July 22, 2018

LI leaders join industry experts in promoting urban green infrastructure


On Thursday 28 June, Polypipe host a one-off conference, promoting the importance of green infrastructure in the built environment.

The free event will take place at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) headquarters at One Great Street, London. Senior LI staff and members CEO Dan Cook, Sue Illman PPLI, Dr Phil Askew and Martin Kelly will be among the 16 industry experts speaking.

Traditional piped drainage systems still have an important role to play in ensuring the resilience of our towns and cities. But they are now only part of the solution. This is why innovation such as drainage through a planted environment is now more important than ever before.

Green infrastructure has made a real difference

The conference presents an opportunity to hear about green infrastructure straight from experts in water management solutions and alternative green drainage. Delegates will discover how to build green infrastructure and InfraGreen systems into their schemes and projects.

Topics will include blue-green roof design, the value of landscape, passive irrigation, multifunctional benefits, and how to make cities smarter to combat the effects of climate change. There will be project case studies throughout the day, providing evidence of where green infrastructure has made a real difference.

Find out more and register.

Logik submits plans for Arundel Street


Logik Developments, chaired by former cricketer Andrew Flintoff, has moved forward with its plans to build a 386-home development in Castlefield, Manchester, anchored by a 35-storey tower designed by architect SimpsonHaugh.

The development was first revealed at a public consultation in September last year and a planning application has now been submitted to Manchester City Council for 386 apartments across two new buildings, as well as the retained DOT Building, which is currently vacant having formerly been home to a motorcycle warehouse.

The largest of these will be the 35-storey tower facing the Mancunian Way, which will contain a total of 159 apartments, split between 33 one-beds and 124-two beds, as well as a roof terrace.

A U-shaped building faces the Mancunian Way and Arundel Street, and forms an open courtyard between the tower and the retained DOT Building, which faces Ellesmere Street.

The 10-storey building contains 215 apartments, of which 72 are one-beds and 143 two-beds, as well as 2,400 sq ft of commercial space; and the four-storey DOT Building, which is not listed but designated as a local heritage asset, is set to include 12 apartments and 1,700 sq ft of ground floor commercial space.

At the initial consultation held last year, the project team said it was aiming to have the planning application submitted by October 2017, with the application determined in early 2018. Construction was originally programmed to start this year with completion in early 2020.

In March, Logik’s managing director Neil Spencer told Place North West the team was targeting a planning decision “in June or July” this year and construction starting on site by the end of 2018.

Arundel Street has an estimated GDV in excess of £100m and Spencer added the developer was in talks with “a number of funders” to support the scheme. A contractor is yet tot be appointed.

Logik, headed up by Spencer and business partner Tony Bhatti and supported by Flintoff, also owns two sites at Mayfield bordering the Mancunian Way and the River Medlock and is aiming to bring these forward as part of U+I’s £800m development of the area.

Spencer said: “Our ambition as a new developer is to bring forward projects that add something different to cities like Manchester and help further their overall masterplans.

“The Castlefield basin is an iconic location, not just because of its industrial heritage but also as a gateway to Manchester city centre. The opportunity to retain and regenerate the DOT Motorcycle building at Arundel Street will enable us to maintain that legacy whilst providing something that matches the aspirational attitude the city is becoming known for.”

The professional team on the Arundel Street project includes Deloitte as planner; Gillespies as landscape architect; structural engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan Engineers; Hoare Lea as building services engineer; and transport planner Curtins. Recom has prepared the construction methodology and programme for the scheme.

The proposals for the site have evolved significantly up to the submission of this year’s planning application. Initial designs by SimpsonHaugh outlined “stacked” blocks of 20 and eight storeys, but this plan was replaced by a block of 13 and 32 storeys. The DOT Building has been retained throughout the proposal’s development.


Landscape architecture firm unveils first glimpse at 200-acre riverfront master plan


OJB Landscape Architecture (OJB) released concept images reimagining downtown Omaha’s riverfront – only one portion of its 200-acre Missouri Riverfront Revitalization plan. The plan, which spans both sides of the river, involves areas in and around Gene Leahy Mall, Heartland of America Park, and Lewis and Clark Landing on the Omaha side. It aims to unify Omaha, NE and Council Bluffs, IA into a regional destination and will finally allow residents and visitors to access and enjoy the Missouri River.

“The approval of the Master Plan is a game changer for the City of Omaha,” OJB’s Managing Principal, Kyle Fiddelke, ASLA said. “The project will spur economic development and bring business back downtown, and in turn, spur additional residential development on both sides of the river. This could be a catalyst for a whole new chapter in Omahahistory.”

For many years, both Omaha and Council Bluffs have been physically disconnected from the river due to railroad and industrial use along its banks. Community members expressed strong desires to access the river from downtown, connect the various trail systems, and develop active, urban park spaces like Klyde Warren Park in Dallas and Millennium Park in Chicago.

OJB’s open space design physically reconnects both cities to the river with unobstructed access to the entire riverfront. The Omaha program will include a 3500′ river promenade spanning across the existing railway, a signature children’s play area, dog park, skate park, multiple restaurants, and many other active amenities. Extended zones of the park’s landscape will feature paths and planting to encourage pedestrian traffic towards the waterfront park.

“Revitalizing the riverfront will provide the quality of urban life that many people, especially younger generations, are seeking. They want to walk out of their front door and have a multitude of active and recreational amenities on a daily basis. They want to have an active lifestyle without having to get into their cars.”

OJB assembled a national team of design experts, each bringing a specialized field to ensure the project’s success. The team is looking at the open space from a multitude of levels, including environmental, sustainability, design innovation, habitat restoration, programming and financial stability. Design for this transformative waterfront park will continue through 2018 with possible construction soon to follow.

Visit ojb.com to learn more about OJB and visit riverfrontrevitalization.com to learn more about the Riverfront Revitalization project.


Cutting-edge public parks and open spaces celebrated


A project that engaged various community stakeholders in the design of a new park is among the public works that have been recognised for innovation and leadership.

Design studio Spacelab was recognised by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects ACT Chapter on Thursday for its ‘Craft your Park initiative in Finn Street, O’Connor for listening to the community and translating their feedback into the design.

“The design process involved an open dialogue, woven with local stories and histories from kindergarten children to landcare groups and the local community, where the design team were the ‘editors’ and the community the ‘authors’ of the new design,” the judges said.

The awards recognised 10 projects in landscape architecture in categories ranging from parks and play spaces to infrastructure and cultural heritage.

“There are a number of projects from this year’s awards program that demonstrate the community and environmental benefits that come from proper community engagement and consultation, planning for green infrastructure and involve landscape architects leading quality design projects at the early stages,” the institute’s ACT president Gay Williamson said.

Changing streetscapes

The award of excellence in civic landscape was jointly awarded to Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, the National Capital Authority, Hill Thalis, SMEC and AECOM for the first stage of the transformation of Constitution Avenue.

In this major public space enhancement project, Constitution Avenue has been transformed into a series of pedestrian friendly streetscapes changing in character from ceremonial to civic to urban to bushland, in response to surrounding landscapes.

Parks and open spaces

A successful mix of landscape and utility to encourage community interaction in open space in Moncrieff East, a new suburban estate in north Canberra, was recognised in the award’s parks and open space category.

Redbox Design Group was recognised for leading the works on the multi-purpose community recreation park.

Play spaces

Redbox Design Group was also recognised for its work on the Moncrieff Community Recreation Park, a space designed to meet the needs of the community by integrating a range of exercise, play and ball sport areas.


Bennetts raise £130 for Alzheimers Society from tournament


Eleven members of staff from aluminium glazing specialists Bennett Architectural took part in a charity 7-a-side football tournament supporting the Alzheimers Society raising £130.

The 7-a-side tournament organised by the Stoke on Trent branch of CCF, had 12 teams take part at the home of Nantwich Town FC; the Weaver Stadium.

Despite giving a good account of themselves the Bennetts team didn’t make it out of the group stage, registering a credible 0-0 draw in the first match before four straight defeats in scorching conditions.

The tournament was eventually won by Shadwell, who overcame Travis Perkins Stoke 3-0; going the entire tournament without conceding a goal.