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FUTUREARCH for the UK’s landscape architects

Spring 2017



G r a n t A s s o c i at e s IN SINGAPORE

Stephen O’Malley ON H E A LT H Y C I T I E S


Romy Rawlings

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FUTUREARCH for the UK’s landscape architects

WELCOME Welcome to our brand new magazine dedicated to the UK’s landscape architects and building developers. FutureArch was an integral part of last year’s highly successful FutureScape event, in which landscape architects and building developers came together to debate topics such as the future of landscape architecture, planning, BIM and the value of 3D modelling, among other topics. As the debate continued, the idea of a FutureArch magazine was born. In the initial stage, we plan to publish the magazine quarterly – spring, summer, autumn and winter – and see how it develops. As we all know, the value of green space is continually moving up the landscape agenda, what with the value it adds o ne de elo en en on en l enefi he e ec can have on a community and of course its immense health and ell e n enefi e ch ne ll ee o h hl h he good practice that’s already happening, showcase and explore o e o he e de elo en h e nde n he field and speak to leading companies and individuals. We aim to entertain, inform and inspire. n h e e c o h e ne e h S e hen O’Malley of Civic Engineers, a detailed exploration of BIM from a landscape architect’s perspective from Romy Rawlings, an analysis of how green infrastructure enhances the urban environment with Ewan McGill, project focuses from Grant Associates and Mott MacDonald and much more. We would love your honest feedback for this issue, and if you would like to be involved in the next edition of FutureArch magazine, please contact me directly. Enjoy the read.


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Darryl Moore

Kate Bailey

Peter Wilder

Cityscapes The call to build on the green belt comes largely from developers and architects, i.e. the sector h ch nd o ofi o nd h ch h poor track record of integrating green spaces into projects to provide quality environments. hl o e ho n nece he fi dd e ho ld e e ec e e o n o nfield e B ld n on he een el with the exception of a few areas, makes little lo c l o fin nc l en e The argument that the green belt should be c ed ec e e c on n e ho e prices in cities is a dangerous panacea, likely o c fi e nd e ce e oc l ne l peripheral new developments becoming areas of poor quality, leaving city centres to become playgrounds of the wealthy. However, the ‘countryside’ should not be considered eternally sacrosanct, as much of it h n enced o e lo l ecolo c l o oc l enefi e need o h n e ond simple either/or attitudes to the green belt, and about how more porous interfaces between rural and urban areas could improve both if integrated through green infrastructure.

Kate Bailey Planning and Landscape I can’t give a yes/no answer. As a landscape architect and planning consultant, I am just as likely to be commissioned to work with a local authority undertaking a green belt review as I am to be instructed by a developer proposing to build on a green belt site. In addition, I’m involved with the Landscape Institute’s current policy work on the green belt. The Institute sent a questionnaire to all members last year, asking whether they support the national and local planning policies that seek to ensure all green belt land remains open in perpetuity. There was an even split with 40% in the ‘yes’ camp, 37% in the ‘no’ and 23% ‘unsure’. However, far from representing two distinct ideologies, three quarters of respondents provided further comment, suggesting that the current debate is more nuanced than ‘black and white’. The policy committee is now considering whether the Landscape Institute should issue a position statement on the green belt. The aim is to provide some sort of prospectus or vision for the future of the green belt, and to publish our conclusions later this year.

Wilder Associates It depends. Green belt land is highly variable in its context and value. Often at the fringe of towns but on land that is left over and widely degraded, there is sometimes a case for developing on green belt land and providing n o e o h on l nd h ch h e e amenity and ecological value that still performs the function of preventing coalescence of towns. In recent examples, we have worked on land within the green belt that has previously been used for mining operations or low grade agricultural use. Development of this site has enabled the restoration of the remainder to make a far more valuable contribution to the greenness and improved the rural aspect and visual amenity. Sensitive development, as long as it improves the ecological and amenity value of the green belt, may be something that we need to consider as a compromise to delivering much needed housing in the south east. Such development would need to be reviewed on a case by case basis and demonstrate a sensitive integration of public open space into the urban fringe.



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PC Landscapes The simple fact is that the green belt currently is being built upon. In 2009-2010, 2,258 homes were approved to be built. In 20142015, that number was 11,977. This is a considerable increase considering Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has stated in parliament that the green belt is ‘absolutely sacrosanct’. Green belts are found in individual plans for local authority districts, boroughs or cities. As local authorities are struggling for funding as well as losing key skill roles within their planning services, perhaps the question should be: Who is approving these homes being built? Are they all exceptional circumstances? Are the green belt and local co n e e n h le de elo e ofi Its seems inevitable that the green belt will be built on if this piecemeal uncoordinated approach is anything to go by. What is needed is a landscape led strategy that allows a sensible and balanced approach to create a multi-functional green infrastructure, utilising multi-organisational data to correctly model the environment that we wish to see.

Pro Landscaper Unfortunately, I think it will be inevitable that we h e o fi e need o e ene e o urban areas. That is the key part and what we should be focusing all of our attention on. I also think that the housing stock currently going unused should be revamped and updated before we consider building on the green belt. There are parts on the peripheral of the green el h e o o l he e he fi e should be, and there are equally some parts which shouldn’t be touched. First and foremost we ought to be regenerating the current areas that we already have development on.

Greysmith Associates I feel that the green belt is perceived by some as pristine countryside, where in fact some of it is of very poor quality. Perhaps there could be a grading system l e l ed ld n o de n e d e en character and qualities that are worth protecting. The lower grades could potentially accommodate development, but only by meeting strict criteria that improves and enhances the local environment. A landscape led approach should then be adopted to ensure that the designs start from this perspective.

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Civic Engineers strengthens team with Urban Infrastructure Expert

Fast growing structural and civil engineering practice, Civic Engineers, has appointed Michael Small, 33, as senior engineer. An expert in the practical and research side of engineering, landscape architecture and urban design, Michael joins the practice from CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and

Information Association) where he worked on the environment / urban design team. Director of Civic Engineers, Rob Westcott said: “We are delighted to welcome Michael o he c ce ll nd e e e fi perfectly with our ambitions and passion for creating and delivering healthy cities through our design of buildings, structures and public spaces. Michael’s knowledge and application of biodiversity, green infrastructure and watersensitive urban design is crucial.” Michael commented: “It’s great to have joined Civic Engineers, particularly at a e hen he h e o n n fic n l and increased their regional and national presence. They have a fantastic reputation for delivering high quality placemaking projects that are attractive, functional and architecturally inspiring.”

Landscape Institute responds to CLG Committee inquiry into public parks The Landscape Institute has responded to the Communities and Local Government Committee’s report on its inquiry into public parks by calling on the government to review the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). While the Institute welcomes the committee’s call for the parks minister to publish details of a new cross-departmental parks group membership, terms of reference and priorities, it does not go far enough. The Landscape Institute believes it is the NPPF which must be improved to help reimagine our green spaces and meet the needs of the future. The Institute, in a joint letter to the committee with the Town and Country Planning Association, has previously set out how this might be achieved. Merrick Denton-Thompson, president of the Landscape Institute, said: “Green infrastructure, as the network of natural systems within and between settlements, does not respect administrative o nd e o h ho ld e e ec ed n o h o e n en nd loc l l nn n ho e Bo h need to consider how their plans for green infrastructure may impact on, and interact with, those of neighbouring authorities and across government. “It’s clear to us that the NPPF is inadequate in terms of a coherent message which supports parks as a key component of green infrastructure. I would like to see it improved. Amending NPPF is unlikely to be an attractive proposition for government, but changes need to be made.”


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LUC has promoted two members of its landscape management team. Matthew Parkhill, who has worked on many of the practice’s green infrastructure projects and open space studies, becomes an associate, and Seb West, whose background is in soft estate such as historic parks and gardens, becomes a senior landscape manager. In addition, Inez Williams has joined LUC as a consultant landscape manager after completing an MA in cultural heritage management at the University of York.

National Trust to launch international design competition for Clandon Park The National Trust has announced that in March it will launch its global search for a world-class multi-disciplinary design team to restore and renew Clandon Park, he h cen ll d n ho e h ch e ed o fi e n l he l ndon International Design Competition will run for six months, concluding in early September. Just over a year after the Trust announced ambitious plans to bring the Grade I listed house back to life, in what will be the charity’s biggest conservation project in a generation, Clandon Park’s project director, Paul Cook, said: “This n e n on l co e on he fi o e held he o ch n fic n h o c ld n signalling our desire to attract the best design talent to work with us. “Clandon Park represents a ground-breaking moment in British architecture, moving from B o e o ll d n h n fic nce that we hope will inspire both British and international architects to enter the competition and bring Clandon back to life through the c e l e o on o n fic n h o c oo and the reimagining of other spaces.”

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green spaces at a tipping point, public parks report reveals The Parks Alliance has responded to the Communities and Local Government Committee’s report on its inquiry into public parks by calling on the government to take a joined-up approach across departments to fund them. Over half the UK population regularly use their local park, yet the challenge of managing our parks and green spaces is increasing due to the con n ed ed c on n nd n nd lo o nd ll he ll nce e e find a solution now before the improvements made over the past 20 years are lost and our parks

once again go into decline, and become places h e e n fic n n e en Matthew Bradbury, Chairman of The Parks Alliance, says: “We welcome the report but we see this as the start of the process to protect and enhance our parks. It gives all of us, the public, park professionals and local and central government the opportunity to seek solutions and avoid merely nursing our parks into a managed decline. “It’s important that the committee has recognised that parks are central to our wellbeing, e ee o e d e o h ch confi

what we have believed for some time – that parks are at a tipping point. They are at the heart of British life yet are a Cinderella service set against co e n fin nc l de nd

Water experts urge government to end freeze in flood resilience rules

Arup part of consulting team for Jurong Lake District, Singapore

Leading engineers, environmental scientists, water experts, landscape designers and architects have appealed to the government to ensure that the planned one million new homes are built to be e l en o ood n l nn n le are reviewed. New research by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), supported by a wide coalition of partners, urges government to ensure that drainage of surface water into sewers should be conditional on new developments including high-quality n le d n e e S S h ch ed ce ood lo n nd o n ood e n n l oce e CIWEM chief executive Terry Fuller said: “We recognise the urgent need for one million new homes, but it is pointless to build in a way that c e e ood o he e n l ho h he no cle to high quality and widely implemented SUDS are political and institutional, he h n echn c l o fin nc l o he e no e on h o e n en should not support stronger policy to deliver sustainable drainage on a broad basis.” Martin Spray, CEO of WWT, said: “The government’s freeze on sustainable drainage policy is a loss for wildlife and a loss for communities. It is time for clarity: developers must include good natural drainage systems for our homes, and government must make sure they are maintained. We c n e h ch n e o d le nd c l del e n ne de ence nd new habitats, without slowing down house-building.”

The Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has appointed KCAP Architects & Planners, leading a multi-disciplinary team consisting of SAA Architects, Arup, S333 and Lekker, as winning consultant for the development of a masterplan for Singapore’s Jurong Lake District. The team developed a high-density mixed-use concept masterplan for the area around the future high-speed rail (HSR) terminus in Singapore. The ambition is to develop the area into a business precinct and home to the future HSR terminus, which will further anchor Jurong Lake District as ‘a district of the future’ and as Singapore’s second Central Business District. A key focus of the winning conceptual plan submitted by KCAP and team involved the integration of new waterways and a series of green spaces within Jurong Lake District whilst manifesting a distinct identity. An evaluation panel comprising senior representatives and practitioners from o e n en enc e c de nd he nd elec ed o o fi e international shortlisted teams as the winning consultant. The team will work with the URA and relevant agencies to draw up a detailed masterplan proposal for the district. There will be an exhibition of the proposal in mid-2017 to gather public feedback after which the team will o h he o efine he l n Jurong Lake District is a regional centre in west Singapore, planned as o he decen l on e o o c e e ne co ec l c e amenities and recreational facilities outside the central area of Singapore.

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stressed that product data templates are absolutely critical for manufacturers engaging within the BIM process of a project. Romy also emphasised that the use of BIM as a comparison between materials and products should lead not only to easier and faster decisions for designers, but should also encourage o e en o n c e ho find he products at the bottom of lists for one reason or another. Early and accurate costings are another big enefi o B hn o ec n e d e and avoiding any nasty surprises or hidden costs. Michael Heap of CED Ltd conducted a fascinating exploration into natural stone paving projects, covering fundamental considerations such as what sort of c he n ll enco n e he he S S e requirement, and client preferences with going bound or unbound. Michael implored the audience to think about time constraints when considering paving design, and highlighted the need to understand what sort of maltreatment will take place with a paving project – are there nearby fast food shops, where food is likely to be dropped, staining some paving materials? Are there likely to be skateboarders, or delivery men using the pavement frequently? All these

issues can be dealt with if prepared for, Michael stated, ol on e e d c l o e o e e he event, so early considerations and careful planning is key. Michael shared best practice as well as some of his favoured paving projects, and discussed his years o o h he B h S nd d o ee n o revise the standard for modular paving. Noel Farrer of Farrer Huxley Associates chaired The Future of Landscape Architecture debate, a lively discussion on current issues and predictions for the industry’s future, with fellow speakers Ewan Oliver from Lendlease, Bowles and Wyer’s John Wyer and Alastair McCapra from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. A common theme within the debate was perceived challenges and threats to the sector being turned into opportunities, with an early topic being the increasingly blurred boundaries between garden design, landscape architecture, urban design, contracting, growing and planning, and how this co ld ec de c o o enefi he o e on o landscape architecture. Other topics covered within the debate included how to show value in landscaping, mediocrity within the sector, the link between wellbeing and landscape and the role of private developers.



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STEPHEN O’MALLEY Civic Engineers stephen o’malley, founding director of civic engineers, believes green space and green infrastructure should be key to our future cities


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FEATURE We as a business are striving for engineering excellence and we think that green infrastructure is a core part of any urban settlement, or any piece of urban infrastructure. It’s got to have some meaningful green infrastructure integrated into it – not something that’s just plugged in as an afterthought. It has to be a fundamental principle in how you develop a design for a particular location.




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Do you feel your clients are on board with green space, or do they feel that space could be utilised with more buildings? The market is shifting. The role of green infrastructure is gaining in terms of value and the contribution that it makes to the lifestyles of people living in these locations. We’ve always been mindful of what e o l e le ne h o hood c n o e eo le who choose to live, work and visit there, and if you extrapolate that to a city scale and take Manchester, where we set up the business, as a case in point, Manchester is competing with Hamburg, Lyon, Amsterdam, Oslo and Malmo. It needs to be able to o e e n c en nd o he h hl len ed individuals from other parts of the world, the option to live in Manchester in a really positive way. I listened to a lecture by Juergen Maier, the head of Siemens Europe, which is based in Manchester, a few years ago – he made the point that Siemens he cen e o o e n e cellence o o ho e electricity generation, and they can attract, as a business, the best quality engineers from across the globe to come to Manchester and take part in that business. They needed the support of the city to e le o o e cce o ll n c l e decen lifestyle and leisure scene, excellent retail and fantastic ho n he c need o o e l e le o ho e that are going to contribute most to its economic activity, strengthening its ability to compete.

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Do you have to work hard to get green infrastructure onto the agenda? Yes, but as I mentioned the market is turning. Manchester has its Greater Manchester Spatial Framework out for consultation at the moment. That’s quite rightly attracted a lot of attention, some of which is because it’s looking to reallocate green belt for the purposes of redevelopment. Andy Burnham, one of the mayoral candidates, has challenged that logic. However, the ambition and vision that’s set out in the document is something that we subscribe to. Also, Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) 2040 transport vision describes the types of streets and spaces that we now have to design and deliver, and as recently as last week TfGM published its pollution mitigation strategy. The ideas about air quality and the environmental impact of cars on the city are directing the latest thinking for green infrastructure. Are you finding that you’re increasing the amount of green space on your developments? e e ch o he d c l h e e o that, particularly when it comes to regeneration, politicians have the ultimate say in what a regeneration o ec loo l e o h fin nc ll nd n e o landscape. Politicians in many respects are driven by the views of the electorate and their political mandate; at the moment the electorate as a whole can’t visualise what a cityscape or urban infrastructure looks l e ho c nd h e d c l ell Having said all of that, our response is attempting to navigate a course that takes us from where we are now and the landscapes we currently have to deliver, to the ones that minimise the geometry and space that is allocated to vehicles, whilst liberating space to accommodate green infrastructure, trees and space for walking and cycling. In terms of budget allocation, how is that factored into any of the tendering? It’s quite challenging, because people that appraise proposals are using measurements and calibrated views that don’t correspond to the landscapes that they need and really want. It’s a bit of an education process and it needs to cascade back up into the governance and management of the landscape. We’ve been working with local authorities and their o ce e e n o o he ll nd nn of their operatives to deal with soft landscaping. Their perception is that it takes more time and money to do those types of things than it does to maintain hard landscapes and conventional drainage systems.



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which involves a high number of stakeholders – trying to negotiate something that ambitious and progressive can take a lot of energy and time.

7 However, what we’re realising as a business is that – building on the work that Lucy Saunders has done at TfL with the ‘delivering healthy cities’ ideas – it’s about he one on o he e enefi nde he he d n of congestion, safety and health, among others. Increasingly well-established formulae and calculations demonstrate an investment in green infrastructure and an allocation of space away from motorised vehicles, o dn lo o dd on l enefi o he loc l economy where those investments take place. We’ve taken over that study for a project in Poynton, and of the £3.5m invested in that scheme, n ho e he d n e e o enefi we’ve determined that it makes a saving to the local economy of about £800k per year. In just over four years you’ve repaid the cost of the scheme, and then you’re adding a whole series of additional value in the years beyond that. And that doesn’t take into account n o he o he co e c l enefi ch h he quality shops, increased footfall and an increase in demand for local housing. Clearly, you’re doing something right if all of those start to show an upturn n enefi As an industry, how well are we promoting those benefits? Some of the national agencies are doing really well. Sadiq Khan has really seized upon the idea of healthy cities and is funding initiatives to promote these ideas. Having worked on the delivery of such projects n ondon e no ho d c l he e e n fic n n e o eholde n ol ed nd he are very complex spaces. We did a piece of work in the last 18 months looking at Whitechapel, which is a very complicated part of the city. It has the Crossrail, Overground and Underground, an NHS Trust, street markets, large amounts of development and it’s on the A11. There is h e ol e o de nd o fin e o n o ce



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How do you decide which landscaping companies to use and recommend for maintenance? The procurement routes for this work can be quite d o l o n ence h n de ee o forecast reliability is limited. There is a whole series of frameworks that contractors have been tendered and appointed through, and they tend to favour the larger groups that cover a broad spectrum of services. A lot of landscapers complain that a construction contractor will win the work and landscape only with what’s leftover. Do you agree with that? I do. The system is the best system we’ve got, but it still hasn’t caught up with best practice design. What councils are anxious about is predictability of co nd o e o he n n le o n o transfer, and that tends to be a civil engineering-led contractor. There needs to be a mature debate about how we get the more horticultural-led contractors into those discussions. I did some work in the last few years in Canal Park with Willerby Landscapes. They are a rare breed, I feel, in that they are quite cerebral as to how they approach a project, but also very skilful and knowledgeable in soils, sustainable drainage and green infrastructure generally. They mix that in with a high degree of technical ability with regards to aggregates and hard surfacing. As a short term, we could do with more companies like Willerby.

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BIM and landscaping Romy Rawlings from the Landscape Institute’s BIM Working Group explains how building information modelling (BIM) works from a landscape architecture perspective



irstly, I’m making an assumption that readers nde nd he c o B B e ld n is a verb; it’s as much about the spaces between buildings, and is not related to any software (repeat ad infinitum), nor does it necessarily require a 3D model. B oce e e o o o en led by technology, which ensures the project deliverables meet the employer’s requirements (the brief). Adhering o defined nd d nd o ocol B cl e coll o on co n c on nd he e c en exchange of data between every member of the project team. Given the length of this article, I can’t hope to cover the complexities of COBie, IFC etc., so for more background information please visit the Landscape



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Institute’s BIM pages: technical/bim-working-group/. I urge anyone with questions to engage with our continuing work, particularly our sector-wide consultation on Product Data Templates. The current situation It’s a tough time for landscape architects who are attempting to plot their path toward BIM enlightenment. n ho h e n e ed n fic n o n o e nd fin nce e h ed e e l e ll n o ed cl en ho n B don ee o know why; • An almost complete dearth of Information (or data) that has not been forthcoming from suppliers; • That old chestnut, software – the incompatibility of he e le d n con c on c e h he demands of a typical landscape project (whatever that is!) – other specialist landscape software is available; • A lack of engagement with those involved in a project (client, main contractor, specialist contractor(s), suppliers, FM teams etc.). How and why it’s important As the government’s 2016 mandate extends, so will the demands being made by the sector’s largest contractors, o l d e o he ce n h he o o ed enefi are achievable and will positively impact their bottom line. So, it’s critical that we continue to make advances, with the UK emerging as a world leader in BIM. Nor should we forget the built environment’s evolving links with the digital world. BIM will support

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this by enabling all data relating to design, cost and sustainability to be modelled, through a project’s life. How it’s improving the industry BIM’s key objective is a 20% reduction in costs from the combined construction and operation phases. Through the ability to create a model in the virtual world prior to construction – essentially a prototype – full interrogation is feasible, e.g. design analysis and visualisation, clash detection, increasingly automated design documentation, waste reduction, fully tested health and safety scenarios, a considered and costed maintenance regime and more. In short, getting it right before a mark is made on site. Key to this testing phase is data, and BIM is essentially a project management system with the seamless handling of data at its core. Currently, information may be created and duplicated in d e en l c on nd n le de n ch n e risks the introduction of errors that could be hugely costly. The virtual, data-rich BIM model removes the necessity for this repetitive work and ensures accuracy across every discipline. As an industry, we must agree common data standards throughout the life cycle of a project. In the UK, these are proposed in the form of Product Data Templates (PDTs) and Product Data Sheets (PDSs) – e l e h e o co on d field l ed by the respective industry institutions (such as the Landscape Institute). These templates are completed by every supplier and shared in the form of an Excel

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spreadsheet or, ultimately, a digital model embedded with the data. BIM will fundamentally change our industry through the requirement for improved collaboration and the open sharing of accurate information to achieve better-informed decisions. BIM heralds a new chapter in inter-disciplinary relationships, ultimately bringing about better quality landscapes for all.

1 A building cannot and does not exist as a separate entity to its site 2 Digital prototyping, employed by manufacturers for many years, will eventually extend into the wider landscape 3 The ‘three in one’ nature of a BIM model

ROMY RAWLINGS, bim working group Romy Rawlings is a Chartered Landscape Architect and member of the Landscape Institute’s Technical Committee and BIM Working Group. Romy’s current role is UK business development manager for Vestre, a Norwegian manufacturer of street furniture. Her career has been based in landscape design and consultancy, with the last 10 years being spent predominantly with landscape manufacturers. W:



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GREEN DESIGN in grey spaces Ewan McGill from the Central Scotland Green Network Trust explains how it’s using green infrastructure to enhance urban environments

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he green elements that exist in our landscape, from parks and green spaces to designed environmental features such as green walls and street trees, help to make quality places that are both resilient to climate change and improve the lives of the people that live there. This green infrastructure provides services and enefi h ee he l h nd ell e n end c le social inequality, help improve the economy and bring nature into urban areas. And when compared to ‘grey’ infrastructure, the alternative natural or semi-natural ol on e o en o e co e ec e n le nd e c en ee n he e o ec e As Europe’s largest green space initiative, the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) is focused on transforming the region into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and people’s lives are enriched by its quality. The role of green infrastructure in placemaking appears as a regular theme across research undertaken by the Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT). The CSGNT has recently released a visionary book which brings its views together to inspire the transformation of central Scotland for future generations. ‘Growing Awareness – How green consciousness can change perceptions and places’ is edited by Professor Brian Evans, Head of Urbanism at The Glasgow School of Art, and Sue Evans, Head of Development at the CSGNT. Pressures and challenges Contributors to the book describe how globally urban areas are facing critical challenges, including pressures on land caused by population increase, climate change, environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity and pollution of air, soil and water. It has become clear that the natural environment has a crucial role to play in supporting healthier urban environments, for e le h o h e o e nd fic on n cooling and improving biodiversity. Gardens are an integral part of the green infrastructure of urban areas and can contribute positively to the environmental impact of new housing, providing opportunities for climate change adaptation, improved biodiversity and pollution control. Over the past year the CSGNT has been exploring ways in which gardens can contribute to the qualities o cce l l ce den fied h o h he Sco h government’s design policy. As part of this focus, the

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CSGNT and its partners have developed a guide, ‘Greener Gardens – An Introduction to Raingardens for e elo e h o de d ce on d e en o on for gardens and the ideal raingarden locations for maximum impact and gives planting advice. To test the guide, house builder Taylor Wimpey worked with Scottish government, C&D Associates, Abertay University and the CSGNT to install two types of raingarden and a ‘SuDS box’ at Taylor Wimpey’s new Torrance Park development. he o ec llo n o n e e o e o he no n enefi o een n c e he



CSGNT is monitoring the raingardens for their biodiversity value, whilst Taylor Wimpey West Scotland is funding research by Abertay University to further investigate how source control SuDS in new housing developments can contribute to storm water n e en nd ed ce do n e ood n With these and other developments, the CSGNT and partners are pursing ways in which innovative green infrastructure can become more commonplace and valued as a mainstream feature of our urban areas.

1 Visualising the CSGN – Greening in New Residential Areas 2 Scottish Government Minister for Local Government & Housing Kevin Stewart with the ‘Greener Gardens’ project partners at the launch of ‘Greener Gardens’ in Holytown 3 Visualising the CSGN – Retrofitting Green Infrastructure in Urban Areas 4 Growing Awareness book

ewan McGILL, Central Scotland Green Network Trust Ewan McGill is the communications manager for the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, which was established in 2014 to drive forward the delivery of the CSGN. Here he has been supporting engagement and communications with the wide range of organisations and individuals who can make the CSGN a success. W:



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URBAN wildflowers



1 East Village, Stratford, established for 2012 Olympics as the Athletes Village 2 Town centre garden, Shenley Road, Borehamwood – Hertsmere Borough Council 3 Aberfeldy Village, East London – Levitt Bernstein Landscape Architects 4 Aberfeldy Village, East London – Levitt Bernstein Landscape Architects



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o ee d n n e l o e le o co e h he n o doe n n he e d che c n eco e e d l n h c n co e h ll o h e l ed ld o e once o e l e l hed e e l ole n nd c n de l hdo h oll on nd e o on e e h n o n c he o en h e n h h cond on Design opportunities he ncl on o ld o e ce ll enh nce n l nd c e n he e e e hel eo le nde nd h he e n en on ll nd he e o n e e on o d ll d cce nce nd e e nde nd n n n e ec on l o cce nd no led e o he l e n e ch nn l e e enn l nd n e e non n e ho ld de ne nd ch ec Cost saving ch de o ld o e e e n che nd lo co h n nece l he c e nd he dd on ho ld e c e ll con de ed nd l nned o c e e ho h he ncl on o l d ec

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1 eed n o en e l n d o n en he e oe on ne he ee no eo le ll enefi nd the chances are the area will be mown to keep tidy nd e n o e e l h en h o he h ell de elo ed co e e ld o e and it’s very easy to have a long term solution with a lo n en nce e e en nd lo co ee plants healthy and there will be very little remedial work needed n e Biodiversity Enhancing biodiversity is a requirement for most developments; including a species rich habitat in he l n ll e oo o n e he e e he n e o l n ec e n en e he e e he o o n o ldl e o d onoc l e he e o le e o l n o e d e en ood o ce nd le d o n ec d e n n h o de ood o o he ldl e o ne o field ole nd e ec o ee ed o o lo o o d o e een n c ec n n ood ch n ec e d e n een n c e ll hel e h ch n lon ed nd o e e l en

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In summary he e e o en l ll h ld o e nd one o he one he ncl on o oo n e e o o oo ch he e e h oo he need o e o e o l nd e o e l e e on he e An understanding of what’s practical and what’s ch e le e en l confidence he ec fic on e o n ee e l h en e ld o e h nd he e ol on h ee on n


James Hewetson-Brown, wildflower turf James Hewetson-Brown is managing director at Wildflower Turf Ltd, a leading supplier of wildflower turf within the UK. The award-winning company offers CPD and open days for landscape architects to explain the options available for wildflower meadows and the benefits of using them. W:



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Paving spotlight we showcase a paving project undertaken by ced stone on sidcup high street in bexley



idcup High Street was an area that was in decline, both visually and economically. As part of a multi-faceted scheme to regenerate the street, improve access and restore the civic and social fabric, the street itself was repaved, with sensitivity to the existing street form and that of its buildings. While using materials that have the potential to remain in good condition for many, many years, it has been achieved economically. Attention to detail has been exceptional, wherein lies the success of the design, and it is in accordance with the requirements of BS 7533 parts 10 and 12. The materials themselves are of relatively low water absorption to minimise the staining that naturally occurs, but the pavement is also made up of a subtle mixture of granites, meaning that what dirt and stains there might be at any time are masked. Drainage The water that drains across the pavement from the building downpipes is channelled through three parallel



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lo ee n he oo ce ee o nn n water. The slots continue through the top of the e n he n ll on o he o d ce nd into the gutters. Surfaces There are shared surfaces at the entrances to the adjoining streets; each entry is individually detailed with single pieces of granite, side by side, providing the uplift from the main street coupled with special quadrants. The vehicular routes are surfaced with ech n c ll e ed one h o n he d resistance after the surface has been much used co ed o e e ed ce he oo ce e ho e e e e ed h e c en co e e o l e nce h le e n he o o ce h o e o ee cle n There is a shared surface across the main High S ee h ch e e de l o c de ned n cco d nce h nne o BS h ch n e ec hold he n e ce

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h n conc e e d h h h el enefic l co ed o he o ed h nched h e at either end, where the result is usually a very l h c c e een he h e nd he e de elo n n o l e c c c c lon he ne mortar joint and a cascade failure of the surface. The granite steps leading up from the end of a short side street are in solid granite pieces, with the no n e ec on o d e colo having a 20mm radius rounding. This gives the visual clarity needed to meet the DDA regulations and, h he ene o o nd n he e ll e nl el to be chipped, even if abused. These details are all ne en e ndeed e ll o he o de both the technical and visual quality to last a lifetime. The design won the 2016 Landscape Institute award for providing most added value from l nd c e e e o d o h e o ed n association with Untitled Practice, the designers and to have supplied the products to FM Conway, con c o o he ondon Bo o h o Be le

ABOUT CED For nearly 40 years, CED has developed and extended its range of natural stone products that has become the basis of good design with long-lasting results. CED keeps extensive stocks in its depots and can arrange the manufacture of almost anything as long as it is natural. W:



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GARDENS BY THE BAY Grant associates


ardens by the Bay was launched as an international design competition by the National Parks Board of Singapore in early 2006. The brief was to create a tropical garden experience that would become a prime recreation and leisure facility for Singaporeans whilst delivering a global tourist attraction. The brief for the 54ha site of Bay South included a requirement for 2ha of cooled conservatories with associated e en l den o e n d l o nno e ho c l e educational opportunities and spaces for events and play. he e no ec fic need o c e ch he supertrees; these evolved as part of Grant Associates’ response to the challenge. Gardens by the Bay is one of the largest garden projects of its kind in the world. The project is an integral part of Sn oe n den on de ned o e he ofile o he c lo ll h l ho c n he e o horticulture in the context of urban greening. l el he e ll o l h co n h ee d nc den B So h B nd B en l Located on reclaimed land in Singapore’s downtown Marina B he e o de n e le e de n on o loc l and international visitors. n ed he o o S n o e n on l o e he o ch d n oc e e l n lend o n e echnolo nd en on en l n e en con c architectural structures are combined with a variety of ho c l ld l d l l h nd o nd ho l e oe e en ce nd ho o d n n nd e l o e n he hole l n h n n ell en en on en l n c e allowing endangered plants which could not normally grow in Sn oe o o h o d n o h le e nd ed c on



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Supertrees Between 25-50m in height, the 18 supertrees designed by Grant Associates are iconic vertical gardens, with emphasis placed on creating a ‘wow’ factor through the e c l d l o o c l o e n cl e e h e and ferns. At night, these canopies come alive with lighting and projected media. An aerial walkway suspended from he e ee o e o n e e ec e on he gardens. The supertrees are embedded with sustainable energy and water technologies integral to the cooling of the conservatories. Cooled conservatories Two giant biomes designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects – the 1.2ha Flower Dome and the 0.8ha Cloud Forest o e d l l n nd o e o he ed e ne n climatic regions and tropical montane (cloud forest) environments, and provide an all-weather ‘edutainment’ space within the gardens. Horticultural gardens Two collections, The Heritage Gardens and The World of Plants, centre on ‘Plants and People’ and ‘Plants and l ne o e he h o e n nd colo ed ol e landscape, they form a spectacle of colour and texture and fragrance within the gardens, providing a mesmerising experience for visitors. From the point of view of the project team, procuring the plants for the scheme proved a huge logistical challenge. National Parks was responsible for this aspect, sourcing plants from every continent apart from Antarctica. Around 200,000 varieties were ultimately shipped to the site. From Grant Associates’ point of view, each stage of the project involved challenges and new learning experiences. At competition stage, the focus was about bringing together the right team of consultants and personalities who could contribute to delivering a world class proposal. An example of one challenge was to deliver an air conditioned glasshouse in the tropics while retaining environmental credibility. In the early design stages, collaboration in the most creative sense was the key process, not just with the design team but also with the client and other Singapore stakeholders. Grant Associates needed to learn fast about Singapore, its culture, environment and the methods of delivering new landscapes in a tropical climate. As the design evolved, Grant Associates forged new ways of working with local consultants and contractors who approached the construction process in a very d e en co ed o h o ne e

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1 Supertrees and conservatories exploded view drawing 2 Supertrees, suspended walkways 3 Supertrees 4 View of cooled conservatories and Supertrees 5 Inside cooled conservatory 6 Inside cooled conservatory at night 7 The topiary 8 Planting detail 9 Understorey shelter toadstools





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Grant Associates is a British landscape architecture consultancy specialising in creative, visionary design of urban and rural environments worldwide, working with some of the world’s leading architects and designers. In addition to the internationally acclaimed Gardens by the Bay, completed projects include the Stirling Prize-winning Accordia housing scheme in Cambridge. Founded in 1997 by Andrew Grant, an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA and Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute, Grant Associates is inspired by the creative possibilities of sustainable landscapes. T: 01225 332664 E: W:

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Mott MacDonald

Project value £4.8m Build time One year Size of project 3.7ha


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n response to its declining tourist economy, a strategic plan in 2006 recommended Felixstowe recognise its heritage assets and ‘pursue a strategy of promoting its strengths d on l B h e o e n fine Edwardian built environment’. A key site in the strategy was the gardens, which were in a state of dilapidation, with many elements comprising complex and often unstable assemblages. The client followed the democratic mandate of the local communities’ overwhelming support for the gardens project, and focused the economic regeneration of the town on conserving and restoring its heritage assets. The design team advised the client, and the

client accepted, that the designer should have a part time presence on the site, to allow complex construction issues to be resolved rapidly. Felixstowe Seafront Gardens developed as a result of the popularity in the late Victorian period for visiting coastal locations in pursuit of improved health and relaxation. The natural n occ n lon he cl o e he with the proximity to the beach, encouraged the gardens to be developed as a pleasure ground for people to use the spa waters. The gardens allowed visitors to promenade next to the sea, enjoy the fresh air and take the reputed health giving qualities of the Felixstowe e he den eo n fic n h o c interest: they display a cross-section of over



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100 years of municipal and private gardening trends, which illustrate Felixstowe’s history as an east coast resort of late Victorian, Edwardian and inter-war character. This has been acknowledged through its status as a Grade II Registered Garden of Special Historic Interest, designated by English Heritage. The gardens now comprise a series of interconnected spaces, rockwork and water features which together with ornamental planting, impart great diversity of visual interest. They were not developed holistically as one park, but rather were brought together by the municipality to form the extent of the gardens seen today. Many of the structures within the gardens formed part of private properties which were later incorporated as municipal land. In addition to the cultural heritage of the gardens, the loc on eolo c ll n fic n co n le el o outcropping areas of Red Crag and provides a variety of natural habitats for wildlife. The work was led by the landscape architecture team with other team members from Mott MacDonald providing civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, architecture, ecology and construction, design and management (CDM) services. Contractual support was also provided to the project team through the inhouse NEC contract expert. During the construction period Mott MacDonald provided site monitoring as NEC supervisor. The work built upon an initial strategic study for the town by David Lock Associates, which den fied he den he nc l oc o future regeneration investment. A round one and two heritage application for the gardens site was assembled by Lanarca. Mott MacDonald’s work included revisiting some aspects of the sketch scheme design and working clo el h he loc l ho con e on o ce the HLF, English Heritage (now Historic England), the general public and the town’s regeneration body, Felixstowe Forward.


Mott MacDonald is an engineering, management and development consultancy involved in solving some of the world’s most urgent social, environmental and economic challenges. The consultancy’s landscape design team works as part of multidisciplinary project teams, providing an integrated service to fulfil the needs of a range of clients. Environmental enhancement, innovative design and sustainability are core philosophies of the company. T: 0207 651 0453 E: W:



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1 Town hall garden 2 Wall, pier and step restoration with globe lights 3 Serpentine steps, shelters and Felix Hotel garden 4 South cliff shelter at night 5 Rose garden, chalet bank and pond garden 6 Arch cascade 7 Nectar rich Kniphofi, boosting biodiversity



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Laura Welborn-Baker Landscape architect, Smeeden Foreman PROJECT DETAILS Peter O’Sullevan House Size: 6,151m2 Expected completion date: 2017/2018

Brief Peter O’Sullevan House is a facility designed by Townscape Architects for the Injured Jockeys Fund. Smeeden Foreman was asked to design the landscape layout for a new building and healthcare facility. The landscape scheme was intended to provide a setting for the new building, a range of car parking areas for visitors ranging from traditional surfaces to e n o ced o e o n and facilities for the less mobile, and hard and soft landscape spaces for rehabilitation and relaxation. Inspiration The major inspiration for the design was horse racing, and the building is to be used as a rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys. We ec fied hed e lon h ed e and around seating and lawn areas, not only as a reference to horse racing jumps but as a neat framework for the planting. Using a number of species including beech nd e e defined n e of enclosed spaces and seating areas. The planting design includes herbaceous material, spring and e o e n l nd o e n ee nd h hn this formal structure of hedgerows.



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Challenges The challenge is to make the space feel homely and welcoming to promote rest and rehabilitation. There is a need to keep the outdoor spaces of a facility such as this easily accessible to suit a n e o d e en cond on nd physical abilities. The planting design I use for healthcare facility projects has evolved into a garden style approach with an evergreen structure, and lots of colourful, o e n ec e nd l n with a variety of textures, sounds and scents, in order to reduce perceptions of an institutional atmosphere. This also helps to create a high capacity landscape where there are opportunities for a n e o d e en c e o e place, where individuals can relax or small groups of people can meet. Products/materials specified The scheme will include a proprietary bicycle shelter, timber garden benches, aluminium edgings to paved areas, hard c n fin he e cell o ece e o o e o n areas and a wide variety of plant material including 14-16cm girth trees, 1.2m conifers and 1L to 15L shrubs and herbaceous plants.

On the DRAWING BOARD three of pro landscaper’s 30 under 30 landscape architects share the projects they’re currently working on

Chris Chippendale Graduate Landscape Architect, Ground Control Brief The site is one of the largest green spaces in Slough with the project requiring the transformation of open grassland to a community park, as part of a wider regeneration scheme. A new gateway to Britwell is aspired to strengthen links between Kennedy nd on field ec e on Ground, forming a parkland transition as you enter the neighborhood.

PROJECT DETAILS Kennedy Park & Monksfield Recreation Ground, Britwell, Slough Size: approx. 9.8 hectares Expected completion date: March 2017

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Rob Dwiar Landscape architect, International Design Group Brief To design the public realm landscape for the entire development – a resort of thousands of villas surrounding a Trump golf course. To take responsibility for designing streetscapes, feature and pocket parks, recreational spaces and everything in between, all in a sleek, con e o le o e ec ode n and forward thinking approach. Inspiration Inspired by luxurious residential areas in he e c l l he S n enced so much as to include design styles, features and combinations that would strongly evoke a luxury residential feel that would be just as at home in Florida or California. Distilling the inspiration, the client is aiming for the development to stand out and become the ‘Beverley Hills of Dubai’.


1 Sensory Garden Entrance

9 The Summit Viewpoint & Seat

2 Tree Glade

10 New Accessible Footpaths

3 Meadows (Beyond Site Boundary)

11 Enhanced Entrance Gateway

4 Picnic Area

12 Upgraded Scout Car Park

5 The Village Green (Informal Sports)

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14 Outdoor Gym

6 New footpath/cycle link

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7 Chill on the Hill (Grass Terracing) 8 The Lookout (Informal Play Feature)



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Challenges A big challenge is coordination e een e n e o d e en departments and disciplines. This sometimes makes for a bundle of red tape, long processes and waits in between stages of work. Practically, due to the size of the project, hard material choices have to be carefully made when using en masse with edging and banding materials also have to be considered. Careful thought is critical when choosing plants for the site due to climate and irrigation needs.

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Akoya by DAMAC, Dubai Size: circa 390 hectares Expected completion date: 2019

Products/materials specified A huge range including play equipment from suppliers like Galopin, composite decking, tiling for swimming pools, Be d nd fic l variety of kerbing, and a host of locally sourced pavers and surfaces.

making use of the raised elevation to frame views and features. Existing relationships between the green spaces inspired the enhancement of gateway entrances. Parkland zones were created building upon the unique country park character of the site, contrasting its urban context.


Inspiration The design drew its inspiration from the existing character and context of the site. The far reaching views from the top of the mound dictated structure and form to the park,


Challenges The design aims to maximise the value of every intervention throughout the park, being innovative in space design such as the gym glade. This has been a challenging task given budget constraints, size of the site nd ec fic e con n ch h o c l ndfill e o e e

successes are already being seen with developing ownership of the park by the local community. Products/materials specified The design uses a natural material pallet where possible, with trees nd l nd o ed o define structure. The primary surfacing across the site is self-binding gravel due to its accessibility, texture and parkland character. Additional features include a bespoke pre-cast concrete seat forming a landmark focal point at the top of the mound, and an enhanced signage strategy featuring new entrance totems, way e nd fin e o



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ARBORSYSTEM The definitive urban tree pit package

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Technical consultants Howard Gray, Roy Bowie

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Project 3 Name of project: een l eh l c Landscape architect: Frosts Landscapes Products supplied: Over 3,000 irrigation systems and underground guying

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Woodscape has been creating beautiful hardwood street furniture and external structures for some of the UK’s most vibrant public spaces for nearly 40 years, and remains a privately owned family business that showcases British craftsmanship at its best. From complex, bespoke designs through to our classic bollard and seating ranges, you can be assured that your furniture is in experienced hands. We are proud to ‘design the nation’ alongside the UK’s leading architects and landscape designers, as well as many public and private sector clients, by developing solutions that not only respond to the needs of Britain’s rapidly growing communities, but also contribute to the creation of outstanding public spaces. Whether it’s a small urban project or an expansive scheme, our team members fully commit their innovative capabilities to creating beautiful outdoor furniture that will enhance the aesthetics and functionality of your space. Our distinctive pieces have complemented many prestigious design projects across the UK, in a multitude of sectors including commercial and retail, local authorities, education, transport and infrastructure and new build and regeneration.

The Zig Zag Building in London, part of a £2.2bn regeneration scheme of Victoria, won ‘Commercial Development of the Year’ at the 2016 Property Marketing Awards. Designed to be a ‘thoughtful’ building, it provides enriching environments to create healthier and happier employees. With this in mind, Woodscape was commissioned by Jupiter Asset Management to create bespoke seating for the outdoor balcony space. Bespoke hardwood horizontal slatted Saturn furniture was designed in the form of wall seats and tables, as well as ergonomic curved seats to follow the radii of the existing landscaping. All furniture metalwork was powder-coated to match the existing features of the building. Employees can now relax and enjoy the London views in a beautiful outdoor environment.


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Commercial director Ashley Tarry

Accounts manager Shauna Samouelle

Senior sales manager Ben Schofield

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From cube seats, tree seats, benches, litter bins and planters right through to retaining walls and signage, Woodscape creates both functional and aesthetically pleasing street furniture for public and private spaces which works in harmony with stainless steel and other materials.

Woodscape Ltd, 1 Sett End Road West, Blackburn, Lancashire BB1 2QJ T: 01254 685 185 E: W: @woodscapeltd /woodscapegroup

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We create beautiful hardwood street furniture that showcases British craftsmanship at its best, and can work with you on unique, bespoke products.

Woodscape are an FSC certified supplier, utilising naturally very durable hardwoods that allow for long life expectancy without preservative treatment.

We are ISO 9001 certified and manufacture to strict quality assurance. From choice of timbers through to overall finish, every detail is cared for.

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Our in-house designers have worked for decades with the world’s most durable timbers, helping you to fully exploit the design potential of hardwood.

Woodscape have 38 years of experience delivering timber engineered solutions that meet the most challenging of design and construction criteria.

Combining pioneering software with computerised machine tooling, our 5 Axis CNC Milling Machine produces complex shapes in a single set-up.

Bollards • Litter Bins • Seating • Planters • Retaining Walls • Decking • Cycle Parking • Gates • Pergolas • Balconies • Bridges • Tree Seats • Bin Stores • Signage • Structures • Shelters • Bespoke Architect Collaborations

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Workware has been supplying the arborist and landscaping market through a network of UK dealers for over 25 years. It all started with Haix; now in 2017 the company has over 27 brands including SIP Protection, Corona, Sterling and Climbing Technology, with new brands and products being added to its portfolio every year. Workware is also increasing the existing stock which is held, as demand for the products grow each year. Over the next 12 months there will be some changes within Workware, from new systems and software to new ways of working. This will make their work easier and they are hoping their dealers will enefi o h ell

people Simarghu Harness New harness being released at the AA Show in Westonbirt in May 2017, and in Europe and America later in the year.

General manager Ray Burton

Sales manager (south) Les Cork

Sales coordinator Peter Edgar

Warehouse supervisor Michael Bonnar

Sales manager (north) Paul Bentley

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Canopy W-Air The new style of chainsaw trouser from SIP Protection is made from high performance materials and is water and dirt repellent. This product can also be seen at Westonbirt at the AA Show in May.

r o he ofi ne ee securing system here in the UK, designed to save time and money when planting trees. It’s low maintenance, made from biodegradable steel and he ee o he ofi erodes, feeding the tree at the same time.

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Ready for the season ahead? Brushcutting season will be starting soon. Do you have the right equipment? Whether you are on the roads, rail or have some ground to clear. It is always best to be seen and be safe. SIP brushcutting trousers come in 3 colours, the standard green, Hi-Viz yellow and Hi-Viz orange.

The green 1SQ8 trousers are lightweight with protection against flying debris thanks to the fixed impact resistant padding. The trousers are easy to clean, thanks to the waterproof polyamide front. The Hi-Viz trousers conform to EN471 class 2-2, which have a removable impact resistant foam. They are waterproof and breathable, which avoids water penetration for increased comfort. SIP Protection Shin Guards offer good protection against flying debris when using a strimmer or a brushcutter. There is foam on the inside of the guards that moulds to fit your leg making the guard more comfortable to wear. To fasten the guards, there are 2 leather straps on each shin guard. At the bottom of the guard there is a piece of leather that covers the top of your work boots, to stop any debris from entering your boots. The Pyramex Face Shield is a polycarbonate lens provides 99% UVA/B/C protection, as well as protection against dust and chemical splash, providing increased facial protection. Certified to: EN166. The goggles have removable vent caps allow the user to remove when more ventilation is required or leave in place for chemical splash protection.

Workware, Kingstown Boardway, Kingstown Ind. Est., Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 0HA Tel: 01228 591091 Fax: 01228 590026 E:

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HORTICULTURE CAREERS q&a What is Horticulture Careers? Horticulture Careers ( is an online job o d ec fic o he ho c l e nd e e he o c l o o d for Pro Landscaper, Pro Arb, BALI, APL and FutureScape, and we are constantly growing and adapting the way we operate to suit the evolving needs of the people who work with us. o are o eren rom o er o oar s Publishing the Pro Landscaper and Pro Arb magazines, as well as being the event organisers for FutureScape, has given us a vast wealth of industry knowledge. We have a dedicated account manager working to o o e nd fill e e c nc h co e h o h he o d ch n candidates with roles. Around 48,000 emails are sent to our candidates monthly, and over 31,000 job seekers are visiting the site each month. We pride ourselves on delivering an individually personalised service. a n o com an es a er se o A wide range, from our larger clients such as Glendale Horticulture, idverde and Bartlett Tree Experts, right down to smaller localised companies who could be looking for a seasonal gardener or garden centre sales assistant. o o n a as e ran gro s o s r ggle o ll acanc es Not at all – in fact quite the opposite. As much as we’re advertising more jobs on the board, we also have more and more job seekers signing up. That, paired with our weekly jobs mailers and our CV d e e n e e c ll fill n c nc e e h ne e before. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the brand. Visit the website at

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Give nature a helping hand... with a rewarding Discovery!

Euroflor Spring Discovery Box

Attracts bees, birds & butterflies

An essential collection of 10 different flower seed mixtures for spring sowing. All germination tested, each foil sachet covers 10-15m2. They are perfect for comparing colours and growth habits, creating eyecatching displays and provide a season long food source and habitat for pollinators. Sown from March to early June, the first flowers will appear 50-55 days later and will continue flowering until the early frosts.

An 8-page Case Study by Monmouthshire County Council details savings of over ÂŁ43,000 by changing from bedding plants to sowing Euroflor urban flower seed. Copies can be provided on request or downloaded from the Rigby Taylor website.

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