June 20, 2018

Exciting speakers lined up for Flood Expo 2017

The Flood Expo is the world’s largest exhibition and conference designed to showcase the latest innovations that further the way flooding is predicted, prevented, and managed. It takes place on the 27th & 28th of September at ExCeL London, and tickets are free from the Flood Expo website. The show features over 200 innovative suppliers, 100 CPD-accredited seminars, interactive debates, live demonstrations on the River Thames, one-to-one advice from industry experts, unparalleled networking opportunities, and much more. Your Free Ticket will gain you access to expert-led talks, including United Nations’ Tiffany Hodgson, NASA’s Dr David Green, MET Office’s Dr Nick…

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Two major schemes masterplanned by FPCR near completion


Two major schemes masterplanned by FPCR are now nearing final build out and completion. Both projects were consented following appeals, Leicester Road, Hinckley (232 dwellings) in July 2011 and Henthorn Road, Clitheroe (270 dwellings) in March 2012. The Hinckley site was contentious as a result of its Green Wedge location, but the Inspector concluded that as the site had good defensible boundaries the loss of this particular section of Green Wedge would not diminish the ability of the remainder to guide development form. The Green Infrastructure strategy has successfully assimilated the new homes into the framework of existing vegetation around…

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Gillespies offering exclusive tours of Crossrail Place Roof Garden


As part of this year’s Open House, Gillespies is offering members of the public exclusive tours of Crossrail Place Roof Garden, a new elevated roof garden that sits above Crossrail Place in Canary Wharf, on Saturday 16th September. The sessions will offer insights into the design and architecture of the new garden, exploring its innovative roof structure, its rich maritime history, and the story behind the planting selection. Tours will run from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 16th September. Address: Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, E14 Accessing Crossrail Place Roof Garden: From Canary Wharf tube station Take…

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BDP wins Yancheng Nanhai Future City urban design competition


The Mayor of Yancheng and central Chinese government have selected BDP from a shortlist of five practices to develop Yancheng in south China. The urban design competition sought a detailed design strategy and eco vision for the city to boost its leisure, healthcare and education services whilst improving accessibility and circulation to develop it as a key tourist destination. The designs for the 16 sq km district make maximum use of water, green spaces and eco features including eight parks and new green water networks. A central lake will facilitate transport links and provide a range of leisure activities for…

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Palmerston Court gets green light from Wandsworth Council


Wandsworth Council has given planning consent for Palmerston Court, a new housing development on the southern tip of Nine Elms in Battersea, one of the UK’s most exciting urban regeneration projects. The four-building development, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) with all public realm by LDA Design, will create 162 elegant homes, many with views along the Thames towards the City. Twenty one per cent will be affordable shared ownership. A series of public courtyards and gardens will create a network through the site and a connection to the wider Battersea area. In a part of London previously dominated…

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Masterplan for Jurong Lake District Singapore unveiled


The Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has unveiled the masterplan for Jurong Lake District in Singapore, the city’s future second Central Business District. The masterplan is exhibited till mid-September and invites the public to share their views. KCAP Architects&Planners, leading a multi-disciplinary team consisting of SAA Architects, Arup, S333 and Lekker is responsible for many of the key ideas developed in the plan. After the appointment as consultant in early 2017, the team has elaborated the winning design true to concept. The competition design defined key qualities as such that they could be strengthened throughout the integrated design process and…

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FPCR visits some of Britain’s best housing developments


The FPCR Landscape team recently visited a number of residential schemes in the Cambridge area as part of maintaining Continuous Professional Development (CPD). The visits, done over two days, saw FPCR’s landscape department visit Accordia, Great Kneighton, Trumpington Meadows, Cambourne and Loves Farm, all recent or ongoing schemes. Looking at their varied architectural design, layout, planting, materials and landscaping, the trip was certainly beneficial as FPCR continues to strive for good design. Visiting the completed sites allows the team to see, in particular, materials and planting in-situ, and provides further opportunity to make design decisions that are then successful once…

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Fields in Trust Chief Executive joins Parks Minister on Rugby visit


Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, today joined Parks and Green Spaces Minister Marcus Jones as he visited Rugby’s award winning green spaces. As part of his visit the Minister met volunteers at Centenary Park in the town, who had helped turn a neglected allotment into a space for the whole community. Our research found the creation of the park resulted in local residents feeling healthier, happier and becoming more active. The park now boasts a large play area, a games area, a green gym and nature area, including flowers to attract bees and butterflies and has been protected as part…

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Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme wins large project of the year at NEC Awards


Phase 1 of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme has scooped the Large Project of the Year award at this year’s NEC awards in London. The awards were announced at a recent NEC Users’ Group Annual Seminar. The driving force behind the award winning scheme is a dedicated project team made up of experts from Leeds City Council, Environment Agency, BMMjv (a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald) and ARUP. Phase 1 of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme is one of the largest river flood defence projects in the country. Led by Leeds City Council in partnership with the…

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TCL Group achieves Supply Chain Sustainability School silver standard


An organisation funded by the UK’s leading housing developers to improve the sustainability of the entire construction supply chain has awarded the TCL its coveted silver standard. The Supply Chain Sustainability School, whose sponsors include Barratt, Taylor Wimpey, Willmott Dixon and Redrow, was set up to enable companies in the housebuilding and FM sectors to meet the combined challenges of the government’s building targets and environmental standards while addressing issues identified in the Modern Slavery and Immigration Acts of 2015 and 2014. It aims to encourage supply chain competence and provides a range of resources to enable organisations along the supply chain to embed sustainable, collaborative construction practices. The fact that…

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