October 23, 2017

  • Broadway Malyan

    Broadway Malyan win award for mixed use project in China

    Hefei ID Mall is one of the winners of the MIPIM Asia Award 2017 for Best Mixed Use Development. Designed by Broadway Malyan, the scheme includes a 70,000sqm shopping mall on five levels, 15,000sqm supermarket and 45,000sqm office tower incorporating cinema, food court and rooftop restaurant. The 150m office tower has achieved a “Green Star” rating and has an impressive 70% area efficiency. The office space has been designed at Grade A standard to attract high-end occupiers. The scheme will now progress to the final round, where it is up against Lotte World Tower and Mall in Seoul, South Korea and…

  • international

    Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition launches

    New art destination will combine gallery with public sculpture park and showcase South Australia’s exceptional collection of international and Australian, including Aboriginal, art Two-stage competition seeks outstanding design team for new Adelaide landmark Prominent site on Adelaide’s celebrated North Terrace boulevard is adjacent to the historic Adelaide Botanic Garden and close to the Art Gallery of South Australia Adelaide Contemporary’s world-first Gallery of Time will draw from the State’s collection to place Aboriginal art and culture in conversation with work from European and Asian cultures Competition is open to international and Australian architects – with a requirement for international practices…

  • Sweco

    Sweco appointed to four-year Notting Hill housing consultant framework

    Leading engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco has been appointed to the Notting Hill Housing consultant framework as the housing association looks to build nearly 8,000 more homes over the next five years. The consultancy will provide transport planning and landscape architecture services as part of ongoing and future projects, which will see the housing association increase its portfolio from the 32,000 properties it currently manages. Notting Hill Housing was established in 1963 and is one of London’s leading housing associations. It aims to provide high quality homes in the capital for those who could not otherwise afford them. Kelly…

  • transport

    Integrated transport and development strategy changing the shape of Dar es Salaam

    Broadway Malyan has completed the first stage of a major commission to help create strategic guidelines for a new transport network in East Africa’s fastest growing city. The practice’s masterplanning team is leading an international advisory team in preparing the strategic framework for Dar es Salaam’s proposed 137 km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network corridor. The practice was appointed in December 2016 for the 18 month commission by the Tanzanian Government’s President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) for the project, which is sponsored by The World Bank and Nordic Development Fund. The first phase of the project –…

  • BDP

    BDP wins Great Ormond Street Hospital competition

    An interdisciplinary team from BDP has won the design competition for the Phase 4 redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). BDP teamed up with contractor John Sisk & Son to compete in the contest. The new clinical building on Great Ormond Street in central London will become the hospital’s new front door, replacing outdated facilities with a high-quality environment consistent with the hospital’s world-renowned paediatric care and research activities. The design brief for the competition was created in partnership with staff, patients and families and articulated their shared aspiration for a building to express the GOSH guiding principle: The…


Nottingham City

Nottingham City Homes’ teams up with local charity to give Broxtowe Country Park entrance an upgrade

Oct 10, 2017

Nottingham City Homes’ (NCH) has teamed up with local charity, Rebalancing the Outer Estates Foundation, to upgrade the entrance to Broxtowe Country Park. The entrance to the park, which splits Lindfield Road and Woodfield Road, was looking harsh and unwelcoming, and was in desperate need of an upgrade to make the most of what the Country Park has to offer. Local architects HLP Design were appointed through competition and NCH consulted with the surrounding communities and local councillors to secure funding and agree costs with Nottingham City Council (NCC), which delivered the work on the park entrance. Nick Murphy, Chief…


Work underway on Bournemouth Council’s £2m ‘phase 2’ project

Oct 10, 2017

Work to resurface Pier Approach in Bournemouth has begun. A ground-breaking ceremony to kick off Bournemouth council’s £2 million ‘phase two’ project has been held. The work follows on from the borough’s £4m phase one project started in 2014, which saw the eastern side of Pier Approach repaved, a new tourism office built and a fountain water feature installed. The new work, expected to be completed in the spring, will see the western site repaved to match the east, new ‘landscaping’ features and new bins sunk into the ground to increase their capacity. The work has been scheduled to take…

public inquiry

Public Inquiry to be held into controversial Whitesands flood scheme

Oct 9, 2017

A public inquiry will be held into the controversial Whitesands flood protection scheme. The council announced that the fate of the £25 million scheme lies in the hands of the Scottish Government. Ministers will decide whether to take the scheme forward, modify it or reject it completely. Councillors approved the scheme after an hour-long debate on the plans in June. Conservative group leader Ian Carruthers tabled a bid to scrap the scheme but it was defeated by 25 votes to 16. Council leader Elaine Murray said this week: “This administration is absolutely committed to a flood protection for the Whitesands that incorporates much needed…

Knight Dragon

Knight Dragon reveals first glimpse of its diverse London Design District

Oct 6, 2017

International developer Knight Dragon has unveiled its plans for a new London leisure district featuring affordable workshops for the capital’s creatives. Billed as the first purpose-built district designed for London’s creative industries, the Design District will provide a permanent base for over 1,800 people working in the fields of design, art, technology, crafts, music, food and digital innovation. Rents will average £25 (US$33, €28) per square foot. The discrict is one of seven elements Knight Dragon has planned for its wider £8.4bn Greenwich Peninsula scheme in south-east London, which will include 15,720 new homes, central London’s largest film studio and…


£50 million flood defence scheme opens in Leeds

Oct 6, 2017

A £50 million flood alleviation scheme in Leeds which uses moveable weir technology – a first for flood risk reduction in the UK – has opened this week. Arup has worked with Leeds City Council and the Environment Agency as lead engineer on the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme since 2011. It is one of the largest river flood alleviation schemes in the country and will provide more than 3,000 homes, 500 businesses and 300 acres of development land with increased protection against flooding from the River Aire and Hol Beck. It is the first time that moveable weirs have been…

first place

Gillespies scoops first prize at the European Garden Awards for Crossrail Place Roof Garden

Oct 3, 2017

Crossrail Place Roof Garden was awarded first prize for best “Innovative Design of a Contemporary Garden” at the European Garden Awards of the Schloss Dyck Foundation and of the European Garden Heritage Network, held at the IGA 2017 in Berlin. The garden was selected as a positive example of how landscape architects can “rethink roof gardens and connect them with concepts for urban parks and architecture. The garden was praised for its “innovative concept and extraordinary plant skills” Now in its 8th year, the European Garden award honours exceptional achievements in garden culture and in making use of parks and gardens…


New Parks Action Group is ‘welcome’ and ‘urgently needed’ says the Association of Play Industries

Oct 2, 2017

The Association of Play Industries (API) has welcomed the announcement of the newly established Parks Action Group, to help safeguard the future of parks and green spaces amid ongoing funding pressures. The government-created advisory group will be chaired by Parks & Green Spaces Minister, Marcus Jones MP. API Chair, Mark Hardy, said: “We are at an important time in the ongoing campaign to protect the future of parks and green spaces. The wealth of research showing the crucial role parks have to play in all our lives continues to grow. We hope that the Parks Action Group will have a…


GreenBlue Urban launches the ArborSystem Configurator

Oct 2, 2017

GreenBlue Urban are delighted to announce the launch of their freeonline tool that enables users to design a tree pit to their exact requirements. It has been a long-term ambition of GreenBlue’s to make it easier for clients to specify products and design a tree pit with ease. The new tool hosts a wide selection of tree species to compliment designs with a range of infrastructure scenarios.  Incorporating ArborFlow ensures SUDS tree pits are also an option for planners and designers. Full specifications and drawings are distributed for ease of quotation and project estimation. The main purpose of the configurator…


New volunteering opportunities with LI policy and communications

Sep 30, 2017

Two new policy working groups will further the LI’s strategic aims in rural affairs and the value of landscape, while the Editorial Advisory Panel (EAP) is looking for creative volunteers with an interest in publishing to help influence the LI’s online and print content. Are you willing to join one of our new working groups? The Policy and Communications Committee (PCC) is creating two new working groups to help us take forward the LI’s strategic agenda over the next 12 months and beyond. Members of these groups will, on behalf of the PCC, make an important contribution to the work…


Danish firm Schulze+Grassov chosen for London’s first design district

Sep 29, 2017

SelgasCano, 6a Architects and David Kohn Architects are among the eight architecture studios creating buildings for a purpose-built design district at the heart of the new Greenwich Peninsula development in London.  The new one-hectare design district will provide a permanent base for over 1,800 of London’s creatives across a range of affordable architect-designed workspaces at the centre of the riverside site. The design district set within the Greenwich Peninsula scheme, which is being overseen by developer Knight Dragon, will be anchored by 16 buildings. Eight architecture firms including 6a Architects, Mole, Architecture 00, Barrozi Veiga, SelgasCano; Assemblage, Adam Khan Architects and David Kohn Architects will design the buildings, while landscape architects Schulze+Grassov will create…


Supertrees feature in global expo about urban nature

Sep 26, 2017

Grant Associates’ designs for the Supertree Grove of Singapore’s internationally acclaimed Gardens by the Bay are to feature at the Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology (EDIT) in Toronto, Canada. The Supertrees will appear in ‘The Green and the Gray’, an interactive exhibition curated by international design studio Carlo Ratti Associati that runs from 28 September to 8 October 2017. Part of the wider EDIT Expo, the exhibition investigates the evolving relationship between nature and cities. Grant Associates’ founder Andrew Grant will also present a talk about the Supertree Grove at the event on 2 October 2017 to tie in…

GreenBlue Urban

GreenBlue Urban celebrate quarter of a century in style

Sep 25, 2017

GreenBlue Urban recently celebrated its 25th birthday. Celebrations took place at the London Transport Museum. A message on the company’s website read: “It has been an incredible quarter of a century at GreenBlue Urban and what better than to celebrate in style and say thank you to our friends and supporters from across the private and public sector. We have been fortunate over these years to have established lasting partnerships with respected colleagues, enabling us to develop the next generation of SUDs compatible tree pit systems and to look forward to future innovations focused on air quality technology.   “Over…


Green spaces have key impact on children’s health

Sep 25, 2017

Glendale is highlighting the positive impact spending time outdoors has on children’s health, following a report which revealed hundreds of playgrounds have closed across England in the past two years. The national green services provider, which specialises in the management and maintenance of public and private green spaces, believes the closures will lead to a negative impact on children’s long-term health. One in every five children aged 10 to 11 is obese according to the NHS, with a lack of exercise one of the leading causes. According to the report by the Association of Play Industries (API), over 200 playgrounds…


Masterplan creates a digital future for Thailand

Sep 24, 2017

Proposals for a new 100-hectare digital park have been launched, heralding a major step forward in Thailand’s digital aspirations. Digital Park Thailand, located in the Sri Racha district of the Chonburi Province, was unveiled at The Digital Thailand Big Bang Conference 2017. The site will be aimed predominately at digital and technology industries and it is anticipated that over 58,000 people will live and work there. The new district will be developed over the next 10 to 15 years and is within the EEC SEZ, a special economic zone. As well as promoting digital industries, there will be a range…


New Boarding Houses open at Wycombe Abbey School after LUC input

Sep 22, 2017

We were delighted to attend the opening ceremony of Pitt and Rubens Boarding Houses at Wycombe Abbey School last week. Wycombe Abbey is an independent girls’ boarding school in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. The school forms the major part of a nationally significant landscape (Grade II) as recorded in Historic England’s Register of Parks and Gardens of Historic Importance in England. The site also forms the setting for a backdrop of rich historical architecture including the Grade II* listed Abbey and Caroe designed boarding houses and Chapel. The project provides boarding accommodation for 108 girls (54 in each house) with supporting staff accommodation….