£1.5 billion contract awarded for regeneration of Elephant & Castle

London Borough of Southwark announced that they have awarded the £1.5 billion (circa A$2.7 billion) regeneration of Elephant & Castle to Lend Lease.

The project is one of the most significant schemes of its type in Europe, comprising over 300,000 square metres of new build, mixed-use development, together with major infrastructure improvements and a range of enhanced community facilities. The location, within two miles of London’s West End, is unrivalled for a development of this scale.

The scheme comprises six phases. The first phase demolition is scheduled to commence in February 2010. Detailed planning consent for the first phase is expected to be achieved by April 2011. Both parties have expressed their commitment to work together on the redevelopment of all six phases of the site.

SOURCE: Lend Lease

IMAGE SOURCE: Elephant & Castle

Work begins on Preston parks restoration

lep.co.uk reports

Work to restore two Lancashire parks to their original Victorian designs has under way. Diggers moved into the wet and muddy Avenham and Miller Parks to kick off phase two of the multi-million pound restoration project.

It has been made possible due to £2.35m of funding which was recently secured from the North West Development Agency and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

read the full article at the [SOURCE: lep.co.uk - Work begins on restoring Preston parks]

Putting the green in the O.C. Great Park

latimes.com reports

Emile Haddad has of what would become the site of the Orange County Great Park and the location of his biggest development project dates from 1986……

The cost and pace of work on the project, which at the moment consists of a tethered balloon ride and a small “preview” park, have been the subject of nearly ceaseless political bickering, not least because the ultimate price tag has, well, ballooned to nearly $1.4 billion. About a third of that money was supposed to be financed through residential and commercial development undertaken by Haddad’s firm…..

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Plan to make Dubai greener with grass car parks

The National newspaper reports

Dubai is about to become a little greener, and its car parks a little softer underfoot.

As part of its efforts to increase the amount of green space, the municipality announced plans yesterday to gradually replace the concrete and sand surfaces of all car parks with real grass.

Read the full article at the [SOURCE: The National - Plan to make Dubai greener with grass car parks]

Ed: Lets hope they pick a grass that requires little water and fertiliser!!

Edinburgh College of Art launches its ‘Vision’ of academic research

Edinburgh College of Art is delighted to launch Vision, a major new publication about its current and future research projects in the creative disciplines.

A lavishly illustrated book, Vision includes focus features on the College’s current research groups as well as profiles of over 100 staff and their ‘visions’ of future research developments.

With the aim of progressing lively and accessible public engagement with academic research, Vision presents ground-breaking creative thinking across a vast range of art, design, architecture and landscape architecture disciplines. It also highlights the increase in cross-disciplinary and external collaboration in projects where experts in architecture, digital design, visual communications, business, anthropology, medical and computer science work with us to develop imaginative solutions to theoretical and practical issues.

Read more about Vision go to Edinburgh College of Art where you can download a copy of Vision

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