May 24, 2018

Riverlight and South Gardens awarded RIBA London Awards 2018

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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

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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

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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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Communities in London to benefit from latest TfL Growth Funding

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• £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,…

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St Edward launches Lakeside Gardens at Green Park Village

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Lakeside Gardens, set in a peaceful location close to the Lake, is the latest collection of homes to launch at Green Park Village and features New England inspired three and four bedroom townhouses and a selection of 2 bedroom coach houses. Located at the heart of the Village, and just a short walk to the planned Primary School and the Lake, these homes enjoy an idyllic setting surrounded by woodland walks and trim trails with the children’s play area close by. They are also conveniently located within walking distance to the proposed new train station which will connect to Reading and Crossrail…

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Should we be building upwards to create extra space?

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In the UK, house prices are on the rise along with the population. The key question is how can we make houses that are more affordable? BDP architect director Yuli Cadney-Toh believes that we should be looking to build upwards. In an interview with the BBC, Yuli explained that building upwards would mean we can build more places to live, as well as saving space for things like walking and cycling in the landscape surrounding these buildings. Yuli, who recently returned to the city after 30 years working abroad, says the skyline had barely changed in the last four decades,…

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Environmental Street Furniture triumphs at local and national awards

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Environmental Street Furniture is no stranger to industry success but the supplier and designer of street, themed and solar powered products has taken the local and national stages by storm in recent weeks by winning not one, but two prestigious industry awards. The Newtownabbey based company won the Excellence in Exporting Award at the recent Belfast Telegraph Business Awards and subsequently won the Best in Business and Product Innovation at the National Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) awards for their newly launched Stellar Solar Bench. The company was representing Northern Ireland at the ceremony after winning the regional title. Speaking…

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Property Care Association puts invasive non-native weeds on the radar

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The Property Care Association has pulled together expertise across the ecological sector to produce a definitive guide, which puts invasive non-native weeds of concern on the radar. ‘Practical Management of Invasive Non-Native Weeds In Britain and Ireland’ has been produced by the trade body to give detailed insight into 38 plant species individually. The vast majority of the plants featured derive almost exclusively from species listed in Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act and others of concern to the European Union in the EU Invasive Alien Species Regulation 2014. The 128-page manual acknowledges and builds on guidance provided…

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Calling all landscape architects – The 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2018 awards are open for entries

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Join the exclusive club of award-winning individuals recognised for their contribution to the landscape architecture sector. Enter the only awards heralding young talent within the landscape architecture industry. Winning a 30 Under 30: The Next Generation award offers up-and-coming landscape architects a vast range of benefits including; industry recognition, networking opportunities, and coverage in Future Arc magazine. You can nominate either yourself of a colleague for these esteemed awards if you or they were 30 or younger on 1 January 2018 and work within any aspect of the landscape architecture industry. Entries close 1 September 2018. Good luck!

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New street trees unveiled along A56 as part of regeneration Scheme

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20 trees including cherry, field maple and sweetgum have been planted as part of a £2 million Bury New Road regeneration programme. As part of the Bury Council led programme the new street trees have been planted to help tackle surface water flooding, as well as improve the look and feel of the area. The trees have been planted in partnership with charity City of Trees which aims to plant 3 million trees over a generation – one for every man, woman and child in Greater Manchester. The high impact street trees form just part of the improvement works with…

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