February 19, 2018

Public Inquiry to be held into controversial Whitesands flood scheme

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A public inquiry will be held into the controversial Whitesands flood protection scheme. The council announced that the fate of the £25 million scheme lies in the hands of the Scottish Government. Ministers will decide whether to take the scheme forward, modify it or reject it completely. Councillors approved the scheme after an hour-long debate on the plans in June. Conservative group leader Ian Carruthers tabled a bid to scrap the scheme but it was defeated by 25 votes to 16. Council leader Elaine Murray said this week: “This administration is absolutely committed to a flood protection for the Whitesands that incorporates much needed…

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Knight Dragon reveals first glimpse of its diverse London Design District

Knight Dragon

International developer Knight Dragon has unveiled its plans for a new London leisure district featuring affordable workshops for the capital’s creatives. Billed as the first purpose-built district designed for London’s creative industries, the Design District will provide a permanent base for over 1,800 people working in the fields of design, art, technology, crafts, music, food and digital innovation. Rents will average £25 (US$33, €28) per square foot. The discrict is one of seven elements Knight Dragon has planned for its wider £8.4bn Greenwich Peninsula scheme in south-east London, which will include 15,720 new homes, central London’s largest film studio and…

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£50 million flood defence scheme opens in Leeds


A £50 million flood alleviation scheme in Leeds which uses moveable weir technology – a first for flood risk reduction in the UK – has opened this week. Arup has worked with Leeds City Council and the Environment Agency as lead engineer on the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme since 2011. It is one of the largest river flood alleviation schemes in the country and will provide more than 3,000 homes, 500 businesses and 300 acres of development land with increased protection against flooding from the River Aire and Hol Beck. It is the first time that moveable weirs have been…

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Gillespies scoops first prize at the European Garden Awards for Crossrail Place Roof Garden

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Crossrail Place Roof Garden was awarded first prize for best “Innovative Design of a Contemporary Garden” at the European Garden Awards of the Schloss Dyck Foundation and of the European Garden Heritage Network, held at the IGA 2017 in Berlin. The garden was selected as a positive example of how landscape architects can “rethink roof gardens and connect them with concepts for urban parks and architecture. The garden was praised for its “innovative concept and extraordinary plant skills” Now in its 8th year, the European Garden award honours exceptional achievements in garden culture and in making use of parks and gardens…

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New Parks Action Group is ‘welcome’ and ‘urgently needed’ says the Association of Play Industries


The Association of Play Industries (API) has welcomed the announcement of the newly established Parks Action Group, to help safeguard the future of parks and green spaces amid ongoing funding pressures. The government-created advisory group will be chaired by Parks & Green Spaces Minister, Marcus Jones MP. API Chair, Mark Hardy, said: “We are at an important time in the ongoing campaign to protect the future of parks and green spaces. The wealth of research showing the crucial role parks have to play in all our lives continues to grow. We hope that the Parks Action Group will have a…

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GreenBlue Urban launches the ArborSystem Configurator


GreenBlue Urban are delighted to announce the launch of their freeonline tool that enables users to design a tree pit to their exact requirements. It has been a long-term ambition of GreenBlue’s to make it easier for clients to specify products and design a tree pit with ease. The new tool hosts a wide selection of tree species to compliment designs with a range of infrastructure scenarios.  Incorporating ArborFlow ensures SUDS tree pits are also an option for planners and designers. Full specifications and drawings are distributed for ease of quotation and project estimation. The main purpose of the configurator…

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New volunteering opportunities with LI policy and communications


Two new policy working groups will further the LI’s strategic aims in rural affairs and the value of landscape, while the Editorial Advisory Panel (EAP) is looking for creative volunteers with an interest in publishing to help influence the LI’s online and print content. Are you willing to join one of our new working groups? The Policy and Communications Committee (PCC) is creating two new working groups to help us take forward the LI’s strategic agenda over the next 12 months and beyond. Members of these groups will, on behalf of the PCC, make an important contribution to the work…

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GreenBlue Urban celebrate quarter of a century in style

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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


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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New Boarding Houses open at Wycombe Abbey School after LUC input


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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