July 22, 2018

Liverpool Housing Association appoints Gillespies for Stonedale Crescent regeneration plan


Liverpool Housing Association Cobalt Housing has appointed masterplanners and designers Gillespies to work on its estate regeneration plan for Stonedale Crescent in Croxteth. The estate sits within one of Liverpool City Council’s Mayoral priority development zones, focused on improving social and economic conditions for both residents and neighbourhoods. Gillespies are supported by partners Hemingway Design, Cushman & Wakefield, Ekosgen and Mott MacDonald. The masterplan for Stonedale Crescent will be developed through extensive consultation with residents, partners and the wider community and will look at options to both regenerate existing residential streets and develop new, high quality homes and spaces. Community Regeneration…

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Arup awarded HS2 contracts to develop London Euston and Birmingham Interchange


Arup has been awarded HS2 contracts to help develop and refine the detailed plans for the transformation of London Euston and a major new interchange near Solihull, which will serve Birmingham Airport and the wider West Midlands region. London Euston – working with Grimshaw Architects LLP Birmingham Interchange – working with Arup Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects Limited The new stations, due to open in 2026, will be designed with input from local communities, using best practice principles from stations around the world, and guidelines and specifications endorsed by an independent panel of leading architects and designers. Working with HS2…

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New public square opens at foot of RSHP-designed Leadenhall Building

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St Helen’s Square, a new public square at the foot of the RSHP-designed Leadenhall Building in the City of London, has opened. The new square – which at 3,325 square metres is the third-largest open space in the City – provides a world-class setting for a number of iconic buildings, including 30 St Mary’s Axe, The Leadenhall Building, The Lloyd’s Building and The Scalpel, a 35-storey tower currently under construction. Originally won in a design competition back in 2012, Gillespies were commissioned by client The Leadenhall Development Company Ltd, City of London and Aviva, to rejuvenate the existing key thoroughfare…

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HS2 awarded first BREEAM Infrastructure certificate


HS2 has become the UK’s first infrastructure project to be awarded a BREEAM Infrastructure (pilot) Scheme Certificate for its ambitious sustainability strategy on Phase 1 of the project. The assessment demonstrates that HS2 is committed to going beyond enhancement and protection of the environment, to address the key social and economic impacts of the development. It includes features such as working in harmony with communities, being a great neighbour, putting safety and wellbeing at the heart of the project, and building sustainable economic benefits for the whole of the UK, such as better skills and career opportunities for a new…

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147 new apartments to be built after new residential scheme is approved


A residential scheme being developed as part of a new cluster of tall buildings in a London commuter town has been given the go ahead by planners. The Broadway Malyan-designed St Dunstans scheme will provide 147 new apartments on the southern edge of Woking town centre, one of eight proposed major new developments set to transform the town over the coming years. Broadway Malyan director Peter Vaughan said Woking Borough consisted of more than 60 per cent of land designated as Green Belt so the council was looking at different opportunities for new residential developments. He said: “There are a…

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London will become the world’s first National Park City


A campaign to make London the world’s first National Park City has been successful. Over the last few years, campaigners have publicised the fact that London is one of the greenest cities in Europe. By setting up events, getting themselves in the media, and connecting Londoners to the natural world around them, they have achieved their goal. Gradually, people started to join the bid – Sadiq Khan, and members of the London Assembly lent their support. And now the majority of council wards, 53 % of the capital, have backed the idea. Campaigners will now work with the Mayor to…

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Success for Gillespies at the Pro Landscaper Business Awards

Gillespies have struck gold at the inaugural Pro Landscaper Business Awards. The awards, designed to celebrate the best business practices in the industry, took place on Friday 9 February. international and award-winning business, Gillespies, were successful in the landscape architecture practice category. Founded in 1962, Gillespies is one of the UK’s longest established and most successful independent landscape architectural design practices. Gillespies employs some 150 dedicated professionals at all levels, ranging from trainees at the start of their career to senior and management grade industry leaders. The practice is managed by seven partners with support from a 28-strong management team,…

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Augmented Reality – is it the Key to the City?


If you have read the latest issue of FutureArch magazine, you will have seen our interview with Neil Manthorpe on augmented reality. If you haven’t – you are missing out! Check it out here In the feature, Neil discusses the app, Key to the City. Key to the City is an educational app that allows you to unlock the hidden layers of the city to experience its rich heritage, history and culture. It does this by using AR, Videos and information points, depending on where you are in London. The hope is that users will be encouraged to get out…

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University of York embrace wildflowers with new growing site


Wildflower Turf has provided the University of York with a biodiverse boost to newly-built campus facilities. Based in Hampshire but having recently expanded operations to include a new growing site in Yorkshire, Wildflower Turf worked closely with the University’s landscape partners to enhance the area around the recently completed Piazza Learning Centre. Situated within a picturesque lakeside setting, the Piazza Learning Centre is both sympathetic to the natural landscape while also being fully accessible to the University of York’s student population. The new building contains a range of high-quality learning spaces and facilities for those living and studying on the…

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300 trees planted to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force


City of Trees, alongside cadets from the Greater Manchester Wing of the Air Training Corps planted 300 trees to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. The new trees have been planted at Parkway Playing Fields, Manchester on Sunday 4 February 2018, extending existing woodland creating a haven for both people and wildlife. For the initiative the Air Corps teamed up with leading environmental charity City of Trees who have pledged to plant 3 million trees – one for every man, woman and child in Greater Manchester, over the next generation. Greater Manchester Wing is one of the…

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