Natural Play Area for School in Scotland

A natural play area is being designed and constructed in at Merrylee Primary School in Scotland. It is going to be the only school in Britain with a natural play area within its grounds.

The Evening Times reports

It will have hills, long grass, a flower garden and eco-friendly features including badger set and fox’s den.
They worked with Felicity Steers, who is a parent and a landscape architect, and came up with the design of the Merrylee Urban Jungle.

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT – Felicity Steers of erz studio

King’s Cross Square contenders in the dark | News | Architects Journal

Architects Journal reports

The architects shortlisted in the prestigious King’s Cross Square contest remain unbriefed about the project – six months after being selected

Despite being named as finalists for the 7,000m2 project outside the central London station in January, the six firms have yet to receive any further details of the scheme.

SOURCE: Architects Journal – King’s Cross Square contenders in the dark | News |

Shortlist for the project includes Stanton Williams, Gehl Architects, Field Operations, Martha Schwartz Partners, Gustafson Porter, Gross.MaxTechnorati

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Square revamp opponents are ‘prejudiced’ – Lancashire Evening Post

Lancashire Evening Post reports

“The opponents of the £3m Winckley Square redevelopment are “prejudiced against any change whatsoever,” the architect behind the plans said today.

Landscape architect Catherine Mitchell has spent more than a year perfecting the revamp of the Preston square after her firm won an international design competition to breathe new life into it……”

read more at the SOURCE: Lancashire Evening Post – Square revamp opponents are ‘prejudiced’

UK’s largest eco-village gets go ahead | News | Architects Journal

Architects Journal reports

“HTA Architects has received planning permission to build 195 zero carbon homes as part of the Hanham Hall development in South Gloucestershire

The development, which is being backed by Barratt Developments and the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), will be the UK’s first to be built to Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.”

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Adept Architects beat Foster’s to design new Swedish settlement – Building Design

Building Design reports

“Danish practices Adept Architects and Schonherr Landscape have beaten Foster and Partners to win a competition to design a new settlement on a 100ha site in Helsingborg, Sweden.

Other shortlisted entrants to the H+ planning competition were Sweden’s White Architects, KCAP Architects and Planners from the Netherlands and Space Group from Norway.”

SOURCE: Building Design – Adept Architects beat Foster’s to design new Swedish settlement

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