June 19, 2018

BDP wins Yancheng Nanhai Future City urban design competition


The Mayor of Yancheng and central Chinese government have selected BDP from a shortlist of five practices to develop Yancheng in south China. The urban design competition sought a detailed design strategy and eco vision for the city to boost its leisure, healthcare and education services whilst improving accessibility and circulation to develop it as a key tourist destination.

The designs for the 16 sq km district make maximum use of water, green spaces and eco features including eight parks and new green water networks. A central lake will facilitate transport links and provide a range of leisure activities for both local communities and visitors attracted to the city centre. The lake will be surrounded by an ecological waterfront as well as commercial and cultural buildings. Three green corridors branch off from the lake, connecting surrounding parts of the city which is divided into different education, economic, residential, cultural and leisure zones.

The scheme will be finalised in September and the project is scheduled to complete within the next 10 years. BDP is providing masterplanning, architecture and landscape architecture for the development.



Palmerston Court gets green light from Wandsworth Council


Wandsworth Council has given planning consent for Palmerston Court, a new housing development on the southern tip of Nine Elms in Battersea, one of the UK’s most exciting urban regeneration projects.

The four-building development, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) with all public realm by LDA Design, will create 162 elegant homes, many with views along the Thames towards the City. Twenty one per cent will be affordable shared ownership.

A series of public courtyards and gardens will create a network through the site and a connection to the wider Battersea area. In a part of London previously dominated by light industry and warehousing, it will become a lovely place to pause and spend time, as well as to live.

Palmerston Court sets a marker for design excellence for mixed-use sites. The buildings, which range in height from nine to 16 storeys, will also have stunning, flexible roof gardens, planted to provide year-round colour, providing safe and informal places for children to play.

“This is going to be a really special development that is well connected with the neighbouring £15 billion Nine Elms regeneration scheme,” said LDA Design director, Benjamin Walker. “From a rooftop orchard, which is set to become one of London’s only productive apple orchards, to inviting new places to socialise, the focus here is very much on creating a sense of belonging.”

The new public realm includes a sunny spot adjacent to the railway arches and protected from neighbouring busy roads. The site also features a private gym and indoor pool for residents, affordable office spaces for small businesses and start-ups, plus a pub and community cultural space.


Masterplan for Jurong Lake District Singapore unveiled


The Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has unveiled the masterplan for Jurong Lake District in Singapore, the city’s future second Central Business District. The masterplan is exhibited till mid-September and invites the public to share their views. KCAP Architects&Planners, leading a multi-disciplinary team consisting of SAA Architects, Arup, S333 and Lekker is responsible for many of the key ideas developed in the plan.

After the appointment as consultant in early 2017, the team has elaborated the winning design true to concept. The competition design defined key qualities as such that they could be strengthened throughout the integrated design process and now find their full strength.

The ambition is to develop the area into a new mixed-use business area built around the future Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail terminus, which will further anchor Jurong Lake District as Singapore’s second Central Business District. Qualities of the plan are its high-density mixed-use programme incorporates new waterways and a series of stacked horizontal landscape datum and connections that weave through the entire district to create a distinctive identity for Singapore and its vision as a ‘City in the Garden’.

A powerful dialogue between high-density, urban sustainability and heritage

The high-density urban typology maximises vertical urban greenery within a vertical city next to the beautiful Jurong Lake Gardens and creates a streetscape network for active mobility, walkability and interactive public spaces. The integrated, sustainable urban systems maximize the streetscape by proposing to place all major transport and engineering below the city, creating layers of optimized infrastructure and a car-lite district. Existing heritage buildings, landscapes and ecosystems are respected and repurposed in a powerful dialogue with the new development.

With its strategic location, open environment and live-work-play programming, the area will become a new gateway to Singapore and can also be the new hub for the emerging science and innovation corridor in West Singapore.

The exhibition is the first public presentation of the project in all its facets. It completes an important phase of the design work and provides a well-founded basis that can be submitted to the public for feedback. With the opening of the exhibition, a dedicated website with in-depth information about the project has been launched, www.jld.sg.


FPCR visits some of Britain’s best housing developments


The FPCR Landscape team recently visited a number of residential schemes in the Cambridge area as part of maintaining Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

The visits, done over two days, saw FPCR’s landscape department visit Accordia, Great Kneighton, Trumpington Meadows, Cambourne and Loves Farm, all recent or ongoing schemes. Looking at their varied architectural design, layout, planting, materials and landscaping, the trip was certainly beneficial as FPCR continues to strive for good design.

Visiting the completed sites allows the team to see, in particular, materials and planting in-situ, and provides further opportunity to make design decisions that are then successful once implemented.


Fields in Trust Chief Executive joins Parks Minister on Rugby visit


Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, today joined Parks and Green Spaces Minister Marcus Jones as he visited Rugby’s award winning green spaces. As part of his visit the Minister met volunteers at Centenary Park in the town, who had helped turn a neglected allotment into a space for the whole community. Our research found the creation of the park resulted in local residents feeling healthier, happier and becoming more active.

The park now boasts a large play area, a games area, a green gym and nature area, including flowers to attract bees and butterflies and has been protected as part of the Centenary Fields programme.

The Newbold on Avon Community Partnership and Rugby Borough Council secured over £215,000 to transform the neglected land and Centenary Park was named the most improved park at the Fields in Trust Awards in 2016. The site also received an award from the Department for Farming and Rural Affairs for providing an excellent home for bees and other insect life and enjoys Green Flag Award status.

The Minister visited Rugby to announce that the Government will be renewing the Green Flag Award licence for another five years. Run on behalf of the Government by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, the scheme recognises high quality parks and green spaces. The Green Flag Award allows visitors to easily find quality parks and other green spaces to enjoy and sets standards for park managers across the country.

Many of the 1,800 Green Flag Award winning sites across the UK also enjoy Fields in Trust protected status, meaning these local jewels in the crown will always be there for future generations to enjoy. Rugby boasts five Green Flag winning green spaces, many of which were originally derelict sites that have been transformed by the hard work of the community and the local council, including Centenary Park.

Speaking after the announcement, Parks and Green Spaces Minister Marcus Jones, said: “My visit to Rugby demonstrated how parks and green spaces can breathe life into our towns and cities – contributing to the health and well being of the community.

“I am very much looking forward to outlining our future plans to support Britain’s parks in due course.”

Fields in Trust looks forward to the Minister’s response to the recent Communities and Local Government Committee’s Public Parks Inquiry report. Our submission to the inquiry called for a change the way public green space is conceived, not as a drain on spending that requires a considerable amount of money to maintain – but rather as an asset which can be deployed to achieve longer term savings and happier healthier more connected communities.

The Inquiry report, published in February, warned that parks face a period of decline from their current tipping point with potentially severe consequences unless their vital contribution to areas such as public health, community integration and climate change mitigation is recognised.