Work commences on carbon-zero community park and school: Grontmij

Crouch Hill - Gronmij

Grontmij announced that work has commenced on the Crouch Hill Park and Ashmount Primary School development, in the London Borough of Islington.

The Crouch Hill development is a highly sensitive scheme and comprises Metropolitan Open Land, a Site of Metropolitan Significance for Nature Conservation and a local park. The site is adjacent to the Parkland Walk, a disused railway and a popular North London walking route between Finsbury Park and Highgate.

A new central green space will give the public access to out-of-hours community activities in the school including, a shared games court. New paths will link local housing and the Parkland Walk to attract visitors and improve safety. The whole site will become more permeable and accessible, with easy-access routes for wheelchairs, young children and parents with pushchairs. Paths through existing trees are designed as raised boardwalks, to ‘tread lightly’ through the site and a sensitive lighting strategy will improve community safety in key areas, while respecting bat foraging corridors.

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TOPOTEK1 part of winning team for Waste-to-Energy Plant design competition

Amagerforbrændingen-New-Waste-To-Energy-Plant

Recently TOPOTEK1 was part of the winning team for Amagerforbraending Waste-to-Energy Plant international design competition.  The winning submission stated that the site directly north of the main entrance to the Amagerforbrændingen (Copenhagen) should be used for recreational purposes in the future. The team propose to create topography as a natural continuation of the artificial mountain meadows on the roof. If the roof is the glacier – the park is the green meadow in the valley. The landscape has been modeled in a way so it offers informal sport activities in summer as in winter. The materials are simple and robust to make sure the costs for construction and maintenance is kept reasonable.

The design team included BIG, realities:united AKT, TOPOTEK1 & Man Made Land, Glessner Group. The building is 95,000s square metres and the Landscape is 90,000 square metres.

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Gustafson Porter win Valencia Parque Central competition

Valencia Parque Central

Leading landscape architects Gustafson Porter have won a high profile competition to design the Valencia Parque Central. The winning project “Aigua Plena de Seny” was developed by an international multi-disciplinary team which is a joint venture led by Gustafson Porter and includes Borgos Pieper architects (London/ Barcelona), Nova Ingeniería Project Management and Grupotec Engineers from Valencia.

The international competition initially drew 36 teams from eight countries. The five short-listed design teams to submit a master plan at the final stage of the competition also included Foreign Office Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour +Partner and West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture. The designs were judged by a jury comprising prominent members of the local architecture and landscape community and the Mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá, who announced the winning design of the international competition on 25 January 2011.

With a total surface of 66 hectares and an investment of 73 million Euros, the Valencia Parque Central project is, according to the Mayor Rita Barberá, “a historical milestone of the city’s urban development” and “the most attractive, important and certainly the economically most significant project in Europe”.
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ACT: A Dramatic Detour

A Dramatic Detour
At the beginning of 2010, Realdania and the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sport Facilities (Lokale- og Anlægsfonden) introduced a development project entitled “A Good Detour” (En god omvej). The intent of the competition was to encourage innovative design and planning concepts that would create better conditions for healthier and more active lifestyles, especially within the everyday spaces we inhabit. Ultimately, the winning projects will be used as examples that other cities and communities can emulate.

Out of the 59 municipalities who submitted proposals, only 9 were selected to develop and build their ideas. In collaboration with Solrød Municipality, a suburb of Copenhagen, ACT submitted a proposal to establish an activity park along the embankment of a highway noise barrier. The site is, as most noise highway barriers are, a vast 1.4 kilometer strip of land, directly adjacent to a large residential area and void of any desirable function.
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Salford Greengate public realm regeneration gets green light

Salford Greengate
Construction has started on the public realm element of the £450 million overhaul of Salford Greengate.

Landscape architects Grontmij, formerly known as Whitelaw Turkington has been appointed as lead designer, working with building contractor Carillion, to deliver an urban quarter on the 13 hectare brownfield site on behalf of Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company.
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