Landscape Architecture

  • Biodiversity

    Biodiversity net gain report

    Department for Environment Food and Rural affairs’ summary of responses and government response. The consultation was launched in December 2018 and ran for 10 weeks. The consultation document first set out the objectives of an effective net gain policy for the environment, development and local communities. The second part of the consultation described what is meant by “biodiversity net gain” and “environmental net gain”. The third part of the consultation sought views on whether to mandate biodiversity net gain, and how a mandatory approach might be implemented most effectively. Here we summarise the findings of the consultation, with the knowledge…

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  • Government report welcomes vision to create a West Midlands National Park

    A Government-commissioned report has welcomed ambitious proposals to create a new urban National Park in the West Midlands region.   The interim findings of the Government’s Landscapes Review said officials would like to see ‘the encouragement of a wider range of non-designated systems of landscape protection,’ such as the vision to transform the West Midlands Combined Authority region.   The concept would create a National Park in the region spanning more than seven cities and creating hundreds of miles of green space, conservation areas and new cycle routes.   The bold proposals have been drawn up by Kathryn Moore, Professor…

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  • climate change

    The Landscape Institute is calling for creative proposals that visualise the impact of climate change

    The Landscape Institute recently declared a climate emergency and the autumn edition of the Landscape journal will be devoted to this topic.   The focus will be on the practical and technical steps that landscape practitioners can take to influence their clients, built environment professionals, partners and policy makers.   One of the biggest challenges in tackling climate change has been getting the public to take the issue seriously. Blue Planet, the film by David Attenborough, had a huge impact because it was able to show exactly what plastic in the Ocean looks like.   Landscape architect Stephen Sheppard proposes a new…

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  • New images released of Battersea Power Station

    Residents and visitors to London will soon be able to enjoy panoramic views from one of Europe’s largest roof terraces, part of the transformation of Grade II London industrial icon, Battersea Power Station.   The generous terrace, delivered by LDA Design and designed in conjunction with James Corner Field Operations, tops Foster + Partners’ undulating new building. The gardens have lent their name to the entire phase of this development to be called Battersea Roof Gardens.   The terrace features picnic spots, sun decks and fitness areas. Just published images show that from this spectacular vantage point, residents will be…

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  • Landscape Institute Elections 2019: results announced

    On 1 July 2019, the Landscape Institute (LI) will welcome 12 new members to its Board of Trustees and Advisory Council. This follows the 2019 LI Board and Council elections, the results of which were announced at a members-only reception on Friday 7 June 2019. Successful candidates President Elect Jane Findlay CMLI, elected with 370 out of 907 votes (40.8%) Vice President Carolin Göhler FLI, elected with 458 out of 876 votes (52.3%) Honorary Secretary Romy Rawlings CMLI, elected with 516 out of 870 votes (59.3%) Non-Chartered Board Member Niall Williams (Student), elected unopposed Advisory Council Ordinary Members Catherine Birkin CMLI,…

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  • Buzzing Garden

    Husqvarna pledges support to The Buzzing Garden

    Husqvarna, will make a cash donation plus one of its innovative robotic lawnmowers to the National Garden Scheme (NGS) charity. This is in order to support the creation of a Swedish garden in Gateshead’s Saltwell Park this August.   Husqvarna, has backed the summer project which will see the National Garden Scheme charity combine with Gateshead Council, the North East Honorary Consul for Sweden, and sponsors, to create ’The Buzzing Garden’ – a Swedish-designed greenspace.   The Buzzing Garden will be open to the general public and is a reciprocal effort following the work of garden designer, Susie White, who…

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  • Rea Valley

    Ambitious plans to create the Rea Valley Urban Quarter

    Birmingham City Council has today started a public consultation on ambitious plans to transform 73 hectares of the city centre, the Rea Valley Urban Quarter. Delivering the next phase of the Big City Plan, the Rea Valley Urban Quarter will become a vibrant mixed-use area delivering jobs, homes and a network of green spaces and pedestrian routes. Accommodating over 5,000 new homes the area will provide new housing, attracting families to the city centre supported by a range of community facilities and employment space. Expanding out from the Birmingham Smithfield development the area will focus on a reimagined River Rea…

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  • University of Sheffield

    Professors from the University of Sheffield to transform Melbourne Arts Precinct

    Professors Nigel Dunnett, winner at the Pro Landscaper Podium Awards, and James Hitchmough from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape Architecture have been appointed planting designers for Melbourne’s new arts precinct project. They will create cutting-edge, minimal water-use plantings in 18,000 square metres of renewed public space in the heart of Melbourne.   They will work in collaboration with international design practice HASSELL and New York-based design firm SO-IL.   The team will create an elevated park, gardens and pedestrian spaces in the Southbank area.   Professor Dunnett said: “The exciting aspect of the Melbourne project is that it…

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  • climate change

    LI launches new biosecurity toolkit for landscape consultants

    The Landscape Institute (LI) has published a new plant health and biosecurity toolkit. This toolkit will help landscape professionals tackle the pests and diseases that threaten our landscapes.   Plant health and biosecurity issues present a major threat to ecosystem resilience. And with the uncertainty in the UK’s trading future with the EU, it is crucial that those in the landscape sector implement biosecurity principles at every stage of their work. Background Plant pests and diseases are a normal characteristic of the environment and usually exist in equilibrium with their hosts, which naturally limit their spread. At a landscape scale, some pests and diseases can be…

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  • Mayor unveils vision for Bristol

    Bristol City Council has launched the next phase of the review of the city’s Local Plan and is asking for people’s views on its approach to building a better Bristol that meets the needs of the future. The Bristol Local Plan outlines the council’s approach to delivering inclusive growth and development over the next 20 years including over 33,500 homes by 2036, along with new protections for green spaces. Citizens and communities are being asked for their views on the changes to the Local Plan, which will help support the creation of new homes and jobs across the city. It…

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  • Austin Design Works

    Austin Design works secure planning permission

    Austin Design Works have secured planning permission for a contemporary garden pavilion. It is in the grounds of a historic, riverside rectory in Wiltshire.   The structure is designed to be the focal point for family entertaining. It completes a scheme to link the main 16th Century house with dedicated ‘play’ spaces. These run down to the property’s picturesque river frontage in Great Somerford.   Director Rachael Austin runs Nailsworth-based Austin Design Works with her brother Matt. She was initially called to design an outside-in scheme, with the large garden as the focal point.   But the clients shifted to…

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  • Wildflower Turf Ltd

    Wildflower Turf Ltd to enhance Leeds Skelton Lake Services

    Wildflower Turf Ltd will be helping to enhance the biodiversity of the £60m Leeds Skelton Lake Services when the ‘new concept’ Motorway Service Area (MSA) opens on the M1 later this year.   Leeds Skelton Lake Services will include a 100-bedroom Hotel and a Food Court Building. There will also be a Wildlife Centre and a dedicated Business Centre.   The new MSA occupying a lakeside environment. The integration of the Hotel and Food Court Building in a way that is sympathetic to its surroundings has been of the utmost importance.   Wildflower Turf Ltd are working with the Landscape…

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  • Rochdale

    Plan for £3m redesign of Rochdale town square

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  • Lottery funded gardens

    Lottery funding for parks

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  • HRH Duchess of Cambridge

    HRH The Duchess of Cambridge designs RHS garden

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  • Michael Gove sets out proposals for greener developments

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  • natural heritage

    Scheme to restore Bath’s natural heritage wins £1.65m lottery grant

    An ambitious scheme to restore and protect Bath’s natural heritage has secured £1.65m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).   The Bathscape Landscape Partnership officially launched the project delivery stage of Bathscape at an event held at the city’s Roman Baths following confirmation of the HLF funding award. The scheme will bring to life 25 projects over the next five years that aim to restore, and improve access to, the UNESCO World Heritage City’s landscape. Bathscape will also provide a wide range of training and skill development opportunities for local people. Chaired by Andrew Grant, founder and director of Bath based landscape…

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  • Landscape Institute Awards

    Winners announced in prestigious Landscape Institute Awards

    The Landscape Institute is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Landscape Institute Awards 2018. From 163 entries, the winners highlight an array of projects which focus on landscape design, community, sustainability and innovative thinking. The diversity of the projects showcases the efforts the profession makes to protect and develop the landscape. The Awards Ceremony on Thursday 22 November at The Brewery in London celebrates those who are at the forefront of the profession, leading new work in the fields of design, community engagement and health and wellbeing across both the UK and internationally. Adam White, president of the…

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  • members

    LI consults members on landscape apprenticeships and categories

    The Landscape Institute is seeking members’ views to help it remain a relevant and supportive professional body. In the run up to its 90th anniversary, the LI has begun a major project to improve its relevance to the wider landscape sector. Recent research conducted by the LI has highlighted a number of challenges facing the sector: Significant skills shortages The need for greater professional inclusion; and New and emerging opportunities for people to enter the landscape profession The LI Board, Council and employee team have recognised the need to update the LI’s approach to membership to meet future needs. Membership categories…

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  • Landscape Institute Awards

    Finalists announced for Landscape Institute Awards 2018

    Shortlist of best in landscape architecture, design, planning and management ahead of the Landscape Institute Awards 2018 ceremony.   The Landscape Institute announces the shortlist of finalists for the Landscape Institute Awards 2018. The projects showcase the breadth of exceptional work of the many different types of landscape professionals. This includes landscape designers, managers, planners and researchers and the power landscape has to impact people’s lives.   Over 160 entries came from around the world and the winners will receive their award at the ceremony on Thursday 22 November at The Brewery in London. The event recognises and celebrates excellence,…

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  • climate change

    Lecture to inspire landscapers for Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018

    1 November 2018, presented by The Landscape Institute at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. The Landscape Institute is hosting the annual Jellicoe Lecture. This is a free event designed to inspire leadership within the landscape profession. The event will take place at the iconic Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland. The lecture will include a panel of global leaders and young luminaries in the fields of landscape and sustainability. They will aim to help inspire the next generation of landscape professionals. In celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 (YoYP 2018) the lecture provides a platform for those in Scotland…

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  • standard practice

    Announcing Standard Practice

    Planit-IE has joined forces with a collective of designers, makers and urbanists, forming a new studio model with Standard Practice. This is in a concerted effort to bring about and take part in authentic change across our towns and cities.   Formerly known as OH OK LTD, Joe Hartley, Jess Higham and Ben Young have joined Altrincham based design practice Planit-IE. This hopes to establish a parallel, integrated ‘studio within a studio’, operating in the overlap between design, fabrication, performance and architecture. Standard Practice will take a DIY approach to the built environment. It is making sure that the human…

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  • policy

    Have your say: LI policy, influencing and international activity

    On 2 November, the LI will hold its next board and council policy strategy session. Leading LI members will convene in Edinburgh to discuss and agree the organisation’s priorities for the coming year.   Ahead of this important meeting, the LI is keen to engage members across all regions to help shape our strategy. The team has devised a short survey to engage members on two key areas:   The LI’s policy and influencing priorities for 2019-20 What the LI should do internationally The LI is 90!   In addition, 2019 will be the Landscape Institute’s 90th Anniversary. We are…

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  • river

    London Festival of Architecture launches River View competition

    An opportunity for landscape architects and urban designers to address how the public can engage with the River Thames. As it explores ‘boundaries’ as its theme for 2019, the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) has invited landscape architects, architects, designers and artists to explore how the public can engage with the River Thames.   Expressions of interest are open until 1 November. The winning commission will deliver a structure for the Thames Riverside Walkway (North Bank) that will be in situ during the Festival and Illuminated River Project in June 2019.   LFA has identified a number of problems with…

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  • podium awards

    Pro Landscaper launches the Podium Awards

    Pro Landscaper is thrilled to announce the launch of the Podium Awards! An award like no other, the Pro Landscaper Podium Awards recognise the achievements, past and present, of landscapers, landscape architects and garden designers in the podium landscaping industry. The Podium Awards give projects that may have been previously overlooked the recognition they deserve. The awards will be judged in five separate categories and will focus on: The ability to showcase excellent core skills, meet the clients brief, effective use of products and plants and an innovative use of logistics. All projects must have been completed by 1 October…

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