April 25, 2018

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

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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

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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

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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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UK’s largest connected and autonomous vehicle project tackles city centre parking

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An Arup-led UK trial of connected and autonomous vehicle technology has been demonstrating how parking difficulties could soon be a thing of the past. The UK Autodrive project has been using public roads and car parks in Milton Keynes to show how connected and autonomous vehicles could make the search for parking spaces much easier in future. Project partners Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) have demonstrated how cars can communicate with each other to notify drivers of available parking spaces – without the need for any additional parking bay sensors. Jaguar Land Rover has…

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New £1.6bn flagship regeneration of Clapham Park given the go-ahead

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Lambeth Council’s Planning Committee has approved Metropolitan’s new development proposal to build more than 2,500 new homes and a wide range of community facilities at Clapham Park in south London. PRP, the award-winning architectural firm, designed the revised plan for Clapham Park. Strategically located between three local centres, Clapham, Brixton and Streatham Hill, the masterplan will create a vibrant, inclusive series of neighbourhoods with safe, secure streets, ample public and private green space, and new community facilities, while also positively maintaining Clapham Park’s unique character. Referencing Sir Thomas Cubitt, who once lived on Clarence Avenue, the masterplan draws inspiration from…

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MP calls for review on the decline of UK playgrounds and links with child obesity

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Chris Leslie, MP for Nottingham East, will call for research into the state of UK play provision in a debate in Westminster Hall today. Chairman of the Association of Play Industries, Mark Hardy, says: “API research uncovered a steep decline in playgrounds across England. Our report – Nowhere To Play – found that 448 playgrounds are closed or closing. With no dedicated funding for playgrounds from central government or third-sector grants, play provision falls to local authorities whose budgets are squeezed. “We’re delighted that Mr Leslie will call upon the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government to commission a thorough…

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Arup report shows there must be a rethink of the design of arid cities

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Arup is calling on arid cities to move on from a 1950s paradigm of city planning and design, or face becoming increasingly less habitable as they become drier. The report urges cities to learn from innovative developments around the world, such as industrial-scale fog and dew harvesting and cooling pavements that can reduce ambient temperatures by up to 7 degrees. Almost a third of the world’s land surface is classified as ‘arid’ and this area is set to increase as climate change brings more frequent, extreme weather events, such as drought. The authors warn that technologies of the last century,…

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New campaign launched to grow a wildflower for every Londoner

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A new campaign has been launched between London National Park City, and Seedball to ‘grow the national park city’ by sowing #wildflowersforLondoners The campaign website explains: “This spring, we are calling for Londoners to come together and help make London a successful National Park City by sowing 9 million #WildflowersForLondoners – one flower for every Londoner. “You don’t need to know about gardening to help turn London into a greener landscape. “By backing our campaign, you are helping us to show Londoners how easy it is to #getgrowing in our own neighbourhoods and how, through small actions, over time we…

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Team appointed for second phase of Leicester £85m sustainable urban extension scheme

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A Leicester-based architectural company has been appointed to work on the second phase of the city’s new £85m sustainable urban extension scheme, Ashton Green. Rg+p has been retained as architects, master planners, urban designers, planning consultants and landscape architects on phase two of the project, which will see 305 homes constructed. The company will work alongside Leicester City Council and developer Kier Living on the scheme. Ashton Green is situated on the northern outskirts of city and includes the provision for up to 3,000 new homes together with community and health facilities, employment land, retail space and approximately 13 acres…

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Trees should be used to combat flash flooding says leading environmental charity

Ahead of World Water Day on 22 March new research reveals the positive impact that trees in our urban environments can have – ‘slowing the flow’ of water. City of Trees, a leading environmental charity, is calling for trees to be used as a technique to combat flash flooding in cities and towns, as well as cleaning polluted water. Flash flooding is becoming an increasing problem particularly in urban areas. As the population in the UK continues to grow, more green space is being built on which means a reduction in the amount of space for water to drain naturally…

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