April 25, 2018

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 developed to enable staff and pupils to engage fully in the research process.

The successful student will also work collaboratively with students and staff at the University of Buenos Aires and with local communities and stakeholders to design and install prototypical barriers at a school in Buenos Aires and to monitor the outcomes using the methods developed in Phase 1.

It is hoped that this project will demonstrate the effectiveness of locally sourced and manufactured green fences and encourage their uptake to mitigate air pollution in other cities in the global south, with benefits to health, wellbeing and local economies.

The BREATHE project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Departments of Landscape, Geography and Engineering at the University of Sheffield and the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism at the University of Buenos Aires.

The studentship is funded by the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, which focuses on advancing sustainability research and connecting it with the policy debate around how humans can live in a more sustainable way. It will be supervised by Professor Anna Jorgensen, from the Department of Landscape and Dr Miguel Kanai, from the Department of Geography.

The deadline for applications is 26th March 2018.

Read the full job description here.


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 on behalf of the applicant said: “The implementation of our shared vision for Castleward will uplift a neglected part of the city, provide a vibrant and attractive connection from Derby Midland Station to the city centre and set a new standard for urban residential development and place making.

“Most importantly, the greater masterplan will create a new sustainable neighbourhood which will be home for over 800 households, providing almost all the amenities and facilities necessary to support modern life within walking or cycling distance.

“We believe our proposal responses appropriately to the existing context, and further enhances phase one.”


Wavin to debate the future of drainage at Ecobuild


With new research suggesting that Britain’s major towns and cities are at risk of increased flooding, stormwater management is becoming more important than ever before. As Richard Dawson, professor of earth systems engineering at Newcastle University, states in his research released last week, there is an “urgent need to design and adapt our cities to cope with these future conditions.”

Wavin, the UK’s leading manufacturer of plastic piping systems, will be bringing this debate to ecobuild (ExCel London, 6 – 8 March 2018), and calling for more holistic drainage solutions that protect UK infrastructure now and in the future.

The conversation is part of the Future of Drainage campaign, set up to raise awareness of the threat of urban flooding and prompt action. It has been created by Wavin in conjunction with ecobuild and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), to encourage involvement and action from every sector of the built environment, and beyond.

To continue the conversation, Wavin and ICE will be hosting a panel discussion at ecobuild titled “Policy vs Pragmatism”, chaired by leading infrastructure journalist Anthony Oliver. Panellists will discuss issues surrounding implementation of policy for sustainable drainage systems, while also considering whether practical application can drive policy implementation forward.

Martin Lambley, Product Manager for Foul, Water and Utilities Management at Wavin, explained: “As one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of below ground drainage solutions, Wavin is connected in every sense to the critical issues surrounding flood events.

“We don’t have all the answers yet to the question, ‘What is the future of drainage?’. That’s why we have joined forces with the Institution of Civil Engineers and ecobuild to stimulate debate and create a platform where we can encourage ideas and begin to find solutions to one of the engineering challenges of the age.

Wavin will have two stands at ecobuild, one showcasing the brand’s latest products and sustainable urban drainage solutions (SuDS) at stand E141, the other raising awareness of the Future of Drainage campaign at stand F142.

As well as asking the question: “What does the Future of Drainage look like?”, the Future of Drainage stand will also feature an interactive flood tank designed by engineers, so visitors can conceptualise how cities including London may look after a significant flooding event.

Visitors to stand F142 will have the chance to pick up some great giveaways such as waterproof phone pouches. Those who choose to join the Future of Drainage debate will also have the chance to win an iPad Pro. Simultaneously, visitors can help Wavin raise money in support of WaterAid, a charity that transforms millions of lives every year by improving access to clean water, toilets and hygiene. A donation gives you the chance to win an Amazon Dot or Echo.

To find out more and share your thoughts on the Future of Drainage, visit: www.futureofdrainage.co.uk or visit stand F142.


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 said: “This is one of the most important sites in Milton Keynes, which will help to inspire and shape the city’s future.

“It was vital that the selection process to determine appropriate developers was even more stringent and far reaching than usual and the choice of partners was considered not only by MKDP’s board but also by local councillors. Our chosen partners’ expertise includes experience of delivering exciting and award-winning projects, urban design and generation and provision of high quality, affordable housing.”

Urban Splash director Nathan Cornish added: “We have been truly captivated by the history of Milton Keynes and the Campbell Park Northside site ever since we became aware that MKDP was looking for a partner.

“With its boundaries to the Grand Union Canal, Campbell Park and the edge of the city centre, we think this site represents one of the most exciting development opportunities in the country – so we and Places for People are naturally thrilled to have been selected.”

Scott Black, managing director of Crest Nicholson Regeneration, called the project “exciting” while Mary Parsons, group director of Places for People, believes the scheme is the “next exciting chapter in the city’s history”.


Moorings Park Grande Lake names landscape architect


Outside Productions International has been named the landscape architect for Moorings Park Grande Lake, a new life plan community being developed through a partnership between Moorings Park and luxury custom homebuilder and developer London Bay Homes.

Landscape architect Patrick Trefz, ASLA, RLA, founded the landscape and architectural design firm in May 2000. During the past 18 years, Outside Productions has served Southwest Florida as well as international clients from around the world including Canada, China, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and Russia, to name a few.

Trefz is a Florida native who grew up in the Tampa Bay area and is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture.

At Moorings Park Grande Lake, Trefz and members of his staff will be working closely with the community’s design team to enhance the land plan and bring exceptional landscape design to the project.

On 55 acres in the heart of Naples, Moorings Park Grande Lake will combine one-of-a-kind vistas of lakes and championship golf with luxury homes and health care.

“Future residents will be attracted to its natural beauty, classic design and total commitment to enabling them to live longer, healthier and happier lives,” stated Daniel Lavender, CEO of Moorings Park Institute Inc.

“For nearly three decades, the brand promise of ‘Private Label Living’ has reflected our commitment to building and developing the finest luxury homes in Southwest Florida,” said Mark Wilson, president of London Bay Homes. “It’s an honor for us to now extend our philosophy of choice in design to the area’s newest community.”

Moorings Park Grande Lake will consist of luxurious midrise residences including spacious penthouses. Prices start at $1.4 million with 70 percent refundable entrance fees.

 The community is a pet-friendly campus and has been designed to take advantage of the views of a 28-acre lake and the picturesque golf course beyond.

The physical environment presents an innovative and resort-style blueprint that provides for seamless physical and visual experiences. It also maximizes the beauty and appeal of waterfront living combined with high-end materials and services.

Consistent with other Moorings Park campuses, Moorings Park Grande Lake will include common areas that promote social interaction, which will allow and encourage residents to choose from indoor and outdoor activities year-round.

A few of the planned outdoor activities or amenities include a yoga pavilion, walking paths, lakeside parklettes with boardwalks, gardens, fire pits and overlooks; and several bird-watching posts. The areas for social gatherings were designed so family members and friends of residents could join in the various activities, which could include events such as outdoor concerts.

The clubhouse, as planned, will feature casual and fine dining venues, a private dining room, ballroom, art studio, wellness center, state-of-the-art fitness center, strength and cardio area, salon and spa, and a resort-style pool with poolside cabanas.

Also in the clubhouse will be The Center for Healthy Living. The center is home to rehabilitation services, as well as the Care 360 concierge health care program, which was developed in partnership with NCH Healthcare System.

The Care 360 program offers a higher level of personalized primary care. Services are available to residents of Moorings Park with no additional fees, other than typical co-pays. The Care 360 concierge physicians are accessible by appointment, plus 24/7 access via phone, text or email.

Should the need arise, Moorings Park Grande Lake provides its residents world-class assisted living and memory care in existing centers of excellence, at no additional cost.