February 19, 2018

Westgate retail mixed use development opens to the public in Oxford


Westgate, a major retail led mixed use development in Oxford has opened up to the public. It comprises a full range department store, over 100 retail units ranging in size, and 30 restaurants and cafes. A new public roof terrace with walkways and courts leads to the restaurants and bars which provide spectacular views across the city’s historic roofscape. BDP led the masterplan for the development which required seamlessly stitching into the historic city fabric. The new Westgate arranges a series of four individual urban blocks, tied together by public spaces and urban fabric that operate as a single entity….

Read More

Dimitrios Grozopoulos scoops first prize in the hand-drawn category at the inaugural Architecture Drawing Prize


Landscape Architect Dimitrios Grozipoulos has won first prize at the inaugural Architecture Drawing Prize, in the ‘hand-drawn category. Dimitrios’s drawing ‘Scenarios for a Post-Crisis Landscape’ was commended by the judges as “having a haunting quality beyond that of most images of post-industrial landscapes, portrayed with an extraordinary control of line.” Dimitrios Grozipoulos, said; “For me drawing is about capturing the essence of a place with all its spatial and immaterial qualities. It should help people free their mind of any preconception of architecture, form, design, lines and colours. It should make us dream.” He continued “My drawing depicts a brownfield site in Piraeus…

Read More

TCL helps to transform Southampton common with new nature play area

Southampton common

Designed by Davies White and built and installed by TCL, Southampton Common Nature Play and Water Park has received a £500,000 redevelopment. Having won the project by competitive tender earlier in the year, TCL were the principle contractor for installing a brand new play area at Southampton Common. With inspiration taken from nature, the new area has taken on a whole new look for the local residents. The site, which previously held just a paddling pool, has been transformed into a multisensory play area accessible to all ages. Equipment on the site includes water play, towers, climbing logs, zip wires…

Read More

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….

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Andrew Grant appointed Chair of Bathscape Landscape Partnership

Andrew Grant

Andrew Grant, founder and director of Bath based landscape architect Grant Associates, has been appointed Chair of Bathscape Landscape Partnership. Andrew, who is also a Bath resident and co-founder of community arts event Forest of Imagination, will help shape the future strategy of the Partnership, which aims to benefit Bath’s unique landscape for people, communities and heritage. Bathscape Landscape Partnership is made up of a wide range of public, private and charitable organisations including Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES), National Trust, Cotswold Conservation Board, Avon Wildlife Trust, Bath Preservation Trust, the University of Bath, Bath Spa University and…

Read More