July 22, 2018

Arup’s Architecture team hires new London Director


Arup’s growing London-based Architecture team is delighted to announce that from July 2018 Nick Jackson will join as a Director alongside Jo Wright, Paul Brislin, Kim Quazi and Patricia Johnstone.

Formerly a director of Eric Parry Architects, Nick brings a wealth of experience of the design and delivery of outstanding buildings in the UK and overseas. Projects Nick worked on include 10 Fenchurch Avenue, 1 Undershaft and the new headquarters for Cambridge Assessment.

Nick joins the Architecture team based in Fitzroy Street who are currently working on projects including 1 Triton Square for British Land, the HS2 Birmingham Interchange Station and a new Hindu Heritage Museum in Mangarh, India.

Director for architecture at Arup, Jo Wright commented: “We are thrilled that Nick is joining us. His expertise in the making of buildings in a multi-disciplinary context is an excellent fit with our approach to delivering simple, purposeful, efficient and beautiful buildings.”


Communities in London to benefit from latest TfL Growth Funding


• £24m allocated to improve stations in Colindale, Walthamstow Central and Ilford, as well as improve London Trams services to Elmers End
• TfL’s Growth Fund already supporting delivery of major transport improvements across the capital to help to unlock new housing and jobs
• Further schemes to be allocated from remaining funding later this year

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today announced the latest schemes to receive funding from Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Growth Fund.

The latest funding, which totals around £24m, will help accelerate the delivery of a range of important transport improvements across the capital, helping to unlock homes, jobs and growth.
TfL’s Growth Fund is designed to help finance sustainable transport infrastructure schemes that could unlock development and regeneration opportunities in some of London’s most important growth areas. The four latest schemes receiving funding are:

• Upgrade of Walthamstow Central Station: The upgrade of the Victoria line station will help support around 2,000 new homes across Walthamstow town centre and provide capacity for future growth in the area. This scheme would provide a second entrance to the station as well as deliver step-free access.
• New station building at Colindale: The scheme will deliver a new station building with step-free access and new pedestrian and cycle links – helping to support around 10,000 new homes, 1,000 jobs and the wider regeneration of the area.
• Enhanced capacity on Elmers End branch of London Trams: Double tracking of the branch line and a second platform at Elmers End tram station will provide additional facilities to enable service improvements and address reliability issues on the network. Once delivered, this would support growth in Croydon and Bromley and future growth along all parts of the tram network.
• New southern entrance at Ilford Station on TfL Rail: To help accommodate the increase in passengers from significant growth and development in the area, this new third entrance into the station will help reduce pressure on the main station entrance and benefit bus passengers alighting at stops along Ilford Hill.
TfL is now working with the local councils, property developers and stakeholders to finalise the funding packages for these four schemes, with a hope that work can begin on delivering them later this year.

The Mayor and TfL expanded the Growth Fund to £550m in December 2016 to allow more schemes to be brought forward. By providing funding to schemes through the fund, the Mayor and TfL can help leverage additional funding from developers and third parties to help unlock complex transport schemes and provide improved services at less well connected sites that might otherwise not see investment.

More than 15 schemes have been supported by the Growth Fund so far, including new stations in Tottenham Hale and White Hart Lane, as well as road and public realm schemes in Wandsworth and the new Barking Riverside London Overground Extension, which will be delivered by next summer.
The four latest schemes to receive funding have done so following a review of the criteria used to determine allocations. This focused on the ability of each project to unlock housing and jobs growth, deliverability, potential for third-party funding and how they aligned to the new Mayor’s Transport Strategy, including key objectives such as Healthy Streets. The Mayor’s Transport Strategy aims to create a greener, safer and more accessible London by encouraging greater use of public transport, walking and cycling and reducing reliance on car journeys.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m delighted to be announcing the next four schemes that will benefit from our Growth Fund – millions of pounds of investment that will directly improve people’s daily experience on our public transport network and unlock vital new housing and jobs. As London’s population grows, it is essential we continue to build world-class infrastructure like new Tube stations across the capital, but also target improvements in a way that can help deliver the new homes Londoners desperately need.”
Alex Williams, Director of City Planning at TfL, said: “Good transport links are vital to supporting growth in a city. Our Growth Fund is helping to unlock transport schemes which might not have been funded, helping to create more homes and jobs across London. By promoting ‘good growth’ across London, we can help the capital continue to prosper while providing new transport options for Londoners.”

Waltham Forest Council Leader Clare Coghill said: “We welcome this announcement from Transport for London which will support our already ambitious plans to rejuvenate Walthamstow. Improvements to the station will support The Mall redevelopment which is bringing an improved retail experience and more jobs to the area, as well as hundreds of much needed new homes, and rejuvenated town centre which will become the beating heart of the community.

“This investment will see huge benefits for our growing population, ensuring that everyone, especially those with mobility difficulties, are able to easily access the capital’s public transport system and it will further cement the area as a destination for Londoners looking to live, socialise, shop and soak up the culture in Walthamstow.”
The Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Richard Cornelius, said: “We’re pleased to be working with TfL to deliver a new and improved station in Colindale. The completed works will improve the lives of many Colindale commuters, as well as being an attractive new public building for the local area.”

Councillor Jas Athwal, Leader of Redbridge Council said: “We’re delighted that TfL, working in partnership with the council, has committed Growth Funding to Ilford Station southern entrance. We safeguarded the necessary land through the planning system, secured Ilford Housing Zone investment towards the entrance and have committed the use of our own Community Infrastructure Levy fund to ensure this much needed entrance is delivered.

“As Ilford becomes an increasingly popular place to live, a new third entrance will make it easier and more accessible for people to use the station and connect to and from buses. With 6,000 new homes being built by 2030, multi-million pound improvements to the town centre currently underway, a new cultural centre in the pipeline and the Elizabeth Line opening soon, Redbridge looks forward to continuing working in partnership with TfL to deliver all the necessary transport infrastructure to accommodate and accelerate growth and further enhance Ilford as a fantastic location to live and work.”

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Bromley Council’s Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services said: “This investment in local transport infrastructure is very welcome news and something that we have been calling for. The improvements will help reduce delays that passengers have faced and significantly improve journey time reliability, which in turn will make this a more attractive transport option and I am hopeful that in the future, this will also enable future increases to service frequency.”
TfL is now reviewing a range of other schemes from across London to see whether they would be suitable for part-funding from the remaining £80m and hopes to be able to confirm these later this year.

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St Edward launches Lakeside Gardens at Green Park Village


Lakeside Gardens, set in a peaceful location close to the Lake, is the latest collection of homes to launch at Green Park Village and features New England inspired three and four bedroom townhouses and a selection of 2 bedroom coach houses.

Located at the heart of the Village, and just a short walk to the planned Primary School and the Lake, these homes enjoy an idyllic setting surrounded by woodland walks and trim trails with the children’s play area close by. They are also conveniently located within walking distance to the proposed new train station which will connect to Reading and Crossrail in just 6 minutes, where there are 26 minute train services to London Paddington.

The houses have been designed to offer flexible layouts ideal for both growing and established families – with each benefiting from a spacious open plan kitchen/diner/living room on the ground floor, plus an additional lounge on the first floor.

Deana Everingham, Sales and Marketing Director comments: “Green Park is a brand new destination in Reading set around a beautiful lake, set amongst 60 acres of parkland. Featuring a wide range of New England inspired homes, our key objective for this development is to create a sustainable community. The lakeside village benefits from a central Market Square with a proposed café, a planned Primary School, Community Hall, trim trails, picnic areas, and water platforms, all designed to help foster community life.”

Residents will also have access to an existing day care nursery and a gym with swimming pool at the neighbouring Green Park business park.

All the homes in Lakeside Gardens will feature elegantly-fitted high-quality interiors finished to the exceptional standard synonymous with the St Edward brand.

Stylish individually-designed shaker style kitchens will be equipped with a range of Bosch appliances and white goods, stone worktops and chrome polished mixer taps. Bathrooms come complete with Villeroy & Boch sanitaryware, chrome-finished overhead rain showers with separate handheld showerheads, plus bespoke recessed mirror cabinets with internal glass shelving, shaver sockets and sensor LED lighting, creating a luxurious hotel-style feel. Underfloor heating is also provided to the ground floor of the homes.

Living areas will be finished to an equally high specification, with wood veneered flooring to kitchens and family rooms and fitted carpets in remaining rooms. Each home comes with private parking, with a selection of homes benefiting from garages.

The homes at Lakeside Gardens are priced from £395,000 for a two-bedroom coach house and £485,000 for a three bedroom house.


Should we be building upwards to create extra space?


In the UK, house prices are on the rise along with the population. The key question is how can we make houses that are more affordable?

BDP architect director Yuli Cadney-Toh believes that we should be looking to build upwards. In an interview with the BBC, Yuli explained that building upwards would mean we can build more places to live, as well as saving space for things like walking and cycling in the landscape surrounding these buildings.

Yuli, who recently returned to the city after 30 years working abroad, says the skyline had barely changed in the last four decades, and that there is a risk of being distracted by the debate around Bristol’s skyline and missing the more important civic brief.

Her comments were in response to Bristol City Council’s intention to build 13,500 new homes in the city centre by 2036. The city council has identified areas across the city that would suit densification, including an extended Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone around a redeveloped Temple Meads Station as a modern transport interchange and gateway.

Yuli says: “This is a city with huge potential and there is no reason why it cannot meet the needs of its communities. We believe taller buildings of high design quality are an important ingredient in the creation of sustainable cities that work for the people who live in them.”



Environmental Street Furniture triumphs at local and national awards


Environmental Street Furniture is no stranger to industry success but the supplier and designer of street, themed and solar powered products has taken the local and national stages by storm in recent weeks by winning not one, but two prestigious industry awards.

The Newtownabbey based company won the Excellence in Exporting Award at the recent Belfast Telegraph Business Awards and subsequently won the Best in Business and Product Innovation at the National Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) awards for their newly launched Stellar Solar Bench. The company was representing Northern Ireland at the ceremony after winning the regional title.

Speaking about the company’s success, ESF Managing Director, Alan Lowry said, “To be recognised at these esteemed awards in itself is an achievement but to walk away as winners in exporting and for the Stellar Solar Bench – the first product designed and manufactured by ESF – is incredible for our company.”

Alan continued, “We have worked tirelessly to establish ESF in what is a competitive industry but gaining this recognition makes it all worthwhile for myself and the team. We look forward to building on our achievements and moving forward with the company.”

Speaking about ESF’s win at the FSB National Awards, Brendan Kearney, FSB NI Region Chair said, “Many congratulations to Alan Lowry and all of his team at Environmental Street Furniture. Their success on the national stage, seeing off competition from the best businesses from every other region of the UK, is testament to the excellence we have here within our local small business community.”

ESF was also shortlisted as finalists in the recent Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation awards and the Made in Northern Ireland awards for their success in exporting. The company also won the ‘International Award’ at the 2017 UTV Business Eye Awards. ESF now exports into 22 countries and has supplied products to some of the world’s most famous theme parks globally.

Image: Pictured at the FSB National Awards in London (L-R) is Roger Pollen, Head of External Affairs at FSB NI, Tina McKenzie, FSB Policy Chair, Alan and Caroline Lowry, ESF and Brendan Kearney, FSB NI Region Chair.