November 22, 2017

GreenBlue Urban celebrate quarter of a century in style

GreenBlue Urban

GreenBlue Urban recently celebrated its 25th birthday. Celebrations took place at the London Transport Museum. A message on the company’s website read: “It has been an incredible quarter of a century at GreenBlue Urban and what better than to celebrate in style and say thank you to our friends and supporters from across the private and public sector. We have been fortunate over these years to have established lasting partnerships with respected colleagues, enabling us to develop the next generation of SUDs compatible tree pit systems and to look forward to future innovations focused on air quality technology.   “Over…

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Green spaces have key impact on children’s health

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Glendale is highlighting the positive impact spending time outdoors has on children’s health, following a report which revealed hundreds of playgrounds have closed across England in the past two years. The national green services provider, which specialises in the management and maintenance of public and private green spaces, believes the closures will lead to a negative impact on children’s long-term health. One in every five children aged 10 to 11 is obese according to the NHS, with a lack of exercise one of the leading causes. According to the report by the Association of Play Industries (API), over 200 playgrounds…

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Masterplan creates a digital future for Thailand

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Proposals for a new 100-hectare digital park have been launched, heralding a major step forward in Thailand’s digital aspirations. Digital Park Thailand, located in the Sri Racha district of the Chonburi Province, was unveiled at The Digital Thailand Big Bang Conference 2017. The site will be aimed predominately at digital and technology industries and it is anticipated that over 58,000 people will live and work there. The new district will be developed over the next 10 to 15 years and is within the EEC SEZ, a special economic zone. As well as promoting digital industries, there will be a range…

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New Boarding Houses open at Wycombe Abbey School after LUC input

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We were delighted to attend the opening ceremony of Pitt and Rubens Boarding Houses at Wycombe Abbey School last week. Wycombe Abbey is an independent girls’ boarding school in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. The school forms the major part of a nationally significant landscape (Grade II) as recorded in Historic England’s Register of Parks and Gardens of Historic Importance in England. The site also forms the setting for a backdrop of rich historical architecture including the Grade II* listed Abbey and Caroe designed boarding houses and Chapel. The project provides boarding accommodation for 108 girls (54 in each house) with supporting staff accommodation….

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New plans for Picardy Place in Edinburgh’s New Town to go on public display

New plans for works at Picardy Place in Edinburgh’s New Town are to go on public display from Saturday 23 September. Plans for Picardy Place, the main road junction to the north east of Edinburgh City Centre, lies within the Edinburgh World Heritage Site and the New Town Conservation Area and adjacent to the ongoing St James redevelopment. TH Real Estate, who are leading the St James development, and Laing O’Rourke have been contracted by City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Government to deliver the Picardy Place programme. The proposed plans, comprising three streets, aims to “fundamentally alter the layout of…

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New bursaries to encourage engagement with LI archives

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Thanks to funding from the LI and an anonymous donor, bursaries of up to £150 are available to enable students to access the LI archive at the University of Reading. The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) is pleased to offer bursaries to encourage use of and engagement with its Landscape Institute (LI) archives. Based at the University of Reading, MERL is home to the LI collection of books and archives related to landscape practice: books and journals on landscape architecture, garden history, and landscape and urban planning; press cuttings; minutes; membership lists; financial papers; publications; a slide library; and an album containing the…

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Green space to be revamped as part of vision for Leeds to be the best city

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New design proposals to be submitted to Leeds City Council’s executive board next week show the planned redevelopment for one of the key gateway areas of the city. The artistic images show the £1.9m planned redevelopment of the existing green space in Quarry Hill, which forms part of a large programme of works for the revival of public spaces in the city centre and also complements the major redevelopment proposals in this area of the city, which will take place over the next two years. The public realm has been designed by re-form landscape architects. As part of Leeds’s ambition to be…

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Former LI president publishes new book on the art of landscape architecture

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Hal Moggridge, a world-renowned authority on landscape design and Fellow of the Landscape Institute (FLI), has written a new book, Slow Growth: on the Art of Landscape Architecture. Published by Unicorn at £30 and due for release on 18 September 2017, Slow Growth illustrates the art of landscape architecture in broad, comprehensive terms. Eleven chapters explore ideas and techniques of naturalistic landscape design, which the author illustrates with projects of his own, delivered before the era of digital presentation. Hal joined the late Brenda Colvin, a founding member of the Landscape Institute, at Colvin & Moggridge in 1969. He was principal…

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Views sought on Westminster’s Church Street transformation

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Peter Brett Associates and LDA Design’s Church Street masterplan has been opened up for public feedback by Westminster City Council. The council wants to make this diverse and complex area, which is close to London’s West End, the most liveable neighbourhood in London, overcoming issues of social and economic exclusion. The masterplan will help guide economic growth and physical development for the next 15-20 years, delivering real change for the community by creating great places to live and opportunities for a healthy and prosperous lifestyle. The scheme includes the creation of circa 1750 new homes, including more affordable homes for…

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LUC expertise informs major planning application in Bushey, Herts

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A major detailed planning application was lodged recently on behalf of Comer Homes. The third and final phase of the prestigious redevelopment at Royal Connaught Park consists of 115 residential units in the extensive grounds of 15 listed and other existing  buildings – previously the Royal Masonic School for Boys and then the American University. LUC provided expertise on landscape design, ecology and Landscape and Visual assessment. Our proposals include a masterplan for the large site and detailed proposals for the application area. These proposals maximise landscape (restoration and enhancement), ecological (over 5h of habitat creation), recreational and access (new shared…

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