March 16, 2018

Nottingham City Centre demolition prepares the way for Unity Square


A multi-storey car park and shops have been demolished opposite Nottingham Railway Station, to make way for extensive redevelopment in a key city location. The Unity Square site currently has outline planning consent for up to 450,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, a new hotel alongside other retail and leisure outlets surrounding brand new public realm. FPCR has provided landscape design services for the proposed scheme, and undertaken ecological surveys at the site. The proposed high quality public realm is focussed on a podium plaza, abutting the three proposed buildings, comprising raised planters, a grid of multi-stemmed birch…

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New Director of Landscape Planning among 19 LUC promotions


LUC have announced that 19 members of its talented workforce have been promoted this month. In the Planning, Appraisal and Assessment team, Sarah Young has been promoted to Director of Planning in LUC’s Bristol Office. Three members of staff have been promoted to Associate Planners: Emma Luke and Kate Reid in Bristol; and Jon Pearson in London. Three staff have also been promoted to Senior Planners: Katie Norris and Kieran Moroney in Bristol; and Rosie MacLellan in Glasgow. Two new appointments have been made in the London office: Hong Chen joins the company from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets as…

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Housing proposals approved for Stella Property Investments at Sedgefield Durham

Stella Property

FPCR have had recent success at Appeal, with housing proposals approved for Stella Property Investments at Sedgefield Durham. This brownfield site is located at the former Community Hospital site at the northern edge of Sedgefield, by NET Park Technology Park and is capable of accommodating up to 100 new homes together with a comprehensive green infrastructure. FPCR had gone to significant lengths, showing how the masterplan would retain existing trees, and hedgerows which would be supplemented with new belts of planting, to create a distinctive green setting for the new neighbourhood, whilst maintaining separation to the neighbouring village at Fishburn….

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Gillespies attend opening celebration at The Piece Hall in Halifax

Piece Hall

On Tuesday 1 August, Gillespies attended the official opening of The Piece Hall in Halifax. Organised by The Piece Hall Trust – the newly formed charity who will operate The Piece Hall – the daytime celebrations began by the sounding of a bell at 10am by Hannah Cockroft, the Halifax-born British wheelchair racer and Paralympian, signalling the official opening of The Piece Hall. The team were joined by members of the council, the Piece Hall Trust, locals and tourists who gathered to see the unveiling of the restored eighteenth century cloth hall, which is now home to a variety of…

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Scottish Government grants consent for South Kyle Wind Farm


The Scottish Government has granted consent for 50-turbine South Kyle Wind Farm in the Scottish Uplands of East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway. The result follows a Public Inquiry which determined that the benefits of the wind farm would be significant. It’s another renewable energy success for LDA Design who developed a landscape-led design strategy for the site on behalf of Swedish energy giant, Vattenfall. The proposed wind farm is situated in one of the UK’s wildest areas, a ‘dark sky’ spot perfect for stargazing. Vattenfall is committed to ensuring the project generates local employment through the project itself and…

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