortlisting firms to take part in a two-stage tender process. Site…

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Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects win UK Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition

Adjaye Associate

Adjaye Associates, Ron Arad Architects and the landscape architects Gustafson Porter + Bowman have been selected to design the UK’s new Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre. After an international competition, with 92 entries in total and ten finalists, Adjaye Associates, Ron Arad Architects and Gustafson Porter + Bowman were selected unanimously as the winning team, by a jury including the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the Mayor of London, the Chief Rabbi, experts from architecture, art and design, and both first and second generation Holocaust survivors. The design team will be led by British architect, Sir David…

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Bowles & Wyer announces three new employees in restructuring programme

Bowles & Wyer

Landscape company Bowles & Wyer has secured three new employees as part of its current restructuring programme under the guidance of John Wyer. The new staff members, who have joined the Design, Finance, Human Resources and Administration divisions, bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the organisation. Mark Latchford – Designer  With his striking design style and an approach to project management that is founded in extensive onsite experience, Mark is an essential additional to design team. He joined Bowles & Wyer from the Cool Gardens company where he worked as Design Director, having achieved a Distinction from the Pickard School of Garden…

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iGRASS exhibiting at Futurescape the UK’s top landscaping trade event


A leading supplier of artificial grass for landscape trade professionals, iGRASS, is exhibiting at FutureScape, the UK’s top landscaping trade event. FutureScape, at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, on Tuesday November 14, promotes field-leading products and broad networking with the biggest names in landscaping, garden design and grounds maintenance. The continued evolution of FutureScape has transformed the event into the UK’s leading landscape show, earning its place, both with attendees and exhibitors right across the country flocking there for the big day. Whether you’re a landscaper, garden designer, or grounds maintenance contractor, there will be plenty of educational and inspirational…

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Westgate retail mixed use development opens to the public in Oxford


Westgate, a major retail led mixed use development in Oxford has opened up to the public. It comprises a full range department store, over 100 retail units ranging in size, and 30 restaurants and cafes. A new public roof terrace with walkways and courts leads to the restaurants and bars which provide spectacular views across the city’s historic roofscape. BDP led the masterplan for the development which required seamlessly stitching into the historic city fabric. The new Westgate arranges a series of four individual urban blocks, tied together by public spaces and urban fabric that operate as a single entity….

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Dimitrios Grozopoulos scoops first prize in the hand-drawn category at the inaugural Architecture Drawing Prize


Landscape Architect Dimitrios Grozipoulos has won first prize at the inaugural Architecture Drawing Prize, in the ‘hand-drawn category. Dimitrios’s drawing ‘Scenarios for a Post-Crisis Landscape’ was commended by the judges as “having a haunting quality beyond that of most images of post-industrial landscapes, portrayed with an extraordinary control of line.” Dimitrios Grozipoulos, said; “For me drawing is about capturing the essence of a place with all its spatial and immaterial qualities. It should help people free their mind of any preconception of architecture, form, design, lines and colours. It should make us dream.” He continued “My drawing depicts a brownfield site in Piraeus…

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American Society of Landscape Architects releases VR video of Klyde Warren Park


The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently released a new virtual reality (VR) video of Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Texas, which the society says bridges a highway and reunites a part of Dallas. Intended to entice viewers into taking a vivid journey through this park built over the highway, ASLA says the video is narrated by landscape architect James Burnett, FASLA, president of OJB Landscape Architect, who designed the park. ASLA says the video demonstrates the latest VR technology, was created using GoPro Odyssey on Google Jump and takes viewers into the heart of the park to explore…

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TCL helps to transform Southampton common with new nature play area

Southampton common

Designed by Davies White and built and installed by TCL, Southampton Common Nature Play and Water Park has received a £500,000 redevelopment. Having won the project by competitive tender earlier in the year, TCL were the principle contractor for installing a brand new play area at Southampton Common. With inspiration taken from nature, the new area has taken on a whole new look for the local residents. The site, which previously held just a paddling pool, has been transformed into a multisensory play area accessible to all ages. Equipment on the site includes water play, towers, climbing logs, zip wires…

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Google to create neighbourhood featuring designs to make the weather ‘feel nicer’


Google is set to build a “new kind” of high-tech neighbourhood that will be unlike anywhere else in the world. The company has revealed radical plans for the town, which will be called Quayside. It will feature flexible buildings that can be completely reconfigured at speed, and Google will even attempt to “mitigate” the weather, to encourage people to spend more time outside. It’s an astonishing vision, which Google hopes to turn into “a blueprint for the 21st-century urban neighbourhood”. Quayside will be built on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront, with the project being undertaken by Google subsidiary Sidewalk Labs and the…

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LUC focuses on tackling barriers to health and wellbeing


Working with the landscape to release more of its power for good is essentially what everyone in every profession at LUC has been doing since it started over fifty years ago. The evidence of the benefits to Health and Wellbeing from physical activity and contact with nature is growing exponentially, and health professionals, academics, researchers, designers, planners and policy makers are able to use this evidence to release funding and support programmes for positive change. Conversely, the social and economic cost of spiralling obesity rates (diabetes, heart disease) nationally and globally constitutes a crisis that requires a joined-up rapid response….

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