Project to create wetland habitat – BBC

BBC NEWS reports

Conservationists at the Skinflats RSPB sanctuary, near Falkirk, are preparing to allow sea water to flood the site.

They hope to create saline pools and salt marshes, boosting the the number of birds and otters on the reserve.

The £150,000 project is also designed to alleviate pressure along the coast, which has suffered from flooding.

read more at the SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Tayside and Central | Project to create wetland habitat.

BDP to design new Telford & Wrekin Academy with Kier

Working with its partner Kier Construction, BDP has won the commission to design the new Abraham Darby Sport & Learning Academy at Ironbridge in Telford, as part of the Telford BSF project.

The design combines a 1050 place Academy, sponsored by the Haberdashers’ Livery Company, with a 420 place primary school and a community leisure centre, set on a sloping site at the gateway to the Ironbridge World Heritage Site.

The scheme exploits the levels to produce a highly compact design, thereby freeing up as much space as possible for external play, learning and sports provision.

SOURCE: BDP | BDP to design new Telford & Wrekin Academy with Kier.

IMAGE SOURCE: BDP

Archial staff try to follow Alsop

Building Design reports

Will Alsop’s move to RMJM took on a new twist this week after it emerged that staff at his former firm Archial were looking to follow him, with at least one major client considering following suit.

RMJM’s group finance director Declan Thompson revealed that former colleagues of Alsop’s were among the 50 people who have approached the firm for work……..

read the full story at the SOURCE: Building DesignArchial staff try to follow Alsop move

English Heritage unveils Stonehenge visitor centre designs

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Proposed View of Visitor Centre

English Heritage has unveiled the new plans for the Stonehenge visitor centre design. The design was created by Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) and according to English Hertiage website

has been designed to be sensitive to its surroundings and to the significance of the monument.

The placement and design of the building seems to attempt to place the focus on Stonehenge rather than the visitor centre. However, the design seems as though it could be anywhere in the world for any manner of attractions. I understand that this is the second round of designs after the subterranean design by DCM was quashed, however I think the design seems to be trying to please too many people and stakeholders.

From the renders and plans it is hard to judge whether the access road and car park are hidden from view. I hope that this is the case and that some form of  ha-ha has been incorporated into the landscape design to obscure the road and  car park from view to create a sense of flowing green fields that currently exists.

To see all the renders and plans go to the gallery at English Heritage

Proposed Aerial View

Proposed Aerial View

SOURCE: English Heritage

IMAGE SOURCE: English Heritage

Irish Government publishes policy for the future of Architecture

Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government(Ireland) on 8 October 2009 published the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 Towards a Sustainable Future: Delivering Quality within the Built Environment. At an event to launch the Policy in the Custom House, the Minister outlined his belief that the new Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 “provides a dynamic framework for the implementation of public policy on architecture over the next seven years”.The implementation of the Policy on Architecture should lead to a greater emphasis on the role of architectural and urban-design quality in the design of the built environment.  Minister Gormley emphasised that “the Policy complements and supports the Government’s wider economic strategy in areas such as research, green enterprise and the development of efficient and sustainable technologies for the built environment. Within the Policy there are various actions that support initiatives on job creation, enterprise and the export of Irish skills and products abroad.”

SOURCE: News – Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government.

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