May 26, 2018

Arup and The Rockefeller Foundation collaborate to help cities cope with shocks and stresses to urban water systems


Arup, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, is establishing a framework to help cities better prepare for and respond to shocks and stresses to their water systems.  Climate change and rapid urbanisation are placing an increasing strain on water resources, with cities expected to experience increasingly frequent flooding and water shortages. The first phase, due to run until January 2019, will see the development of the City Water Resilience  Framework (CWRF), giving cities of all sizes a guide to understanding and measuring the resilience of their water systems. The ambition is to create a global standard for water resilience assessment…

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FPCR York delivers for Yorkshire tourism with planning approval granted for Pickering holiday cottages


Plans to convert redundant agricultural barns into holiday cottages on a farm near Pickering, on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, have been granted full planning permission by Ryedale Council. The barns, being part of a Grade II listed building and situated in open countryside, contained numerous potential roosting features and, following extensive endoscope surveys and nocturnal surveys, two bat roosts were identified. Evidence of barn owl feeding activity was also identified. The scheme’s aim was to minimise impact to the character and fabric of the building considering the heritage value of the site, with plans to retain the…

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Plans submitted for Pollokshaws redevelopment with 137 homes


Plans to create a selection of homes in the south side of Glasgow are a step closer to completion. A planning application has been submitted to Glasgow City Council to create an urban village in Pollokshields. The site located between Shawbridge and Pollokshaws Road could potentially see the creation of 137 new homes. Urban Union and architects and town planners Barton Willmore have submitted plans to build 77 two, three, four and five bedroom terraced properties and 60 one and two bedroom apartments. The company bought the site in Pollokshaws earlier this year after previously being involved in the regeneration of Laurieston. Neil McKay,…

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Milestone for major £39m Liverpool mixed use scheme


A £39m mixed use development designed by Broadway Malyan and set to revitalize one of Liverpool’s best known streets has reached a major construction milestone. A topping out ceremony was held with city dignitaries after construction of the Lime Street development – which includes 28,000sqft of retail and leisure space, an 11-storey 412-bed student block and a 101-room hotel – reached its highest point. To mark the event, attendees signed a canvas print of the images which will become the façade of the building – a quantum timeline of Lime Street’s illustrious history as portrayed by renowned Liverpool artist Anthony…

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Platipus launches new UK online sales platform ‘Platipus Direct’


Platipus has launched a new UK online sales platform “Platipus Direct” in response to requests from Landscape Contractors and Garden Designers.  Murielle Jayer, Tree Systems Manager said “The new online shop has been developed so that customers can select and order from the largest range of professional tree anchoring and irrigations systems, at a time that is convenient to them”. Murielle continues, “Providing customers order before 11am, products will be delivered the next working day, to a UK Mainland address. There is also the added benefit of free delivery if an order exceeds £300 (Ex VAT)”. Since pioneering the very…

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HLM Glasgow inspires local students on Founders4Schools programme


HLM Glasgow has been inspiring students in Scotland as part of the Founders4Schools programme which aims to prepare young people for the rapidly changing world of work. As part of the programme, HLM’s Amy Barrett has been speaking to secondary school pupils at ‘Bring Business to Life’ events across Glasgow and Stirling providing insights into the world of work to young 15-16 year olds. The programme gives pupils an insight into various career journeys and emphasises that not all career paths are the same. Research has shown that students with four employer encounters are 86% less likely to become NEET…

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Gillespies and Hemingway Design to help shape a Garden Village Vision for Carlisle


Carlisle City Council and their partners have aspirations to deliver a new 10,000 home ‘garden village’ south of the city as part of their ambitious housing and development growth agenda. The Cumbrian district council has commissioned a multi-disciplinary team led by masterplanners Gillespies, working closely with design champion Wayne Hemingway of Hemingway Design, to develop an ambitious vision and concept for the St Cuthbert’s area. The broader team includes WYG and commercial property consultants, LSH focusing on transport and viability, respectively. Innovation, quality and local distinctiveness are at the heart of the design process, supported by creative engagement with the…

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Green-tech supplies landscaping materials for new-look Stevenage Town Centre


Green-tech has been involved in the regeneration of Stevenage Town Centre, which is one of the early stages of a 15 year regeneration plan for the town commissioned and managed by Stevenage Borough Council. The decision makers at Stevenage turned to Green-tech for a cost-effective, robust solution for the planting of 11 semi-mature trees as part of their landscape design for the proposed refurbished town centre area. Green-tech supplied their ArborRaft tree planting system to provide an optimum start for each tree. The ArborRaft System works by absorbing the impact of vehicle and pedestrian load to prevent soil compaction, thus…

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Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens revamp moves a step closer


Plans to transform Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens into a year-round favourite city destination continue to move forward as the City Council publishes an amendment to the current detailed planning application for further comment. LDA Design’s imaginative revamp of Aberdeen’s sunken Victorian Gardens respects the unique character and history of this heart-of-the-city space, whilst aiming to make it more social and more usable. The scheme refinements are in response to representations made about the detailed planning application. LDA Design has also been liaising with Historic Environment Scotland on developing the scheme. Improved accessibility is key to the project’s success. The latest…

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Grant Associates to present keynote talk at Bristol Zoological Society Conservation Lecture


Andrew Grant, director and founder of landscape architect Grant Associates, is to give a talk exploring how to incorporate nature into future cities at an event organised by the Bristol Zoological Society (BZS). Andrew’s presentation ‘Beasts and Senses: Designing natural wonder into future cities’ is the keynote talk at Bristol Zoological Society’s Conservation Lecture, which takes place at 6pm on 5th December 2017 at BZS’s Conservation Education Centre, Clifton, Bristol. In his presentation, Andrew will explore the opportunities for optimising the sense and experience of nature in cities. He will argue the case for high impact, biodiverse interventions highlighting the…

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