Public realm

  • Photo of Birmingham first UK city to develop an Urban Forest Master Plan

    Birmingham first UK city to develop an Urban Forest Master Plan

    Birmingham is taking a strategic approach to its urban forest. It is engaging experts and key stakeholders to help it prepare an Urban Forest Master Plan.  This project is the first of its kind in the UK and follows a model used in the US and Canada.   The Plan will help Birmingham work towards a vision for its trees that is sustainable into the future.   In the UK, the development of detailed Urban Forest Master Plans (UFMPs) has been slow. A significant reason is the absence of a case study and resultant model.   The Birmingham project will…

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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 Plans unveiled for new green heart in Longbridge Town Centre

    Plans unveiled for new green heart in Longbridge Town Centre

    Work is set to begin to deliver a green space in the heart of Longbridge Town Centre. St. Modwen has appointed contractors Ground Control to create a new public space, including the extension of Austin Park, a new walking and cycling route underneath the Bristol Road, footpaths, seating and play equipment. Landscaping plans include the planting of 46 new trees, 3,500 new shrubs and plants, 6,500 new bulbs and enough wildflowers to cover more than three tennis courts, while additional seating for up to 80 people is set to be installed. The design will enhance the quality of the town…

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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 Newby Hall gardens open to the public

    Newby Hall gardens open to the public

    Newby Hall in North Yorkshire, has opened to visitors for the first time this year. The famous horticultural landmark, the current holder of the Historic Houses Garden of the Year title, should have opened in April for the 2020 season but lockdown started before the gates could open. Owners Richard and Lucinda Compton, aided by the head Gardener Phil Cormie, have worked through the enforced two-month closure, mowing grass, planting and watering the 25 acres of gardens to make sure they are looking at their early summer best. Gates were finally opened to members of the public on Saturday (6…

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  • Photo of Fields in Trust bringing parks to you this spring

    Fields in Trust bringing parks to you this spring

    Whilst we’re all staying home and less able to get out to enjoy our nation’s parks this spring, green space charity Fields in Trust are bringing parks to people with a virtual tour of the UK, discovering beautiful parks and green spaces which are much loved and valued by their communities along the way. At a time when communities across the country are revaluing the benefits their local parks usually provided for sport, nature and play, the tour will be moving around the UK exploring locations online by showcasing town and city parks which you can ‘visit’ from your home…

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  • Photo of How do you respond when a coronavirus crisis hits?

    How do you respond when a coronavirus crisis hits?

    Business coach for the Trades and Construction industry, Alison Warner, gives her expert advice. In recent weeks we have all been thrown into an unprecedented situation, one that we have never seen before in our lifetimes. For landscape gardeners, I would imagine that this couldn’t have happened at a worst time, just as you come into your busiest months. So how do you respond? Well, at times of huge challenge such as this, it is all about how you adapt, and the speed at which you do so. Here are the key things to think about: Plan for the worst,…

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  • Photo of Climate Strike Ruins Much-Loved Green Space

    Climate Strike Ruins Much-Loved Green Space

    Hundreds of Bristol residents have called for the organisers of the recent Greta Thunberg climate strike to pay for the damage caused to College Green.   15,000 people attended the strike in Bristol on Friday, turning the popular green space into a mudbath and angering many of its residents.   Initially, a fundraiser was set up to cover the cost of repairs, however calls have been made for the rally organisers to pay for the damage instead.   Residents have commented the irony of the situation, with thousands turning up to talk about the planet dying, but destroying a much-loved…

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  • Photo of Rejuvenation of Whitfield Gardens Begins

    Rejuvenation of Whitfield Gardens Begins

    A significant step in the progress of the West End Project has been taken with the start of works to rejuvenate Whitfield Gardens.   This renewed public space forms part of the biggest council-led public realm and transport scheme the borough has ever seen.   The West End Project is addressing traffic congestion, road safety, poor air quality and the fact that this area has less than the Camden average of public open space.   Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet member for a Sustainable Camden says:    “It is exciting that the work to improve Whitfield Gardens and restore the iconic…

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  • Photo of Grosvenor Square re-design to create London’s most outstanding green space

    Grosvenor Square re-design to create London’s most outstanding green space

    Grosvenor Britain & Ireland announces that Tonkin Liu has been appointed to re-design London’s Grosvenor Square ahead of its 300th anniversary. Situated in the heart of Mayfair, the Grade II listed square has a rich history that can be traced back to 1726. Over the past three years, Grosvenor, which manages the public garden on a not for profit basis, has been working with local residents and Londoners to build a shared vision for its future: to enhance the square’s contribution to Mayfair and London by making it more sustainable and welcoming. These ambitions will be brought together by Tonkin…

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  • Photo of Planning Permission is granted for landmark waterfront development, Quay House

    Planning Permission is granted for landmark waterfront development, Quay House

    Planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of Quay House in Canary Wharf. The redevelopment will activate currently underused public spaces beneath the DLR and along Admirals Way, with public realm improvements. Significant improvements will be delivered to the public realm, with ExA proposing an elevated green oasis to provide a high level of visual amenity. Tessa O’Donnell, Exterior Architecture said: “We are delighted by the decision to grant planning permission for Quay House. The site represents a unique opportunity to unlock the concept of The Underline, a continuous network of activated public realm spaces that lie beneath the…

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  • Photo of Hawkins\Brown win public realm commission for Smithfield

    Hawkins\Brown win public realm commission for Smithfield

    The City of London Corporation has announced the winning teams who will be reimagining the Smithfield East and West Market buildings and the broader Smithfield public realm. The winners are Studio Egret West and Hawkins\Brown, respectively.  The projects will help realise the City Corporation’s vision for Culture Mile which stretches from Farringdon to Moorgate. Culture Mile is led by the City of London Corporation, together with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of London and a growing network of stakeholders from across the commercial, cultural and civic sectors.   This project will deliver…

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