July 18, 2018

Last chance to enter: Landscape Institute Awards 2018


Applications are open to enter the Landscape Institute Awards, the landscape profession’s most illustrious awards, until the end of July 2018. Celebrating excellence, innovation and creativity in the natural and built-environment, the Landscape Institute Awards showcase the exceptional work of the many different types of landscape professionals, including landscape designers, managers, planners and researchers and the impact it has on people’s lives. There are two new categories this year: The Dame Sylvia Crowe Award for Outstanding International Contribution to People, Place and Nature – the first Landscape Institute Award that is open to individuals and organisations globally; and an award…

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Council reveals Albert Square potential


Indicative proposals to pedestrianise and enlarge Manchester’s Albert Square as part of the £330m of works at the Town Hall have been unveiled by the city council. The outline plans would see the square enlarged by around 20% to significantly enhance its role as an events space. The ideas for Albert Square were set out as part of a presentation given to July’s full Manchester City Council meeting, detailing progress on the project. Planit-IE is the landscape architect. The proposals for the square, which will be subject to full consultation at the design stage, would involve limiting traffic access to…

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Merrick Denton-Thompson passes torch to Adam White at LI Presidents’ Reception


On 4 July 2018, the Landscape Institute welcomed its new president, Adam White, and thanked outgoing president Merrick Denton-Thompson OBE for his leadership and support. On behalf of the Institute, the LI’s Head of External Affairs Poppy Smith thanked Merrick ‘for his time, energy, enthusiasm and wisdom, not just for the past two years, but a long time before that’. Over 250 guests packed into the heart of the recently restored Garden Museum in Lambeth, London. The event was sponsored by CED Stone with Hillers Trees and Palmstead Nurseries generously turning the venue into a wild forest for the evening, filling…

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LT Studio Landscape Architects with Invisible Studio win planning for East Quay Cultural Development


LT Studio Landscape Architects with Piers Taylor of Invisible Studio have won planning for a new community seafront regeneration scheme in Watchet, West Somerset.  The development aims to bring jobs, nurture creative enterprise and attract visitors to Watchet in a flagship £6m cultural enterprise scheme working with architect Piers Taylor of Invisible Studio. The project will bring 40 jobs and five apprenticeships and is estimated to bring an increased tourism spend to the area of around £6.7m. The proposals for the 1,094m² scheme include art studios, a gallery, shared workspaces, maker spaces, a print workshop and a café. Overlooking Watchet’s marina, the…

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re-form appointed to £200m Pall Mall Exchange urban masterplan in Liverpool


re-form Landscape Architecture has been appointed by CTP and Kier Property to design a major new public realm scheme as part of the £200m Pall Mall Exchange urban masterplan project in Liverpool. re-form, whose portfolio includes the £25m transformation of Hull city centre’s public realm as part of its UK City of Culture status in 2017, will work alongside master planning architects Allies & Morrison to develop the landscape and public realm proposals which will include a series of streets and squares throughout the 4.2-hectare site. A planning application will be submitted by the end of the summer. A joint venture partnership…

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Shortlist for Garden City of the 21st Century Competition


Shortlisted landscape designs announced for first Garden City of the 21st Century Competition showcases world class landscape ideas to help develop a modern, healthy city at Ebbsfleet, Kent. In March an international design competition was launched by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and the NHS to find the best creative and inspiring ideas to help shape the landscape of what will be the first new Garden City of the 21st Century, and the largest of 10 Healthy New Towns being developed in the UK. On 2 July, the shortlist of the winning ideas was announced at the Housing Design Awards 2018, as part…

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New West Midlands national park plans unveiled


A vision to create a national park in the West Midlands which would span more than seven cities and create hundreds of miles of green space, conservation areas and new cycle routes, has been unveiled. The proposals have been drawn up by Kathryn Moore, professor of landscape architecture at Birmingham City University, and would make the region home to the UK’s 16th official national park. The 15 existing parks are in areas including the Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia, the New Forest and the Peak District. The plans have already gained support from West Midlands mayor Andy Street, Meriden MP Dame Caroline Spelman…

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Southampton’s Watermark Westquay wins 2018 Prix-Versailles World Architecture Award


Watermark Westquay, a major mixed-use scheme in Southampton by architect ACME with landscape design by Grant Associates, has won a coveted 2018 Prix-Versailles World Architecture Award. The scheme for developer Hammerson won the Shopping Malls category, an award strongly contested by 8 shortlisted projects from around the world. Featuring a 10-screen multiplex cinema, bowling alley, 24 restaurants and cafés, a new public plaza and esplanade, Watermark is the first of a two-part redevelopment of a key area within Southampton’s town centre. Underpinned by Southampton City Council’s aim to reconnect the city to the sea, the overall design vision for Watermark…

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Grant Associates consult Bristol University development


The team set to develop Bristol University’s new Temple Quarter includes globally recognised architecture firms Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, engineering consultants Buro Happold and ARUP and international landscape architecture consultancy Grant Associates, all of whom have local teams based in Bristol and Bath. The new campus will provide spaces for teaching, learning, research and innovation including flexible collaborative spaces for co-located enterprises. A student village will offer state of the art accommodation and an open access Quantum Technology Innovation Centre on the campus will take quantum research from the lab into the commercial world. High…

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Crucial role available on the board of LI committee


A position for a non-trustee member of the Landscape Institute (LI) has opened up on the LI’s Finance and Risk Committee. Meeting four times per year, the Committee helps steer the LI’s financial and investment decisions by making recommendations to the LI Board of Trustees. The Committee comprises the Honorary Treasurer and between two and four other trustees. In addition, in order to broaden the range of skills on the Committee, up to two non-trustees may join. The Committee is advertising now for a member with substantial business skills to help the LI deliver its ambitious five-year corporate strategy. Interested applicants…

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