November 22, 2017

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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Architects and Landscape Architects appointed to major £200m Gateshead Quays development


The upcoming £200m regional arena, conference and exhibition centre at Gateshead Quays is pushing ahead with plans after announcing which businesses will be responsible for the site’s design. Three firms of architects are now in place to plan the 10-acre site on Gateshead Quays, which sits directly opposite the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and between Sage Gateshead and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. World-renowned architecture firm HOK have been appointed to design the new 12,500 seat arena and international conference and exhibition centre. HOK has designed some of the most iconic buildings in the world, including the recently opened $1.3 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium…

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Planning approval given for colliery regeneration plan


Outline planning permission has been given to the construction of 800 new homes on a former colliery site in Nottinghamshire. Harworth Group, which specialises in regenerating brownfield sites, has secured a resolution to grant planning permission for a mixed-use redevelopment of the former Thoresby Colliery near Sherwood Forest. The 450-acre site will provide up to 800 new homes and 250,000 sq ft of employment space, through the consent granted by Newark & Sherwood District Council.  The current masterplan provides for new housing, a retirement village, a primary school, a 25-acre business park, leisure facilities and a 300-acre country park. The…

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Broadway Malyan win award for mixed use project in China

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Hefei ID Mall is one of the winners of the MIPIM Asia Award 2017 for Best Mixed Use Development. Designed by Broadway Malyan, the scheme includes a 70,000sqm shopping mall on five levels, 15,000sqm supermarket and 45,000sqm office tower incorporating cinema, food court and rooftop restaurant. The 150m office tower has achieved a “Green Star” rating and has an impressive 70% area efficiency. The office space has been designed at Grade A standard to attract high-end occupiers. The scheme will now progress to the final round, where it is up against Lotte World Tower and Mall in Seoul, South Korea and…

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Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition launches


New art destination will combine gallery with public sculpture park and showcase South Australia’s exceptional collection of international and Australian, including Aboriginal, art Two-stage competition seeks outstanding design team for new Adelaide landmark Prominent site on Adelaide’s celebrated North Terrace boulevard is adjacent to the historic Adelaide Botanic Garden and close to the Art Gallery of South Australia Adelaide Contemporary’s world-first Gallery of Time will draw from the State’s collection to place Aboriginal art and culture in conversation with work from European and Asian cultures Competition is open to international and Australian architects – with a requirement for international practices…

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Sweco appointed to four-year Notting Hill housing consultant framework


Leading engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco has been appointed to the Notting Hill Housing consultant framework as the housing association looks to build nearly 8,000 more homes over the next five years. The consultancy will provide transport planning and landscape architecture services as part of ongoing and future projects, which will see the housing association increase its portfolio from the 32,000 properties it currently manages. Notting Hill Housing was established in 1963 and is one of London’s leading housing associations. It aims to provide high quality homes in the capital for those who could not otherwise afford them. Kelly…

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Integrated transport and development strategy changing the shape of Dar es Salaam


Broadway Malyan has completed the first stage of a major commission to help create strategic guidelines for a new transport network in East Africa’s fastest growing city. The practice’s masterplanning team is leading an international advisory team in preparing the strategic framework for Dar es Salaam’s proposed 137 km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network corridor. The practice was appointed in December 2016 for the 18 month commission by the Tanzanian Government’s President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) for the project, which is sponsored by The World Bank and Nordic Development Fund. The first phase of the project –…

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BDP wins Great Ormond Street Hospital competition


An interdisciplinary team from BDP has won the design competition for the Phase 4 redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). BDP teamed up with contractor John Sisk & Son to compete in the contest. The new clinical building on Great Ormond Street in central London will become the hospital’s new front door, replacing outdated facilities with a high-quality environment consistent with the hospital’s world-renowned paediatric care and research activities. The design brief for the competition was created in partnership with staff, patients and families and articulated their shared aspiration for a building to express the GOSH guiding principle: The…

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Three new directors have been appointed at FPCR


Three new directors have been appointed at FPCR with the following statement on their website: “FPCR are pleased to announce the appointment of three new directors. Peter Hoy and Kurt Goodman, will join Dr Suzanne Mansfield to head up ecology within the practice. Peter specialises in all things ecological, and although a zoology graduate, he now has a particular interest in all things botanical. Kurt Goodman has particular expertise in protected species legislation and licensing. “Dan Houghton is a landscape architect, and brings his specialist knowledge of technology to the board. Together Peter, Kurt and Dan already have over 50…

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