April 20, 2018

New online resource launched for innovative landscape architectural solutions


Kinley have launched a new website www.kinley.co.uk, designed to give designers, architects and specifiers of landscape environments, including parks, roof terraces, podium gardens and public realm areas, the product information required to create outstanding places for people to enjoy.

One of the biggest, and most common, aggravations that architects experience is a poorly designed manufacturers website, and not being able to find the information they require.  Kinley have listened and responded with a sharp, responsive platform giving designers the support they need to achieve designs they’re proud of.

“The newly launched website contains a plethora of valuable resources including datasheets, technical CAD drawings, case studies, gallery, product calculators and installation guides” commented Jon Bowie, Marketing Manager at Kinley, “all the detail information is as a result of feedback from architects, so will be really valuable when designing a stunning urban landscape”.

Videos, photos and case studies provide endless inspiration to break away from the ordinary and create amazing designs. The curiously inventive, yet simple, systems and solutions from Kinley are designed to make lives easier for both designers and installers to bring urban spaces to life.  Recent case studies include a contemporary roof terrace on the Vantage Point tower by Essential Living in Islington where BCA Landscape Architects specified the Terrafina composite decking in a chevron pattern using the Raaft support system.

Kinley helps landscape developers, architects, designers and specifiers to push the boundaries of what’s possible for urban landscapes. Through innovative and superior quality products that work individually or as a complete system, Kinley makes inspiring, contemporary, functional and reliable places for people to enjoy.  Products and systems include the bespoke Perimeta steel planter systems, Terrafina composite decking, Atria porcelain tiles, ExcelEdge landscape edging and Raaft terrace support structures.

For more information, visit www.kinley.co.uk or call on 01580 830 688.

OPEN move into new Manchester Northern Quarter office


Landscape architecture and urban design studio OPEN has completed its move to Workshop Properties’ Swan Square development on the edge of Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

The business has moved from serviced space to accommodate Its growth in the city and has taken a five-year lease on a 1,200 sq ft unit at the Swan Street scheme.

Known in full as Optimised Environments, OPEN is a multi-disciplinary design company with masterplanning, design, landscape architecture and environmental planning at its core. It has a team of more than 45 professional and technical staff working from studios in Manchester, Edinburgh and London.

Jaimie Ferguson, director at OPEN said: “We are really pleased to be taking this new space, between Ancoats and the Northern Quarter, as a strong sign of our commitment to the city and the talented team that we’ve assembled.

“The work we have been involved with over the past year has seen us continue to grow and increased our influence in the development scene in the North West.”

OPEN is working on a range of new commissions from large-scale residential masterplans and regeneration strategies through to public realm design and implementation.

Recently it has been working on landscape design and visual impact assessment for the redevelopment of River Street, working with SimpsonHaugh & Partners on behalf of Downing.


£32m funding secured for No1 Old Trafford in Manchester

Old Trafford

Cole Waterhouse is pushing on with No1 Old Trafford, its £68m mixed-use development near Manchester United’s stadium, after securing £32m of sales with investor IP Global at its 18-storey tower.

CBRE was enlisted by Cole Waterhouse last year to find a funder for the project, and launched the scheme overseas last month. Craigleith Property Group is also supporting the developer in the hunt for investors.

The 354-home scheme, designed by architect 5plus, is being developed by Cole Waterhouse, headed up by chief executive Damian Flood and chairman Brendan Flood.

Including a mix of 139 one-beds, 211 two-beds, and four three-beds over two towers of 18 and 15 storeys, there is also retail space on the ground floor and a communal podium garden and roof terrace.

International investment fund IP Global has acquired 173 apartments and 34 car parking spaces for £32m. These include 52 one-beds and 121-two bed apartments in the development’s Block A, which includes 108,000 sq ft of space over 18 storeys.

According to IP Global, the development is expected to complete by the fourth quarter of 2019.

Cole Waterhouse is working with the funder to market the scheme abroad, and has launched No1 Old Trafford in both Dubai and Hong Kong to drum up further interest. IP Global also markets its schemes in Abu Dhabi, Cape Town, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore.

Ahead of the launch, Damian Flood said: “The real selling point for No. 1 Old Trafford is how connected it is to numerous amenities including MediaCityUK and the city centre; it presents ease of accessibility for commuters, being close to the employment hub of Trafford Park.

“Our aim is to promote not only the development but the city of Manchester as one of the most exciting cities to live in the world.”

The developer added there had been “a huge amount of interest” in the scheme since its launch last month.

Trafford Council gave the proposals full planning consent in January this year.

Forrest is in negotiations to act as main contractor, although it has not yet formally been appointed, and has enlisted Warrington-based subcontractor Bagnall to lead on demolition works, which will see existing industrial buildings on the site off Trafford Wharf Road knocked down to make way for the development.

The nearby Skyhook sculptures will be retained, and there will be landscaping and public realm improvement works to the area around these.

The professional team on the project also includes Paul Butler Associates as planner; Crooks Walker as M&E engineer; Exterior Architecture as landscape architect; SCP as transport planner; and Mace as project manager.

LIV Group has been appointed to manage the scheme.


FutureArc re-brands in line with first anniversary


FutureArch is fast-approaching its first anniversary as a standalone magazine. To coincide with this achievement, we’re making some minor changes to the brand, the design of the magazine and the content that we will continue to supply via all our media channels.

As children, we were always taught to speak proper and to never drop our Hs. Well, on this occasion, we’ve decided to disregard this advice, and from the May issue onwards, we will be known as FutureArc.

We’ve made this decision to take the brand to the next step and to bring clarity into the market. We’ will be simplifying the design of the magazine, and we’ve extended that to our logo too.

FutureArc will be covering the biggest news, hottest projects and the most divisive topics across the whole of the UK’s commercial landscaping and design industry. As well as interviews with the leading landscape architects, we will be covering local authority landscape architect departments, the biggest and best commercial landscaping contractors the company has to offer, and we will be expanding our output to the property and housing sector. We will continue to bring this dynamic industry together.

Features editor Joe Betts comments: “We’re very excited about the rebranding. It will bring a clearer insight into our objectives within the UK commercial landscaping market.
It’s our first anniversary too, and a refresh to the branding is a great way to celebrate this milestone.”
For further information on FutureArc, contact Joe Betts on 01903 777 573 or email joe.betts@eljays44.com

Barcham invites landscape architects to biosecurity practice training days

landscape architects

Landscape architects and designers are being given the opportunity to discover more about tree health, biosecurity and tree nursery practice at training days to be run by Barcham Trees at its Ely, Cambridgeshire, nursery in the summer of 2018.

Barcham’s Keith Sacre explains “We have already been approached by landscape architect and garden design practices to offer  their staff continual personal development (CPD) sessions on plant health and biosecurity. The question of biosecurity is recognised as being one of the most critical issues of the moment, with the threat posed from uncontrolled importation of plant material growing exponentially. Given our position and experience, we can offer sound advice to anyone involved in the selection and use of trees in the landscape, especially regarding injudicious use of imported stock”.


The days will focus on biosecurity control measures, the impacts on production, how nursery practice can increase and maintain plant health, and what the individual specifying trees can do to reduce the risk of importing pests and diseases.


To express an interest in a training day, practices are invited to e-mail Keith keith@barchamtrees.co.uk  All events will be free-of-charge with complimentary breakfast and lunch included. All sessions will be held at Barcham Trees’ nursery. No dates have been set yet and the number of days available will depend on demand.