Bovis wins £35m maritime museum extension job – Building

Building.co.uk reports

Construction of Sammy Ofer wing, named after shipping magnate who donated money for the project, is due to start in August

Bovis Lend Lease has won the £35m contract to build a new wing for the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Construction work on the Sammy Ofer wing is due to start in August, with build set to be completed in time for the surrounding area to stage the equestrian events at the 2012 Olympics.

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Bovis team includes a multi-discipline team including Churchman Landscape Architects

Town awards contract for downtown study

novanewsnow.com reports

Yarmouth town council has awarded the tender for its downtown revitalization plan. Ekistics Planning and Design, a Halifax-based firm, won the contract to perform the study. The project, which is expected to cost about $45,000 and be completed by October, was aided by news that the town received $30,000 from ACOA to go towards the cost of the study.

SOURCE: novanewsnow.com – Town awards contract for downtown study

The National Stadium Beijing wins RIBA Lubetkin Prize 2009

The RIBA Lubetkin Prize 2009 winner is The National Stadium Beijing by Herzog & de Meuron with China Architectural Design & Research Group and Arup Sport for National Stadium Company.

The National Stadium in Beijing – nicknamed ‘the bird’s nest’ – by Herzog & de Meuron, with the China Architectural Design and research Group, Arup Sport and Ove Arup and Partners Hong Kong, and artist Ai Wei Wei, has scooped the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) prestigious Lubetkin Prize for the most outstanding work of architecture outside the European Union by an RIBA member.

The presentation of the RIBA’s Lubetkin Prize will took place at a ceremony on the 14th July at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Whitehall, sponsored by Cosentino and in partnership with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). Winners of 2009 RIBA International Awards will also receive their awards at the ceremony.

SOURCE: RIBA

Flickr Image Source: Ed-meister

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Dutch success in London – OKRA wins Croydon Competition


OKRA landscape architects have won the prestigious “International Urban Design Competition for Wellesley Road and Park Lane in Croydon” in London. Lead consultant OKRA participates in this project with Urhahn Urban Design, Peter Brett Associates, Karakusevic Carson Architects and Soundings. The ambition for Croydon is to transform the area, which counts 350.000 inhabitants, into London’s “third city”, complementary to Westminster and the City of London. The transformation of Wellesley Road and Park Lane, the central axis in Croydon, is one of the key projects in Croydon. The assignment is to create a vibrant centre of the monstrous main infrastructure that nowadays divides the centre in two parts.

SOURCE: OKRA and Building Design

For more information and the other competition entries including Field Operations, Edward Cullinan Architects and Hawkins Brown, go to City of Croydon Competition Page
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Ecotowns to get go-ahead despite local opposition – guardian.co.uk

The Guardian reports

An abandoned Norfolk airfield and a cluster of Cornish china claypit villages are to become the first of a controversial new breed of “ecotowns”, offering thousands of new homes built within a cutting-edge eco-friendly community.

The decision will be a blow to villagers who have campaigned against new developments at Rackheath, just outside Norwich, and St Austell in Cornwall. Only Rackheath got a top rating from an independent panel set up to judge the green credentials of the plans, yet it is one of three projects expected to be taken forward by ministers this week.

read more at the [SOURCE: guardian.co.uk – Ecotowns to get go-ahead despite local opposition | Environment | The Observer]

£30m revamp for Redcar seafront

FOLLOWING an international design competition, one of the region’s most ambitious seafront regeneration plans was unveiled today (3 July) which will transform Redcar seafront and create the first-ever 80ft ‘vertical pier’ on this stretch of coast.

A total of £30m is planned to be invested in the seafront defences and to create a unique and vibrant promenade which will attract visitors with a network of beautifully designed public spaces incorporating water cascades, sunshine traps, performance space and sheltered seating from which to view the towns distinctive seascape.

The winning design team led by Harrogate-based landscape architects Smeeden Foreman working in collaboration with Seven Architecture, Arup and Davis Langdon, aims to bring characteristics of the beach up onto the promenade, using textures, colours, shapes and sights from the seafront in seating, paving and the ribbons of a wave canopy stretching along the coastline.

Text and Image SOURCE: Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Memorial for 7/7 victims opened


IMAGE SOURCE: Mayor of London

Mayor of London

The fourth anniversary of the 7th July bombings, which killed 52 people in the capital, will be marked today with the dedication of the London Bombing Memorial in Hyde Park.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson will join the TRH The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Prime Minister to meet the families of the victims of the bombings and representatives of the emergency services and will attend the dedication ceremony.

During the ceremony the names of all those killed in the bombings will be read out and followed by a minutes silence.

SOURCE: Mayor of London

Financial Times reports

Designed by Carmody Groarke, the London architects, in collaboration with the victims’ families and in consultation with Anthony Gormley, the artist, the memorial which works both as a single sculptural group and as a marker to each of the 52 people who were killed. The architects say it captures “the notion of the singular and the collective loss”.

SOURCE: Financial Times Memorial for 7/7 victims opened

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