Public Realm Scheme Underway in Watford


Work has started on site for a public realm scheme to improve the upper section of The Parade in Watford Town Centre. Designed by BDP the project responds to feedback from local residents and businesses who want to see the town centre become more attractive, helping to bring shoppers, families and businesses to the area.
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Seeds of Change | Bristol UK | Gitta Gschwendtner & Maria Thereza Alves

Seeds of Change | Bristol UK | Gitta Gschwendtner & Maria Thereza Alves

‘Seeds of Change’ is a floating garden; the result of a collaboration between the designer Gitta Gschwendtner and the artist Maria Thereza Alves. The title ‘Seeds of Change’ stems from an ongoing ballast seed garden project from Brazillian artist Maria Thereza Alves. Between 1680 and the early 1900’s ships’ ballast – earth, stones and gravel from trade boats from all over the world used to weigh down the vessel as it docked- was offloaded into the river at Bristol. This ballast contained the seeds of plants from wherever the ship had sailed.

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Leicester Square City Quarter | London UK | Burns + Nice

Leicester Square City Quarter | London UK | Burns + Nice

Image Credit | Burns + Nice

In June 2007 BURNS + NICE won a design competition for the re-design of Leicester Square, organised by Westminster City Council. The square is the home of British cinema staging over 50 film premières every year as well as a number other large scale events throughout the year. It attracts approximately two million visitors each week. Together with its side streets the square accommodates 250 servicing deliveries every morning, over 35 al fresco dining pitches, the largest cinemas and casinos in the UK and five hotels, with another two large ones planned. In combination these activities make the Leicester Square City Quarter a challenging and multi-layered urban environment.
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VIDEO: How to create edible landscapes in your community

Pam Warhurst is the Chair of the Board of the Forestry Commission gives a passionate TED presentation about edible landscapes in which she highlights how simple it is to get communities mobilised growing their own food in public and privates spaces.
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Jubilee Gardens | London UK | West 8 | UPDATE

Jubilee Gardens | London UK | West 8 | UPDATE

Jubilee Gardens Aerial | © SBEG

Back in February we reported that construction had started on the Jubilee Gardens, this week the new Jubilee Garden opened to the public as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.

Jubilee Gardens | London UK | West 8 | UPDATE

Jubilee Pageant | © West 8 urban design & landscape architecture

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