July 22, 2018

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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SOM masterplan for Colombo, Sri Lanka features designs by Grant Associates


Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has won an international competition to design a new finance and marina district for Sri Lanka’s largest city Colombo with a masterplan created in collaboration with Grant Associates. Backed by the China Communication Construction Company (CCCC), the scheme will see the transformation of 269 hectares of reclaimed land next to Colombo’s Central Business District (CBD), and aims to create a landmark destination for commerce, tourism, and culture in South Asia. Featuring a marina, canals and a sequence of public parks, the masterplan will feature a ‘new skyline’ of skyscrapers that is visible from different…

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Cregagh Green is first UK project to be awarded London Marathon Charitable Trust funding

East Belfast’s Cregagh Green is the first project in the UK to be awarded funding by the London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT) as part of the Active Spaces programme, delivered in partnership with Fields in Trust to protect and activate outdoor recreation spaces. Cregagh Green will now be protected in perpetuity through a legal Deed of Dedication between Belfast City Council and Fields in Trust. And a grant of £5,000 will help to promote physical activity and community participation in the space where George Best, dubbed by the Irish Football Association as the “greatest player to ever pull on the…

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Plaistow Hub given go ahead after receiving planning permission by Newham Council


Newham Council has granted planning permission for Plaistow Hub, a high-quality residential development in east London designed by Pitman Tozer Architects, for client Red Door Ventures. The two-plot development straddles Plaistow Road and features 100 flats on the London Road plot, in a scheme rising to 23 storeys, and a further 82 homes in Valetta Grove in a building which steps up to 15 storeys. Gillespies has delivered public realm and landscape design proposals for the two sites. The proposed public realms will unite the two developments through improved pedestrian links, new connections, extensive tree planting, planting, active frontages and…

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St James appoints Murdoch Wickham for 10 acre White City Living development

St James

St James has announced that Murdoch Wickham has been appointed as the principal landscape architect on its major regeneration project, White City Living. The practice aims to completely transform the hard, urban character of the 10-acre, zone 2 location, in order to create a green residential oasis. White City Living will introduce, in total, eight acres of open space to an area of previously inaccessible industrial land at the heart of White City on Wood Lane. The project’s masterplan, by Patel Taylor, will create 1,477 new homes, ranging from studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes to penthouses, as well as…

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Nottingham City Centre demolition prepares the way for Unity Square


A multi-storey car park and shops have been demolished opposite Nottingham Railway Station, to make way for extensive redevelopment in a key city location. The Unity Square site currently has outline planning consent for up to 450,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, a new hotel alongside other retail and leisure outlets surrounding brand new public realm. FPCR has provided landscape design services for the proposed scheme, and undertaken ecological surveys at the site. The proposed high quality public realm is focussed on a podium plaza, abutting the three proposed buildings, comprising raised planters, a grid of multi-stemmed birch…

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New Director of Landscape Planning among 19 LUC promotions


LUC have announced that 19 members of its talented workforce have been promoted this month. In the Planning, Appraisal and Assessment team, Sarah Young has been promoted to Director of Planning in LUC’s Bristol Office. Three members of staff have been promoted to Associate Planners: Emma Luke and Kate Reid in Bristol; and Jon Pearson in London. Three staff have also been promoted to Senior Planners: Katie Norris and Kieran Moroney in Bristol; and Rosie MacLellan in Glasgow. Two new appointments have been made in the London office: Hong Chen joins the company from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets as…

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Housing proposals approved for Stella Property Investments at Sedgefield Durham

Stella Property

FPCR have had recent success at Appeal, with housing proposals approved for Stella Property Investments at Sedgefield Durham. This brownfield site is located at the former Community Hospital site at the northern edge of Sedgefield, by NET Park Technology Park and is capable of accommodating up to 100 new homes together with a comprehensive green infrastructure. FPCR had gone to significant lengths, showing how the masterplan would retain existing trees, and hedgerows which would be supplemented with new belts of planting, to create a distinctive green setting for the new neighbourhood, whilst maintaining separation to the neighbouring village at Fishburn….

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