January 19, 2018

  • masterplan

    Broadway Malyan secures its largest UK masterplan consent

    A masterplan developed by Broadway Malyan for a major new neighbourhood in Suffolk has been unanimously approved by planners. The proposals for the 279-acre site adjacent to the Adastral Business Park on the outskirts of Ipswich will see the creation of  2,000 new homes and is the practice’s largest UK planning consent to date. The successful outline planning application comes more than a decade after the site was first earmarked for potential development and Broadway Malyan director Jeff Nottage said the practice had worked hard with other stakeholders to bring forward a scheme that met the needs of the client…

  • Westside

    Westside developer Urban&Civic receives planning permission

    City of Wolverhampton’s £55 million Westside scheme has reached a major milestone. Urban&Civic has received outline planning permission for the first phase of their development on 6.4 acres of land at the heart of the city. Enabling works continue on the leisure led mixed use scheme, and strong demand from occupiers means construction on the first phase remains on track to start in 2018. A multiplex cinema, 50,000 square feet of additional leisure space, new restaurants covering 40,000 square feet, a 100 plus bed hotel, and a multi storey car park are lined up for phase 1. Phase 2 will…

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    London’s toxic air-level has ‘improved overnight’ after introduction of low emission bus zones

    Low-emission bus zones on some of London’s most polluted high streets have been praised for leading to an “overnight improvement” for toxic air levels. No road-specific annual toxic air limits have yet been breached in the capital, which is an improvement after last year the threshold on one major street was broken in just five days. London environment experts said this change is “largely” due to the roll out of new cleaner bus routes in the capital’s worst offending areas such as in Brixton Road, in south London, and Putney High Street, in west London. Frank Kelly, environmental health professor at King’s…

  • residents

    Residents invited to public consultation to view Govan’s £17m regeneration plans

    Residents who live, work or visit Govan are being asked to attend a public consultation event to view the council’s masterplan for the area. The £17 million proposal will look at the potential for a whole new development at Water Row, from housing to retail and leisure facilities. The vision is a ‘lively attractive destination’ where the old Harland and Wolff Shipyard once stood, drawing on the historic buildings around Water Row and tourist attractions like Govan Old Parish Church and the Riverside Museum across the water. It will mean up to 100 mid-market rentals and 32 homes for social rent,…

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    Bath residents seeking judicial review over decision to approve housing regeneration

    Residents of an estate in Bath are seeking a High Court judicial review of a decision to approve a housing association’s regeneration plans. Curo, which owns and manages more than 13,000 homes across the South West, was granted outline planning permission to demolish 542 homes on the Foxhill Estate and replace them with 700 new builds in July. Lawyers acting for the Foxhill Residents’ Association submitted several legal challenges to Bath & North East Somerset Council in December over its decision. Among other concerns, the lawyers claimed the authority had failed to follow its own policy regarding the loss of social…



Galliford Try Partnerships awarded first multi-million-pound phase of construction works of regeneration scheme at Old Oak Common

Jan 8, 2018

Genesis Housing Association and championship football club Queens Park Rangers (QPR) have appointed regeneration specialist Galliford Try Partnerships to deliver the first phase of construction works at Oaklands – the first development being brought forward at the Old Oak Common regeneration site in north-west London. The £155m contract will be undertaken over a 164-week construction programme, and will be the catalyst project of the UK’s largest regeneration scheme since work began to transform East London following the 2012 London Olympics. Works comprise the demolition of derelict buildings to make way for a new west London neighbourhood consisting of 605 new…


Rochdale remains bullish over Riverside development future

Jan 6, 2018

A special meeting of Rochdale Council’s cabinet was held last night to discuss the future of the Riverside development, following anchor tenant M&S’s announcement that it intended to pull out of the scheme at the end of last year. Last night Rochdale councillors vowed to press ahead with the £80m project with partner Genr8, and reiterated that the council intended to hold M&S to its commitment. Council leader, Cllr Allen Brett, said: “As far as we’re concerned, M&S have signed a legally binding contract to take space in the Rochdale Riverside development and we fully expect them to honour that…


Plans submitted for Merseyside Police Headquarters

Jan 5, 2018

Ryder Architecture and contractor Willmott Dixon have submitted a planning application for Liverpool’s 137,000 sq ft Merseyside Police Headquarters on Scotland Road. The development will provide space for up to 1,175 staff across a main four-storey building and a single-storey annex, alongside meeting rooms, a lecture theatre and break-out spaces. A multi-storey car park was originally cited to be built at the site alongside the police headquarters, but this has been scrapped in favour of surface car parking. Willmott Dixon was selected as main contractor for the building on a design-and-build basis in September 2016 through Scape’s major works framework,…


Etihad Campus expansion set for council sign off from Manchester City Council

Jan 5, 2018

Manchester City Council is due to give its final approval to the Eastlands Regeneration Framework tomorrow, paving the way for a sports and innovation zone, alongside fresh commercial and residential development near the Etihad Stadium. The council’s economy scrutiny committee is recommended to sign off the proposals when it meets tomorrow, after the plans were approved by Manchester’s Executive on 13 December. The proposals include an expansion of the Etihad Campus site westwards, which will now border Ashton New Road and the Medlock River. This expansion will accommodate Manchester Metropolitan University’s plans for an Institute of Sport adjacent to the…


Lendlease inks £1bn Tottenham regeneration scheme

Jan 4, 2018

North London’s Haringey Council has signed a development agreement with Lendlease for the £1bn High Road West regeneration project in Tottenham, north London. Lendlease was named preferred bidder for the role of longterm development partner last summer and has now inked the deal. Located next to Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium, the major regeneration project will help to establish High Road West as a new sports and leisure destination with improved public spaces and community facilities. Lendlease will deliver over 2,500 homes, sustaining around 3,000 construction jobs during the lifetime of the scheme. The first phase of construction is expected to start in 2018….


Resilient infrastructure proposal aims to protect San Francisco Bay from rising sea levels

Jan 3, 2018

San Francisco’s Bay Area could be in for a major ecological makeover. SCAPE Landscape Architecture has unveiled Public Sentiment, a living infrastructure proposal that aims to create a visitor-friendly buffer zone around the bay’s most vulnerable ecosystems – made up of marshes, mudflats, and coastal edges – that would protect the low-lying zones from the imminent threat of rising sea levels. Scape’s proposal was developed for the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, an open design competition that calls for innovative solutions to the many issues facing the Bay Area due to climate change. According to the architects, their inspiration for the proposal is based…

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Original Park Hill engineering firm to transform Sheffield council block into flagship venue for arts, culture and heritage

Jan 3, 2018

Arup designed the original Park Hill complex over 60 years ago and has now been appointed to transform a block in the council estate into a £21m creative hub, including Sheffield’s largest art gallery. Park Hill Art Space will see the Duke Street block in the city centre turned into a new flagship venue for arts, culture and heritage. The 13-storey structure will include live-work flats and studios for artists, a research institute, an archive, shop, cafe and a permanent home for charity S1 Artspace, designed by architect Carmody Groarke. Arup designed the original Park Hill complex which started on…


£25 million redevelopment in the pipeline for Weston Park cancer hospital in Sheffield

Jan 2, 2018

Plans are being drawn up for a major £25 million expansion of the Weston Park cancer hospital in Sheffield. The scheme – the site’s biggest-ever redevelopment – could involve an overhaul of the outpatient department and car parking, a new pharmacy unit, theatres to undertake surgical procedures and the creation of a ‘link bridge’ connecting Weston Park with the neighbouring Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Jessop maternity wing. Medical bosses also want to spruce up the main building with fresh cladding to give it a more modern appearance. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ directors and governors have been briefed about the scheme, which forms…


Landscape and architectural firms collaborate on elaborate Gingerbread City

Dec 19, 2017

                              In festive news this week, some of the world’s biggest architecture firms have been competing for plots in this winter’s tastiest property market — the Gingerbread City. Recently opened at the Museum of Architecture in London, the miniature metropolis is brimming with contemporary — and almost entirely edible — buildings. Around 50 companies specializing in architecture, engineering and landscaping have baked and built structures for the project. The city boasts a castle, a stadium and three bridges, alongside public buildings and residential areas. Organizers said…


Bennetts wins contract for Ainsdale Station revamp

Dec 18, 2017

Aluminium glazing specialists Bennett Architectural have been chosen to supply and install glazing and curtain walling for the upgrade and refurbishment of Ainsdale train station in Southport. Working with main contractor Morgan Sindall, Bennetts will provide and install Kawneer AA100 curtain walling systems as well as Pilkington Planar bolted glazing. The £2.5m investment in the Merseyrail station comes from the Government’s National Stations Improvement Programme and Network Rail. Additional features for the new station include a passenger waiting area with WiFi, improved information screens, increased seating and new waiting shelters. Lionel Grant, Managing Director at Bennett Architectural commented, “We’re delighted…


Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition coming soon

Dec 17, 2017

University College Dublin (UCD) is commissioning an international search for an outstanding design team to devise an Entrance Precinct Masterplan and design a landmark 8,000 sqm building, the circa €48m Centre for Creative Design. The international competition will launch in early 2018. Interested architects, urban designers and masterplanners can now sign up to receive notification of launch on the competition website’s holding page at https://competitions.malcolmreading.co.uk/universitycollegedublin/ UCD benefits from a parkland and wooded campus close to Dublin’s city centre that has a serious architectural pedigree with a mid-20th-century core that was designed by Andrzej Wejchert. Recent additions include the Student Centre,…


Barratt Homes submits plans to build 89 more homes on Winnington green space

Dec 16, 2017

A developer is hoping to build 89 homes on green space in Winnington Urban Village. Barratt Homes has submitted a planning application to Cheshire West and Chester Council for the development, which would consist of 12 two-bedroom flats, eight two-bedroom houses, 56 three-bedroom houses and 13 four-bedroom houses. The development would have parking provision for 181 cars, and be built on green space to the south of Winnington Lane and west of Burnside Way. Barratt claims that the development would create 42 full-time equivalent jobs in construction, and that CWAC would receive a £150,000 per year boost in council tax…


Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition shortlist revealed

Dec 15, 2017

The Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia and Malcolm Reading Consultants has revealed  the six teams shortlisted for the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition. Finalist teams will now receive a further briefing and create concept designs that will be revealed to the public and stakeholders in an exhibition in April in Adelaide, and online, before the competition jury meets in May 2018. The architect-led teams were the unanimous choice of a selection panel that included representatives of Arts South Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Office for Design and Architecture…


Civic Engineers appointed to deliver Inverness Railway Station active travel project

Dec 14, 2017

Civic Engineers have been appointed to deliver a vital piece of work in Inverness, promoting active travel by enhancing access by foot and bike to Inverness railway station, via its three entrances and their connecting routes to the city centre. HITRANS, the regional transport partnership for the Highlands and Islands, and The Highland Council, have made the appointment, which will see Civil and Structural Engineers, Civic Engineers, carry out feasibility, design and community engagement/public consultation for the project. It will complement and add value to the plans by Abellio ScotRail to upgrade Inverness Railway Station and its surrounds. The goal is to…


Design changes submitted for Potato Wharf phase two

Dec 13, 2017

Lend Lease Residential has submitted a series of design changes for the second phase of its Potato Wharf project in Castlefield, including both internal and external changes, and alterations to cladding. Proposals for the second phase of Potato Wharf were approved in November 2015, comprising 191 apartments for private sale across two eight-storey blocks. A second planning application, switching the apartments from private sale to build to rent, was submitted in February this year. The scheme has now returned to planners with a series of design amendments, including altering the size of both blocks and changes to the building’s feature…