June 19, 2018

FutureArc re-brands in line with first anniversary

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FutureArch is fast-approaching its first anniversary as a standalone magazine. To coincide with this achievement, we’re making some minor changes to the brand, the design of the magazine and the content that we will continue to supply via all our media channels. As children, we were always taught to speak proper and to never drop our Hs. Well, on this occasion, we’ve decided to disregard this advice, and from the May issue onwards, we will be known as FutureArc. We’ve made this decision to take the brand to the next step and to bring clarity into the market. We’ will…

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Barcham invites landscape architects to biosecurity practice training days

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Landscape architects and designers are being given the opportunity to discover more about tree health, biosecurity and tree nursery practice at training days to be run by Barcham Trees at its Ely, Cambridgeshire, nursery in the summer of 2018. Barcham’s Keith Sacre explains “We have already been approached by landscape architect and garden design practices to offer  their staff continual personal development (CPD) sessions on plant health and biosecurity. The question of biosecurity is recognised as being one of the most critical issues of the moment, with the threat posed from uncontrolled importation of plant material growing exponentially. Given our…

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Final residential phase on major lakeside scheme approved by planners

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The final residential phase of a major mixed use development around a new railway station on the outskirts of Reading has been given the green light. Planners at Reading Borough Council unanimously backed proposals for a series of seven lakeside residential buildings that will create 459 new apartments at Green Park Village, an associated gym and new retail units. The latest application on behalf of developer St Edward Homes, part of the Berkeley Group, is the sixth phase of residential development at the scheme which will eventually provide homes for all aspects of the community with a full range of…

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Taunton Surgical Centre given the green light

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Planning consent has been granted for a major new £79.5m surgical centre which has also just had funding approval from the Department of Health. BDP were appointed by Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to design a new Surgical and Critical Care Unit and Endoscopy Suite at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. The new centre will include six endoscopy rooms, patient recovery and clinical support areas, eight operating theatres which include two interventional radiology theatres, recovery areas and clinical support together with 22 critical care beds. The surgical unit will have dedicated wards ensuring the patients remain within the appropriate…

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New appointment boosts Gillespies’ Urban Design expertise

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Gillespies has expanded its urban design team with the appointment of Chris Wong as a Principal Urban Designer. Chris joined Gillespies’ Manchester office and will be responsible for leading several urban design and planning strategies across the UK and internationally. Chris previously worked for architects Studio Egret West, and before that NBBJ in Shanghai and at Martha Schwartz & Partners’ London studio. Jim Fox, Associate Partner at Gillespies, commented: “We are excited to welcome Chris to our growing team. He is a talented and creative designer, who brings a wealth of UK and international masterplanning experience from planning to construction. Chris joins…

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Safe Regeneration picks firms for its £200m framework

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A swathe of firms across the North West have been picked by Safe Regeneration for its £200m framework, with winners including big hitters Morgan Sindall and Robertson alongside SMEs across architecture, construction, and the built environment. Bootle-based Safe Regeneration focuses on community and heritage projects; business enterprise support; community-based landscape, habitat and ecological projects; and training. The framework is split into 15 lots covers house building, general construction, design services, refurbishment and project management. Among the winners were Preston-based FWP, which won places on six lots including construction design management, project manager, structural engineer and quantity surveyor. Rochdale-based contractor the…

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Gillespies’ Partner Mike Sharp to retire after 30 years at the practice

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It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Mike Sharp, after 30 years of dedicated service at Gillespies; 20 of which he spent as a Partner. Mike joined Gillespies in 1988 and was made a Partner 10 years later. Following his rise to Partner, he went on to set up Gillespies’ Bradford office and subsequently the Leeds office with fellow Partner Tom Walker, where he has since been successfully leading a strong portfolio of urban design projects across the north of England. Notable works around the region include the Gainsborough Town Centre Masterplan, Hartlepool Town Centre Masterplan,…

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Trafford Council extends consultation on former Manchester United players’ Turn Moss plans

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Trafford Council has extended the consultation period on plans to build a football training ground on Turn Moss in Stretford after the proposals attracted a deluge of objections from local residents, with 1,600 representations received as of last Thursday. The plans by Academy 92, headed up by former footballers Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, and Nicky Butt, are to build a training ground for Salford City FC, including four training pitches, an office, and a gym converted from an existing storage facility. There will also be a new floodlit pitch for public use alongside a café, children’s play area,…

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The importance of greenspace to be discussed at Glasgow Caledonian University

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The importance of greenspace for youngsters growing up in Scotland will be discussed at an event at Glasgow Caledonian University this summer. The annual Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Forum will celebrate 2018 as Year of Young People, exploring how the needs and rights of children should be at the heart of decision-making locally and globally. Experts attending this year’s event will include architect Hanna Johansson, who has been instrumental in transforming Billund into Denmark’s Capital of Children. The Danish city is leading the way with a 30-year plan to create a biodiverse space, or ‘holistic urban environment’ for both…

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London’s newest retail & leisure destination launched at Battersea Power Station

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Battersea Power Station Development Company is today launching London’s newest retail and leisure destination that will house the best and brightest collection of British and international brands in one of the world’s most iconic buildings. Millions of people will visit the Power Station once it reopens and is brought back to life in 2020. They will be able to take advantage of the wide range of shops planned as well as a food hall that will provide local visitors, residents, tourists, shoppers and workers with a huge variety of places to eat, drink, engage and interact. The two turbine halls…

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