June 19, 2018

Ecoscape UK
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    Riverfront park design to feature concrete petals

    American firms Lake Flato and Matsys, along with landscape architect Rialto Studio, have designed a riverfront park with concrete petals in southern Texas, with sculptural pavilions that provide shade on sunny days and help collect rainwater during storms. Confluence Park is located on a bluff overlooking the point where the San Pedro Creek merges with the San Antonio River. Covering three acres (1.2 hectares), the public park encompasses a classroom building, a main pavilion and three smaller pavilions. The park is overseen by the San Antonio River Foundation, which manages the watershed. “Confluence Park is a living laboratory that allows visitors to gain a greater understanding of…

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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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    LI leaders join industry experts in promoting urban green infrastructure

    On Thursday 28 June, Polypipe host a one-off conference, promoting the importance of green infrastructure in the built environment. The free event will take place at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) headquarters at One Great Street, London. Senior LI staff and members CEO Dan Cook, Sue Illman PPLI, Dr Phil Askew and Martin Kelly will be among the 16 industry experts speaking. Traditional piped drainage systems still have an important role to play in ensuring the resilience of our towns and cities. But they are now only part of the solution. This is why innovation such as drainage through…

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    Logik submits plans for Arundel Street

    Logik Developments, chaired by former cricketer Andrew Flintoff, has moved forward with its plans to build a 386-home development in Castlefield, Manchester, anchored by a 35-storey tower designed by architect SimpsonHaugh. The development was first revealed at a public consultation in September last year and a planning application has now been submitted to Manchester City Council for 386 apartments across two new buildings, as well as the retained DOT Building, which is currently vacant having formerly been home to a motorcycle warehouse. The largest of these will be the 35-storey tower facing the Mancunian Way, which will contain a total…

  • riverfront

    Landscape architecture firm unveils first glimpse at 200-acre riverfront master plan

    OJB Landscape Architecture (OJB) released concept images reimagining downtown Omaha’s riverfront – only one portion of its 200-acre Missouri Riverfront Revitalization plan. The plan, which spans both sides of the river, involves areas in and around Gene Leahy Mall, Heartland of America Park, and Lewis and Clark Landing on the Omaha side. It aims to unify Omaha, NE and Council Bluffs, IA into a regional destination and will finally allow residents and visitors to access and enjoy the Missouri River. “The approval of the Master Plan is a game changer for the City of Omaha,” OJB’s Managing Principal, Kyle Fiddelke, ASLA said. “The project will spur economic development and bring business back…

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Landscape Institute announce new categories and application process

Jun 4, 2018

The Landscape Institue’s #LIAwards2018 team has announced a number of exciting changes to this year’s Awards. This year, two new categories have been added. One is the first to be open to individuals and organisations globally. The other will showcase the industry’s most innovative and beautiful horticulture projects. In addition, the awards submissions process has been simplified. In line with LI‘s ‘digital first’ strategy, the process has been moved mostly online. This is believed to make entering the awards easier, particularly for smaller practices. The new awards website will go live on Monday 4 June. The registration and submissions windows will…

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Mecanoo to transform railway line into green corridor connecting the city

Jun 4, 2018

Mecanoo has released images of its plans to transform a former railway line in taichung, taiwan into a bio-diverse green corridor. the site, which measures a total length of one mile, was a catalyst for the development of the old city, traversing its downtown. Although formerly an important means of connection, today the disused railway divides the city and impedes circulation from one side of the tracks to the other. Mecanoo’s proposal uses the rail line to reconnect the different parts of the city in a sustainable way. as part of the plan, an inviting green corridor will include bike and pedestrian lanes to better cater…

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Engineers to review Old Oak Common works

Jun 2, 2018

A pair of engineers will review works carried out at Old Oak Common as part of an independent review board, New Civil Engineer can reveal. AKT II founder Hanif Kara and Arup Head of UKMEA Planning Richard de Cani are among 22 engineers, architects and local government bodies which will provide expertise to the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC). Arup architect Sowmya Parthasarathy has also been added to the OPDC Review Group which will be independently assessing the HS2 and Elizabeth Line interchange. UCL professor in urban design and chair of the OPDC Place Review Group Peter Bishop said that…

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Pegasus Group works on landscape proposal for Grade II Listed masterpiece

May 31, 2018

Plans to convert Grade II listed buildings in Surrey into a retirement living complex have proved to be a landscape architect’s dream merging historic and contemporary designs. National consultancy Pegasus Group was appointed to provide landscape design to support Eden Retirement Living’s proposals to turn Grade II*-listed CEMEX House, originally designed by architect Ted Cullinan, into an 81-home ‘later living’ village near Egham. The landscape design includes walled gardens for allotments and informal lawns that could be used for bowls and croquet. The development stands within a parkland-style landscape complete with an ornamental pond. The buildings sit within Green Belt…

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Landmark Place awarded Gold by Considerate Constructors Scheme

May 30, 2018

Barratt London’s Landmark Place project team has been awarded a Gold Considerate Constructors Award at the National Site Awards 2018. This recognition is awarded to sites for outstanding contributions towards improving the image of construction. To win an award, judges look at what measures a site has put in place to be more considerate towards local neighborhoods and the public, the workforce, and the environment. This award is coveted by developers, but for Barratt London, achieving such an accolade at Landmark Place is even more significant, as it sits next to one of London’s most popular tourist sites, The Tower…

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Winning design gives new look to Berkshire Botanical Garden

May 29, 2018

A new gateway is greeting visitors to the Berkshire Botanical Garden. The 4,000-square-foot entry garden, in front of the Center House, is the result of a nationwide competition involving individuals and teams of students enrolled in accredited landscape architecture programs. The winning design, by a team attending the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was selected by a five-member jury of independent designers, horticulturalists and landscape architects. “Over the last few weeks, the work has progressed rapidly,” said director of Horticulture Dorthe Hviid “The fountain and stonework is almost complete. The landscape has been graded into…

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Bennett Architectural shortlisted for Manufacturer of the Year Award

May 29, 2018

Bennett Architectural has been shortlisted for the prestigious Manufacturer of the Year award at the Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards 2018. This award recognises Staffordshire businesses who have shown innovation in manufacturing through design, testing and development relating to an existing or new product. Bennetts has shown innovation in the construction industry using practices such as DfMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) and BIM as well as offering award winning design and fabrication for projects at Maggie’s Centre in Manchester, Victoria Gate in Leeds and more recently the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Lionel Grant, managing director at Bennett Architectural commented: “It’s a…

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Landscape architecture students design new artificial reef at Redondo dive site

May 25, 2018

A landscape architecture student’s illustration of part of an artificial reef to be built at Washington’s Redondo Beach dive area. Students are working with the state, the dive community and others to design a new reef to provide a healthy habitat for marine life. What makes a good artificial reef, for divers, and for marine life? The landscape architecture students have done designs for a state-funded project to replace the artificial reef at the Redondo Beach dive site. They will present and discuss their work in a public meeting May 30, in Des Moines. The landscape architecture studio class is…

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Riverlight and South Gardens awarded RIBA London Awards 2018

May 23, 2018

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

May 22, 2018

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

May 22, 2018

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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Arup’s Architecture team hires new London Director

May 22, 2018

Arup’s growing London-based Architecture team is delighted to announce that from July 2018 Nick Jackson will join as a Director alongside Jo Wright, Paul Brislin, Kim Quazi and Patricia Johnstone. Formerly a director of Eric Parry Architects, Nick brings a wealth of experience of the design and delivery of outstanding buildings in the UK and overseas. Projects Nick worked on include 10 Fenchurch Avenue, 1 Undershaft and the new headquarters for Cambridge Assessment. Nick joins the Architecture team based in Fitzroy Street who are currently working on projects including 1 Triton Square for British Land, the HS2 Birmingham Interchange Station…

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Communities in London to benefit from latest TfL Growth Funding

May 22, 2018

• £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

May 22, 2018

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?

May 22, 2018

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,…