March 17, 2018

Two major schemes masterplanned by FPCR near completion


Two major schemes masterplanned by FPCR are now nearing final build out and completion. Both projects were consented following appeals, Leicester Road, Hinckley (232 dwellings) in July 2011 and Henthorn Road, Clitheroe (270 dwellings) in March 2012. The Hinckley site was contentious as a result of its Green Wedge location, but the Inspector concluded that as the site had good defensible boundaries the loss of this particular section of Green Wedge would not diminish the ability of the remainder to guide development form. The Green Infrastructure strategy has successfully assimilated the new homes into the framework of existing vegetation around…

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Gillespies offering exclusive tours of Crossrail Place Roof Garden


As part of this year’s Open House, Gillespies is offering members of the public exclusive tours of Crossrail Place Roof Garden, a new elevated roof garden that sits above Crossrail Place in Canary Wharf, on Saturday 16th September. The sessions will offer insights into the design and architecture of the new garden, exploring its innovative roof structure, its rich maritime history, and the story behind the planting selection. Tours will run from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 16th September. Address: Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, E14 Accessing Crossrail Place Roof Garden: From Canary Wharf tube station Take…

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Palmerston Court gets green light from Wandsworth Council


Wandsworth Council has given planning consent for Palmerston Court, a new housing development on the southern tip of Nine Elms in Battersea, one of the UK’s most exciting urban regeneration projects. The four-building development, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) with all public realm by LDA Design, will create 162 elegant homes, many with views along the Thames towards the City. Twenty one per cent will be affordable shared ownership. A series of public courtyards and gardens will create a network through the site and a connection to the wider Battersea area. In a part of London previously dominated…

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FPCR visits some of Britain’s best housing developments


The FPCR Landscape team recently visited a number of residential schemes in the Cambridge area as part of maintaining Continuous Professional Development (CPD). The visits, done over two days, saw FPCR’s landscape department visit Accordia, Great Kneighton, Trumpington Meadows, Cambourne and Loves Farm, all recent or ongoing schemes. Looking at their varied architectural design, layout, planting, materials and landscaping, the trip was certainly beneficial as FPCR continues to strive for good design. Visiting the completed sites allows the team to see, in particular, materials and planting in-situ, and provides further opportunity to make design decisions that are then successful once…

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Fields in Trust Chief Executive joins Parks Minister on Rugby visit


Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, today joined Parks and Green Spaces Minister Marcus Jones as he visited Rugby’s award winning green spaces. As part of his visit the Minister met volunteers at Centenary Park in the town, who had helped turn a neglected allotment into a space for the whole community. Our research found the creation of the park resulted in local residents feeling healthier, happier and becoming more active. The park now boasts a large play area, a games area, a green gym and nature area, including flowers to attract bees and butterflies and has been protected as part…

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Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme wins large project of the year at NEC Awards


Phase 1 of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme has scooped the Large Project of the Year award at this year’s NEC awards in London. The awards were announced at a recent NEC Users’ Group Annual Seminar. The driving force behind the award winning scheme is a dedicated project team made up of experts from Leeds City Council, Environment Agency, BMMjv (a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald) and ARUP. Phase 1 of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme is one of the largest river flood defence projects in the country. Led by Leeds City Council in partnership with the…

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TCL Group achieves Supply Chain Sustainability School silver standard


An organisation funded by the UK’s leading housing developers to improve the sustainability of the entire construction supply chain has awarded the TCL its coveted silver standard. The Supply Chain Sustainability School, whose sponsors include Barratt, Taylor Wimpey, Willmott Dixon and Redrow, was set up to enable companies in the housebuilding and FM sectors to meet the combined challenges of the government’s building targets and environmental standards while addressing issues identified in the Modern Slavery and Immigration Acts of 2015 and 2014. It aims to encourage supply chain competence and provides a range of resources to enable organisations along the supply chain to embed sustainable, collaborative construction practices. The fact that…

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Cregagh Green is first UK project to be awarded London Marathon Charitable Trust funding

East Belfast’s Cregagh Green is the first project in the UK to be awarded funding by the London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT) as part of the Active Spaces programme, delivered in partnership with Fields in Trust to protect and activate outdoor recreation spaces. Cregagh Green will now be protected in perpetuity through a legal Deed of Dedication between Belfast City Council and Fields in Trust. And a grant of £5,000 will help to promote physical activity and community participation in the space where George Best, dubbed by the Irish Football Association as the “greatest player to ever pull on the…

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Plaistow Hub given go ahead after receiving planning permission by Newham Council


Newham Council has granted planning permission for Plaistow Hub, a high-quality residential development in east London designed by Pitman Tozer Architects, for client Red Door Ventures. The two-plot development straddles Plaistow Road and features 100 flats on the London Road plot, in a scheme rising to 23 storeys, and a further 82 homes in Valetta Grove in a building which steps up to 15 storeys. Gillespies has delivered public realm and landscape design proposals for the two sites. The proposed public realms will unite the two developments through improved pedestrian links, new connections, extensive tree planting, planting, active frontages and…

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St James appoints Murdoch Wickham for 10 acre White City Living development

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St James has announced that Murdoch Wickham has been appointed as the principal landscape architect on its major regeneration project, White City Living. The practice aims to completely transform the hard, urban character of the 10-acre, zone 2 location, in order to create a green residential oasis. White City Living will introduce, in total, eight acres of open space to an area of previously inaccessible industrial land at the heart of White City on Wood Lane. The project’s masterplan, by Patel Taylor, will create 1,477 new homes, ranging from studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes to penthouses, as well as…

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