May 25, 2018

Ecoscape UK
  • riverlight

    Riverlight and South Gardens awarded RIBA London Awards 2018

    Two projects that Gillespies have delivered landscape design for have scooped prestigious 2018 RIBA London Awards – Riverlight, a pioneering residential-led development in the heart of the emerging Nine Elms regeneration area, and South Gardens, the first phase of the Elephant Park development by Lend Lease. Designed by world-renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Riverlight consists of six modern and elegant residential pavilions, carefully arranged within a high-quality riverside landscape setting by Gillespies. The strategic placement of these pavilions – which share the same architectural language but vary in height and colour – generated opportunities to create a permeable open space, with the…

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    Berkeley Group host Woodhurst Park’s first community picnic

    The residents of Woodhurst Park have come together to mark the start of spring and enjoy their first community picnic within Bracknell’s newest Country Park. The “Wildlife in the Community” celebration was hosted by Berkeley Homes, with support from, the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust. Local families, including some who have just moved into their new Woodhurst Park home, were treated to guided nature walks, arts and crafts sessions, a raffle and lawn games. The Wildlife Trust explained how everyone can support biodiversity though cultivating nature-friendly plants in gardens, balconies or window boxes. There were also pop-up gardens on display including lavender and…

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    Gillespies designed Elephant Park hosts the Chelsea Fringe Festival

    The Gillespies-designed Elephant Park is currently hosting the 2018 Chelsea Fringe, a festival running from 19 to 27 May. The park will provide a befitting setting for an array of community-focused activities that will bring to life the joy and excitement surrounding green spaces and gardening. The park, which opened in August 2017, is the centrepiece of Lend Lease’s wider Elephant Park development that will regenerate the former Heygate Estate into a new residential quarter. The park will host a range of workshops, music and performances and art and crafts activities by community organisations, big and small…don’t miss out. Check…

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    Arup’s Architecture team hires new London Director

    Arup’s growing London-based Architecture team is delighted to announce that from July 2018 Nick Jackson will join as a Director alongside Jo Wright, Paul Brislin, Kim Quazi and Patricia Johnstone. Formerly a director of Eric Parry Architects, Nick brings a wealth of experience of the design and delivery of outstanding buildings in the UK and overseas. Projects Nick worked on include 10 Fenchurch Avenue, 1 Undershaft and the new headquarters for Cambridge Assessment. Nick joins the Architecture team based in Fitzroy Street who are currently working on projects including 1 Triton Square for British Land, the HS2 Birmingham Interchange Station…

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    Communities in London to benefit from latest TfL Growth Funding

    • £24m allocated to improve stations in Colindale, Walthamstow Central and Ilford, as well as improve London Trams services to Elmers End • TfL’s Growth Fund already supporting delivery of major transport improvements across the capital to help to unlock new housing and jobs • Further schemes to be allocated from remaining funding later this year The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today announced the latest schemes to receive funding from Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Growth Fund. The latest funding, which totals around £24m, will help accelerate the delivery of a range of important transport improvements across the capital,…



Atkins-designed innovation centre opens at the University of Edinburgh

May 10, 2018

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is the designer behind a new animal science innovation centre and campus hub opened today at the University of Edinburgh by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. The £23 million Charnock Bradley Building at the university’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies provides a place at the heart of the university campus for staff, students, and businesses to share ideas, innovations and research. It is part of the University of Edinburgh’s four-phase, 20-year development of the campus to establish it as a world-leading centre of excellence for animal science. SNC-Lavalin acquired WS Atkins plc…

Urban Edge

Urban Edge welcomes Gosia Soltan to Landscape Design team

May 10, 2018

Urban Edge Architecture has announced the arrival of Gosia Soltan into its Landscape Design team. Gosia completed her Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture in Warsaw and went on to work for the Ministry of the Environment. Working there until 2017, Gosia’s role was senior sustainability consultant on environmental programmes and she spent a significant amount of time in Brussels as Poland’s representative on the EU forum.  Prior to her work at the Ministry, Gosia worked at a private landscape design practice in Suffolk where she focused predominantly on residential and public realm landscape design, from conceptual work through to detailed hard and soft…

Registration Opens for ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Philadelphia

May 9, 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting and EXPO planned for October 19-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The annual meeting, featuring more than 350 exhibitors,  is the largest gathering of landscape architecture professionals and students in the world. According to ASLA President Gregory A. Miller, FASLA, Philadelphia is the perfect setting for the annual meeting because it offers a mix of reverence toward history and inspiration for landscape architects as they address the changing world through sustainable design. “Philadelphia is famous for bringing bright minds together to accomplish the remarkable,” said Miller….


Green space generates over £34 billion of health and wellbeing benefits

May 8, 2018

New research from Fields in Trust demonstrate that parks and green spaces across the United Kingdom provide people with over £34 billion of health and wellbeing benefits. The report comes as the Fields in Trust launches a new five-year strategy Green Spaces for Good – including a foreword from the charity’s President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, who sets out the strategic focus on protecting parks and green spaces for future generations to enjoy. The new strategic approach is underpinned by research evidence; Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces aims to change perceptions by establishing a baseline for the value that…


Birmingham Conservatoire named Project of the Year at RICS Awards

May 4, 2018

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire was named as Project of the Year at the RICS West Midlands Awards at Grand Station in Wolverhampton. The ceremony celebrated the most impressive and community beneficial property schemes, with the Conservatoire also taking home the Design through Innovation award. Project of the Year accolade is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area. Bennett Architectural worked alongside Galliford Try to design, supply and install Kawneer AA100 windows and AA720 curtain walling systems and achieve one of the highest levels of acoustic attentuation in the world. Lionel Grant, Managing…


Poole Council begin search to procure development partner

May 4, 2018

Poole Borough Council’s cabinet have given the green light to procure a development partner for its £170m town centre regeneration plans, a Built Environment Networking conference has heard. Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth & Infrastructure at the Borough of Poole Council, revealed that the decision on the Town Centre North project has been taken the night before our event. The council has been working with consultants Deloitte and architects BDP on the project, which incorporates 400 new homes, a hotel, swimming pool, commercial office space and a replacement bus station. Under the council’s timetable for the project, public consultation is…


University of Cambridge breaks into housing delivery big league

May 3, 2018

The University of Cambridge is on track to be one of the major housing developers in the south of England this year, a Built Environment Networking event has heard. Heather Topel, Project Director of the university’s North-West Cambridge development, told the event that 150 homes in the scheme’s first phase have already been built, with that figure set to increase to 550 in the next three months and reach 700 by the end of the year. Most of the accommodation has been occupied so far by post-doctoral staff working at the university with the first housing for sale ready to…

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Urban forest and pest management: a Canadian perspective

May 3, 2018

A seminar with Philip van Wassenaer and Alexander Satel, 30 April 2018 – Report by Colin Hambidge   The series of seminars hosted by Barcham Trees at its Ely, Cambridgeshire, nursery assumed an international flavour in late April when Philip van Wassenaer and Alexander Satel from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, presented to an audience of tree officers, arborists, landscape architects, designers, private contractors and tree managers. Philip founded his company Urban Forest Innovations Inc in 1994, having started his professional life as an arborist, while Alex began in traditional forestry. Philip and Alex share almost three decades of experience in developing urban…


Arup appointed on new community focused stadium in Bath

May 3, 2018

Arup has been appointed by Stadium for Bath to play a central role in the design of a new community-focused stadium for the city. The appointment follows a rigorous, multi-stage procurement process involving a series of workshops with the Stadium for Bath team. The workshops explored engineering challenges posed by the proposed site, which is positioned in the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage city. Arup will provide civil, geotechnical, structural, mechanical, electrical and public health engineering as well as ICT, audio visual, acoustic and specialist lighting design for the new 18,000 seat, digitally-enabled stadium. Arup’s team will be led…

Watch: Selecting species for a better urban treescape by TDAG

May 2, 2018

Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) ran a seminar in March of this year about selecting tree species in urban areas. The event sold out, with many people missing out. But fortunately the event was recorded and has now been posted on YouTube for you to enjoy. TDAG are also releasing a new tablet guide: How can we improve species selection so that we can provide our towns and cities with diverse and resilient palette of trees that are capable of thriving in challenging urban environments? Due to be released in April 2018, this new TDAG guide will offer for…

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Gillespies leads creative workshop to redesign Croxteth Estate

May 2, 2018

Last week, Gillespies led a creative workshop in Liverpool for the transformation of Stonedale Crescent in Croxteth. The practice, who are the appointed masterplann ers, were joined by the client Liverpool Housing Association Colbalt Housing and Wayne Hemingway, founder of Hemingway Design. Gillespies selected Wayne Hemingway as a leading partner for the regeneration of the estate. Wayne is leading the co-design process, consulting with residents and organisations to envision the future look and layout of the estate. The masterplan for Stonedale Crescent will be developed through extensive consultation with residents, partners and the wider community, and will look at options…


Between earth and air: the agrAir project at Milan Design Week 2018

May 2, 2018

Drawing on the past to set the lifestyles of the future: that was the mission of agrAir, the installation designed by Piuarch for “Inhabits” event at Milan Design Week 2018. Located in the middle of piazza Castello in Milan, the project was conceived as an opportunity to re-think about the traditional setting of the urban fabric and to recover its values in the city of tomorrow. The key features of the projects – lightness, brightness, careful use of resources, eliminating the boundaries between interior and exterior, between natural and artificial spaces – were outlined in a balanced relationship between the…


Arup wins Social and Environmental Value award at the MCA awards

May 2, 2018

Arup has won the award for Social and Environmental Value and has been highly commended in both the Best Use of Thought Leadershipand Strategy categories. The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) awards are highly regarded as a benchmark for quality and best practice within the industry. Arup won the award for Social and Environmental Value for its work with Transport for London (TfL) on Exploring the Road Safety Benefits of Direct Vision. This project produced world-first conclusive evidence that drivers in low-entry cabs, with direct sight of pedestrians and cyclists are involved in 40% fewer collisions. The findings became the scientific core for the…

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St George launches Cashmere Wharf at London Dock

May 1, 2018

St George has launched Cashmere Wharf, a striking new 26 storey signature building, at the heart of London Dock in Wapping. Designed by renowned architects, Patel Taylor, and positioned in close proximity to some of the capital’s most famous landmarks, including St Katharine Docks, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the City of London, London Dock has seen a former working docks transforming into a vibrant residential neighbourhood in historic Wapping. The development comprises a mix of high specification new homes, retail outlets, restaurants and beautifully landscaped open spaces. Cashmere Wharf is the tallest building at London Dock and offers 141 contemporary Manhattan, one, two…

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The Association of Play industries unveils brand new website

May 1, 2018

The Association of Play Industries has today unveiled its new brand and website. The association’s new identity reflects their role as the lead trade association for the UK play industry: API member companies are the UK’s top providers of playgrounds, play equipment and safety surfacing. API Chair, Mark Hardy, says: “This is an exciting time for the play sector and the rebrand signifies our commitment to API members and to the customers who choose them. We have worked hard to develop a brand and website which has our members at its heart. “The API is passionate about play and believes…