May 26, 2018

Etihad Campus expansion set for council sign off from Manchester City Council


Manchester City Council is due to give its final approval to the Eastlands Regeneration Framework tomorrow, paving the way for a sports and innovation zone, alongside fresh commercial and residential development near the Etihad Stadium. The council’s economy scrutiny committee is recommended to sign off the proposals when it meets tomorrow, after the plans were approved by Manchester’s Executive on 13 December. The proposals include an expansion of the Etihad Campus site westwards, which will now border Ashton New Road and the Medlock River. This expansion will accommodate Manchester Metropolitan University’s plans for an Institute of Sport adjacent to the…

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Lendlease inks £1bn Tottenham regeneration scheme


North London’s Haringey Council has signed a development agreement with Lendlease for the £1bn High Road West regeneration project in Tottenham, north London. Lendlease was named preferred bidder for the role of longterm development partner last summer and has now inked the deal. Located next to Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium, the major regeneration project will help to establish High Road West as a new sports and leisure destination with improved public spaces and community facilities. Lendlease will deliver over 2,500 homes, sustaining around 3,000 construction jobs during the lifetime of the scheme. The first phase of construction is expected to start in 2018….

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Original Park Hill engineering firm to transform Sheffield council block into flagship venue for arts, culture and heritage

Park Hill

Arup designed the original Park Hill complex over 60 years ago and has now been appointed to transform a block in the council estate into a £21m creative hub, including Sheffield’s largest art gallery. Park Hill Art Space will see the Duke Street block in the city centre turned into a new flagship venue for arts, culture and heritage. The 13-storey structure will include live-work flats and studios for artists, a research institute, an archive, shop, cafe and a permanent home for charity S1 Artspace, designed by architect Carmody Groarke. Arup designed the original Park Hill complex which started on…

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Landscape and architectural firms collaborate on elaborate Gingerbread City


                              In festive news this week, some of the world’s biggest architecture firms have been competing for plots in this winter’s tastiest property market — the Gingerbread City. Recently opened at the Museum of Architecture in London, the miniature metropolis is brimming with contemporary — and almost entirely edible — buildings. Around 50 companies specializing in architecture, engineering and landscaping have baked and built structures for the project. The city boasts a castle, a stadium and three bridges, alongside public buildings and residential areas. Organizers said…

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Bennetts wins contract for Ainsdale Station revamp


Aluminium glazing specialists Bennett Architectural have been chosen to supply and install glazing and curtain walling for the upgrade and refurbishment of Ainsdale train station in Southport. Working with main contractor Morgan Sindall, Bennetts will provide and install Kawneer AA100 curtain walling systems as well as Pilkington Planar bolted glazing. The £2.5m investment in the Merseyrail station comes from the Government’s National Stations Improvement Programme and Network Rail. Additional features for the new station include a passenger waiting area with WiFi, improved information screens, increased seating and new waiting shelters. Lionel Grant, Managing Director at Bennett Architectural commented, “We’re delighted…

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Barratt Homes submits plans to build 89 more homes on Winnington green space


A developer is hoping to build 89 homes on green space in Winnington Urban Village. Barratt Homes has submitted a planning application to Cheshire West and Chester Council for the development, which would consist of 12 two-bedroom flats, eight two-bedroom houses, 56 three-bedroom houses and 13 four-bedroom houses. The development would have parking provision for 181 cars, and be built on green space to the south of Winnington Lane and west of Burnside Way. Barratt claims that the development would create 42 full-time equivalent jobs in construction, and that CWAC would receive a £150,000 per year boost in council tax…

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Civic Engineers appointed to deliver Inverness Railway Station active travel project


Civic Engineers have been appointed to deliver a vital piece of work in Inverness, promoting active travel by enhancing access by foot and bike to Inverness railway station, via its three entrances and their connecting routes to the city centre. HITRANS, the regional transport partnership for the Highlands and Islands, and The Highland Council, have made the appointment, which will see Civil and Structural Engineers, Civic Engineers, carry out feasibility, design and community engagement/public consultation for the project. It will complement and add value to the plans by Abellio ScotRail to upgrade Inverness Railway Station and its surrounds. The goal is to…

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Design changes submitted for Potato Wharf phase two


Lend Lease Residential has submitted a series of design changes for the second phase of its Potato Wharf project in Castlefield, including both internal and external changes, and alterations to cladding. Proposals for the second phase of Potato Wharf were approved in November 2015, comprising 191 apartments for private sale across two eight-storey blocks. A second planning application, switching the apartments from private sale to build to rent, was submitted in February this year. The scheme has now returned to planners with a series of design amendments, including altering the size of both blocks and changes to the building’s feature…

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Oliver Smith promoted to Associate Partner at Gillespies


Gillespies has announced the promotion of Oliver Smith to associate partner, in recognition of his exceptional leadership in the Oxford office, as well as successfully leading a number teams and projects in the UK, Russia and the Middle East. Notable projects include a green campus environment for the RIBA award-winning Dyson Headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, a high-quality public realm for the recently completed Westgate Oxford, Oxford’s newest shopping destination, and an intelligent, accessible environment for The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi. Steve Wardell, Managing Partner at Gillespies, said; “Oliver has shown outstanding leadership of many practice initiatives in our…

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Scotscape install first engineered Living Wall designed to support trees and shrubs on the side of buildings


Scotscape have installed a 25m2 woodland trial wall at their Head Office in Surbiton which has been designed to support a ‘mini forest of trees and shrubs’. The wall is natural a progression to their hugely successful patented Living Wall system, which has been widely used in the UK and abroad over the past 7 years.  Our goal is to make our cities more resilient to climate change and urban pollution and this evolution of vertical greening could play an important role.  Retrofitting our existing buildings successfully is crucial to improving our resilience. The two key variations to our standard…

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