June 27, 2017

  • Gillespies

    Gillespies presents masterplan and delivery strategy for Wigan Estate

    Gillespies, supported by Cushman & Wakefield, have presented an estate regeneration masterplan and delivery strategy for Worsley Mesnes, Wigan. The plan has been prepared for Wigan Council as part of the government’s National Estate Regeneration programme. The Gillespies-led team has worked closely with the Council, the HCA, developers and local people – through workshops, drop-in sessions and engagement with young people – to develop the route map. The plan includes proposals for 278 new homes, remodelling of unsafe 1960s streets, 7.5 ha of improved green space, as well as the creation of a new ‘heart’ for Worsley Mesnes, providing local shops,…

  • planning

    Consultation begins on UCL East planning application

    University College London’s ambition to create a second campus away from its historic Bloomsbury setting is moving closer to realisation, with its planning application submitted for UCL East in Stratford. The masterplan for UCL East, by LDA Design, moves the needle on higher education design. An open and highly permeable campus is proposed, developed in partnership with the London Legacy Development Corporation to help secure better education and employment outcomes for the local population. In seeking to overcome traditional barriers between world-leading higher education institutions and the public, the masterplan takes a landscape-led design approach. It distils a clear and…

  • LDA

    LDA Design: Littlehampton wins RTPI Excellence in Planning Award

    LDA Design’s public realm scheme for the seaside town of Littlehampton in west Sussex has won a Royal Town Planning Institute’s Excellence in Planning Award for the Innovative Delivery of Infrastructure. “The RTPI’s awards are the most respected in the UK planning industry, and it’s fantastic to see our transformation of a stretch of Littlehampton’s waterfront come out on top,” commented LDA Design director, Sophie Thompson. “We wanted to make sure Littlehampton is better defended against flooding but also that its waterfront is better connected to the rest of the town.” The elegant scheme, which enhances flood defences along the…

  • Dimitris

    Dimitris Grozopoulos highly commended in London National Park City competition

    Dimitris Grozopoulos, an assistant landscape architect at Gillespies, was one of three runners-up in an international ideas contest to transform London into a ‘National Park City’. Dimitris was selected from over 50 entries consisting of artists, designers and architects from across the globe that were invited to imagine and visualise what a future London National Park City could look like in a design challenge set by the newly established National Park City Foundation. He developed the ‘Blue Line’, a strategic proposal for Nine Elms that could be scaled up to the wider city of London, using existing railway infrastructure. Through small and…

  • Wapping

    Wapping Wharf Phase One scoops residential award at the 2017 Michelmore Property Awards

    The first phase of Wapping Wharf, a vibrant harbourside quarter in Bristol, has been awarded ‘best residential project for over 41 units’ at the Michelmore Property Awards in Exeter. The scheme involves the transformation of previously derelict land to the south of Bristol’s iconic floating harbour into a new, community-focused residential quarter. The first phase provides 194 residential units and approximately 900 square metres of retail and leisure space. Gillespies was responsible for developing the masterplan and in particular the design of a high-quality public realm together with residential courtyards and a public square. The introduction of Gaol Ferry Steps,…



Winner of competition to redesign Dumfries town centre revealed

Jun 6, 2017

The winner of a design competition to help revitalise the historic centre of Dumfries has been announced. Entrants were invited to submit their ideas for the Midsteeple Quarter in the heart of the town. First prize went to Ayr-based ARPL Architects’ vision for the area and a number of empty shops nearby. The competition was organised by the community-led Stove Network in collaboration with the Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA). Gordon Flemming, of ARPL Architects, said: “We are very pleased that our ideas for the Midsteeple Quarter in Dumfries were recognised by the competition judges. “The challenge of ensuring regional…


Groundwork set to begin work on Letchworth GC skate park

Jun 5, 2017

A £140,000 makeover of an outdated skate park in Letchworth GC will begin next week. The work on the recreational sport facility in Norton Common will start on Monday (June 5) and is expected to take around three months to complete. The skate park, which is located on the recreational side of the nature reserve, was installed around a decade ago and has become run down over the years. Groundwork, the architecture company that is carrying out the work in partnership with North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC), held a series of consultation events with the skaters and BMX riders who use the park so that they…


Influence landscape staff attend photography CPD day

Jun 2, 2017

Influence landscape staff members attended a full day CPD with MS Environmental in May as part of the practices commitment to a high level of standards in landscape photography and visual presentation. MSE were established in 2000 and provide a number of technical services to a wide range of clients including Influence. Mike Spence is a member of the Landscape Institute Technical Committee with a specific remit to advice on technical aspects of photography and photomontage in LVIA. The presentation included technical advice on photography methods, equipment, photo stitching, and compliance with the Landscape Institute’s guidance note 01/11, Scottish Natural…


Barton Willmore’s plans for Harrogate Spring Water are approved

Jun 1, 2017

Barton Willmore’s Leeds team have secured unanimous outline planning permission to expand Harrogate Spring Water’s bottling facility. Approved by Harrogate Council, the extension to the facility in the town will provide an additional 59,000 sq ft of floorspace and expand its production. Bringing many benefits to the local area, the expansion will increase employee levels by 47% whilst the construction phase of the development could add as much as £1.5m to the local economy. The team provided Town Planning, Research, Landscape Design and Graphic Communication services for the project. Stuart Natkus, planning director at Barton Willmore, said: “The extension will…

Brent Cross

Living bridge part of new plans for Brent Cross Shopping Centre

May 30, 2017

Hammerson and Standard Life Investments today announce that they have submitted a detailed planning application, in accordance with existing outline planning consent, for the £1.4bn redevelopment of the iconic Brent Cross Shopping Centre in London. The plans, submitted to Barnet Council, envisage the refurbishment and extension of the shopping centre introducing more than 200 new retail stores, 60 restaurants, a state of the art cinema complex, hotel accommodation, a new town square, a relocated and enlarged bus station as well as improved public spaces.  Brent Cross London is the northern element of the wider £4.5bn regeneration plan for Brent Cross…

David Ross

David Ross Sports Village opens after LUC landscape proposals

May 25, 2017

LUC attended the official opening of the new £40m state-of-the-art David Ross Sports Village on Park campus at the University of Nottingham this week. Olympic table tennis champion Deng Yaping and gold medal-winning canoeists Tim Brabants MBE and Etienne Stott MBE were among the line-up of sporting legends who joined fellow alumni David Ross and UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl for the celebrations. Facilities include an indoor fencing salle (hall), dance and spin studios, an all-glass squash court, an outdoor full-sized 3G rubber crumb pitch, tennis courts,  gym and a High Performance Zone which has a 60m six-lane indoor sprint track, a bespoke cardio training area,…

Fields in Trust

Fields in Trust protection programme to safeguard green spaces

May 24, 2017

A new Fields in Trust protection programme will create a legacy of 50 permanently safeguarded outdoor spaces across the UK and tackle physical inactivity. The Active Spaces programme funded by The London Marathon Charitable Trust will protect recreational land and encourage people, particularly the most inactive communities, to participate in physical activity, sport and play. This is the first UK-wide funding programme delivered by The London Marathon Charitable Trust. The innovative Active Spaces partnership will safeguard the future of green spaces across the UK The Trust has set aside £675,000 in 2017/18 to safeguard 50 green spaces in perpetuity and to fund activation…

TCL Group

Bedford park is latest multifaceted project for TCL Group

May 23, 2017

The diverse range of skills offered by the member companies of the TCL Group is seeing the organisation win a growing number of multifaceted projects requiring a breadth of specialist expertise. Brickhill Country Park in Bedford, the latest example, saw landscape services provider TCL create a 30-hectare parkland for Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon. Working with TCL Group’s specialist play division it was able to handle all aspects of the project – from planning, design, local authority and public consultation, to implementation. The final result consists of nine play areas which reflect the natural landscape of the surrounding parkland and preserve plant diversity and…


LUC expands with new offices in the north of England

May 19, 2017

LUC has opened the first of two new offices in the north of England in Lancaster with the second office opening in Manchester next month. With existing presence in London, Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh, the expansion into the north of England fills an important gap in LUC’s geographical coverage and enables them to better serve their clients by providing services at a local level. The new office at Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, will be headed up by Jon Abbatt, who is joining LUC as Director of Strategic Development. Jon, who was previously Head of Environment with ADAS UK, will be…


New partner at Gillespies among several senior management changes

May 18, 2017

As part of this year’s annual round of promotions, Gillespies is delighted to announce the addition of a new partner and eight changes to senior management across the practice’s four UK offices. Armel Mourgue has been promoted to Partner in acknowledgement of 15 years dedicated service and exceptional project management. Based in Gillespies’ London office, Armel has provided design leadership for many of the practice’s high profile and award-winning projects including MediaCityUK, an award-winning creative media hub in Salford and the RIBA Stirling Prize-shortlisted NEO Bankside in London. The eight senior promotions include Warren Chapman and Adam Greatrix as Associate Partners, along with Philip Smith and Gorana Shepherd as Senior…

Sweco UK

Sweco UK celebrates a year since rebrand with 150 new recruits

May 17, 2017

Leading engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco UK is celebrating a successful 12 months since its rebrand from Grontmij in April last year. In the last year, Sweco have expanded their UK operations by offering the addition of a landscape architecture team based in Manchester, which has pushed the number of staff in the UK to around 800 in total. Sweco UK managing director, Max Joy, said: “Rebranding to Sweco has enabled us to plan for sustainable, profitable growth. We had strong, positive momentum from day one of the rebrand and our teams have thrived upon the new and exciting…


Survey reveals a third of the industry is not clear on how to comply with Government BIM mandate

May 16, 2017

NBS’ seventh annual BIM survey reveals that a year since the BIM level two mandate came into force, a third of the industry is still unclear with what they have to do to comply with it. Repeated issues coming out of the survey, which had over 1,000 responses, were government failing to enforce the mandate and a lack of education for clients – 72 percent of clients don’t understand the benefits of BIM. “The introduction of the BIM mandate has broadly been a success – BIM adoption in the UK is growing in both extent (more people are using BIM)…

Fields in Trust

Fields in Trust launches manifesto for parks for the UK general election

May 15, 2017

Fields in Trust has launched its Manifesto for Parks in advance of the General Election on 8th June. The election presents an opportunity to ensure the UK’s parks, playing fields and green spaces are addressed as a vital national issue by the next government. Fields in Trust is championing our green spaces and raising awareness of the positive impact they have on our communities. Download and read their Manifesto for Parks Download and print their doorstep card. Keep it by your front door and when your candidates come canvassing you’ll have four questions you can ask them about your local parks and green spaces…

outdoor deck

Outdoor Deck Company live on the NBS National BIM library

May 14, 2017

The Outdoor Deck Company is pleased to announce they are now live on the NBS National BIM library offering all their decking and contemporary cladding products for free download in a variety of formats including Revit and IFC. The published objects include Duradeck™, Durapine™, Softline© and Techniclic©. The Outdoor Deck Company objects provide detailed information about each individual decking and contemporary cladding product and their physical characteristics, enabling integration with the building design model. More than just a 3D version of CAD, BIM contains rich parametric data including not only geometry, but the properties of building components. This information is incredibly useful for specifiers, architects, contractors, consultants and designers. Mike Wilderink, Outdoor…

Battersea power

HRH Princess Royal visits Battersea Power Station to learn about redevelopment

May 11, 2017

HRH The Princess Royal joined leaders from around the Commonwealth for the first official event at Battersea Power Station’s new culture and events venue, The Village Hall. The Princess attended the CSCLeaders programme in her capacity as President of the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences. CSCLeaders is run annually by the global leadership development organization Common Purpose. Chairman of Battersea Power Station Development Company Dato Jauhari welcomed HRH The Princess Royal to the event comprising 100 exceptional leaders selected from a diverse range of backgrounds from governments, businesses and NGOs across the Commonwealth countries. The event formed…