July 18, 2018

The Association of Play industries unveils brand new website

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The Association of Play Industries has today unveiled its new brand and website. The association’s new identity reflects their role as the lead trade association for the UK play industry: API member companies are the UK’s top providers of playgrounds, play equipment and safety surfacing. API Chair, Mark Hardy, says: “This is an exciting time for the play sector and the rebrand signifies our commitment to API members and to the customers who choose them. We have worked hard to develop a brand and website which has our members at its heart. “The API is passionate about play and believes…

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Victor Frebault selected to join national infrastructure advisory panel


Economic Consultant at Arup, Victor Frebault has been appointed to become a member of the National Infrastructure Commission’s new Young Professionals Panel (YPP). This new initiative from the Commission, the independent body tasked with advising government on the UK’s long-term infrastructure, aims to ensure a strong voice for the next generation of infrastructure leaders for the country. The Panel will support the Commission across a wide range of infrastructure programmes as well as developing their own ideas to enhance long-term infrastructure for the UK. Victor joined Arup as a graduate in 2016 and works within Arup’s City Economics team that…

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GMP collaborate with landscape architect Biuro Limba on landmark Polish stadium


International architecture practice von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have completed a conversion of Slaski Stadium in Chorzów, Poland, adding the largest translucent polycarbonate roof in Europe to the 50s-era landmark. The original building dates from 1956, and was design by architect Julian Brzuchowski and engineer Wiktor Pade. It was converted in the 1990s and served as a venue for music events, the Speedway motorcycle World Cup and as the home ground of the Polish national football team until 2007, when a new stadium was built to replace it in Warsaw. In order to bring Slaski up to date, gmp…

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Optigreen launch new RIBA approved Green Roof CPD


Optigreen, the specialist green roof systems supplier, has launched a new RIBA approved CPD seminar, Green Roofs in Practice. The seminar is designed to provide practical insight in to green and blue roof technology and covers important topics such as the environmental benefits of a green roof, specification considerations, how a green roof works and how to construct a build, as well understanding the different types of green roof solutions available, specialist green roofs, vegetation and planting methods, maintenance and aftercare. To request more information or to book a CPD at your premises free of charge, please contact info@optigreen.co.uk or…

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York’s castle gateway masterplan has been made public


Details of a £30m masterplan by BDP to transform the area surrounding some of York’s most important and sensitive landmarks have been made public. The Castle Gateway masterplan proposes a new area of high quality public realm around the historic Clifford’s Tower, along with riverside walkways and a pedestrian cycle bridge over the Foss. New homes and water based leisure activities will transform the Foss Basin, and Piccadilly will be revitalised as a pedestrian-friendly street with apartments above hubs for independent traders and local businesses. Francis Glare, head of urbanism said: “This is an ambitious but deliverable masterplan that transforms…

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UK households and businesses could be energy producers by 2035


A future of energy study by Arup predicts that many people and businesses across the UK will be generating their own power by 2035. Endorsed by Energy UK, Energy systems: A view from 2035 sets out the energy solutions required to bring the UK on track to meet its 2050 climate change targets. It shows a country made up of a diverse range of heating sources, within a more decentralised energy system, where households and businesses play a greater role in managing and producing their own energy. The study suggests there will not be one solution within the future energy system, but…

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Green-tech launches new spring catalog to help with maintenance projects


Green-tech has launched its spring catalogue which is crammed with essential products for spring maintenance projects. The new spring catalogue is full of landscape products for the maintenance season, including one of Green-tech’s most popular greening solutions, gt Green Screens – a green alternative to fencing. Maintenance essentials include grass and wildflower seed, weed control products, fertilisers and soil improvers, ground protection and stabilisation products, turf and edging and artificial turf. The brochure includes all products from leading chemicals and fertiliser manufacturers as well as their popular own brands of John Chambers Wildflower Seed and gt Advance grass seed. New…

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Shortlist announced for Future Campus International Design Competition


Ninety-eight teams from 28 countries enter competition and UCD expands shortlist from five to six teams in recognition of outstanding response from international design community University College Dublin and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) revealed today the six shortlisted teams in the Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition. The teams were the unanimous choice of a selection panel that was chaired by the competition jury chair Professor Andrew J. Deeks, President of University College Dublin. The shortlist was expanded from the expected five to six in recognition of the outstanding response from the international design community. The finalist…

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Residential development Holland Park Villas reaches practical completion


Holland Park Villas, a new high-end residential development in leafy Holland Park by developer Native Land, has reached practical completion. Set amongst two acres of landscaped grounds, the development provides 68 elegant apartments and 4 exquisite penthouses overlooking Holland Park. Gillespies’ designs for the landscaping takes full advantage of this incredible location, bringing the park right into the heart of the development through three external spaces – a dramatic entrance, a central courtyard and a perimeter woodland walk. A magnificent red acer tree takes centre stage, creating a grand and dramatic entrance to Holland Park Villas. On entering the development, floor-to-ceiling windows in the…

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New Green Park Station set to open in Summer 2019


The new train station being constructed at the highly sought-after Green Park Village development in Reading by St Edward will be arriving one year ahead of schedule, with the opening planned for Summer 2019. The news was revealed at a gathering at the Green Park Village Marketing Suite where the Secretary of State for transport Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP and Councillor Tony Page met on 23rd March to discuss plans for the Green Park Station. The Secretary of State for Transport welcomed the plan as a vital one for the economic growth of Reading and the Thames Valley. “What we’re going to see…

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