March 17, 2018

  • uae

    Top ten landscaping projects in the UAE valued at over $5.8 billion

    The total value of the top 10 landscaping projects in the UAE exceeds $5.8 billion, said the event organisers of the upcoming Urban Design & Landscaping Expo, the Middle East’s only dedicated trade fair for urban, green and open spaces. With three new theme parks under development among the major landscaping projects, the UAE reinforces its position as an attractive destination for recreational tourism. The world’s tallest building (the 828-metre Burj Khalifa), the world’s largest indoor theme park (the IMG Worlds of Adventure, as big as 28 football fields), and the world’s biggest shopping mall (the Dubai Mall, with over…

  • Arup

    Arup is lead partner for the 15th annual Road User Charging Conference

    Arup is the lead partner for the Road User Charging (RUC) Conferenceagain this year, taking place in Brussels, Belgium on 7 and 8 March 2018. The conference provides an opportunity for leading practitioners from around the world to discuss the latest insights, review case studies, and debate current trends and future challenges that affect senior decision makers who have responsibility for intelligent transportation systems and road pricing. Getting international perspectives on RUC is vital in order to understand the future of intelligent transportation systems. Padraig Kenny, Associate Director and Arup Road Pricing Leader, will deliver a presentation on maximising the value…

  • Oxford

    The results are in – Oxford street transformation plans receive widespread support

    More than 22,000 responses received on plans to transform London’s most famous shopping street into one of the world’s finest public spaces 64 per cent of responses to online consultation supported plans in some form, with comments from local residents, businesses and visitors now being reviewed and fully considered. Plans to transform Oxford Street and the surrounding area into an unrivalled place to live, work and visit have received widespread support, it was confirmed today. The plans, subject of a recent consultation by Westminster City Council and Transport for London, proposed a new traffic-free area between Orchard Street and Oxford…

  • urban quater

    £10m funding secured for new HS2 urban quater

    Plans to create an urban quarter around the HS2 Interchange station in Solihull have taken a major step forward today after almost £10 million in new funding was secured. In addition, the principles of designing new infrastructure and transport connections at the site close to the NEC and Birmingham Airport were agreed, with a final deal to be signed later this month. The Urban Growth Company (UGC) was established by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to maximise development and investment at the HS2 station site and neighbouring land, collectively known as The Hub. It has been working jointly with the council…

  • Azizi

    Azizi Developments opens doors for new contract tenders

    Azizi Developments, one of the leading private developers in the UAE, has announced that it will start accepting the prequalification applications for AED 20 billion worth of contract tenders for its projects in Dubai in 2018. This is in addition to the developer’s existing pipeline of projects that are in various stages of development across the city. Construction on the various projects is set to commence 60 days from now and will be delivered by 2020. This is the largest tender announcement from the developer till date and will contribute to its real estate portfolio over the next few years….



PhD funding available for sustainable green barriers research

Mar 6, 2018

Funding is available for a four-year PhD studentship to work on a project investigating the feasibility of sustainable green barriers to air pollution. The BREATHE project will look at how successful ‘green fences’ are at mitigating the effects of road traffic related air pollution on the health and wellbeing of schoolchildren and staff working at the schools. The successful candidate will work with Sheffield City Council and selected schools in Sheffield to develop green barriers – hybrid structures incorporating physical barriers and living plants – and effective methods for monitoring outcomes. Where possible, ‘citizen science’ approaches to monitoring will be…


Major regeneration plan in Derby given the go ahead

Mar 5, 2018

The second phase of a major regeneration scheme in Derby has been given the go-ahead. The latest Castleward development will see more than 100 homes constructed across two sites with the first on land bounded by Carrington Street, Wellington Street, Canal Street and the second by Liversage Street, John Street and The Boulevard. The plan was submitted in July 2017 to Derby City Council by its preferred partner Compendium Living. Phase one, which was completed in early 2017, included 163 new homes, community facilities, commercial space and improvements to the streets and open areas. A statement submitted to the council…


Wavin to debate the future of drainage at Ecobuild

Mar 2, 2018

With new research suggesting that Britain’s major towns and cities are at risk of increased flooding, stormwater management is becoming more important than ever before. As Richard Dawson, professor of earth systems engineering at Newcastle University, states in his research released last week, there is an “urgent need to design and adapt our cities to cope with these future conditions.” Wavin, the UK’s leading manufacturer of plastic piping systems, will be bringing this debate to ecobuild (ExCel London, 6 – 8 March 2018), and calling for more holistic drainage solutions that protect UK infrastructure now and in the future. The…

Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Development Partnership appoints team for Campbell Park Northside project

Mar 1, 2018

Manchester-headquartered Urban Splash is to launch its first Milton Keynes venture. The Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) has appointed Crest Nicholson and a joint venture between Urban Splash and Places for People as preferred developers for Campbell Park Northside; a 29.6-acre site to the north of Silbury Boulevard. The project will comprise a residentially-led, mixed-use scheme comprising about 1,500 private and affordable homes, a local centre with food and beverage outlets, a hotel and office/employment accommodation. Detailed proposals will be developed over the next few months in preparation for extensive stakeholder engagement and public consultations. MKDP chief executive Charles Macdonald…


Moorings Park Grande Lake names landscape architect

Feb 28, 2018

Outside Productions International has been named the landscape architect for Moorings Park Grande Lake, a new life plan community being developed through a partnership between Moorings Park and luxury custom homebuilder and developer London Bay Homes. Landscape architect Patrick Trefz, ASLA, RLA, founded the landscape and architectural design firm in May 2000. During the past 18 years, Outside Productions has served Southwest Florida as well as international clients from around the world including Canada, China, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and Russia, to name a few. Trefz is a Florida native who grew up in the Tampa Bay area and is a graduate of the…


Lendlease selected as preferred bidder for major redevelopment of London’s Euston station

Feb 26, 2018

Lendlease has announced it had been selected as preferred bidder for a major redevelopment of London’s Euston station. Subject to the finalisation of contracts, Lendlease will work with the Greater London Authority and London Borough of Camden to develop a masterplan for, and subsequently deliver, a 54-hectare site above and around the new station. Currently catering for around 42 million passengers a year, Euston will be redeveloped to house new high-speed rail services (known as HS2) connecting the Midlands and north of the UK to London, and is due to start operating in 2026. The project comprises more than 400,000…


New campus masterplan puts Sheffield Hallam University at the heart of the city

Feb 23, 2018

Sheffield Hallam University has revealed its new campus masterplan which places it at the heart of the city. Designed by BDP the masterplan creates a single, sustainable and flexible campus that will allow Sheffield Hallam to achieve its ambition of becoming the world’s leading applied university. Architect director Sue Emms said: “The masterplan we have helped to create will transform Sheffield Hallam University’s campus. It will be connected, legible and cohesive to create a holistic campus feel and a new gateway to the city of Sheffield. New ways of learning and working are supported by providing the right type of spaces…


University College Dublin’s Future Campus International Design Competition launches

Feb 22, 2018

Two-stage competition seeks an outstanding integrated design team to create an urban design vision for an around 24 ha area of the overall campus and concept designs for a new 8,000 sqm and circa €48m Centre for Creative Design Stage Two honorarium of €40,000 for each of five shortlisted teams Jury chaired by Professor Andrew J. Deeks, University College Dublin President, and includes Sir David Adjaye, Principal, Adjaye Associates; Paul Thompson, Rector, Royal College of Art, London; Ann Beha, Principal Ann Beha Architects and member, Harvard University Design Advisory Panel; and acclaimed urban planner Joe Berridge, Partner, Urban Strategies, Inc….


BRE report shows blockchain technology can benefit the built environment industry

Feb 22, 2018

A new report from BRE Trust explores opportunities to address challenges in the built environment industry using blockchain technology. Distributed Ledger Technology (of which blockchain is one application) is a digital record of the economic transactions or changes in the ownership of an asset. The information is shared and continually updated on a network of computers simultaneously, whilst secured through cryptography. This means that while allowing digital information to be distributed, but not copied, a blockchain is both transparent and incorruptible. The new report, ‘Blockchain – feasibility and opportunity assessment’, draws insights from two workshops run by the BRE Trust…


Barking Riverside to receive £500m injection for new homes and improved transport links

Feb 21, 2018

Barking Riverside, one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects, is to receive an injection of £500 million for transport links, parkland and other community facilities, alongside almost 11,000 homes. The landmark investment has been agreed by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and L&Q, one of the UK’s leading housing associations and developers, who formed a partnership – Barking Riverside Limited – to deliver the masterplan for the scheme. The Section 106 agreement, reached with the Barking and Dagenham Council and Transport for London, means the project has secured funding for: A new TfL Overground station connecting to central London…


Liverpool Housing Association appoints Gillespies for Stonedale Crescent regeneration plan

Feb 20, 2018

Liverpool Housing Association Cobalt Housing has appointed masterplanners and designers Gillespies to work on its estate regeneration plan for Stonedale Crescent in Croxteth. The estate sits within one of Liverpool City Council’s Mayoral priority development zones, focused on improving social and economic conditions for both residents and neighbourhoods. Gillespies are supported by partners Hemingway Design, Cushman & Wakefield, Ekosgen and Mott MacDonald. The masterplan for Stonedale Crescent will be developed through extensive consultation with residents, partners and the wider community and will look at options to both regenerate existing residential streets and develop new, high quality homes and spaces. Community Regeneration…


Arup awarded HS2 contracts to develop London Euston and Birmingham Interchange

Feb 19, 2018

Arup has been awarded HS2 contracts to help develop and refine the detailed plans for the transformation of London Euston and a major new interchange near Solihull, which will serve Birmingham Airport and the wider West Midlands region. London Euston – working with Grimshaw Architects LLP Birmingham Interchange – working with Arup Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects Limited The new stations, due to open in 2026, will be designed with input from local communities, using best practice principles from stations around the world, and guidelines and specifications endorsed by an independent panel of leading architects and designers. Working with HS2…

public square

New public square opens at foot of RSHP-designed Leadenhall Building

Feb 16, 2018

St Helen’s Square, a new public square at the foot of the RSHP-designed Leadenhall Building in the City of London, has opened. The new square – which at 3,325 square metres is the third-largest open space in the City – provides a world-class setting for a number of iconic buildings, including 30 St Mary’s Axe, The Leadenhall Building, The Lloyd’s Building and The Scalpel, a 35-storey tower currently under construction. Originally won in a design competition back in 2012, Gillespies were commissioned by client The Leadenhall Development Company Ltd, City of London and Aviva, to rejuvenate the existing key thoroughfare…


HS2 awarded first BREEAM Infrastructure certificate

Feb 14, 2018

HS2 has become the UK’s first infrastructure project to be awarded a BREEAM Infrastructure (pilot) Scheme Certificate for its ambitious sustainability strategy on Phase 1 of the project. The assessment demonstrates that HS2 is committed to going beyond enhancement and protection of the environment, to address the key social and economic impacts of the development. It includes features such as working in harmony with communities, being a great neighbour, putting safety and wellbeing at the heart of the project, and building sustainable economic benefits for the whole of the UK, such as better skills and career opportunities for a new…


147 new apartments to be built after new residential scheme is approved

Feb 14, 2018

A residential scheme being developed as part of a new cluster of tall buildings in a London commuter town has been given the go ahead by planners. The Broadway Malyan-designed St Dunstans scheme will provide 147 new apartments on the southern edge of Woking town centre, one of eight proposed major new developments set to transform the town over the coming years. Broadway Malyan director Peter Vaughan said Woking Borough consisted of more than 60 per cent of land designated as Green Belt so the council was looking at different opportunities for new residential developments. He said: “There are a…