March 16, 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….



London will become the world’s first National Park City

Feb 14, 2018

A campaign to make London the world’s first National Park City has been successful. Over the last few years, campaigners have publicised the fact that London is one of the greenest cities in Europe. By setting up events, getting themselves in the media, and connecting Londoners to the natural world around them, they have achieved their goal. Gradually, people started to join the bid – Sadiq Khan, and members of the London Assembly lent their support. And now the majority of council wards, 53 % of the capital, have backed the idea. Campaigners will now work with the Mayor to…

Success for Gillespies at the Pro Landscaper Business Awards

Feb 14, 2018

Gillespies have struck gold at the inaugural Pro Landscaper Business Awards. The awards, designed to celebrate the best business practices in the industry, took place on Friday 9 February. international and award-winning business, Gillespies, were successful in the landscape architecture practice category. Founded in 1962, Gillespies is one of the UK’s longest established and most successful independent landscape architectural design practices. Gillespies employs some 150 dedicated professionals at all levels, ranging from trainees at the start of their career to senior and management grade industry leaders. The practice is managed by seven partners with support from a 28-strong management team,…


Augmented Reality – is it the Key to the City?

Feb 13, 2018

If you have read the latest issue of FutureArch magazine, you will have seen our interview with Neil Manthorpe on augmented reality. If you haven’t – you are missing out! Check it out here In the feature, Neil discusses the app, Key to the City. Key to the City is an educational app that allows you to unlock the hidden layers of the city to experience its rich heritage, history and culture. It does this by using AR, Videos and information points, depending on where you are in London. The hope is that users will be encouraged to get out…


University of York embrace wildflowers with new growing site

Feb 12, 2018

Wildflower Turf has provided the University of York with a biodiverse boost to newly-built campus facilities. Based in Hampshire but having recently expanded operations to include a new growing site in Yorkshire, Wildflower Turf worked closely with the University’s landscape partners to enhance the area around the recently completed Piazza Learning Centre. Situated within a picturesque lakeside setting, the Piazza Learning Centre is both sympathetic to the natural landscape while also being fully accessible to the University of York’s student population. The new building contains a range of high-quality learning spaces and facilities for those living and studying on the…


300 trees planted to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force

Feb 9, 2018

City of Trees, alongside cadets from the Greater Manchester Wing of the Air Training Corps planted 300 trees to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. The new trees have been planted at Parkway Playing Fields, Manchester on Sunday 4 February 2018, extending existing woodland creating a haven for both people and wildlife. For the initiative the Air Corps teamed up with leading environmental charity City of Trees who have pledged to plant 3 million trees – one for every man, woman and child in Greater Manchester, over the next generation. Greater Manchester Wing is one of the…

American landscape

ASLA business survey shows balanced conditions for US Landscape Architecture firms

Feb 8, 2018

Landscape architecture firms experienced consistently healthy conditions for the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the latest American Society of Landscape Architects’ Business Quarterly survey. Although billable hours slightly retreated, inquiries for new work grew. A growing number of firms are planning to boost hiring during the first quarter. A five-year comparison of survey results shows that numbers for the fourth quarter are well within range. The survey found 82.4 percent of responding firms reported stable to significantly higher billable hours for the third quarter, a dip from the 85.7 from the previous quarter. This result is higher than what…


University of Manchester launches new £60m framework to help deliver regeneration

Feb 8, 2018

The University of Manchester has launched a new £60m framework to help deliver its £1.2bn regeneration. The framework, which could see the University appoint 65 companies over 13 different lots including architecture, engineering, consultancy and planning, will last for four years. Every year many billions of £’s of construction work and consultancy fees in the UK are let through frameworks, and our one-day Construction Frameworks Conference on the 24th May is set to be the sector’s largest event of the year. The conference will discuss and showcase best practice in the construction frameworks marketplace, help clients achieve best value and reduce costs…


Plans submitted for £675,000 garden at Orthopaedic Hospital

Feb 7, 2018

A stunning garden for spinal injuries patients at the Orthopaedic Hospital is another step closure after plans were officially submitted. Designed by award-winning gardener Bunny Guinness, the ambitious £675,000 project will be based at the Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries in Gobowen thanks to the Horatio’s Garden team. It will be only the fourth of its kind in the UK created in memory of Horatio Chapple, who wanted to be a doctor and volunteered at a spinal unit in Salisbury before he tragically died at the age of 17 when he was killed by a polar bear during a trip…


Bennetts takes on biggest DfMA project at New Grange Hospital

Feb 6, 2018

Bennett Architectural will undertake its biggest DfMA project to date, providing high quality glazing solutions for the £350m New Grange Hospital in Cwmbran, South Wales. Bennetts will work alongside main contractor Laing O’Rourke, supplying and installing Kawneer AA100 curtain walling systems, doors and windows. Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) will be used to add glazing to concrete panels off-site at Laing O’Rourke’s Explore Industrial Park before being transferred to Cwmbran. Lionel Grant, Managing Director at Bennett Architectural commented, “This is the biggest DfMA project we have taken on so far, but we have no doubt our multi-talented team will…


Sadiq Khan proposes resident ballots for estate regeneration

Feb 5, 2018

City Hall funding for major estate regeneration in London will only be provided if residents vote in favour of the changes, the mayor has proposed. Under the scheme, ballots for residents on projects where demolition is planned would become a condition for mayoral funding, Sadiq Khan suggested. Mr Khan said he wanted to make sure those living on social housing estates “are at the heart of any decisions”. The Conservatives said the announcement “smacks of pure cynicism”. Launching his guide to housing estate regeneration, Mr Khan said he wanted to use his investment powers to give more say to residents….


Nottingham City Council seek Developer for the regeneration of land surrounding Sherwood Library

Feb 5, 2018

The search is on to find a developer to regenerate the area surrounding a ‘run down’ library in Sherwood. In December, the Post reported that Nottingham City Council wants to sell the site in Spondon Street to a developer, who would be required to redevelop the area and provide a new library as part of the agreement. Under the plans, a mixed-use development comprising of a new library with a police contact point, shops, homes and public toilets would be created on land currently owned by the council. The plans were subject to a public consultation and now the council has approved…

American landscape

American Society of Landscape Architects praises introduction of Living Shorelines Act

Feb 3, 2018

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) applauds Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ) for introducing the Living Shorelines Act, which would provide critical funding to the nation’s coastal communities, and develop flood-resistant green infrastructure projects that integrate plants and local ecosystems. In the aftermath of major hurricanes and superstorms, the United States has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in evacuation, clean-up and rebuilding efforts. The Living Shorelines Act will promote the use of nature-based systems and materials to help coastal communities address climate-related weather events and rebuilding efforts in a more resilient and cost-effective manner. The bill also includes…


New £100m School of Architecture and the Built Environment for University of Wolverhampton

Feb 3, 2018

New plans have been submitted by the University of Wolverhampton for its School of Architecture and the Built Environment at its £100m Springfield Campus development. A decision was taken to alter the scheme after pre-construction works on the historic site discovered structures of some of the original buildings were not viable so could not be incorporated into the plans. The campus development project aims to transform a 12-acre, grade II-listed former brewery. Associated Architects has designed the new school which centres around the original clock tower building and combines it with a large new building. The university has said the…

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Plant trees now to reduce HS2 impact, says green expert

Feb 2, 2018

A green spaces expert is calling upon landowners to plant trees in order to lessen the environmental impact of the new High Speed Two (HS2) rail network. Deric Newman, general manager of national tree supply, planting and relocation specialist, Glendale Civic Trees, says it’s imperative that planting projects begin as soon as possible along the affected routes in order to provide the most benefits. Hundreds of green spaces across the country are at risk of damage as part of the creation of the new high-speed railway network, which has been designed to create better connections between cities, and cut journey…


Five cities selected to develop global water resilience framework

Feb 1, 2018

Cities from five continents have been selected to contribute to the development of a global framework for water resilience. The City Water Resilience Framework (CWRF), developed by Arup with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, will help cities better prepare for and respond to shocks and stresses to their water systems. Amman, Cape Town, Mexico City, Greater Miami and the Beaches, and Hull were selected because they represent the range of water challenges facing cities around the world. They have also been selected because of their diversity in terms of size of population, geographic location and economic status and because of…