Design

  • Photo of The Eden Project invites TEP to re-imagine Morecambe’s seaside

    The Eden Project invites TEP to re-imagine Morecambe’s seaside

    TEP (The Environment Partnership) has completed landscape designs to support the planning application for the Eden Project’s new venture – Eden Project North in Morecambe, Lancashire. TEP has been working alongside a multi-disciplinary design team, including the Eden Project’s own designers Grimshaw, Buro Happold and WSP.  The Eden Project has an holistic vision for its £125m regenerative Eden Project North in Morecambe, which was submitted for planning at the end of August and is due to open in 2024. The project will showcase sustainable design, reimagining the British seaside resort for the 21st century, and is expected to attract around…

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  • Photo of Sustainable new London landmark – One Waterloo

    Sustainable new London landmark – One Waterloo

    Planning consent for the building of One Waterloo in London has been granted. Initially, HB Reavis was granted planning permission for what is presently known as Elizabeth House in October 2019. After working out agreements with Lambeth Council, the scheme is now to be known as One Waterloo and is planned to become an approx. 123,000m2  multi-purpose destination. Located next Waterloo Station, the development has a primary focus on health and wellbeing with an aim of adding value to the local area by creating affordable workspaces. With three acres of outdoor space, the site will include a revitalised Victory Arch…

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  • Photo of McWilliam Studio wins Gold & Best in Show at Shenzhen Flower Show

    McWilliam Studio wins Gold & Best in Show at Shenzhen Flower Show

    McWilliam Studio has been awarded a gold medal and best in show at the 2021 Shenzhen Garden Festival. This is for their garden ‘Between Heaven and Earth’. The festival celebrates design talent, showcasing gardens for each of China’s regions. This helps to promote regional identity. Designers from the UK, US, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, the Philippines, Lithuania and South Africa took part.   McWilliam Studio won a competition to create a garden that would best represent host region Shenzhen. They beat off proposals from four other firms including two based in China.   Inspired by Shenzhen’s rapid development, ‘Between Heaven…

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  • Photo of Sarah Morgan awarded Fellowship of the Society of Garden Designers

    Sarah Morgan awarded Fellowship of the Society of Garden Designers

    Garden designer and former Chair of the SGD Sarah Morgan has been awarded a Fellowship of the Society. This is in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the profession. Sarah has been a Registered Member of the Society for 25 years. She ended her three-year term as Chair in September 2020.   Before that, she served on the council representing education and colleges.   On being awarded the Fellowship Sarah said:   “I am both surprised and delighted to be honoured in this way. It is a lovely accolade after 40 years of being in the industry.” During her time…

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  • Photo of HS2 project team to create 127 hectares of new habitat

    HS2 project team to create 127 hectares of new habitat

    The HS2 team will create 127 hectares of new habitats to lift the local natural environment. It’s called The Colne Valley Western Slopes project. It will be a major contributor in meeting the HS2 carbon reduction targets by delivering ecological gain.   This scheme will reduce the carbon footprint by reducing road haulage and waste treatment activities. It will allow habitats to sequester carbon by replacing arable land with natural habitats.   Plant species and habitats are being selected to be resilient to a changing climate.   65,000 trees and shrubs of 32 species will be planted together with 3.5km…

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  • Photo of CW Studio designs a landscape masterplan for a new way of living

    CW Studio designs a landscape masterplan for a new way of living

    CW Studio has designed a landscape masterplan for a sustainable development. Developer Hall & Co has submitted planning application for Flora, in Henbury, near Macclesfield. They plan to extend its current garden and home furnishings centre to build a new food hall. It will have 14 residential properties with residential, shared and commercial growing gardens.   CW Studio has worked with Ollier Smurthwaite to create the landscape masterplan . This will go before Cheshire East Council’s planning committee.   The masterplan takes in five distinct areas. These are the communal green, orchard and meadow, edible garden, private gardens and a…

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  • Photo of Land Studio helping to transform pub in Green Belt project

    Land Studio helping to transform pub in Green Belt project

    Land Studio is part of a project team working to transform a derelict pub into a series of bespoke family homes.  The Stamford Arms pub near Altrincham, hasn’t opened for a decade. Cheshire East Council granted planning approval for the refurb..   Land Studio is working with Novo Property Group on the development.   18 months in the making, the proposals for this heritage site are within the Cheshire Green Belt. It will see the restoration and conversion of the former pub into nine apartments. The stable block and coach houses will become five mews cottages. There will also be…

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  • Photo of Bringing nature to life at the home of Rolls-Royce

    Bringing nature to life at the home of Rolls-Royce

    Rolls Royce has announced a ‘rewilding’ project at the firm’s Goodwood manufacturing site. The company has asked young designers to get involved.   Designers are being invited to submit ideas for a feature in the Wildlife Garden. This garden will be at the Home of Rolls Royce, in a nationwide competition.   As well as ideas to nurture wildlife, such as pollinator-friendly plants, trees and flowers, bird feeders, bug hotels and nest-boxes, children can design seats, shelters, sculpture and other items that would make the Garden more appealing to Goodwood’s human population.   The winner will be chauffeur-driven to the…

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  • Photo of George Street 2025 vision unveiled

    George Street 2025 vision unveiled

    The City of Edinburgh Council has shown final concept designs for George Street.   Designs by LDA Design offer a glimpse of what George Street could look like in 2025. A 3D fly-through by Luma 3D Interactive of the new concept designs is also available.   Widened pavements, improved lighting, spaces for play and relaxation, and a cycling thoroughfare make for a people-focussed setting.   The designs both protect the area’s heritage and enhance the environment. They’ve done this by retaining symmetry and removing street clutter alongside urban greening.   The impact of heavy rain and floods will reduce through…

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  • Photo of SGD Spring conference explores future health and restorative power of nature

    SGD Spring conference explores future health and restorative power of nature

    The SGD Spring Conference will take place on Saturday 17th April. It will to explore in detail how the restorative power of nature can impact our future health. Live-streamed, ‘Our Future Health’ will be presented by a panel of leading experts. They will examine evidence showing how important green spaces are to mental and physical wellbeing.   They will also explain the role garden design plays in sensory experiences, psychology and health.   Chair of the SGD Conference committee Stuart Towner said:   “As garden designers we often wonder what it is about the garden that is so appealing. Most…

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  • Photo of Hospital to get two new healing gardens

    Hospital to get two new healing gardens

    Bowles & Wyer are nearing completion on another hospital project. The design team at Bowles & Wyer have created two new gardens for Harefield Hospital. The hospital carries out major heart and lung transplant operations during normal times. It has more recently converted some wards into caring for COVID-19 patients.   Design Director at Bowles & Wyer, James Smith, comments ‘The nature of the pandemic has made external spaces an even more precious resource. We very much hope the garden brings some positivity to people in their most difficult of times.’   Harefield Healing Garden, the larger of the two…

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  • Photo of Tom Stuart-Smith appointed to design Cuerden Hall’s grounds

    Tom Stuart-Smith appointed to design Cuerden Hall’s grounds

    A renowned landscape architect has been appointed to transform the setting and grounds of Cuerden Hall and preserve the ancient woodland surrounding it. Colin Shenton, owner of the historic Grade II* listed countryside mansion situated in the Cuerden Valley near Chorley, Lancashire, has engaged Tom Stuart-Smith following a highly competitive design consultation process, in which four firms tendered for the project. Tom is an accomplished landscape architect and garden designer, delivering projects in the UK and worldwide – including the Queen’s Jubilee garden at Windsor Castle, the Garden of Illusion at The Connaught Hotel, the Keeper’s House Garden at the Royal…

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  • Photo of Thomas Hoblyn to overhaul Peterhouse gardens

    Thomas Hoblyn to overhaul Peterhouse gardens

    Thomas Hoblyn is starting a landscaping project at Peterhouse. The project will make use of Cambridge’s unique micro-climate, increasing the ecological diversity of the gardens. The University of Cambridge college appointed the award-winning Bury St Edmunds-based landscape and garden designer “to redesign Cosin Court, to open up the gardens and create a series of courtyard gardens with a sustainable scheme”.   Thomas Hoblyn Garden Design practice is based in a 400-year-old converted barn at Tom’s property in the Suffolk countryside. He and the team have space to create, and use the walled garden to trial and experiment new ideas and…

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  • Photo of The Garden Company celebrates 30th anniversary with a new look

    The Garden Company celebrates 30th anniversary with a new look

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  • Photo of Your Garden Made Perfect on BBC Two

    Your Garden Made Perfect on BBC Two

    Following on from the wildly successful Your Home Made Perfect, BBC Two is providing a nation now enthralled by gardening with Your Garden Made Perfect. Airing on Thursday 4 February, it will be jam packed full of tips and tricks to inspire viewers. When discussing 2020, there aren’t a huge number of highlights. But one which has been unanimously echoed across the industry is the public’s newfound appreciation of green spaces – and more specifically, their gardens. Using the latest visual technologies, homeowners will be presented with two vastly different designs from prominent garden designers so they can visualise what…

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  • Photo of Jade Goto responds to lockdown through landscape

    Jade Goto responds to lockdown through landscape

    We speak to designer Jade Goto about the landscape she created in response to the global pandemic and subsequent lockdown. What inspired this conceptual design? The global lockdowns have highlighted the human need for outside spaces and the positive impact they have on our wellbeing. My response to the first global pandemic was to create a landscape that interpreted my personal experience of these strange and uncharted times.  What was your experience with the global lockdowns? My experience of the lockdowns, like everyone’s, has changed over the last year. Professionally, the confinement to our homes has led more people to reevaluate…

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  • Photo of Urban Earth South West trainee gains distinction

    Urban Earth South West trainee gains distinction

    Jacob Betts, a trainee landscape designer for Urban Earth South West Limited, has graduated from The Oxford College of Garden Design with Distinction. Oxford College’s Principal, Duncan Heather, said: “Jacob has excelled on this course. It has been a real pleasure to watch his growth in real time, from a competent landscape contractor to a highly gifted artist and designer. A personable young man, who is producing professional work of an extremely high calibre. I wish him every success for the future.” Urban Earth director, Phil Yolland said: “Jacob is exactly the kind of person we are looking to have in our business;…

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  • Photo of Landscape Institute competition reveals future shape of the high street

    Landscape Institute competition reveals future shape of the high street

    The ideas entered into the Landscape Institute’s latest international design competition provide insight into the future design and management of the public realm. The competition attracted 160 student and professional entries from China, Thailand, Israel, Turkey, Denmark, Spain and the UK. President of the Landscape Institute, Jane Findlay commented: “The competition was designed to generate new thinking and to offer a platform for entrants to engage with the debate about the future of our public spaces. I was delighted to see such imaginative and hopeful thinking’. “The quality of the submissions was incredible, not only in the standard of presentation…

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  • Photo of Students to reinvent 18 world cities for new competition

    Students to reinvent 18 world cities for new competition

    Eighteen global cities have launched a competition that will enable students and universities from across the globe to share their vision for a green reinvention of our cities. In a first of its kind, the competition is being led by C40 Cities, the global network of cities committed to bold climate action. The C40 Students Reinventing Cities Competition is dedicated to transforming cities in the face of the climate crisis, by driving an active collaboration between cities and academia. Students entering the competition will be given live projects to work on in cities, including Athens, Auckland, Barcelona, Bogotá, Buenos Aires,…

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  • Photo of Untitled Practice to transform Kingsbury and Market Square

    Untitled Practice to transform Kingsbury and Market Square

    Untitled Practice (UP) is set to transform Kingsbury and Market Square in the heart of Aylesbury’s historic town centre conservation area. The landscape and architecture studio was appointed to undertake the 1.2 ha public realm improvement scheme following an open tender process run by the new unitary authority of Buckinghamshire Council. With a rich civic quality, Market Square is the focal point of the town with its distinctive Clocktower, Crown Court and Corn Exchange buildings. UP’s proposed scheme will tie this together with Kingsbury – the gateway to Aylesbury’s Old Town – to create a new town centre destination of…

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  • Photo of Vectorworks launches new versions of BIM and design software

    Vectorworks launches new versions of BIM and design software

    Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. has launched Vectorworks 2021 with a continued emphasis on improving product quality, performance and the user experience. This latest release includes Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Fundamentals, as well as 2021 versions of Vision, Braceworks and ConnectCAD. “Vectorworks 2021 is the continuation of our commitment to quality and performance and is something that will further drive our mission to provide best-in-class design and BIM tools to AEC, landscape and entertainment professionals,” says Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “When you drill down to this year’s launch theme of ‘simplicity to design the…

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  • Photo of Country Gardens market is still strong

    Country Gardens market is still strong

    Award-winning landscape company says that the demand for country house gardens has proved strong all the way through the recent COVID-19 crisis and continues to develop. With particular expertise in designing and constructing country gardens in the Home Counties, Bowles & Wyer share their insight on how the market has developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. “People have a renewed interest in using their gardens in the last few months” says Bowles & Wyer CEO, John Wyer, “At the start of lockdown, it was the only space available to most homeowners. Since then, with an emphasis on entertaining in the garden, we have seen…

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  • Photo of Scottish interior and garden design company launches

    Scottish interior and garden design company launches

    A new interior and garden design company is launching this month, claiming to be the first of its kind in Scotland. Katie Reynolds Design Ltd will be offering its clients both interior design and garden design services from its base in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Owner Katie Reynolds says no other designer in the country is offering professional services in both of these sectors. Katie gained Distinction in interior design at KLC School of Design in London and trained in garden design at the National Design Academy, where she was highly commended for the standard of her portfolio. Now fully qualified, Katie…

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  • Photo of Peter Donegan to design ‘Northern Roots Oldham Garden’ at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2020

    Peter Donegan to design ‘Northern Roots Oldham Garden’ at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2020

    Having returned from France after the inauguration of the WW1 Centenary Peace garden he designed for the 13th century Chateau de Peronne, garden designer Peter Donegan is set to return to show gardening at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2020 with the Northern Roots Oldham Garden. The show garden has been designed to showcase the pioneering new green space project Northern Roots, the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park on Snipe Clough, placed in 160 acres of stunning green space in the heart of Oldham, Greater Manchester. Paying homage to Oldham’s rich industrial heritage, the Northern Roots Oldham Garden…

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  • Photo of Designer marks decade of award-winning show gardens at RHS Malvern Spring Festival with litter and rubbish

    Designer marks decade of award-winning show gardens at RHS Malvern Spring Festival with litter and rubbish

    An award-winning olive tree grower will incorporate litter which has been captured from the sea or combed from beaches around the UK into a show garden at this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival. This will be the tenth consecutive show garden at RHS Malvern by olive tree specialists Villaggio Verde, the longest ever run by a grower. To mark the decade they will be designing a garden called ‘Taverna Cove’. It will be inspired by a family-owned taverna in Greece which is only accessible by coastal path or the sea. The family manages and maintains the taverna and the land…

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