Function meets form – The National Newspaper

National Newspaper reports that

“Marks Barfield Architects, the award-winning London-based practice, are aiming for an organic look that is informed by nature.

DAD, a project by Abyaar, a Kuwaiti boutique real estate developer, is a 26-hectare commercial, residential and retail project within Dubai’s International Media Production Zone. And Marks Barfield has been commissioned to design several core components of it: 11 residential buildings with a gross built area of 2.1 million sq. ft., a central clubhouse, children’s playground and seven retail units. Central to the project will be the three Pebble buildings. Construction is scheduled for completion in the last quarter of 2011.”

[SOURCE: Function meets form – The National Newspaper].

Building could slow at Ajman emirate’s dream city

The Guardian (UK) reports that

“Construction of a $60 billion city in the emirate of Ajman could be slowed, its developer says, in another sign that the global economic crisis is hitting the Middle East’s grand development plans.”

[SOURCE: Business Feed Article | Business | guardian.co.uk]

Wheels are turning for cycle hire

Ambitious plans to provide a cycle hire scheme in London by May 2010 are achievable according to a feasibility study released on the 18 November. Transport for London has now invited companies interested in running the scheme to get in touch with them.

SOURCE: Greater London Authority – Press Release.

Landscape Institute 2008 awards

The awards comprised 15 categories in 2008, including landscape design, planning, science and research with 38 entries recognised as winners, highly commended or commended. Overseas winners include New Providence Wharf in Ontario and a development along the Haihe river in China.

SOURCE: Landscape Institute – Project to deliver sustainable communities in East London lauded as top landscape scheme in UK.

Congratulations to the winners of the awards – see a full list here

University of Leicester stakes £1 billion to secure elite status

The University of Leicester — recently crowned University of the Year — has launched a £1 billion campus development to help it move into the top ten of British universities.

The building programme, one of the biggest ever undertaken in the sector, will strengthen Leicester’s unique position as an elite university committed to widening access to higher education.

Architects – Shepheard Epstein Hunter

SOURCE: University of Leicester – University of Leicester stakes £1 billion to secure elite status.

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