August 18, 2017

  • Cregagh Green is first UK project to be awarded London Marathon Charitable Trust funding

    East Belfast’s Cregagh Green is the first project in the UK to be awarded funding by the London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT) as part of the Active Spaces programme, delivered in partnership with Fields in Trust to protect and activate outdoor recreation spaces. Cregagh Green will now be protected in perpetuity through a legal Deed of Dedication between Belfast City Council and Fields in Trust. And a grant of £5,000 will help to promote physical activity and community participation in the space where George Best, dubbed by the Irish Football Association as the “greatest player to ever pull on the…

  • Newham

    Plaistow Hub given go ahead after receiving planning permission by Newham Council

    Newham Council has granted planning permission for Plaistow Hub, a high-quality residential development in east London designed by Pitman Tozer Architects, for client Red Door Ventures. The two-plot development straddles Plaistow Road and features 100 flats on the London Road plot, in a scheme rising to 23 storeys, and a further 82 homes in Valetta Grove in a building which steps up to 15 storeys. Gillespies has delivered public realm and landscape design proposals for the two sites. The proposed public realms will unite the two developments through improved pedestrian links, new connections, extensive tree planting, planting, active frontages and…

  • St James

    St James appoints Murdoch Wickham for 10 acre White City Living development

    St James has announced that Murdoch Wickham has been appointed as the principal landscape architect on its major regeneration project, White City Living. The practice aims to completely transform the hard, urban character of the 10-acre, zone 2 location, in order to create a green residential oasis. White City Living will introduce, in total, eight acres of open space to an area of previously inaccessible industrial land at the heart of White City on Wood Lane. The project’s masterplan, by Patel Taylor, will create 1,477 new homes, ranging from studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes to penthouses, as well as…

  • Nottingham

    Nottingham City Centre demolition prepares the way for Unity Square

    A multi-storey car park and shops have been demolished opposite Nottingham Railway Station, to make way for extensive redevelopment in a key city location. The Unity Square site currently has outline planning consent for up to 450,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, a new hotel alongside other retail and leisure outlets surrounding brand new public realm. FPCR has provided landscape design services for the proposed scheme, and undertaken ecological surveys at the site. The proposed high quality public realm is focussed on a podium plaza, abutting the three proposed buildings, comprising raised planters, a grid of multi-stemmed birch…

  • planning

    New Director of Landscape Planning among 19 LUC promotions

    LUC have announced that 19 members of its talented workforce have been promoted this month. In the Planning, Appraisal and Assessment team, Sarah Young has been promoted to Director of Planning in LUC’s Bristol Office. Three members of staff have been promoted to Associate Planners: Emma Luke and Kate Reid in Bristol; and Jon Pearson in London. Three staff have also been promoted to Senior Planners: Katie Norris and Kieran Moroney in Bristol; and Rosie MacLellan in Glasgow. Two new appointments have been made in the London office: Hong Chen joins the company from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets as…


Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey releases open dataset and free map of Britain’s Greenspaces

Jul 22, 2017

Delivered by Ordnance Survey (OS), the free map contains data from OS and other sources, and can be used immediately, for free, through the popular leisure mapping app and online service, OS Maps. This comprehensive map of Great Britain’s greenspaces is also available as an open dataset, called OS Open Greenspace, for communities, businesses and developers to create products and services that will encourage healthier and greener lifestyles. OS CEO, Nigel Clifford, says: “Geospatial data can transform Governments, businesses and communities for the better. We see that through our work in Great Britain and internationally, and we’re excited to be…


New Manchester office for public realm specialists re-form

Jul 21, 2017

Public realm specialist re-form Landscape Architecture is set to move into new office space in Manchester. The company is relocating from the Hive on Lever Street in the Northern Quarter to 921 sq ft of space at Beehive Mill in Ancoats. The switch comes on the back of a series of new project wins. In addition, the practice has promoted David Livesey to director. Livesey, who heads up the Manchester studio, will now be a shareholder in the company. The business was created by landscape architects Andrew Price and Guy Denton in 2011. It now operates across two studios in…


BDP wins Palace of Westminster Refurbishment contract

Jul 20, 2017

BDP has been awarded a full interdisciplinary contract for client advisory services to help ensure the safe and secure future of the Palace of Westminster. Since its construction in the mid-1800s, many features and systems in the Palace have never undergone a major renovation, and the heating, ventilation, water, drainage and electrical systems are extremely antiquated. In awarding these contracts, Parliament can take forward the crucial work required to safeguard the Palace and keep Parliament running. Architect director Tim Leach said:  “It’s an enormous privilege for the practice to be entrusted with helping safeguard the Palace of Westminster, this international…


Gillespies win international competition for Astana Masterplan 2025

Jul 20, 2017

Gillespies has won an international competition to produce a comprehensive Terms of Reference for the 2025 Astana Master Plan in independent Kazakhstan. The terms of reference will form the foundations of a brief for the future Astana Master Plan that will set out to improve the quality of life of its residents, strengthen the interaction between the municipality authorities, citizens and businesses, as well as providing necessary infrastructure, services and public spaces to accommodate the sustainable long-term development of the city over the next eight years. Gillespies’ proposed terms of reference focus on the physical, socio-economical and sustainability factors that…


TCL praised by award winning Redrow South East for hard work

Jul 18, 2017

TCL has been thanked for playing a key role in helping Redrow South East win a clutch of NHBC Pride in the Job quality awards over the past year. Three of the ten developments for which TCL has designed and installed the soft landscaping since the spring of 2016 have had their site managers singled out for the coveted awards. Candidates are selected for their technical knowledge, build process consistency, leadership and organisational skills. Only 450 from 15,000 site managers nationwide are presented with the coveted title each year. Redrow South East project manager Mike Tynan took the time to…

Construction sector

Construction sector to benefit as big contracts move out of the capital

Jul 17, 2017

A shift in construction contracts out of London and into the Midlands will help support a sector experiencing uncertainty amid a prolonged Brexit negotiation in the region. That’s the view from Crown Group boss Gareth Emberton on a new report which shows major regeneration and infrastructure project work is moving from the capital to the rest of the UK. Analysts for Barbour ABI and the Construction Products Association says that investment in housebuilding, infrastructure and commercial property in Scotland and the West Midlands had the highest growth. The total value of contracts awarded in London was £13.1bn last year, down…

Broadway Malyan

Broadway Malyan submit planning for Polish lakeside apartments

Jul 14, 2017

Plans have been submitted by Broadway Malyan for a high-end apartment development on the banks of Zegrze Lake to the north of Warsaw. The scheme is one of the first of its kind overlooking the man-made reservoir that is a popular destination for visitors escaping the Polish capital in the summer months. The scheme will include 100 residential units ranging from studios to generous double storey apartments, two levels of underground parking, sport and spa facilities, a restaurant and a small marina. Broadway Malyan’s Bartek Kumor, who is leading the project, said the apartments were designed to minimise their impact…

Circus West

Circus West brings life to the newly transformed Battersea Power Station

Jul 13, 2017

Circus West, the first phase of the transformation of Battersea Power Station into a place that people call home, completes this summer. It opens up a precious new stretch of Thames riverside on the western side of the Power Station, connecting to Battersea Park. The development includes two major new residences: one made out of glass that is longer than The Shard is tall, juxtaposed against another that is copper-clad. These are unified by dramatic new public realm and horticulturally rich gardens. “The challenge has been to make sure the landscape responds to the scale of the Power Station without…

Remembrance Centre

The Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum wins RIBA National Award

Jul 13, 2017

The Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum has been awarded an RIBA National Award. It is the only project in the West Midlands region to have been honoured and is now on the long-list for the Stirling Prize – the most prestigious architecture award in the UK. The judges commented: “The building rises to the challenge of unifying an existing chapel, a former visitor centre and external spaces and gardens. It addresses the Armed Forces Memorial in a powerful way. A well-proportioned, Neoclassical façade projects the appropriate level of gravitas associated with a building of such importance. It separates…

Peter Coleman

Peter Coleman is appointed Mayor’s Design Advocate

Jul 12, 2017

BDP Principal and head of retail Peter Coleman has been appointed one of the Mayor of London’s Design Advocates. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced the appointments on tenth July when he launched his Good Growth by Design programme to enhance the design of buildings and neighbourhoods for all Londoners as the city’s population heads towards ten million people. Peter said: “I am delighted to be selected as one of Sadiq Kahn’s Design Advocates to assist with his vision for London Good Growth By Design. The three key principles I will be looking for in proposals will be design quality,…


FPCR Building sandcastles at Ryton Pools for new colony of Sand Martins

Jul 12, 2017

As part of the creation of a new UK Mail facility at the Prologis Park Ryton, FPCR’s client Prologis had created a temporary borrow pit as part of the works and created the perfect new home for a colony of Sand Martins Riparia riparia, which moved in and successfully bred (2015). The birds were left to nest in peace after a wide exclusion zone was implemented but realising that the site was on the birds’ migration route together with the fact that the borrow pit couldn’t stay on site long-term, FPCR worked with Prologis, Whiting Landscapes and the park rangers at nearby…


Ten year landmark for award-winning MediaCityUK

Jul 12, 2017

Last month marked ten years since The Peel Group began transforming the derelict Salford docklands into MediaCityUK, an award-winning media hub which is now home to the BBC, ITV, Salford University and more than 200 media businesses. Gillespies delivered a contemporary new public realm together with a sequence of dynamic public spaces that have transformed this area into a place of culture and entertainment. At its heart, a multifunctional Piazza, with elegant stone paving, now serves as a space for activities, media events and large gatherings – you may recognise it as the backdrop for many ITV shows such as…

LDA Design

LDA Design secures planning for Hill of Towie Wind Farm extension

Jul 11, 2017

LDA Design has helped renewable energy company RES secure consent for the expansion of the Hill of Towie Wind Farm in Moray. This decision, released in June, will increase the number of turbines at the wind farm from 21 to 37, generating up to 48 MW of renewable energy – enough to power over 26,000 houses a year. It is expected that during the construction and first year of operation Hill of Towie II will create more than £4.4 million of inward investment. The Scottish Government, which has an ambition to meet at least 50 per cent of the country’s…


Businesses give a ringing endorsement to Bognor Regis Town Centre improvements

Jul 8, 2017

Businesses and other stakeholders have voted in favour of establishing a Business Improvement District (BID) in Bognor Regis. Starting April 1 2018, the BID will invest more than £700,000 in projects and the management of Bognor Regis Town Centre over the next five years. Led by Town Centre Manager, Toyubur Rahman, the campaign for the BID focused on promotion, safety, an active evening economy and parking. Councillor Mrs Gillian Brown, Leader of Arun District Council, said: “It’s great to be in partnership with businesses in Bognor and to jointly be investing in the town. “The referendum result clearly shows businesses in the town have an appetite to improve…


Public consultation to begin on lifting of planning curbs around London to Kent high speed rail link

Jul 7, 2017

Consultation on proposals to reduce planning restrictions along the HS1 route starts 10 July 2017. A public consultation opens on Monday 10 July 2017 on proposals to reduce planning restrictions along the high speed rail route, known as HS1, between London St Pancras and the Channel Tunnel. As a long-term infrastructure project, HS1 is protected under planning regulations which restrict development alongside or close to it. Known as ‘safeguarding’, the regulations do not prevent development taking place near large-scale schemes like HS1, but do ensure that they allow access to, and protection of, the infrastructure itself. During construction and early operation of HS1, it was essential…