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.
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The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and environmental charity Groundwork London are behind the remarkable garden, which is now open to the public. The garden was developed from a sketch on a paper napkin into a futuristic oasis of subtle lighting, sustainable timber decking, low planters, seating, shrubs and trees. Designed by RHS Gold award winning landscape architects, Adam White and Andrée Davies, the garden fits in perfectly with the Lyric’s own community-involvement programme and for those living in the Ashcroft housing estate right next door, will be a much needed green retreat in a heavily built up part of London.
Images provided courtesy of Groundwork
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Building Design reports
“DSDHA has won the competition to design a major new square on London’s South Bank.
The Waterloo City Square Scheme will see the roundabout circling the Waterloo Imax theatre and the streets around Waterloo Station given a badly-needed revamp, concentrating on rationalising the dark labyrinth of streets and subways around the station.”
SOURCE: Building Design – DSDHA wins Waterloo square competition
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