April 25, 2018

Gillespies relocate in Leeds to accommodate expansion


Gillespies’ Leeds office has relocated to a new, larger office in the heart of the city to accommodate expansion.

Previously located across two floors in the Minton Chambers Building in Heatons Court, the new location at Phoenix House on South Parade, offers a contemporary, open plan office space, with improved meeting facilities to welcome clients and consultants together with breakout spaces to encourage creative collaboration.

Tom Walker, Gillespies Partner who is responsible for the Leeds studio, said: “We are really pleased to be moving into a new, refurbished office in the vibrant heart of the City’s Central Business District. We have been based in Leeds since 2002 and have been working in Yorkshire for over 22 years, so remaining in the city and being close to the Station was vital.  Our new office will provide a welcoming, spacious environment with improved facilities for both our team and clients.”

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Tim O’Hare Associates welcomes geologist to its team of specialists

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Leading landscape and soil consultancy Tim O’Hare Associates (TOHA) has further enhanced its team of specialists by welcoming geologist Matthew Heins to its Oxfordshire-based practice.

 Originally from South Africa, where his degrees in Geology and Geography led to employment in geological exploration and mining consultancy, Matthew joined Tim O’Hare Associates in February 2018 when he moved to the UK. His role at TOHA is already utilising his broader business development experience as he identifies upcoming projects where TOHA’s extensive soil surveying and site investigation, testing and analysis, design and specification, planning and monitoring, and other specialist soil services can be employed.

Speaking about Matthew’s arrival, Tim O’Hare, Principal Consultant at TOHA, said: “The team at TOHA is very much enjoying having Matthew on board. His background in site investigation will strengthen the TOHA consultancy team and he has also brought new impetus to our business development activities. Our reputation has delivered much of our work to date but we must never be complacent and Matthew’s role will ensure we continue to engage proactively with existing and potential clients.”

Matthew said: “Joining TOHA has given me an amazing opportunity to learn more about soils whilst contributing my own knowledge and experience of geology to the team. It’s a privilege to work alongside my TOHA colleagues and I hope I will be able to help generate further business opportunities for them, working on some of the most iconic and influential landscape projects in the UK and further afield.”

Image : Matthew Heins BSc(Hons)

Civic Engineers announce strong year of growth as turnover grows by 33%

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Civil and structural engineering practice, Civic Engineers, have had another strong year of growth. The practice, which has offices in Manchester, London, Leeds and most recently Glasgow, has seen turnover grow by 33% to £4.5m in the financial year ended February 2018.  In addition, the appointment of former Deloitte accountant, Alistair Topping as Finance Director has been announced.

Alistair, an experienced Finance Director, previously spent 13 years at Deloitte advising owner managed businesses throughout the North West. Most recently he was Group Finance Director for a business providing energy efficiency measures which was grown and successfully sold to a trade purchaser in 2017.

Founding Director, Julian Broster said, “This last year has been a very busy one for us and it is great to be able to announce these results and welcome Alistair to the team. Over the course of the year we have worked on some fantastic projects with our many clients and collaborators, including Rutland Mills in Wakefield; Park Hill in Sheffield; Cannon Green in the City of London and the conversion of the listed Mackie Mayor building in Manchester city centre. In particular, we were proud to open our Glasgow studio which has allowed us to establish a permanent Scottish home; secure a place in the NCE Top 100 for the first time, which recognises the Top 100 civil engineering companies, and win the contract to design and deliver the transformative Glasgow ‘Avenues’ project which will see us redesign 7 of Glasgow’s key city centre streets.”

He continued, “Alistair’s appointment is an important step in the growth of our practice and he brings an essential balance of financial and commercial skills to our Board. We have had a couple of years of strong growth and we now seek to consolidate that growth and focus on our aim of designing and creating inspirational structures and public spaces, that have a positive impact on the environment and enable people to lead happier and healthier lives.”

Image: L  – R – Founding Director Stephen O’Malley, Founding Director Julian Broster, Finance Director Alistair Topping.

ASLA looks forward to World Landscape Architecture month 2018


This April the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) will celebrate World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM) by looking to the future of the profession. As a part of ASLA’s “This Is Landscape Architecture” social media campaign, a different student chapter will take over ASLA’s Instagram account each day in April. WLAM will also serve as the launch of ASLA’s new logo and rebrand.

After a successful 2017 campaign, ASLA will again ask its members and landscape architects around the world to share their favorite designed spaces on social media with a card that reads “This Is Landscape Architecture” with #WLAM2018. These posts aim to help the public connect the term landscape architecture to the work of landscape architects that surrounds them.

In addition, during the campaign, a different ASLA student chapter will take over ASLA National’s Instagram account each day. This 30-day takeover will highlight the projects of the next generation of landscape architects and favorite designed spaces on campuses across the country.

“We’re really excited about putting the future of the profession and ASLA on display,” said Nancy Somerville, ASLA’s Executive V.P. and CEO. “We want to showcase the great projects our student members create while we move into a new era for the Society.”

ASLA will also debut its new brand identity in April. The rebrand and logo refresh will better embody the entirety of the Society’s efforts and the profession as they both continue to evolve.

To find out more about WLAM, or how you can participate,  visit asla.org/wlam.

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Plans for Great Northern Warehouse revamp go before councillors

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Plans for revamp of the Great Northern Warehouse on the corner of Deansgate Peter Street in Manchester City Centre has gone before councillors this week.

Manchester Council’s planning committee will consider the scheme, unveiled by Architects Simpson Haugh last year that will see the main building which currently houses restaurants, shops and leisure facilities, including a cinema, become a residential, commercial and leisure quarter.  and includes a makeover of the city’s Great Northern Square and Deansgate Terraces.

The first phase of the proposals will see the upper two storeys of the Great Northern Warehouse, at present used as a car park, converted to 100 apartments, with modern accretions such as the parking ramps stripped away to reveal its historic character.

Outside, the existing amphitheatre will be covered over by grass. Public space across the site is to be increased by over a quarter say the developers.

The developers acquired the site in 2013 and work on the initial masterplan was drawn up by Will Alsop’s practice, aLL Design while interior architecture and design firm Johnson Naylor is working on the interiors, while Altrincham landscape architecture firm Planit IE is responsible for the reconfiguration of the square.