September 23, 2017

Urban Wilderness among new tenants at Leeds’s former foundry buildings


Three companies have signed on the dotted line as they set to expand their businesses within The Round Foundry area of Holbeck Urban Village. Once the cradle of Leeds’s Industrial Revolution, the development is now almost fully occupied with a thriving community of ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ creative and tech businesses. Urban Wilderness, a landscape architecture and master planning consultancy which specialises in the design and master planning of urban realm, residential, education and regeneration projects, is expanding for a third time within Holbeck Urban Village. Having outgrown its first two offices in the Round Foundry Media Centre, these design devotees…

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Google submits plans for King’s Cross campus building and rooftop garden


Google has submitted an application for planning permission to Camden Council for its proposed King’s Cross Campus in London. This building will be the first wholly owned and designed Google building outside the United States. The project is made unique by the huge rooftop garden with trees and other greenery planted on the roof. BDP is lead consultant and design delivery architect for the project, and we are also working on the workplace planning, interior and lighting design. Construction on the purpose-built 11-storey building, comprising more than 1 million sqft, of which the company will occupy 650,000 sqft, will commence…

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Planning permission granted for new sustainable development for Milton Keynes

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Aylesbury Vale District Council have resolved to grant planning permission for a new mixed use neighbourhood at South West Milton Keynes. Complimenting the City’s ambition for growth, the project delivers up to 1,855 new homes, a neighbourhood centre, accommodating local shopping and community facilities, a primary and secondary school, an employment area and over 53 hectares of green infrastructure. Appointed by a consortium of land developers and house builders (Hallam Land Management, Taylor Wimpey, Connolly Homes, William Davis Homes and Bellcross Homes), FPCR have provided comprehensive landscape, ecological, arboricultural and masterplanning services for this project over a number of years. This has included extensive ecological…

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Landscape Architecture students show designs at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

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Three landscape architecture students from Leeds Beckett University will be among the first to show off their designs at the new RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. Frankie Tomany, Zuzanna Golczyk and Tom Rawlings have designed a garden – called the Path of Least Resistance –that challenges the perception of weeds and focuses on wild plants. It will be featured at the first flower show at the Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire from Wednesday, June 7 to Sunday 11. Zuzanna said: “The concept of our garden, The Path of Least Resistance, centres around the importance of wild, natural spaces in our urban environments…

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LXB appoints Strata Design for second phase of Rushden Lakes

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Strata Design has been directly appointed by LXB as landscape architects on Phase 2 of the £140m Rushden Lakes shopping and leisure scheme. It follows the firm’s director, Richard Willmott’s previous successful design work and supervision on Phase 1. The landmark retail and leisure scheme uniquely combines its location in an area of outstanding natural value with the best in shopping and leisure pursuits. Phase 2 will build on the notable landscape features in Phase 1 which include a square mile of lakes and woodland, a boathouse and boardwalk with alfresco waterside dining, wet play area, central water feature and 54m rill. Over…

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Gillespies’ Alison Baxter completes Pathway to Chartership programme


Gillespies has announced that they are delighted that Alison Baxter, based in their Oxford studio, has successfully completed the Landscape Institute’s Pathway to Chartership (P2C) programme to become a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI). The Pathway to Chartership is a prestigious qualification awarded by the Landscape Institute, the UK’s professional body for landscape architects and landscape professionals, as a recognition of quality and excellence for the landscape profession. Gillespies support their staff through this professional development by covering exam and membership costs, providing mentors within the organisation and offering staff paid leave for studying, as well as undertaking…

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Sweco becomes first approved Institute of Asset Management public exam venue in Leeds


Landscape Architecture, Engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco has become the first public Institute of Asset Management (IAM). Sweco, which is based in the city, has significant asset management expertise across its UK offices and by becoming an exam venue the company will enable Sweco staff and other individuals to sit exams for the institute’s qualifications. The IAM has exam venues across the globe and approved Sweco’s Leeds office facilities, resources and staffing and determined the venue satisfied the quality assurance and quality control requirements of the institute. IAM exam support team, said: “The IAM is delighted to welcome Sweco…

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Winner of competition to redesign Dumfries town centre revealed


The winner of a design competition to help revitalise the historic centre of Dumfries has been announced. Entrants were invited to submit their ideas for the Midsteeple Quarter in the heart of the town. First prize went to Ayr-based ARPL Architects’ vision for the area and a number of empty shops nearby. The competition was organised by the community-led Stove Network in collaboration with the Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA). Gordon Flemming, of ARPL Architects, said: “We are very pleased that our ideas for the Midsteeple Quarter in Dumfries were recognised by the competition judges. “The challenge of ensuring regional…

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Groundwork set to begin work on Letchworth GC skate park


A £140,000 makeover of an outdated skate park in Letchworth GC will begin next week. The work on the recreational sport facility in Norton Common will start on Monday (June 5) and is expected to take around three months to complete. The skate park, which is located on the recreational side of the nature reserve, was installed around a decade ago and has become run down over the years. Groundwork, the architecture company that is carrying out the work in partnership with North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC), held a series of consultation events with the skaters and BMX riders who use the park so that they…

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Influence landscape staff attend photography CPD day


Influence landscape staff members attended a full day CPD with MS Environmental in May as part of the practices commitment to a high level of standards in landscape photography and visual presentation. MSE were established in 2000 and provide a number of technical services to a wide range of clients including Influence. Mike Spence is a member of the Landscape Institute Technical Committee with a specific remit to advice on technical aspects of photography and photomontage in LVIA. The presentation included technical advice on photography methods, equipment, photo stitching, and compliance with the Landscape Institute’s guidance note 01/11, Scottish Natural…

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