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WELCOME Welcome to the November issue of FutureArch. November is a special (and busy!) time of year for us here in the FutureArch office as we are getting ready for uture cape which we host at andown ar Racecourse on 14 November. It’s not too late to register for a free tic et to attend the e ent which will see a fantastic panel of landscape architects and property de elopers debate a range of topics on the future of landscape architecture o help you plan out your day we e included a show pre iew highlighting what s on which stands to isit and more information on the debate pages We’ve also been out and about across the country this past month firstly to irmingham to bring you an inter iew with the landscape team at D e found out about life inside an architectural practice and how they are managing to spread the word internally to change the perception of the role landscape architects play pages e also spo e to alford ity ouncil one of the fastest growing local authority areas in the orth of ngland ou can read about how the planning team are coping with the increase in population in the area and about some of the fantastic wor they e done in creating spaces new businesses are oc ing to s always we hope you en oy reading the maga ine and hope to meet as many of you as possible at uture cape Ha e a great month Joe Betts joe.betts@eljays44.com

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NEWS Planit-IE appointed to £200m Gateshead Quays development The upcoming £200m regional arena, conference and exhibition centre at Gateshead Quays is pushing ahead with plans, having announced which businesses will be responsible for the site’s design. Planit-IE, which has particular experience in designing outdoor spaces, has been selected as the landscape architect. The project will draw on its e pertise in both the and abroad for which the firm has won a number of industry awards. The appointment has been made by Ask Real Estate and PATRIZIA UK, Gateshead Council’s development partners for Gateshead Quays. “The appointment of the design team is a critical and landmark decision for this project,” said Gateshead Council’s leader Martin Gannon. “Planit-IE has a global reputation which shows our commitment to bringing a worldclass arena, and conference and exhibition facilities, to the North East. “Gateshead Quays is already one of UK’s most iconic riverside locations. We’ve always been clear that a high quality design for this site is paramount and we re now e en more confident that the new buildings and landscape for this site will further enhance Gateshead Quays’ skyline and reputation.” The design team will now commence work on a masterplan for Gateshead Quays and it is expected that a planning application will be made in late 2018. www.planit-ie.com

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BDP wins Great Ormond Street Hospital competition An interdisciplinary team from BDP has won the design competition for the Phase 4 redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Dr Peter Steer, chief executive of GOSH, said the John Sisk BDP team was chosen because of the quality of the concept design and the strength and depth of the team, who clearly demonstrated a deep understanding of the GOSH values, creativity, expert clinical planning and a robust commercial proposition. he winning scheme was considered to o er a promising response to the challenge of placing a building of international significance within a terraced street setting ublic realm proposals lin to internal wayfinding creating a welcoming, active frontage and an architectural expression of the activities taking place within. e are delighted to ha e won the competition for this ery significant development in the heart of London,” said Benedict Zucchi, chair of architecture at BDP. “We look forward to working with the trust and the wider team to create a new primary face for the hospital along Great Ormond Street. BDP will provide architecture, civil and structural engineering, building services engineering, landscape architecture, interior, lighting and graphic design for the 23,000m2 project, which targets completion in 2023. www.bdp.com

Leading engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco has been appointed to the Notting Hill Housing consultant framework, as the housing association looks to build nearly 8,000 homes o er the ne t fi e years The consultancy will provide transport planning and landscape architecture services as part of ongoing and future projects, which will see the housing association increase its portfolio from the 32,000 properties it currently manages. “We have the ambitious aim to grow our property portfolio and are continually on the lookout for new development opportunities,” says Kelly Harris,

senior planning manager at Notting Hill Housing Group. “We are determined to continue our work to provide high quality homes across a wide range of London boroughs, for those who may not be able to a ord them otherwise “We are very proud to have been appointed to this four year framewor particularly as this is the first time transport planning services are being made available,” says Mark Fitch, head of transport planning at Sweco’s ondon office e are loo ing forward to deli ering residential projects across London in partnership with Notting Hill Housing.” www.sweco.co.uk

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Planning approval given for colliery regeneration plan Outline planning permission has been given to the construction of 800 new homes on a former colliery site in Nottinghamshire. Harworth Group, which specialises in regenerating brownfield sites has secured a resolution to grant planning permission for a mixed-use redevelopment of the former Thoresby Colliery, near Sherwood Forest. The 450-acre site will provide up to 800 new homes and 250,000ft2 of employment space, with the consent granted by Newark and Sherwood District ouncil he current masterplan pro ides for new housing a retirement village, a primary school, a 25-acre business park, leisure facilities and a 300-acre country park. he first phase of residential land for appro imately homes is expected to be ready for sale to housebuilders as serviced plots towards the end of t is anticipated that it will ta e around years to fully develop the site. Harworth ac uired the site in ctober following the closure of the colliery the last deep mine in the idlands in uly he last two years have been spent on site safety and security works, including demolishing redundant industrial structures. www.harworthgroup.com

TCL helps to transform Southampton common with new nature play area Designed by Da ies hite and built and installed by outhampton Common Nature Play and Water Park has received a £500,000 redevelopment. Having won the project by competitive tender earlier in the year, TCL was the principal contractor for installing a brand new play area at Southampton Common. With inspiration taken from nature, the new area has taken on a whole new look for local residents. The site, which previously held only a paddling pool, has been transformed into a multisensory play area that is accessible to all ages uipment on the site includes water play towers climbing logs, zip wires and more. Encouraging community involvement in the redevelopment from the outset, TCL organised and attended community engagement days. These saw children learning how the play area was being built and getting involved in woodworking workshops. “Southampton City Council is delighted with the new play area at outhampton ommon the children lo e it said ony Hill de elopment coordinator for play at Southampton City Council. “Thank you to TCL and all those in ol ed in creating such a fantastic site and play area www.tclgrp.co.uk

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Andrew Grant appointed chair of Bathscape Landscape Partnership Andrew Grant, founder and director of Bath-based landscape architect Grant Associates, has been appointed chair of Bathscape Landscape Partnership. Andrew, who is a Bath resident and co-founder of community arts event Forest of Imagination, will help shape the future strategy of the partnership which aims to benefit ath s uni ue landscape for people, communities and heritage. Bathscape Landscape Partnership is made up of a wide range of public, private and charitable organisations, including Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES), National Trust, Cotswold Conservation Board, Avon Wildlife Trust, Bath Preservation Trust, the University of Bath, Bath Spa University and Wessex Water. The partnership wants to enhance the heritage, landscape and wildlife value of the setting of the City of Bath World Heritage Site, by engaging the community in its care and revitalising its use for health, recreation and fun. ndrew s appointment follows a successful stint as chair by Dr arion Harney Director of tudies onser ation of Historic ardens and ultural Landscapes at the University of Bath. www.grant-associates.uk.com

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Broadway Malyan wins award for mixed use project in China

ASLA releases VR video of Klyde Warren Park The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently released a new virtual reality R ideo of lyde arren ar in Dallas e as which the society says bridges a highway and reunites parts of Dallas. Intended to entice viewers into taking a vivid journey through this park built over the highway, ASLA says the video is narrated by landscape architect James Burnett, FASLA, president of OJB Landscape Architect, who designed the park. ASLA says the video demonstrates the latest VR technology, was created using GoPro Odyssey on Google Jump and takes viewers into the heart of the par to e plore its uni ue design features. Launched at the ASLA 2017 Annual Meeting and EXPO, the video is available for free viewing on ASLA’s website. The park was selected to be the focus of the video by ASLA because it won the ASLA 2017 rofessional ward of cellence he jury described Klyde Warren Park: “It has totally re-energized the downtown core. People are moving in; it’s great for business and it’s open 24 hours a day.” www.asla.org

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Hefei ID Mall is one of the winners of the sia ward for est i ed se Development. Designed by Broadway Malyan, the scheme includes a s m shopping mall on fi e levels, 15,000sqm supermarket and 45,000sqm office tower incorporating cinema food court and rooftop restaurant he m office tower has achieved a ‘Green Star’ rating and has an impressi e area efficiency he office space has been designed at Grade A standard to attract high end occupiers. he scheme will now progress to the final round, where it is up against Lotte World Tower and Mall in South Korea and Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre in China, to determine the overall category winner.

Commenting on the win, Sean Li, director at Broadway Malyan, said; “The MIPIM Asia Awards are highly sought after and it is a prestigious accolade to receive. ur design focused on how the di erent mi of uses complemented each other and interacted with the wider environment, to deliver something of high quality for the area. It is fantastic that it has been recognised in this way and we are proud to be part of the team that delivered this successful scheme in Hefei.” he final result will be announced at the MIPIM Asia Gala Dinner, which will take place on 29 November 2017 at the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong. www.mipim-asia.com

Google to create neighbourhood featuring designs to make the weather ‘feel nicer’ Google is set to build a ‘new kind’ of high-tech neighbourhood that will be unlike anywhere else in the world. The company has revealed radical plans for the town, which will be called Quayside. It will feature e ible buildings that can be completely reconfigured at speed and oogle will e en attempt to ‘mitigate’ the weather, to encourage people to spend more time outside. It’s an astonishing vision, which Google hopes to turn into “a blueprint for the 21st century urban neighbourhood”. Quayside will be built on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront, with the project being undertaken by Google subsidiary Sidewalk Labs and the Canadian government.

Sidewalk Labs says it will “combine forwardthinking urban design and new digital technology to create people-centred neighbourhoods that achieve precedent-setting levels of sustainability, a ordability mobility and economic opportunity One of the most intriguing plans set out by the company describes a system designed to make the weather feel nicer. “Innovative urban design, new lightweight materials, and better weather prediction capabilities make it more feasible than ever before to manage the outdoor e perience without turning public spaces into indoor winter gardens,” it says in its plans. www.sidewalktoronto.ca

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LANDSCAPING TEAM Claire Hunt, Senior Landscape Architect AND John Newman, Landscape director at adp talk to futurearch about working collaboratively with architects and the role of landscape in a project

Could you tell us a little bit about the landscape team at ADP? Claire Hunt: ADP was established in 1965 with a generic name, which re ected our alues of shared endea our and collaboration his ethos is ust as rele ant today and last year we con erted to an employee owned practice here are se en studios in the in irmingham ondon ford anchester ewcastle herborne and dinburgh but the landscape team was established in here in irmingham John Newman: was wor ing here as an architect but was always interested in the landscape ne of the partners came to me and as ed whether would li e to do the landscape course e were wor ing at ston ni ersity at the time on a courtyard pro ect which was getting in ol ed with went bac to college for three years part time and it grew from there we got enough wor that in laire came on board and formed the landscape team with me How big is the team here? JN: e re up to si of us at the moment including our sustainability leader who wor s down in herborne who we wor ery closely with CH: e also ha e the ability to share resources with architectural teams so when we ha e a big deadline coming up they can help us out and ice ersa e can ma e the most of e eryone s s ill sets So, you work closely with the architects here? CH: lo e wor ing as part of an architectural practice as it allows me to listen to e erything they do and absorb the information wouldn t get that e perience in a traditional landscape practice e also ha e an engineering team here as well so gain a better understanding of their role ou pic up so much ust from being in close pro imity

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Do you think you also give them a better understanding of what it is that landscape architects do? JN: As both an architect and landscape architect I have seen the profession from both sides. Working together in the same environment enables us to understand each other’s pressures, processes and roles, to resolve any challenges, and create design solutions that consider the whole environment, not just the building. CH: There are around 100 architects that we work with within ADP, and our relationship is always evolving. Now that we are established within the practice, we are in a great position to support them. Our involvement from the early stages of a project has resulted in some award-winning schemes where landscape has unified the architecture with the site

who are going to benefit from your design e li e to get to know the people we’re designing for in great depth.

What are your main values? CH: In terms of how we function as a team, I think the friendship that John and I have has always been the crux of that. We get on well so we can talk very openly with each other about our designs and debate any disagreements – that’s how projects grow and ideas ourish JN: We are inspired by the people that we work with and ultimately that is our main value. We’re all about building relationships and getting people involved in the design process. We’re designing for people so we ha e to find out what they need We’re working with an autism centre at the moment – it’s fascinating, because as much as you can read about a topic, nothing beats meeting the people

Are there any trends you’ve noticed recently? JN: Lots of green infrastructure – green walls, green roofs, and green corridors. CH: There’s more awareness of ecology these days, especially regarding the importance of bee populations. Sustainable urban drainage is also being considered more often. We’re doing a greater number of schemes with open swales, particularly in schools where they can be put to educational use as well. We use permeable paving in almost every project. One school we delivered in Maidenhead was in a ood plain so we had to raise it up abo e the ood le el he dec outside the reception play area enables children to play at tree canopy height. As the school is located on green belt, pupils

Has the role of the landscape architect changed? JN: thin we are now ha ing more of an in uence at the early stages on projects. We work hard to persuade our clients that spaces outside a building are a usable and a valuable resource. CH: We have grown here within ADP and we’re in uencing more of the architects now particularly here in Birmingham. JN: I think planners feel a little more encouraged when they see a landscape architect within the design team. It reassures them, especially on fast-track projects, that together with the design team we know what we’re talking about in terms of the site, not just the building.

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can see the birds in the trees and interact with nature. This gave us a great natural feature to work with. Is the trend for green walls solely about saving space whilst still including planting? JN: It’s also about the ‘wow’ factor. We completed one a few years ago at the entrance of an extension to a university laboratory teaching facility. The green wall covers up the side of an existing building and guides people to the entrance. Green infrastructure can be an educational tool too. We specified some beehi es on a library roof in the middle of Leeds, and provided planting next to them. From the library windows people can look out and see the bees going to and from the hives. We think this is a really good educator – where else in an urban environment would you get to see that interaction up close? Are there any key issues in the industry that you would like to see change? CH: It’s always hard to express the value of a landscape to the people with the money. They see a spreadsheet put in front of them and sometimes find it hard to isualise the benefits that good landscape design brings to people’s health and wellbeing, as well as the urban realm and placemaking. Although some people are on board, it’s our job to convince everybody else that landscape is important, and for very good reason. JN: We have recently delivered a scheme called The Cove in Truro, which is a Macmillan Cancer Centre. The value of the landscape is so precious because it is extending the internal space outwards and giving people areas where they can just be alone or gather in small groups. Gardens are very important in healthcare settings – they have been proven to help people recover and create a sense of wellbeing. If you’re stuck in hospital for a while and you are a gardener, for example, or you spend a lot of time outdoors in your daily life, then you will have a yearning to get out and be in the garden. Even if you don’t normally spend a lot of time outdoors, being in the fresh air surrounded by nature has got to make anyone feel a lot better. CH: A common theme is people asking for low maintenance designs, which really is impossible unless it’s all plastic, and even then you would need to replace it at some point. Some people ask for evergreens everywhere, which we could do but it’s not

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as interesting as it could be – it’s just about them and their maintenance budget. Has technology made a difference to the industry? CH: We’ve just started training with LandCad to enable us to model our landscapes in 3D, which will allow us to integrate with the architects more easily. We’re currently using Keyscape 2017 and have all the right systems here, but we are upgrading our training so that it’s a bit more seamless with our collaboration. Certainly, since Keyscape came along it has taken the pain out of doing the drawings for soft landscaping. JN: Computer aided design is complemented with hand drawn sketches. The technology gives us the ability to have them coloured and to change them quickly without doing another sketch. Hand drawn sketches do add a lot to our designs, particularly in the initial stages of pro ects e always start o hand drawing and sometimes continue with it right up until planning. I believe they are nicer to read, and tell more of a story of how the design evolves during the early stages. CH: e find that if you put a D plan down in front of somebody then it loo s li e a technical finalised drawing – people can be a bit thrown and think that we have designed it and not given them any opportunity to have their say. Finally, looking to the future, what would you both like to achieve? JN: On a personal level I would like to do more historic pro ects find them fascinating researching and interpreting designs from historical roots is of great interest to me. I like to imagine the period in which people used the landscape, and how it can be reinterpreted in today’s world to meet modern requirements. CH: We could go further in terms of ecology and sustainability early on. We’re revisiting more of our projects and looking at how the outdoor spaces are being used – we are always learning from our clients and the landscape is always evolving. When the pro ect is finished and the plants ha e ust gone in the landscape hasn’t had a chance to establish yet. We like to head back a couple of years later and see how it’s settled in. A few years ago, I worked on a primary school in London which had a roof garden play area. I now have the opportunity to do another roof garden at a di erent school so m going bac to spea to them to find out if our detailing wor ed

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THE LAP OF LUXURY Greg Meier, Architectural Director at luxury property specialists Millgate Homes, reveals why landscaping plays a key role in the company’s strategy

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andscape matters to Greg Meier, Architectural Director at luxury developers Millgate Homes. “For a company like Millgate, kerb appeal is crucial. Obviously, the design of the houses is also important to ma e a good first impression but the correct setting is key.” For this reason, Millgate, which has set itself the ambitious target of being the best luxury home developer in the South East of England, deliberately seeks idyllic locations for their projects – usually preferring mature parkland surroundings. This, in turn, means that its greenspace choices are dictated by what’s already available on-site. “Where you ha e a brownfield ob iously the landscaping is di erent says reg “But where you have a parkland setting, the focus is on maintaining and enhancing the existing characteristics.” He defines the illgate style as traditional featuring plenty of nati e trees and shrubs to complement the nature of each site. “We provide mature planting that fits in rather than doing anything new t has the added advantage that, when you put in mature planting, it gives buyers the feeling that the development has been there for a period of time, even though the houses are new.” Hardscaping is also critical for Millgate, with a lot of emphasis placed on patios, paths, roads and fountains. A considered approach Often, Millgate’s landscaping takes the form of restoration work. For example, when Millgate converted Woolley Hall – an 18th century, Grade listed country house set in acres of par land in ittlewic reen Berkshire – into 11 luxury apartments, it restored the rose garden, oval green and formal grounds that had been created by Edwardian landscape architect Thomas Mawson. “The original landscaping had historical interest, so we brought it back to its former glory,” explains Greg. The work won the company the Sunday Times British Homes wards for andscaping in Similarly, Millgate revived the formal gardens at White House, in Englemere, Berkshire. Once

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home to two of Queen Victoria’s granddaughters, Princess Helena Victoria and Princess Marie Louise, the house has been turned into a collection of luxury apartments. The properties stand in 12 acres of landscaped grounds, studded with bluebells, beech trees and oaks – including one thought to date from the reign of Henry VIII. Greg calls these “a great focal point to the setting”. Beyond adding the ‘wow factor’ to each of its developments, greenspace is also valuable to Millgate because it is an essential tool to help convert a cluster of properties into a proper community. “People use gardens and communal areas, meet and form a community. It’s important to create that sense of belonging within a development.” Play areas, in particular fulfil an important role in helping cement the identity of a place and, contrary to the common perception that they can detract from a site’s natural

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2 beauty, Millgate believes that they can be integrated seamlessly into the landscaping – provided the right choices are made here are di erent types of play equipment available,” says Greg. “We go for natural materials – wooden swings and climbing frames – that fit into the setting t s down to how you specify the material and landscape around the play area.” The company also sees gardens and grounds as key elements in improving the wellbeing of its property buyers. “The importance of access to greenspace for a healthy lifestyle and enhanced wellbeing is increasingly being highlighted by scientific research,” notes Greg. “Abundant outdoor space is a key factor in reducing stress levels.” Ecological vision Alongside aesthetics and lifestyle considerations, ecology is another cornerstone of Millgate’s greenspace vision. “This means not only maintaining but also boosting a site’s natural habitats,” Greg explains. “We start by carrying out ecology surveys to find out what s there and what can be done to improve it. This is an important factor for us to consider when looking at landscaping and choosing the species to be planted.” He mentions a couple of developments where the company is going to put in ponds, to create a natural habitat for waterborne species. “We also create wild grassland areas for reptiles and, of course, woodland, which is great for a lot of di erent wildlife such as bats It’s an approach that has recently seen Millgate take a surprising step for a developer – it turned

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3 down the opportunity to build more properties on its land. Last year, Elmbridge Council had mooted the idea of releasing 45 acres from the green belt

6 of parkland at the company’s Knowle Hill Country Estate – a collection of 29 luxury homes in Cobham, Surrey – with a view to make them available for additional housing. Millgate, however, felt that the site’s natural beauty should not be compromised. “The Knowle Hill parkland is full of big, mature trees,” explains Greg. “It’s the kind of site we like to work with, because it has that kerb appeal.” The company placed a covenant on the land to protect it in perpetuity. This environment-friendly vision is not just the preserve of Millgate’s smaller, more prestigious developments – it also shapes greenspace choices at its larger sites. For example, at Kingswood – an upcoming project near Ascot that will ultimately comprise more than 50 properties – the site is fringed by woodland, an aspect that Millgate is keen not to disturb. “We want to retain that and develop within

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the centre of the site, with ecology very much built into the landscaping,” says Greg. To achieve its landscaping strategy, Millgate tends to call on a small group of trusted contractors, such as Chelsea Gold medal-winners Treetop, which has been working with the company for 20 years. “They understand what we like and what we expect in terms of levels of planting,” Greg explains. “We have used and do use other people, but they mainly come from recommendations we get from architects – we normally stick to a core of two or three landscape architects.” Contractors need to have a good vision and a clear understanding of what Millgate wants – but also, says Greg, they need to be mindful of costs. “It’s always a fine balance between getting a good design and managing the costs of supplying and installing a beautiful landscape scheme.”

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alford is an expanding city in Greater Manchester, complete with glistening new buildings and beautiful landscape designs. More and more people are heading north, and Salford is becoming a key destination. It hasn’t always been that way. When Chris joined the council in 1994, the regeneration of Salford Quays had just begun but the population was declining. “Services were under a lot of pressure and schools were closing because there weren’t enough people to justify keeping them,” he explains. “We are now one of the fastest growing local authority areas in the north of England.” Salford shares part of the city centre with Manchester City Council, something that is not always

well known to those from outside the area. Salford is home to Salford Quays and MediaCityUk, hosting the BBC and ITV; across the Manchester Ship Canal is anchester nited s ld ra ord Chris explains that Salford’s planning team setup is di erent to that of other councils n the council formed a partnership with public sector consultancy Capita. The council then moved of its de elopment ser ices sta o er into a new company called Urban Vision, and they have continued the link with the council’s planning team. “Part of that team provides the development management service to Salford, so we work very

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2 closely with them,” Chris says. “As far as planning policy is concerned we ha e council sta in planning policy and environment, Urban Vision planners working on planning applications and a regeneration team ta ing forward specific pro ects Growth The movement of the BBC and other digital organisations to MediaCityUK in Salford shows the impact that design work in the city is having. This work is only increasing, with planning permission recently awarded for MediaCityUK to double in size, which will only attract more new businesses to the area. “We are part of a corporate team, so Salford has been about growth, developing and transforming our local economy from what it was 30 years ago, when the focus was on ports, manufacturing and coal mining. Like any city, we have been looking to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” Chris explains.

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How do the likes of MediaCityUK help to achieve that? “These spaces attract digital businesses, and there has been a lot of work done, particularly in MediaCityUK, to encourage small businesses to come here and start up.” According to business information company DueDil, Salford has overtaken London as the city with the most start-ups. New business launches were up 85% between January and March of 2017, compared to the previous year. Such huge growth means an increased population, which, without proper planning, could put a strain on local infrastructure. Chris talks about the work the team is doing to combat this. “There is currently planning permission for 20,500 homes to be built and 2,500 homes were completed on site over the last year. There are also huge transport works going on at the moment. Network Rail is working on the Ordsall Chord railway line part of the orthern Hub which will be the first lin

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4 between Manchester Victoria and Piccadilly stations. It will actually relieve pressure on the whole of the northern rail network.” Greenery The popular view of Salford is that it’s a very urban area, whereas in reality more than a third of it is green belt land. “Some of the best and most important parts of the city’s old mosslands are in our administrative boundary,” says Chris. “We are working in partnership with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust on what is called a carbon landscape project. That is all about the restoration of lowland bog, which is important for wildlife. It’s fantastic to have this land, as you see some wildlife that you would never expect to see in an urban environment. “We also work very closely with the Environment gency on ood protection e had ma or oods here

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in so we ha e now completed a second ood base at Castle Irwell to protect those who live here.” On the topic of green space, Salford will soon be home to the fifth RH arden ridgewater something that hris is ery e cited by RH arden ridgewater is a big opportunity for us because it is not just about a garden that people can visit, it’s also about increasing local interest in horticultural skills. That sector is of real interest to us we ha e also been tal ing to the RH about training which will be fantastic RH arden ridgewater will open in the first RH garden in North West England and only the second in the whole of the north. With so much work taking place in Salford over such a short period of time, we ask Chris what the response has been from locals. “We have generally received good feedback; people are very excited by RH ridgewater and ob iously edia ity has had a huge impact. “We have been questioned about whether what we are doing is providing jobs for local people. It is. We are very much focused on getting local people skilled up to meet the requirements of these modern industries and to get good quality jobs.” Challenge The rapidly expanding population, businesses and job vacancies show that Salford is an attractive place for people to move to. This brings new challenges for the planning team, one of which is to ensure there is enough residential space to cope with demand. “One of our biggest challenges is supplying a ordable housing hris says olitically that is top priority for us. There is a lot of much needed residential de elopment but not enough a ordable housing in terms of new stoc here is a need for more a ordable housing and Salford City Council is determined to deliver on that. Speaking of the future, Chris explains what the team will be focusing on next. “I am assistant director of planning and housing in Salford but I am also reater anchester s planning lead e are preparing a statutory plan for the whole of reater anchester at the moment. There’s a lot of potential here for new commercial development for manufacturing and facilities, tied into the port and the rail network. We want to build on that.” rowth within alford and reater anchester shows no signs of slowing down, as it continues to provide an alternative to London for both existing and new businesses.

“THE MOVEMENT OF THE BBC AND OTHER DIGITAL ORGANISATIONS TO MEDIACITYUK SHOWS THE IMPACT THAT DESIGN WORK IN THE CITY IS HAVING”

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vikki rimmer speaks with Laura Gatti about Bosco Verticale, Italy’s ‘vertical jungle’, and how This extraordinary feat of engineering was realised

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ith the death of the Garden Bridge project in London, it may seem that there’s no appetite for big, bold planting projects that put trees at the heart of the design – but if we look around the globe we can see that a radical and experimental idea that started in Italy is now being nurtured in China and the Netherlands. The Boeri Studio in Milan worked with Italian agronomist Laura Gatti to produce one of the most talked about and exciting projects of recent years: the Bosco Verticale in the Porta Nuova Isola area of Milan. The project consists of two towers, 80m and 112m high, which host 480 large and medium trees, 300 small trees, 15,000 perennials and covering plants, and 5,000 shrubs. Across its surface of 1,700m2, it provides the equivalent

of 20,000m2 of forest and undergrowth. This vertical forest, which puts trees and plants at the epicentre of its build is no longer a one o aura has further collaborated with the Boeri Studio on Le Tour du Cedre in Lausanne, Switzerland, and is also working on an emerging project in Nanjing, China, and a social housing project in Holland. What’s striking about the Bosco Verticale build is that the agronomist and plantsperson was involved from the beginning. Laura was on hand to talk about the plants from the outset, to help the designers understand how the trees and plants would behave and how best to formulate the planting plans. The decision to plant vertically was complicated, and there were endless answers to be found for the client’s multiple questions. Choosing the right plant for the right place was central to the design process. “We were looking for species

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he osco erticale has deli ered benefits not only to those who live in the tower, but those in the vicinity, too ne of the most remar able findings is that the towers have not only helped connect the residents, but also Milan’s citizens, with the cycle of nature,” says Laura, who has been monitoring the tower with her team for the last fi e years sense of community has been created through this shared relationship with nature, which is displayed through the life cycle of the trees and plants as they grow and ower Plans for a green vertical city in Nanjing, China were un eiled recently office bloc s homes and hotels will be planted with shrubs and trees to mitigate the toxic pollution faced by its inhabitants. The team estimates that the buildings will take 25t of carbon dioxide from Nanjing’s air each year, and produce about 60kg of oxygen every day. inety four di erent species of trees and plants were used in Milan, and there are plans to utilise 25,000 plants across two towers in Nanjing. Le Tour De Cedre in Lausanne will host more than 100 trees (including four typologies of cedar), and will be covered with shrubs and other plants over an area of 3,000m2. Laura has a real desire to source her plants locally, and finding a suitable mar et in hina was a lot harder than the team initially thought it would be. The quality of the plants is essential to the success of these vertical projects, and after four attempts, she is now working with a reputable nursery in China. Palmstead Nurseries has asked Laura to speak about plant selection and her plans for Le Tour de Cedre at its forthcoming Soft Landscape Workshop on Wednesday 24 January 2018. Laura will be joined by Dan Pearson, Nigel Dunnett and Tim O’Hare.

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n recent years, the use of imported (from one site to another) ‘virgin’ or ‘as dug’ topsoil has become socially unacceptable – and rightly so. The 2015 International Year of Soils was reportedly successful in bringing the world’s attention to the threat that climatic events, poor soil management and intensive farming all pose to soils. As the government holds its Soils in Crisis reception in the House of Commons this ctober landscape architects specifiers and contractors have fully embraced the use of sustainable ‘manufactured’ topsoil. The industry’s soils conference, SoilsCon 2017, was recently held in Henley-on-Thames. There, Dr Phil Askew spoke about the major role played by the on site manufacture of di erent designed topsoils at the Olympic Park in Stratford, London. In-situ soils were unsuitable and largely contaminated, and so a programme of soil remediation and manufacture was devised; the result is clear for all to see in the varied and amazing landscape that is the Queen Elizabeth lympic ar eadows wetlands ower and shrub beds lawns and trees are all ourishing in designed soils that were blended on site.

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The British Standard for topsoil, BS3882:2015, is the starting point for landscape architects and contractors. t sets out re uirements for topsoil classification and composition, specifying characteristics such as texture, acidity and contaminants. It includes information on sampling and analysis, and gives guidance on handling and site preparation so that soil is not degraded during excavation, delivery or placement. Testing for physical and chemical contaminants is a key element of BS3882:2015, and this is essential to determine whether the soil is safe and fit for purpose lthough one si e does not necessarily fit all where soils are concerned, those that meet the topsoil specification and hold the accreditation will ha e been fully analysed, and comprise the components necessary to sustain plant growth. They are safe, consistent and efficacious and if we hold to the tenet that the success of any landscape project starts with the soil, then it is vital that only BS3882:2015-accredited topsoils are selected for general landscaping pro ects seeding turfing and the creation of shrub beds and borders. Where projects require more specialist soils, such as for tree planting ower meadows ericaceous

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2 planting or podium schemes, it is probably time to bring in a soil scientist, who will determine the extent to which a soil must be designed to provide the optimal growing conditions. But the use of BS39882:2015-accredited topsoil as a component is still relevant. If we are specifying soils for general landscaping, without the direct involvement of a soil scientist, it is important to fully understand the star di erence between the soils o ered by topsoil suppliers Natural, virgin and as dug soil In the past, this may have been stripped and remo ed to ma e way for greenfield de elopments a practice that is neither renewable nor sustainable. he go ernment s onstruction ode of ractice for ustainable se of oils on onstruction ites has resulted in limited availability of natural soils to the wider market, and this is to be applauded. Skip waste soil Soils emanating from skips are often the product of demolition sites and can contain all manner of contaminants – concrete, glass, metal, nails, asbestos, you name it. Suppliers selling this material screen it to remove the larger physical contaminants, and sometimes add green compost to improve organic matter levels, but the horticultural qualities of the topsoil and its inherent safety are uestionable a full analysis, covering pH, electrical conductivity, organic matter and nutrient content, physical and chemical contaminants, is essential. Soil that is not accredited to BS3882:2015, for example, is not approved by the H for use in new home de elopments and the Environment Agency will demand the removal of soil that does not meet the standard. Manufactured soil his term co ers any soil that has been amended beyond its natural state, and covers a range of materials. All topsoil products produced by British

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ugar for e ample comprise prime arable soils that are brought in by East Anglian farmers on the sugar beet they deliver to the sugar factories. The soil is washed from the beet, dried, screened and blended over a two-year period, and then each production batch tested is to BS3882:2015, with additional tests for pernicious weeds. Designed specifically for general purpose landscaping such as seeding and turfing andscape is also the main component of Hort oam premier planting soil which is additionally enriched with green compost, and for Sports & Turf winter dressing for lawns and winter games pitches. Each of these soil products is entirely renewable and sustainable, and uses a natural soil that would otherwise be washed away during the sugar production process. Finally, with BIM (Building Information Modelling) becoming increasingly ubiquitous in public sector infrastructure projects, landscape architects and specifiers would be wise to ensure any soil they specify is found as a BIM Object in the NBS National ibrary pecifiers planners architects and construction professionals have direct and immediate online access to the products data which they can import into their pro ects enabled software If we are to both protect our natural soils and ensure each landscape project has soils that are not ust fit for purpose but fit for a specific purpose within that project, then manufactured topsoil is the natural choice. If it is to be bought in, it should be suitably accredited and accompanied by the required Declaration of onformity to the ritish tandard and a full suite of analyses should be made available to the customer. Today, the responsible specifying and sourcing of topsoil is easier than it has e er been there is no excuse for risking the success of a landscape project on poor and irresponsible product selection.

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he award winning anary harf district has been under construction for years ondon s centre of gra ity will be gi en a further substantial pull eastward when rossrail the fast east west rail lin opens in anary harf rossrail station will be the largest and probably the busiest intersection point on the line ore than people already wor in the estate with many more to follow he ood harf residential pro ect will add new homes by oster artners has masterminded this m agship station pro ect rossrail lace draws together the historical maritime commercial and botanical doc land bac ground er its eight oors four of them below water le el it embraces transport retail leisure and a public s uare metre semi tropical roof garden ts position near the reenwich eridian is re ected in beds that are di ided between astern and estern ora rossrail is an important in estment in infrastructure that will ha e benefits not only in the short term but also for future generations oster artners founder orman oster said of the stri ing semi open roof structure which contains leisure facilities and a garden he social magnets of shopping bars restaurants and a public garden are also part of an enlightened partnership between the public and pri ate domains he building is concei ed to mediate between the ad oining worlds of anary harf and

the local community with its di erent materials and the emphasis on a softer e pression and warmer materials rossrail he added is an in estment for future generations on a par with oseph a algette s th century ictoria mban ment which elegantly sol ed the problems of sewage while pro iding a great public space with public transport underneath a really holistic design and a great ci ic statement e are not as good at big thin ing and infrastructure as our sian counterparts howe er rossrail is one of those magnificent e ceptions illespies with tanderwic andscape Design was entrusted with the garden design for the pro ect rowth ndustry td pro ided specialist consultancy ad ice on species selection and measures to ensure that the physical restraints including shallow substrate and o erhead structures were suitably cared for reen lue rban td was delighted that its products were integrated into the scheme including the modular structural trata ells a ording optimum load bearing and root welfare en ironments long with its ribbed ReRoot root training systems these products will pro ide the re uired soil olumes and controls for many years of potential growth and en ironmental benefit and will deli er on the pro ect s low maintenance re uirements throughout full installation ideo of the pro ect can be iewed at www.greenblue.com/videos

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Ailanthus altissima (Tree of heaven) Distinctive features This is a tall, tough tree that is able to withstand inhospitable urban environments, making it a contender for a street tree, where space allows. It has pale grey bark, light brown twigs and large pinnately compound leaves. Average height/ crown size 20m plus; very large, broadly columnar tree. Maintenance/ planting tips 20-50 years to maturity; thrives in all soils.

Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhair tree) Distinctive features The leaves are fan shaped, appearing bright green in spring and then bright yellow in the autumn. Tough enough to cope with air pollution re ected heat and light, Ginkgo biloba is a great contender as a street tree. Average height/ crown size 20m plus; forms a large specimen with a conical shape at maturity. Maintenance/ planting tips 20-50 years to maturity; will tolerate most soil types.

Nyssa sylvatica (Sour gum) Distinctive features The tupelo or sour gum is a wonderful tree for autumn foliage, with its green summer leaves turning yellow, orange and even red into late autumn. Average height/ crown size 12-17m; pyramidal in habit when young, it can develop into a large broad tree at maturity. Maintenance/ planting tips 20-50 years to maturity; requires free draining acid soil.

Platanus Ă— acerifolia (Plane tree) Distinctive features The London plane is a classic street tree due to its high pollution tolerance. It features multi coloured a ing bark, with patches of white, green, grey and brown. Its large, shiny, dark green leaves turn copper in autumn, before falling. Average height/ crown size 20-30m; forms a broadly pyramidal crown at maturity. Maintenance/ planting tips 20-50 years to maturity; tolerant of all soils.

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Koelreuteria paniculata (Golden rain tree) Distinctive features Koelreuteria paniculata’s profuse small yellow owers develop in late spring; these form lanternshaped fruits that turn red in the autumn, when its green leaves turn a rich yellow. Average height/ crown size 7-12m; forms a rounded crown. Maintenance/ planting tips 20-50 years to maturity; thrives best on free draining soils with a sunny aspect.

Liquidambar styraciflua (American sweetgum) Distinctive features i uidambar styraci ua is a large, undemanding, pollution resistant tree. Its large star-shaped leaves emerge bright green in the spring, then change to red, purple and gold in autumn. It is one of the last deciduous trees to drop its leaves. Average height/ crown size 20m+; matures to a rounded crown. Maintenance/ planting tips More than 50 years to maturity; best in fertile, well-drained soil – not for lime or chalky soils.

Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ (Callery pear) Distinctive features A medium height tree, the lush, glossy green leaves emerge in March and last until November, when they change to a reddish-purple before falling. It’s a very hardy tree, resistant to frost, heat, wind and pollution. Average height/ crown size 15m; side branches stretch upwards creating a narrow, conical shape. Maintenance/ planting tips 20-50 years to maturity; prefers to be in full sun, adapts to most soils.

Sorbus torminalis (Wild service tree) Distinctive features his has white owers in spring that give way to sharp tasting fruits in the autumn, while its bark has a ‘chequered’ pattern as it matures. Its green summer leaves turn orange and yellow in the autumn. Average height/ crown size 10-15m; a columnar habit when young, graduating to a broad oval when mature. Maintenance/ planting tips 20-50 years to maturity; thrives in most free draining soils, not in full sun. Tolerant of pollution and dry conditions.

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Tilia cordata (Small-leaved lime) Distinctive features This native tree produces fragrant white owers in mid-summer and is a good tree for attracting bees; the yellow leaves in autumn are also attractive. A great choice for avenues and parks. Average height/ crown size 20–30m; a broad oval crown. Maintenance/ planting tips 20-50 years to maturity; it tolerates heat and is frost hardy and wind resistant, but is sensitive to salt. This tree is happy in most soils.

Ulmus hollandica ‘Lobel’ (Lobel elm) Distinctive features The fairly small, rough leaves are a dull, dark green with dense veins and a double-serrated edge. They are bronze when they emerge, remaining on the tree for a long time – often until late November. It is very resistant to sea wind, so is suitable for coastal areas. Average height/ crown size 20-30m; a pyramidal tree with a dense crown. Maintenance/ planting tips 20-50 years to maturity; it favours moist and light soils.

AND THESE FLOWERING TREES... Malus tschonoskii (Chonosuki crabapple) Distinctive features In the spring the young leaves emerge almost white its owers are not as spectacular than those of the other ornamental apple trees – it’s in the autumn that this tree expresses its colour, from purple and copper through orange to yellow. Average height/ crown size 8-12m; narrowly conical. Maintenance/ planting tips 10-20 years to maturity; this tree is happy on most soils.

Prunus padus ‘Watereri’ (Watereri bird cherry) Distinctive features A medium-sized deciduous tree. It produces numerous and beautiful fragrant racemes of white owers in spring, and its lush green leaves turn to yellow in autumn before falling, with small black berries. Average height/ crown size 8-12m; forms a rounded crown at maturity. Maintenance/ planting tips 20-50 years to maturity; thrives best in free draining soils.

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“LONDON STONE IS CONTINUING THE TRADITION OF WORKING BRITISH STONE ON THE EDGE OF LONDON AND THEN TRANSPORTING IT TO THE CENTRE”

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ith our nation’s capital having been established as far back as Roman times, indigenous stone has always been used in the construction of buildings. Remnants of Roman defensive walls can still be seen to this day, situated near the Tower of London, built using Kentish Ragstone (a hard Limestone dating back to the Lower Crustaceous period). Whilst there is no indigenous hard stone local to London suitable for use as a building material (Ragstone being geographically closest our ancestors had to loo further afield for stone building materials.

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Following the Norman Conquest of 1066, stonemasons from Normandy brought new skills with them to the capital, and materials such as Caen Limestone (which dates back to the Middle Jurassic period) and Bath Stone (a Middle Jurassic Limestone) were used more extensively across the capital. Notable buildings constructed during the Norman period include the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and The Guildhall. Whilst architectural styles and construction skills no-doubt developed during the centuries that followed the Norman invasion, it was not until large parts of

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the city were ravaged by the Great Fire of London in 1666 that new legislation forced London’s streets to become wider, and buildings to become constructed by brick or stone. It was during this period that the now world-famous Portland Limestone from Dorset became commonplace as a building stone. Two Sir Christopher Wren masterpieces were constructed from this Upper Jurassic Limestone during this time; St. Paul’s Cathedral (construction started in 1675) and the Royal Naval College in Greenwich (1696). It was not until the burgeoning wealth of the Georgian period, followed closely by the beginnings of the Victorian era coupled with the Industrial Revolution, that London began using Cornish and Scottish Granites, as well as the now-famous Yorkstone (a Carboniferous Sandstone) with more regularity. Flagstones from Yorkshire were commonplace throughout the city, and still are to this day, and the introduction of railways opened up the potential for the UK to use stone from all over Britain with relative ease Di erent types of ranite imestone andstone and especially Slate, were used routinely, from areas including Cumbria, Lancashire and South Wales. In the modern age, Yorkstone and other indigenous materials have continued to hold prominence in ondon despite an in u of foreign imports as globalisation increased the importing of trades and services. Given the historical importance of these indigenous stones, London Stone is continuing the tradition of working British Stone on the edge of London and then transporting it to the centre. Rigorous quality control checks are put in place to ensure that stone is hand finished by a dedicated team of skilled stonemasons, before being dispatched to projects in London and the Home Counties. With stonemasonry being one of the oldest and most important professions known to civilisation, it is a vocation, rather than 'just a job’. London Stone is acutely aware that it is a privilege to work with indigenous materials that carry such prestige, as stonemasonry supervisor Grant Martin says: “Whether m core drilling a or stone oping hand finishing a Victorian Pier Cap, or engraving the name of a property onto a 150mm thick piece of Grey Yorkstone, there is something to take pride in.” The most commonly-used types of Yorkstone that ondon tone supplies are u rey and the recently introduced Hard u or stone all sawn on si sides to give a smooth, consistent colour with mellow tones and classic character. These stones are often used for paving, front and back steps, pier caps and copings,

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4 and occasionally windowsills. Yorkstone is traditionally hard-wearing (hence its use as paving stones centuries ago and wor s with our modern e pectations of what stone should be he only ey di erence between ‘now and then’ is that pre-sealing these stones to assist with ongoing maintenance is recommended. Given the versatility of Sawn Yorkstone, it is no surprise that demand for this material is sky-high. Commercial manager Jon Quinn elaborates: “London Stone has recently completed commercial projects using a range of Yorkstones in London and the Home Counties, as well as having ongoing projects in areas such as Kingston-upon-Thames. For me, there is nothing better than walking on streets paved in British stone. We know that it will stand the test of time, pleasing both the public and our clients alike.” hilst awn or stone carries with it the crisp finish of often more contemporary designs, there is also an established market for Reclaimed Yorkstone, which is supplied in treet rade uality as you would find paving the streets of Cambridge, Chichester, or indeed York itself. Reclaimed Yorkstone provides any setting with an instantaneous feel of tradition, and what better stone to withstand the capricious UK climate than stone that formed on this very island millions of years ago? New Riven Yorkstone provides naturally split stone with a gentle cleft and a hard-wearing surface. It is mostly bu in colour with some grey shades and will eventually weather into what we would consider ‘Reclaimed Yorkstone’, but not in our lifetimes. And what better way to conclude this article than by highlighting the remarkable time-enduring strength of these magnificent materials which will remain for thousands of years to come.

“GIVEN THE VERSATILITY OF SAWN YORKSTONE, IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT DEMAND FOR THIS MATERIAL IS SKY-HIGH” 1 A mixture of British Yorkstone highlighted with accents of imported Basalt, Victorian property in Mayfair, London (Image supplied by Grant Frazer) 2 A skilled Stonemason handprofiling Sawn Buff Yorkstone 3 A traditional London Streetscape, utilising Granite Setts and Yorkstone Paving, accompanied by contemporary Basalt Shop Fronts, in Shad Thames, Bermondsey 4 A recently commissioned project utilising bespoke Hard Buff Yorkstone Steps

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Drainage:

NOT JUST A NECESSITY A good drainage system is essential for landscape projects to reduce water runoff. However, water management can be more than an essential element and contribute to the appearance of the design, as ACO demonstrates Itzehoe, Germany Seamlessly balancing the old with the new is a tricky job for any architect. However, thanks to ACO Water Management’s new Freestyle grating design service, one German town was able to use much-needed municipal infrastructure upgrades to freshen up its principal shopping street, and create a bespoke aesthetic drainage solution intrinsically linked to its cultural identity. Tucked away in the north of Germany, on the banks of the River Stör, is the town of Itzehoe. Despite being one of the oldest towns in the region, Itzehoe is actually a hive of activity for start-up businesses. Boosted by a thriving retail and commercial scene, the town is home to a number of Germany’s leading tech firms One of Itzehoe’s highlights is the ‘Feldschmiede’ – a pedestrianised area lined with a number of shops, bars and restaurants. As part of ongoing works to improve the town’s aesthetic, the local authority decided to replace the aging Seventies wastewater and storm water infrastructure underneath the Feldschmiede and combine it with essential upgrades to the area’s broadband cable network. However, rather than a like-for-like replacement, they decided to give it a modern – and personal – twist. Reflecting identity As part of the remedial work, Hamburg-based consultants Kontor Freiraumplanung worked with the town’s civil engineering department to create an unmistakeable water management grating that reaffirmed t ehoe s proud identity he design honours the Ri er t r which ows through the town and

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features three sturgeon motifs ‘swimming’ along the channel’s grating. This was created using ACO Freestyle, a design service which enables end users or architects to create bespoke grating designs, which ACO then manufactures from coated or uncoated ductile iron to sit on ACO drainage channels. The bespoke ACO Freestyle channels formed part of a new ‘castle street’ style paving along the Feldschmiede, which payed homage to Itzehoe’s twin town of Cirencester in the UK. The design comprised of natural clinker bricks laid in a traditional herringbone pattern, interspersed with sleek ACO MultiDrain channels and topped with the town’s ACO Freestyle ‘sturgeon’ grating. The grating was fitted to the ultiDrain channel using s Drainlock boltless locking system, which is built into the Freestyle grating. All work was undertaken with minimal disruption to local residents, and well within the six-month time frame. While the new technical infrastructure has provided a welcome modern boost to Itzehoe’s functionality, the surrounding surface design innovation has allowed the town to honour its cultural identity. Commenting on the project, Bodo Schmedtje, head of Itzehoe’s civil engineering department, said: “To accommodate both the water management systems and wider electrical work we decided to lay the water pipes first followed by the broadband cables and surface design elements. This enabled us to keep the project on track with minimal disruption to those living and working locally.” Bettina Bühse, head of Itzehoe’s building control department, added: “The redesign of the Feldschmiede between La-Couronne-Platz and

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the Tate modern Extension, london Iconic additions to the London skyline have become a regular occurrence in recent years, and 2016 was no e ception Howe er blending the eye catching with the elegant is a fine line that can easily be e ceeded f the building in uestion happens to be the world s most isited modern art museum then there is no room for error. han fully after eight years in the ma ing the long awaited e tension to the ate odern on ondon s outh an opened its doors in une as one of the most discussed UK architectural designs in recent years. As a symbol of the UK’s bold and proud modern art pedigree the e tension to the ate odern is ust as worth isiting as the wor s it houses Howe er the le el of inno ation and ingenuity e tends well beyond the gallery’s new façade.

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Kirchenstraße has really enhanced the centre of Itzehoe. We’ve already had brilliant feedback on this new feature from both residents and visitors alike.” Freestyle gratings are available in 100mm to 200mm widths and are built to D400 load classification he gratings are also compatible with the new Multiline Sealin channels, which have an integrated seal for easy installation, as well as being a tested solution for groundwater protection reestyle is ideal for pro ects where customers want to add an indi idual finish which can be integrated into the overall design of the building en elope or in the case of t ehoe a whole pedestrianised area s a result designers can gi e places li e t ehoe a lasting final touch that is totally uni ue to a gi en pro ect

Challenging geometry irst opened as a gallery in following the rede elopment of the an side power station the storey e tension to the ate odern will play host to the world s first gallery spaces dedicated to li e art and film installations and pro ide more space to accommodate the gallery s rapidly growing collections. Given the UK’s natural inclination towards wet weather efficient water management is an absolutely crucial element to any ci il engineering pro ect he e tension to the ate odern was no e ception as the building s truly uni ue design posed a number of water management challenges. he ate e tension is uite unli e most other ci il engineering pro ects we e wor ed on said ic urchett regional sales engineer at echnologies “Whilst its striking design certainly turns heads, it brings with it some serious stumbling blocks that needed to be overcome. “First and foremost, the building’s unique geometrical design means that the external walls intersect the ground at se en di erent angles ith a normal building this angle would be which represents a straightforward solution as the water can run down the wall and into the channel below. Howe er with the ate e tension a standard ric slot drainage channel system could not be used.” Ramboll the ci il engineers appointed to underta e the construction of the extension, understood this issue at the outset and approached to find a way around the problem Martin Burden, design director at Ramboll, commented he groundbrea ing ate odern

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extension pushes the boundaries of modern design and engineering. From its one-of-a-kind geometric structure to its striking brick façade, every facet of this building has been planned and engineered with staggering accuracy. drainage and ood management strategy was designed to minimise both the ris of ooding and the impact to the existing downstream sewer system. Run o from the building fa ade is collected ia channel drainage and discharged into the belowground drainage network. Considering the unique angled face of the façade, the design of a linear channel surrounding the new building was especially challenging.” “We’ve had a close working relationship with Ramboll spanning a number of years and several major projects where a bespoke design was needed,” continued Nick Burchett. “When they asked us the question about designing a completely unique drainage system for the perimeter of the Tate’s extension, we knew it would be possible due to the strength of our R&D team when it comes to creating bespoke solutions.” James Canney, product development manager at ACO Technologies, oversaw the bespoke design process for the extension’s proposed solution. “In total seven sections needed to be developed, which translated to 17 bespoke products. Each one needed to be custom-engineered to match the varying angles of the building and provide discrete drainage from both the walls of the building and the surrounding surface, along with custom units for access and maintenance. “Two of the seven drainage sections in particular posed significant challenges in the de elopment as the façade of the building face continued the slope underground, forcing the channel drainage away from the façade. he original specification called for a ertical version of our MultiDrain Brickslot product, which would sit away from the façade in these areas. To accommodate this, our team designed a hanger system to allow structural concrete to be filled and levelled between the channel and the wall in such a way that when the Brickslot tops were added, the system was fully supported and allowed the drainage section to follow

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the contours of the building. This was absolutely crucial in ensuring the aesthetic from the rest of the project was carried through these sections of drainage.” Once the bespoke designs were approved, a total 187m of custom-engineered MultiDrain Brickslot was manufactured by at its facility in he ord Bedfordshire, and delivered to site before being installed by the contractors. A further 550m of standard MultiDrain Brickslot was also supplied to the site with a view to being used throughout the Tate’s surrounding landscaped pedestrian area. In areas where the Brickslot grating could not be used due to depth limitations, 20m of ACO’s specialist V300 MultiLine was also installed. “The ultimate goal was to deliver a solution which would swiftly remove any surface water from the building’s perimeter during periods of rainfall. Importantly, the installation needed to be discreet to fit into the general refined aesthetic of the pro ect concluded Nick Burchett. “Given the challenging and varied geometry of the Tate extension, we were extremely pleased to be able to create a fully bespoke water management system for one of the UK’s truly iconic buildings.”

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Total Protection GB Ltd were appointed to install Resin Bound surfacing to the play area and surrounding footpaths at the prestigious Magic Garden, Hampton Court Palace. The material chosen was a 3mm ‘Autumn’ colour blend laid at a depth of 12mm to the creative and playful gardens which The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton herself, officially opened in May. Total Protection (Painting Solutions) Ltd division were also involved as they were asked to paint the famous dragon structure and worked with a supplier to write a suitable specification to apply the coating to the fibreglass. Since 1986 Total Protection has expanded and diversified its business offering to provide our clients with integrated solutions and exceptional service. Each of our dedicated divisions have been created in response to client demand, forming one service provider capable of cohesively managing multiple project phases.

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Client Historic Royal Palaces Contractor Frosts Landscape Construction Project value £3.4m Size of project 91m x 60m Build time 18 months

Brief An extensive creative brief for The Magic Garden was issued by Historic Royal Palaces as part of a competitive process in the autumn of 2011. Robert Myers Associates was selected from a shortlist in May 2012. Historic Royal Palaces issued a brief stating that the inspiration for the Magic Garden project came from the need to create a substantial additional attraction for intergenerational families, as well as a compelling new reason for visiting Hampton Court Palace. There was potential to increase the number of ‘leisure families’ visiting the palace, and to give local families an incentive for repeat visits. The Magic Garden needed to fulfil this potential without compromising the spirit of what was already valuable and special about Hampton Court’s historic environment. The brief added: “We envisage an exciting new interactive play garden... We are using the working title of ‘Magic Garden’ because we want it to be inspired by Hampton Court’s stories, legends and mythology, and to have a magical quality for all its users. As such, it will signpost the sense of discovery that exists throughout the remainder of the gardens and the palace, and will act as a springboard for further exploration.”

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Design Robert Myers Associates’ design for The Magic Garden was inspired by the rich history of the palace and the site itself – Henry VIII’s former tiltyard. A strong garden structure has been developed, upon which a series of character areas are layered. These include a tournament ground, wildwood, mythical beasts’ lair,

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2 ‘strange topiary’ garden, encampment, and spiral mount with moat and grotto. The journey through the garden provides challenges, obstacles and illusions that play with the notions of hierarchy, status and scale. Stories of the palace and its inhabitants are referenced in the fabric of the design, creating a sense of occasion and identity. “We have incorporated playfulness and magic into every aspect of the garden,” said Robert

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Myers. “It has been designed as a relaxing as well as stimulating environment, with spaces to pause and rest, and places that are truly active and adventurous.” Challenges The Magic Garden was an ambitious project, with the only access for construction vehicles and materials being via the Tennis Court gate, located to the north of the project. The gate is only 2.4m wide and is a scheduled ancient monument, meaning that it was impossible to use lorries to deliver materials. he entrance to the site was also o Hampton Court Road, which is part of Transport for London’s Strategic Road Network, so full or partial road closures were not possible. With the above restrictions in place, it was agreed with Historic Royal alaces that a small section of its main visitor car park could be used as a satellite compound, which would allow bulk materials to be delivered and then transported to the main site. This was on the proviso that they were moved between

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7 8am and 10am, prior to the palace opening to the public – no mean feat when considering the quantities and materials involved (listed below), all implemented by a wor force that totalled di erent trades personnel by the end of the project. • 1,231m³ topsoil to be removed from site • 717m³ MOT Type 1 imported • 283m³ concrete imported • 410m² Charcon Stonemaster paving • 235m² Cedec self-binding gravel • 849m² Addagrip resin bound paving • 1,000m border line steel edging m artificial turf • 100t natural stone boulders • 10,000m of electrical cable teel substructures to the fi e towers and two aerial walkways • Timber cladding to the towers.

The build of the Magic Garden was only made possible by the positive collaboration between the Historic Royal Palaces project team, the Historic Royal Palaces gardening team, which planted the soft landscape, Robert Myers Associates (lead architect for the project). and Frosts Landscape Construction, which coordinated the entire build.

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The team at Urban & Civic has very high standards of delivery and wanted to ensure that everyone involved in the supply chain completed as much due diligence as possible, to ensure that the results on site were exactly as they envisioned. This resulted in BMD requesting a series of small pilot sites of a wide range of ild ower urf products ild ower urf and ild ower arth both o the shelf mi es and bespoke mixes) a full year in advance of installation, to assess the results before choosing the final specification and products to be installed Landscape contractors Whiting Landscape Ltd completed a thorough job in setting up, installing and pictorially tracking the multiple pilot sites over time. The planting trials commenced in May 2015 and concluded the following winter, with the first permanent installations starting on site in spring 2016. As part of their commitment to ensuring that the wild owers were installed correctly the team at hiting andscape attended training at ild ower Turf and have since become Accredited Partners. One of the top performers in the trials was a bespo e oodland dge i designed specifically by BMD to blend beautifully with the existing woodland area and provide a seamless transition from the woodland into the surrounding open public green space. Since 2016, approximately 2,500m² of ild ower urf and m of ild ower arth has been shipped to site, with more planned for the future. The results Working closely with the contractors, and with the ability to develop unique and individual blends based on specific re uirements ild ower urf deli ered product solutions to ensure that the landscape of Alconbury Weald is, and remains, impactful and sustainable, just as the client planned. Harry Powell, project landscape architect at Bradley Murphy Design, commented: “Working collaborati ely with ild ower urf in the de elopment of an approach for Alconbury Weald was fundamental to the success of wild owers implemented throughout the scheme. “Utilising the range of products available and de eloping bespo e mi es we e been able to ensure a balance between instant impact in targeted areas and cost e ecti e deli ery with some great responses from the client, local residents and visitors to the site.”

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What's on for landscape architects at

FUTURESCAPE 2017 On Tuesday 14 November, FutureScape returns to Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, for a full day of all that’s important in landscape architecture

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The Future of Landscape Architecture A panel debate on the landscape architecture sector. Meadowology: New ways of designing with meadows Jonathan Wild, commercial director of Pictorial Meadows, will host a seminar on how we can realistically emulate natural style in today s urban landscape using modern cost e ecti e methods and products. The potential for creating di erse and e citing schemes that are rich in wildlife particularly pollinators has never been more achievable. It’s better when we’re together: Where hard landscaping meets horticulture his seminar will highlight how soft landscaping and hard landscaping can complement each other, with tips and ideas on how to create the perfect design

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THE FUTURE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Debate

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he Future of Landscape Architecture debate returns to FutureScape in 2017 following its success in 2016. Last year, Noel Farrer chaired, and Alistair McCapra, Andrew Grant, Ewan Oliver and John Wyer were on the panel. This year, president-elect of the Landscape Institute Adam White chairs, and Marian Boswall, Tom Turner and Julia Findlayson join John Wyer again to discuss and debate the future of the landscape architecture sector. Last year, a common theme running through the session was perceived challenges and threats to the sector, with an early topic focusing on the blurred boundaries between garden design and landscape architecture. his year topics such as property de elopment training and the e ects of Brexit are bound to be touched upon.

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Chair Adam White Davies White Ltd Recently announced as presidentelect of the Landscape Institute, Adam hite will direct the discussion and fire questions at the esteemed panellists. Adam is director of Davies White Ltd, a multi award-winning Chartered Landscape Architects practice based in Kingston upon Thames. He is the youngest landscape architect to have been made a Fellow of the Landscape Institute and is the annual co-host of the Landscape Institute Awards. Adam is a RHS Gold and BBC People’s Choice Award winner.

Julia Finlayson Argent LLP Julia makes her debut at FutureScape this year. She is the project director at Argent and, as she is representing a property development company is sure to o er her ad ice on how the construction industry works with the landscape. Julia is a key member of the public realm and infrastructure team at Argent, managing the delivery of public realm projects at King’s Cross Estate and Brent Cross South, and assists in the asset management and events and enlivenment programme at King’s Cross.

Tom Turner Blogger, lecturer and author Tom is the second panellist making their debut at FutureScape this year and as a lecturer and author of landscape architecture om will definitely be one to watch om is a landscape architect and his books focus on topics spanning landscape architecture, urban design and garden design. His Kindle book Landscape Architecture: What, Why, When, How, Where, Who and What Next? was published in August 2017.

John Wyer Bowles & Wyer Ltd FutureScape regular John Wyer will sit on the FutureArch panel for the second year running, and will bring his wealth of knowledge to the debate as well as answering questions from the audience. John has been a Chartered Landscape Architect since 1990 and in 1993, John and Chris Bowles established Bowles & Wyer, a multi award-winning company responsible for designing many ma or schemes and recognised as one of the leading firms in the industry.

Marian Boswall Marian Boswall Landscape Architects Previous panel member of The Detail is in the Design debate at FutureScape, Marian Boswall set up her own landscape architecture practice in 2004. After a career as an international management consultant she returned to her first lo e and retrained in garden history, advanced horticulture and garden design. She studied landscape design at Greenwich University and following her Masters in landscape architecture, she set up the practice based in Kent.

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