April 20, 2018

Outdoor Deck Company live on the NBS National BIM library

outdoor deck

The Outdoor Deck Company is pleased to announce they are now live on the NBS National BIM library offering all their decking and contemporary cladding products for free download in a variety of formats including Revit and IFC. The published objects include Duradeck™, Durapine™, Softline© and Techniclic©. The Outdoor Deck Company objects provide detailed information about each individual decking and contemporary cladding product and their physical characteristics, enabling integration with the building design model. More than just a 3D version of CAD, BIM contains rich parametric data including not only geometry, but the properties of building components. This information is incredibly useful for specifiers, architects, contractors, consultants and designers. Mike Wilderink, Outdoor…

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HRH Princess Royal visits Battersea Power Station to learn about redevelopment

Battersea power

HRH The Princess Royal joined leaders from around the Commonwealth for the first official event at Battersea Power Station’s new culture and events venue, The Village Hall. The Princess attended the CSCLeaders programme in her capacity as President of the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences. CSCLeaders is run annually by the global leadership development organization Common Purpose. Chairman of Battersea Power Station Development Company Dato Jauhari welcomed HRH The Princess Royal to the event comprising 100 exceptional leaders selected from a diverse range of backgrounds from governments, businesses and NGOs across the Commonwealth countries. The event formed…

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Sweco appoints visualisation consultant to boost Manchester landscape architecture team


Leading engineering, environmental and design consultancy Sweco UK has bolstered its Manchester landscape architecture team with the appointment of a visualisation consultant. The addition allows Sweco to develop a new service to its offering focused on the production of verified ‘photomontage’ images. Will Fox, who will be based in Sweco’s St Peter’s Square office, has 16 years’ consultancy experience. He joins Sweco after working for clients including National Grid; Barratt Homes; RWE; Western Power Distribution; Scottish Power; Network Rail; and Manchester Metropolitan University. Welcoming Will to the business, Phillip Black, technical director, said: “Will’s appointment to the landscape architecture team…

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Andrew Grant to judge Greater London National Park City competition

National Park

Andrew Grant, founder and director at Grant Associates, is to sit on the jury for campaign group Greater London National Park City’s ‘Imagine’ competition. The competition is calling for creatives from all disciplines, from film-making to architecture and design, to visualise the capital’s future as a National Park City. With a broad brief, submissions can range from ideas for future developments to re-imagining London’s current landscape. Imagine aims to promote awareness of London National Park City, which is an initiative to make London the world’s first National Park City by applying the principles and values of a rural National Park…

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Wokingham Town Centre to be given £3.8million redevelopment


A £3.8million development of Wokingham Town Centre is set to get underway. Next month eight months of building will begin at Market Place, with the work undertaken in phases and to finish in March 2018. The aim of the Wokingham Borough and Wokingham Town councils joint project is to spruce up the centre, through new additions including a ‘continental style’ restaurant space and a row of semi-mature trees, and improve the traffic and pedestrian flow of Market Place. Wokingham Town Mayor Councillor Gwynneth Hewetson said: “Our newly refurbished Market Place will be a fantastic heart of the town where we…

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Grant Associates wins international competition for landmark city-park in Tianjin


Landscape architect Grant Associates has won an international competition to create a new 41 hectare city park for Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City (TJEC) in northern China. Occupying a central location in Tianjin Eco-City on the Gu Dao Canal, the design vision for Friendship Park is a park that welcomes visitors of all ages, celebrating the friendship between China and Singapore, and embodying the principles of sustainability. Grant Associates’ masterplan aims to translate these ideas onto site by interlocking contrasting landscapes and characters – like water and land, nature and city – while maintaining a unity in the design with a continuous…

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Public consultation on £400m Sirocco Quays revamp


The public will have the chance this week to see fresh and detailed plans for a £400m revamp of Sirocco Quays in Belfast. The huge site would encompass more than 700,000sq ft of office space, a hotel, 815 homes, restaurants, pubs, shops and cafes. It’s claimed when fully completed it could create 5,000 jobs. During the 12-week consultation process – which is a requirement of a development of this size – the public will be able to see the master plan for the mixed-use scheme and deliver feedback to developers. In November, the Belfast Telegraph revealed that the St Francis Group and a new…

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PlaceFirst moves forward with Welsh Streets plans


Build-to-rent developer PlaceFirst has released images of its plans for the regeneration of Welsh Streets in Liverpool, a series of Victorian terraces near Princes Park which have stood largely empty for years. In its first pilot project, PlaceFirst plans to create 24 homes from the refurbishment of the current houses on the site, creating modern and energy efficient homes for families, and turning both the street and rear of the properties into communal avenues, rather than traditional yards and alleys. PlaceFirst is working on the wider masterplan for Welsh Streets under an agreement with Liverpool City Council, which could see…

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Grant Associates elected to SILA executive committee

Grant Associates

Mike Wood, Senior Associate at Grant Associates, has been elected to the Executive Committee for the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA). Mike will serve a two-year term on the Executive Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the non-profit organisation that represents landscape architecture professionals in Singapore. Grant Associates has been an active member of SILA since the UK headquartered practice formed a Singapore office in 2006 after Grant Associates was appointed lead designer of the city state’s landmark scheme Gardens by the Bay. Grant Associates has gone on to consolidate its reputation in the region…

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Fields in Trust supports API call to increase investment to positively impact health and wellbeing


Fields in Trust welcomes a new report from the Association of Play Industries (API) into the state of England’s playgrounds and supports calls for increased investment that will positively impact the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, said: “Play is the first step children take towards physical literacy and an active lifestyle and therefore investing in play spaces and securing their future should be a priority in combating the negative health impacts of a sedentary population. Parks and playgrounds are vulnerable to closure in these challenging times and it’s important that…

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