April 25, 2018

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

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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.

Final residential phase on major lakeside scheme approved by planners


The final residential phase of a major mixed use development around a new railway station on the outskirts of Reading has been given the green light.

Planners at Reading Borough Council unanimously backed proposals for a series of seven lakeside residential buildings that will create 459 new apartments at Green Park Village, an associated gym and new retail units.

The latest application on behalf of developer St Edward Homes, part of the Berkeley Group, is the sixth phase of residential development at the scheme which will eventually provide homes for all aspects of the community with a full range of housing typologies from one bedroom apartments to detached family homes and an extra care home.

Planning for a new school is also due to be submitted in 2018 and the scheme also includes a community hall, market square and local shops and will be connected to Reading and beyond by the new Green Park railway station and a public transport interchange.

Director of Architecture James Cook, who is leading the project for Broadway Malyan, said the settlement’s transport links and its proximity to the Green Park Business Campus would help create a sustainable residential location with a mixed and vibrant community.

He said: “Green Park Village is a highly successful and ambitious project to create a completely new high quality community in Reading with a lakeside setting and open green spaces at the heart of the design.

“The buildings are arranged in a crescent and step up from the lakeside to mark the location of the new train station and the Station Square. A two storey station pavilion building provides retail space and forms the gateway to Green Park Village.”

Director David Anderson, who leads Broadway Malyan’s Reading studio, added: “This decision reflects the culmination of more than 10 years’ work taking a masterplan vision through concept and detailed architectural design to the realisation of the final phases of building a new community.

“Green Park Village is a modern and vibrant development that has evolved and responded to society’s changing needs and aspirations and the demographic shift brought about by Reading’s renaissance as the south-east’s most important satellite town.”


Taunton Surgical Centre given the green light

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Planning consent has been granted for a major new £79.5m surgical centre which has also just had funding approval from the Department of Health.

BDP were appointed by Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to design a new Surgical and Critical Care Unit and Endoscopy Suite at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.

The new centre will include six endoscopy rooms, patient recovery and clinical support areas, eight operating theatres which include two interventional radiology theatres, recovery areas and clinical support together with 22 critical care beds.

The surgical unit will have dedicated wards ensuring the patients remain within the appropriate care team whilst in recovery, allowing staff to be able to work more efficiently with all the supporting facilities at their fingertips.

“We are designing a hospital complex of buildings that can expand and respond to future needs,” says healthcare architect director, Nick Fairham. “Musgrove Park was originally built in the 1940s with corridors so wide you could drive a jeep down them. Now we design hospitals where wards and care units are well connected so there is no need for automated transport to get from the operating theatre to the wards. It is excellent news that this major project has been given the green light as it is of huge significance to the local community.”

The new building will be connected by glazed link corridors to the Jubilee Building, which opened in 2014 and was also designed by BDP along with its landscaped gardens.


New appointment boosts Gillespies’ Urban Design expertise


Gillespies has expanded its urban design team with the appointment of Chris Wong as a Principal Urban Designer. Chris joined Gillespies’ Manchester office and will be responsible for leading several urban design and planning strategies across the UK and internationally.

Chris previously worked for architects Studio Egret West, and before that NBBJ in Shanghai and at Martha Schwartz & Partners’ London studio.

Jim Fox, Associate Partner at Gillespies, commented: “We are excited to welcome Chris to our growing team. He is a talented and creative designer, who brings a wealth of UK and international masterplanning experience from planning to construction. Chris joins at an exciting time for the firm as we are undertaking some major commissions in the UK and internationally, and his appointment further increases our urban design and masterplanning capacity in the North of England”

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