July 22, 2018

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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Arup is lead partner for the 15th annual Road User Charging Conference

Arup

Arup is the lead partner for the Road User Charging (RUC) Conferenceagain this year, taking place in Brussels, Belgium on 7 and 8 March 2018. The conference provides an opportunity for leading practitioners from around the world to discuss the latest insights, review case studies, and debate current trends and future challenges that affect senior decision makers who have responsibility for intelligent transportation systems and road pricing. Getting international perspectives on RUC is vital in order to understand the future of intelligent transportation systems. Padraig Kenny, Associate Director and Arup Road Pricing Leader, will deliver a presentation on maximising the value…

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The results are in – Oxford street transformation plans receive widespread support

Oxford

More than 22,000 responses received on plans to transform London’s most famous shopping street into one of the world’s finest public spaces 64 per cent of responses to online consultation supported plans in some form, with comments from local residents, businesses and visitors now being reviewed and fully considered. Plans to transform Oxford Street and the surrounding area into an unrivalled place to live, work and visit have received widespread support, it was confirmed today. The plans, subject of a recent consultation by Westminster City Council and Transport for London, proposed a new traffic-free area between Orchard Street and Oxford…

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£10m funding secured for new HS2 urban quater

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Plans to create an urban quarter around the HS2 Interchange station in Solihull have taken a major step forward today after almost £10 million in new funding was secured. In addition, the principles of designing new infrastructure and transport connections at the site close to the NEC and Birmingham Airport were agreed, with a final deal to be signed later this month. The Urban Growth Company (UGC) was established by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to maximise development and investment at the HS2 station site and neighbouring land, collectively known as The Hub. It has been working jointly with the council…

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Gillespies relocate in Leeds to accommodate expansion

Leeds

Gillespies’ Leeds office has relocated to a new, larger office in the heart of the city to accommodate expansion. Previously located across two floors in the Minton Chambers Building in Heatons Court, the new location at Phoenix House on South Parade, offers a contemporary, open plan office space, with improved meeting facilities to welcome clients and consultants together with breakout spaces to encourage creative collaboration. Tom Walker, Gillespies Partner who is responsible for the Leeds studio, said: “We are really pleased to be moving into a new, refurbished office in the vibrant heart of the City’s Central Business District. We…

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Tim O’Hare Associates welcomes geologist to its team of specialists

Tim O'Hare

Leading landscape and soil consultancy Tim O’Hare Associates (TOHA) has further enhanced its team of specialists by welcoming geologist Matthew Heins to its Oxfordshire-based practice.  Originally from South Africa, where his degrees in Geology and Geography led to employment in geological exploration and mining consultancy, Matthew joined Tim O’Hare Associates in February 2018 when he moved to the UK. His role at TOHA is already utilising his broader business development experience as he identifies upcoming projects where TOHA’s extensive soil surveying and site investigation, testing and analysis, design and specification, planning and monitoring, and other specialist soil services can be…

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Civic Engineers announce strong year of growth as turnover grows by 33%

Civic engineers

Civil and structural engineering practice, Civic Engineers, have had another strong year of growth. The practice, which has offices in Manchester, London, Leeds and most recently Glasgow, has seen turnover grow by 33% to £4.5m in the financial year ended February 2018.  In addition, the appointment of former Deloitte accountant, Alistair Topping as Finance Director has been announced. Alistair, an experienced Finance Director, previously spent 13 years at Deloitte advising owner managed businesses throughout the North West. Most recently he was Group Finance Director for a business providing energy efficiency measures which was grown and successfully sold to a trade…

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Plans for Great Northern Warehouse revamp go before councillors

great northern

Plans for revamp of the Great Northern Warehouse on the corner of Deansgate Peter Street in Manchester City Centre has gone before councillors this week. Manchester Council’s planning committee will consider the scheme, unveiled by Architects Simpson Haugh last year that will see the main building which currently houses restaurants, shops and leisure facilities, including a cinema, become a residential, commercial and leisure quarter.  and includes a makeover of the city’s Great Northern Square and Deansgate Terraces. The first phase of the proposals will see the upper two storeys of the Great Northern Warehouse, at present used as a car park, converted to 100 apartments,…

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Design proposals announced for Glasgow Mental Health Estate

mental health

Keppie Design has announced a detailed design proposal has been submitted for Stobhill Mental Health Estate. Appointed by hub West Scotland to deliver the project for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the works will comprise a new Acute Admissions Unit (AAU) and hospital-based Complex Clinical Care Unit (CCC) in the grounds of Stobhill Hospital. BAM Construction has been appointed contractor, with the project expected to be complete by March 2020. Keppie said the the prominence of the site accords “great opportunities” for the design of the new units to become a “positive, welcoming and therapeutic” addition to the campus. A…

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Opportunity to create the first Garden City of the 21st century

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World class ideas sought in design competition to develop a modern, healthy city at Ebbsfleet, Kent Ebbsfleet in Kent will be the site of the first new Garden City of the 21st Century, creating 15,000 new homes, 30,000 jobs and seven city parks. It is also the largest of the 10 Healthy New Town initiatives being run by the NHS to show that land can be used to deliver health benefits.  This has created an exciting opportunity to take an innovative approach to the design and sustainability of the city and, in particular, the health of its community. That is…

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