April 24, 2018

Remembering Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Mike Smith, founder of Macgregor Smith Landscape Architects, sadly passed away at the end of last year after being diagnosed with cancer. Known for his big smile and warmth of personality, he was once described as ‘the man who just couldn’t keep still’ – his energy and enthusiasm for his work and life was boundless.  Mike’s passion and excitement for landscape and his ability to communicate this to everyone he met made him a highly respected and inspirational colleague, leader and teacher. Mike was educated at public school and came from an army family.  He nearly took up a place…

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PhD funding available for sustainable green barriers research


Funding is available for a four-year PhD studentship to work on a project investigating the feasibility of sustainable green barriers to air pollution. The BREATHE project will look at how successful ‘green fences’ are at mitigating the effects of road traffic related air pollution on the health and wellbeing of schoolchildren and staff working at the schools. The successful candidate will work with Sheffield City Council and selected schools in Sheffield to develop green barriers – hybrid structures incorporating physical barriers and living plants – and effective methods for monitoring outcomes. Where possible, ‘citizen science’ approaches to monitoring will be…

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Major regeneration plan in Derby given the go ahead


The second phase of a major regeneration scheme in Derby has been given the go-ahead. The latest Castleward development will see more than 100 homes constructed across two sites with the first on land bounded by Carrington Street, Wellington Street, Canal Street and the second by Liversage Street, John Street and The Boulevard. The plan was submitted in July 2017 to Derby City Council by its preferred partner Compendium Living. Phase one, which was completed in early 2017, included 163 new homes, community facilities, commercial space and improvements to the streets and open areas. A statement submitted to the council…

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Milton Keynes Development Partnership appoints team for Campbell Park Northside project

Milton Keynes

Manchester-headquartered Urban Splash is to launch its first Milton Keynes venture. The Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) has appointed Crest Nicholson and a joint venture between Urban Splash and Places for People as preferred developers for Campbell Park Northside; a 29.6-acre site to the north of Silbury Boulevard. The project will comprise a residentially-led, mixed-use scheme comprising about 1,500 private and affordable homes, a local centre with food and beverage outlets, a hotel and office/employment accommodation. Detailed proposals will be developed over the next few months in preparation for extensive stakeholder engagement and public consultations. MKDP chief executive Charles Macdonald…

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Lendlease selected as preferred bidder for major redevelopment of London’s Euston station


Lendlease has announced it had been selected as preferred bidder for a major redevelopment of London’s Euston station. Subject to the finalisation of contracts, Lendlease will work with the Greater London Authority and London Borough of Camden to develop a masterplan for, and subsequently deliver, a 54-hectare site above and around the new station. Currently catering for around 42 million passengers a year, Euston will be redeveloped to house new high-speed rail services (known as HS2) connecting the Midlands and north of the UK to London, and is due to start operating in 2026. The project comprises more than 400,000…

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New campus masterplan puts Sheffield Hallam University at the heart of the city


Sheffield Hallam University has revealed its new campus masterplan which places it at the heart of the city. Designed by BDP the masterplan creates a single, sustainable and flexible campus that will allow Sheffield Hallam to achieve its ambition of becoming the world’s leading applied university. Architect director Sue Emms said: “The masterplan we have helped to create will transform Sheffield Hallam University’s campus. It will be connected, legible and cohesive to create a holistic campus feel and a new gateway to the city of Sheffield. New ways of learning and working are supported by providing the right type of spaces…

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BRE report shows blockchain technology can benefit the built environment industry


A new report from BRE Trust explores opportunities to address challenges in the built environment industry using blockchain technology. Distributed Ledger Technology (of which blockchain is one application) is a digital record of the economic transactions or changes in the ownership of an asset. The information is shared and continually updated on a network of computers simultaneously, whilst secured through cryptography. This means that while allowing digital information to be distributed, but not copied, a blockchain is both transparent and incorruptible. The new report, ‘Blockchain – feasibility and opportunity assessment’, draws insights from two workshops run by the BRE Trust…

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Barking Riverside to receive £500m injection for new homes and improved transport links


Barking Riverside, one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects, is to receive an injection of £500 million for transport links, parkland and other community facilities, alongside almost 11,000 homes. The landmark investment has been agreed by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and L&Q, one of the UK’s leading housing associations and developers, who formed a partnership – Barking Riverside Limited – to deliver the masterplan for the scheme. The Section 106 agreement, reached with the Barking and Dagenham Council and Transport for London, means the project has secured funding for: A new TfL Overground station connecting to central London…

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Liverpool Housing Association appoints Gillespies for Stonedale Crescent regeneration plan


Liverpool Housing Association Cobalt Housing has appointed masterplanners and designers Gillespies to work on its estate regeneration plan for Stonedale Crescent in Croxteth. The estate sits within one of Liverpool City Council’s Mayoral priority development zones, focused on improving social and economic conditions for both residents and neighbourhoods. Gillespies are supported by partners Hemingway Design, Cushman & Wakefield, Ekosgen and Mott MacDonald. The masterplan for Stonedale Crescent will be developed through extensive consultation with residents, partners and the wider community and will look at options to both regenerate existing residential streets and develop new, high quality homes and spaces. Community Regeneration…

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Arup awarded HS2 contracts to develop London Euston and Birmingham Interchange


Arup has been awarded HS2 contracts to help develop and refine the detailed plans for the transformation of London Euston and a major new interchange near Solihull, which will serve Birmingham Airport and the wider West Midlands region. London Euston – working with Grimshaw Architects LLP Birmingham Interchange – working with Arup Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects Limited The new stations, due to open in 2026, will be designed with input from local communities, using best practice principles from stations around the world, and guidelines and specifications endorsed by an independent panel of leading architects and designers. Working with HS2…

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