Designated as one of the UK Government’s new Enterprise Zones last March, the Airport City project has received a substantial amount of interest and the detailed masterplan created by Manchester Airports Group (MAG) with Urban Strategies Inc., Drivers Jonas Deloitte, and Jones Lang LaSalle, including 5Plus Architects, AECOM, Davis Langdon and Planit. The masterplan sets out the vision to transform Manchester Airport from a transport hub into an international business destination.
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A new ideas competition has been announced to create a masterplan for a new public open space and visitor destination at the former Cronton Colliery site in Merseyside. The competition is open to architects or landscape architects and architect-led multi-disciplinary design teams and is being run by the Land Trust in association with RIBA Competitions.
The competition will be in two stages, judged anonymously in the first stage. A shortlist will then be invited to enhance and present their designs and potential funding propositions at interview as part of the second stage.
The Land Trust’s aim is to create a public open space and visitor destination, with a self-sustaining funding structure, appealing to a range of leisure interests and working in conjunction with local tourist attractions such as Knowsley Safari Park and Stadt Moers Country Park.
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Warrior Square gardens in Southend have newly reopened following a new design by Gillespies. Situated in the heart of its shops and public amenities – the regeneration of this key public space is a cornerstone in the town’s revival. The space now offers a vibrant green space in what had previously been a neglected late-Victorian square, which had become a haven for anti-social behaviour.
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Davies White Landscape Architects gained national recognition for their Crow Wood Playscape in Cheshire when they won a Landscape Institute Design Award earlier this year. The project sits in the historic National Trust woodland estate at Lyme Park in Cheshire and is now open all year round.
Their Playscape design approach is an innovative way to encourage children to create their own play and shape it within and around the natural landscape. Crow Wood Playscape features a bespoke tree house, interconnecting timber and rope walkways, giant willow eggs, two tunnels, a wide slide and huge badger set.
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Quayside designed by London-based FoRM Associates in front of Imperial War Museum North by Daniel Libeskind is now open to the public. The new quayside completes the first section of the Irwell River Park masterplan, an 8km long river edge park linking Salford, Manchester and Trafford developed by FoRM Associates in 2010. With the adjoining new Media City foot bridge by Wilkinson Eyre Architects the quayside delivers an important new strategic circulation loop in the Quays, a key regeneration zone in Greater Manchester. The loop helps to transforms the experience of walking in the area through linking Media City UK – the new home of the BBC, with the IWMN, Manchester United Stadium and Lowry Arts Centre.
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Creative companies and TV channels moving to MediaCityUK will be inspired by its fresh new public spaces and waterside landscape, designed by Gillespies. MediaCityUK has been developed by The Peel Group and creates a globally significant digital media hub. It is one of the UK’s largest construction projects and has regenerated a former industrial dock site.
Paralleling the development of the buildings has been the construction of high quality external spaces designed to integrate the new architecture and create a fresh and creative public realm, with heart and human scale. The external spaces enhance the appeal and function of each building individually, and ground them collectively into a holistic visual language.
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BDP’s public realm scheme for Carlos Place and Mount Street in Mayfair, London was completed back in July. The project for Grosvenor is one of a number of schemes that seek to enhance the public realm of its central London estate.
BDP has upgraded the streetscape in terms of composition, surfacing materials and furniture elements. The grandeur of this area has been revived through improvements to the pedestrian experience, the removal of clutter and the putting in place of high quality surfacing materials, by strengthening the street’s relationship to its buildings and by making Carlos Place and Mount Street Gardens better places for people.
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