April 20, 2018

Taunton Surgical Centre given the green light

surgical centre

Planning consent has been granted for a major new £79.5m surgical centre which has also just had funding approval from the Department of Health. BDP were appointed by Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to design a new Surgical and Critical Care Unit and Endoscopy Suite at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. The new centre will include six endoscopy rooms, patient recovery and clinical support areas, eight operating theatres which include two interventional radiology theatres, recovery areas and clinical support together with 22 critical care beds. The surgical unit will have dedicated wards ensuring the patients remain within the appropriate…

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New appointment boosts Gillespies’ Urban Design expertise


Gillespies has expanded its urban design team with the appointment of Chris Wong as a Principal Urban Designer. Chris joined Gillespies’ Manchester office and will be responsible for leading several urban design and planning strategies across the UK and internationally. Chris previously worked for architects Studio Egret West, and before that NBBJ in Shanghai and at Martha Schwartz & Partners’ London studio. Jim Fox, Associate Partner at Gillespies, commented: “We are excited to welcome Chris to our growing team. He is a talented and creative designer, who brings a wealth of UK and international masterplanning experience from planning to construction. Chris joins…

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Safe Regeneration picks firms for its £200m framework


A swathe of firms across the North West have been picked by Safe Regeneration for its £200m framework, with winners including big hitters Morgan Sindall and Robertson alongside SMEs across architecture, construction, and the built environment. Bootle-based Safe Regeneration focuses on community and heritage projects; business enterprise support; community-based landscape, habitat and ecological projects; and training. The framework is split into 15 lots covers house building, general construction, design services, refurbishment and project management. Among the winners were Preston-based FWP, which won places on six lots including construction design management, project manager, structural engineer and quantity surveyor. Rochdale-based contractor the…

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Gillespies’ Partner Mike Sharp to retire after 30 years at the practice

Mike Sharp

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Mike Sharp, after 30 years of dedicated service at Gillespies; 20 of which he spent as a Partner. Mike joined Gillespies in 1988 and was made a Partner 10 years later. Following his rise to Partner, he went on to set up Gillespies’ Bradford office and subsequently the Leeds office with fellow Partner Tom Walker, where he has since been successfully leading a strong portfolio of urban design projects across the north of England. Notable works around the region include the Gainsborough Town Centre Masterplan, Hartlepool Town Centre Masterplan,…

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Trafford Council extends consultation on former Manchester United players’ Turn Moss plans


Trafford Council has extended the consultation period on plans to build a football training ground on Turn Moss in Stretford after the proposals attracted a deluge of objections from local residents, with 1,600 representations received as of last Thursday. The plans by Academy 92, headed up by former footballers Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, and Nicky Butt, are to build a training ground for Salford City FC, including four training pitches, an office, and a gym converted from an existing storage facility. There will also be a new floodlit pitch for public use alongside a café, children’s play area,…

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The importance of greenspace to be discussed at Glasgow Caledonian University


The importance of greenspace for youngsters growing up in Scotland will be discussed at an event at Glasgow Caledonian University this summer. The annual Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Forum will celebrate 2018 as Year of Young People, exploring how the needs and rights of children should be at the heart of decision-making locally and globally. Experts attending this year’s event will include architect Hanna Johansson, who has been instrumental in transforming Billund into Denmark’s Capital of Children. The Danish city is leading the way with a 30-year plan to create a biodiverse space, or ‘holistic urban environment’ for both…

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London’s newest retail & leisure destination launched at Battersea Power Station


Battersea Power Station Development Company is today launching London’s newest retail and leisure destination that will house the best and brightest collection of British and international brands in one of the world’s most iconic buildings. Millions of people will visit the Power Station once it reopens and is brought back to life in 2020. They will be able to take advantage of the wide range of shops planned as well as a food hall that will provide local visitors, residents, tourists, shoppers and workers with a huge variety of places to eat, drink, engage and interact. The two turbine halls…

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Local authorities and developers must work together to boost the quality of new developments


The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched two new resources for developers and local authorities designed to help boost housing standards and improve social value outcomes.The first resource takes the form of a Housing Standards Playbook – to support local authorities drive up the sustainability of new homes through policy. UKGBC’s housing standards playbook urges local authorities to act consistently to: Set a standard for all new homes to be built to 19% improvements compared to current national minimum on carbon reduction Commit to a policy for all new homes to be net zero carbon in operation from 2030…

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Designs revealed as three Yorkshire train stations are set to be transformed


The designs for three Yorkshire train stations by BDP have recently been revealed. The plans for stations in Bradford, Halifax and Middlesbrough were all announced by their respective local councils within days of each other. Bradford Interchange and its surrounding area are set to be transformed by investment in a city centre station as part of Northern Powerhouse Rail. We have produced a vision for the station which shows a more open, public area in front of a multi-levelled interchange. The plans are part of a campaign to secure central government funding, boost the northern economy and speed up journey…

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Multi-disciplinary practice partners with Nottingham Trent University to offer architectural insight


Multi-disciplinary architectural practice, rg+p has partnered with Nottingham Trent University to offer students a practical insight into the design of educational and learning environments. The Leicester-based firm has undertaken lectures and workshops with undergraduates from the Nottingham Institute of Education as part of their ‘Designing Spaces for Learning’ module. Principal landscape architect, Julian Gladman and head of interiors, Ian Matthews have delivered two lectures at the University’s Clifton Campus as well as hosted 30 students at rg+p’s Leicester office to provide real life examples of the environment and business of architecture. Julian Gladman said: “We’ve just completed a short series…

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