July 18, 2018

Birmingham Conservatoire named Project of the Year at RICS Awards


The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire was named as Project of the Year at the RICS West Midlands Awards at Grand Station in Wolverhampton. The ceremony celebrated the most impressive and community beneficial property schemes, with the Conservatoire also taking home the Design through Innovation award. Project of the Year accolade is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area. Bennett Architectural worked alongside Galliford Try to design, supply and install Kawneer AA100 windows and AA720 curtain walling systems and achieve one of the highest levels of acoustic attentuation in the world. Lionel Grant, Managing…

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Poole Council begin search to procure development partner


Poole Borough Council’s cabinet have given the green light to procure a development partner for its £170m town centre regeneration plans, a Built Environment Networking conference has heard. Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth & Infrastructure at the Borough of Poole Council, revealed that the decision on the Town Centre North project has been taken the night before our event. The council has been working with consultants Deloitte and architects BDP on the project, which incorporates 400 new homes, a hotel, swimming pool, commercial office space and a replacement bus station. Under the council’s timetable for the project, public consultation is…

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University of Cambridge breaks into housing delivery big league


The University of Cambridge is on track to be one of the major housing developers in the south of England this year, a Built Environment Networking event has heard. Heather Topel, Project Director of the university’s North-West Cambridge development, told the event that 150 homes in the scheme’s first phase have already been built, with that figure set to increase to 550 in the next three months and reach 700 by the end of the year. Most of the accommodation has been occupied so far by post-doctoral staff working at the university with the first housing for sale ready to…

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Urban forest and pest management: a Canadian perspective

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A seminar with Philip van Wassenaer and Alexander Satel, 30 April 2018 – Report by Colin Hambidge   The series of seminars hosted by Barcham Trees at its Ely, Cambridgeshire, nursery assumed an international flavour in late April when Philip van Wassenaer and Alexander Satel from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, presented to an audience of tree officers, arborists, landscape architects, designers, private contractors and tree managers. Philip founded his company Urban Forest Innovations Inc in 1994, having started his professional life as an arborist, while Alex began in traditional forestry. Philip and Alex share almost three decades of experience in developing urban…

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Arup appointed on new community focused stadium in Bath


Arup has been appointed by Stadium for Bath to play a central role in the design of a new community-focused stadium for the city. The appointment follows a rigorous, multi-stage procurement process involving a series of workshops with the Stadium for Bath team. The workshops explored engineering challenges posed by the proposed site, which is positioned in the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage city. Arup will provide civil, geotechnical, structural, mechanical, electrical and public health engineering as well as ICT, audio visual, acoustic and specialist lighting design for the new 18,000 seat, digitally-enabled stadium. Arup’s team will be led…

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Watch: Selecting species for a better urban treescape by TDAG

Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) ran a seminar in March of this year about selecting tree species in urban areas. The event sold out, with many people missing out. But fortunately the event was recorded and has now been posted on YouTube for you to enjoy. TDAG are also releasing a new tablet guide: How can we improve species selection so that we can provide our towns and cities with diverse and resilient palette of trees that are capable of thriving in challenging urban environments? Due to be released in April 2018, this new TDAG guide will offer for…

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Gillespies leads creative workshop to redesign Croxteth Estate

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Last week, Gillespies led a creative workshop in Liverpool for the transformation of Stonedale Crescent in Croxteth. The practice, who are the appointed masterplann ers, were joined by the client Liverpool Housing Association Colbalt Housing and Wayne Hemingway, founder of Hemingway Design. Gillespies selected Wayne Hemingway as a leading partner for the regeneration of the estate. Wayne is leading the co-design process, consulting with residents and organisations to envision the future look and layout of the estate. The masterplan for Stonedale Crescent will be developed through extensive consultation with residents, partners and the wider community, and will look at options…

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Between earth and air: the agrAir project at Milan Design Week 2018


Drawing on the past to set the lifestyles of the future: that was the mission of agrAir, the installation designed by Piuarch for “Inhabits” event at Milan Design Week 2018. Located in the middle of piazza Castello in Milan, the project was conceived as an opportunity to re-think about the traditional setting of the urban fabric and to recover its values in the city of tomorrow. The key features of the projects – lightness, brightness, careful use of resources, eliminating the boundaries between interior and exterior, between natural and artificial spaces – were outlined in a balanced relationship between the…

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Arup wins Social and Environmental Value award at the MCA awards


Arup has won the award for Social and Environmental Value and has been highly commended in both the Best Use of Thought Leadershipand Strategy categories. The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) awards are highly regarded as a benchmark for quality and best practice within the industry. Arup won the award for Social and Environmental Value for its work with Transport for London (TfL) on Exploring the Road Safety Benefits of Direct Vision. This project produced world-first conclusive evidence that drivers in low-entry cabs, with direct sight of pedestrians and cyclists are involved in 40% fewer collisions. The findings became the scientific core for the…

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St George launches Cashmere Wharf at London Dock

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St George has launched Cashmere Wharf, a striking new 26 storey signature building, at the heart of London Dock in Wapping. Designed by renowned architects, Patel Taylor, and positioned in close proximity to some of the capital’s most famous landmarks, including St Katharine Docks, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the City of London, London Dock has seen a former working docks transforming into a vibrant residential neighbourhood in historic Wapping. The development comprises a mix of high specification new homes, retail outlets, restaurants and beautifully landscaped open spaces. Cashmere Wharf is the tallest building at London Dock and offers 141 contemporary Manhattan, one, two…

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