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A national sports facility in a historic landscape – the making of St George’s Park

Jacksons Show Gardens Design Competition 2013 register your interest..

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Landscape & Urban Design Printed & Interactive Magazine All web addresses are inter-active, simply click the web address of your choice to view the company website. There is also a useful tool bar where you can search for a specific product, or simply view the index on page 3 and then type in the page number of the section that you wish to view.

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Editors Choice Bound Surfacing Concrete & Stonework Exhibition News & Events Exterior/Street Furniture Fencing & Gates Landscape Services Lighting Nurseries & Tree Care Sport & Play Structures & Fittings Tools, Plant & Equipment Water Engineering

Cover Story Wardell Armstrong Wardell Armstrong (www. is a leading independent engineering consultancy specialising in environmental development and management. With a strong heritage dating back more than to tackle some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges like renewable energy generation, waste management and environmentally responsible mining. In the UK, Wardell Armstrong employs around 350 professional, technical and administrative staff, based across a network of ten Wardell Armstrong’s global reach enables the company to serve clients throughout the world. The (Almaty) and Russia (Moscow). Read more on pages 4 & 5 January-March 2013 Landscape & Urban Design

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A national sports facility in a historic landscape – the making of St George’s Park It’s been over a decade coming. But today, the National Football Centre at St George’s Park in Burton upon Trent is a truly world class destination for training and sporting facilities. A £100 million development set in 143ha of parkland, it’s the training home for Club England which runs all 24 England representative sides. It’s also an inspirational centre for coach education, a Hilton and Hampton hotel complex, a conferencing hub for business and sporting communities, a leading centre for sports medicine and science, and a training magnet for teams, individual players and athletes. Engineering and environmental consultancy Wardell Armstrong was selected by the FA to be the project landscape architects to support their vision for world class sporting facilities within a quintessential English parkland setting. With English football in the relative doldrums ever since the glory days of the 1966 World Cup, and the national team always seeming to be chasing the tail of more lavishly resourced countries, the FA had long cherished an ambition to create such a world class facility. So in 2001 they bought a large area of land in the historic landscape of Byrkley Park, a former home of the Bass brewing family in the ancient forest of Needwood. shape. But by 2010, work had started in earnest to build and bring to reality the vision of a national football centre to match anything anywhere in the world. The FA’s ambition was to see it completed and operational by the summer of 2012 – an extremely demanding programme with a construction period of only seventeen months. But as well as the time pressures, there were major landscaping and ecological challenges facing the designers. Since the demolition of the Victorian house in the 1950s, the landscape had fallen into a neglected state of land management. There were large areas of locally rare wood pasture with many mature and veteran trees. The site had also become home to large populations of protected species including great crested newts, lapwing and golden plover and 297 great crested newts, 182 smooth newts, 57 frogs and 7,157 toads were trapped and carefully moved to their new habitat before works could commence. Would it be possible to integrate a very large new development together with all the necessary earthworks and infrastructure into such a sensitive historical landscape in a way that would sustain the heritage and wildlife habitats of the park? was selected by the FA in 2010 to be the project landscape architects as part of the multidisciplinary

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design team. They worked closely with the design build contractor Bowmer and Kirkland (to whom the design team were novated), and the lead architects Redbox Design Group. Shared commitment These close working relationships played a critical role in recognising the sensitivity of the landscape and the importance of carefully maintaining the setting. Ecological mitigation was a high priority at the design stage and throughout the contract period, both in terms of translocation and the protection of areas and species. Despite the inevitable rigorous cost control on a project of such scale and complexity, there was a shared commitment to maintain high quality landscaping throughout, without letting it suffer as a late element of the project. Wardell Armstrong was responsible for the development of the landscape strategy and management. This included biodiversity mitigation for the whole estate as well as the design of the external works and planting. The landscape design involved the creation of the hotel the re-establishment of parkland pasture, and new articulate routes and allow the site to be fully accessible. The development has been achieved with the removal of only six trees, all of poor quality, while ensuring the protection of the many mature and veteran trees. An early task was to mitigate for the migrant population of golden plover. As part of the landscape design the Wardell Armstrong team created a new habitat with a 1500m² lakeside beach area, replacing a large area of rough stone. They also created a new lake to the front of the hotel with marginal aquatic planting as part of a SUDS surface water management system to allow drainage from hard surfaces. As well as serving as an attractive feature for visitors as they approach the hotel complex, the new lake attracts biodiversity and wildlife. An even greater challenge was to ensure that the large numbers of existing trees were protected. Many of these are mature, including seventeen oaks of veteran status Bowmer and Kirkland took a highly responsible approach in accepting the importance of outset. Wardell Armstrong contributed to induction talks to site operatives on the sensitivity of the natural succeeded in ensuring that no land was disturbed within the root spread – a particular challenge when one copse was within only twenty metres of a planned building.

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Acorn regeneration areas were established and fenced be used as native stock, while new blocks of native planting served to increase the age diversity of the estate. 2450 new trees were planted in total. The natural undulations of the parkland landscape are steel architecture of the new national football centre, science facilities including hydrotherapy, rehabilitation and altitude chamber, and the main sports twelve court sports hall and gymnasium. Externally, eleven pitches including a replica Wembley pitch with pitches, sand training and rehabilitation areas complete the world class facilities. Working closely with the architects from Redbox Design Group to make sure that the external environment from the hotel courtyard outwards to the car parks and the parkland beyond, Wardell Armstrong was also thresholds. The centrepiece of the hotel complex is the formal courtyard with its patterned natural granite paving lawns, formal yew hedging and framed by a double line of box headed hornbeam underplanted with ivy. extensive use of natural stone for paving and retaining walls. Pedestrian circulation was carefully considered to achieve maximum accessibility on a sloping site, with steps kept to a minimum. A hierarchy of broad granite-paved paths connects the buildings. Mastertint coloured asphalt in the car parks captures the colour of local natural gravels, while new planting is already softening the impact of the parking areas. Further into the estate, Breedon gravel provides informal paths through the landscaped areas. Polymeric rubber crumb surfacing - again colour matched to the locally sourced natural gravel - was used on the footpaths around the sports building and between changing rooms and pitches to allow players to walk around in studded boots.

permanent pasture, the management of a local rare the planting of replacement parkland trees to improve the age diversity on the estate. This has involved sourcing specimen oaks of Midland provenance. Wardell Armstrong Tel: 0845 111 7777 Fax: 0845 111 8888 Email:

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Editors Choice WALO UK Completes Tenth Cell at Westmill Landfill Site

Hydraulic asphalt engineering experts WALO UK have completed the tenth cell at Westmill

‘Instarmac Set to Showcase Cost Saving Innovation at TRAFFEX 2013’

metres at Westmill using Dense Asphaltic Concrete (DAC).

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Bound Surfacing Easy & Durable Patio Paving Grouting Even During Wet Weather GftK’s vdw 840plus is the unique ‘State-of-the Art’ in one-component, polymeric patio and paving jointing mortars for use in domestic, non-

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quickly and easily slurry applied by squeegee onto a thoroughly pre-wetted surface using more water and it effectively selfcompacts into the joints. After a few minutes drying any excess is simply brushed off and rinse – Job done! NCC Streetscape Ltd., the exclusive UK Distributors of this German engineered mortar, say that their customers tell them that is the highest performance paving grout of its type and it is particularly suitable for many professional patios and DIY jobs around the UK because with vdw 840plus there is no waiting for newly paved surfaces to dry out after rain or morning dew, and no waiting for a good weather forecast to even begin the pointing works.

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‘State-of-the-Art’ Paving Joints for Heavy Traffic Demands GftK’s vdw 855 Paving Jointing Mortar from NCC Streetscape is the ‘State-ofthe-Art’ Paving Joint Mortar accommodate the static and dynamic loading of frequent heavy delivery trucks and brewery drays for example. It is easily installed by wet slurry application using additional water and it selfcompacts into the joints – So there is also no waiting for dry conditions or a good weather forecast! As a result, when Councils and their Consultants make an evaluation of possible jointing solutions, including the costs of the materials and the labour, plus the potential for any delays due to the weather, which can also have huge time and cost implications, then vdw 855 Paving Joint Mortar is by far the most cost effective. This is even more so for work to be carried out in winter, as it can be installed without delays in the wet and at low temperatures.

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Natural Paving Products laying the foundations for Eco Build Natural Paving, the UK’s leading independent supplier of natural stone landscaping products, is preparing to make a debut appearance at what is set to be the industry event of 2013, Eco Build. The company is planning to wow fellow exhibitors and visitors with an impressive 62 square metre stand, built to display their stunning variety of natural stone paving flags, block paving, walling and accessories. With a product for all budgets and projects, collections include; Premiastone, Cragstone, Fossestone, Classicstone and the renowned Fired Earth range. Of course, Natural Paving will be showcasing their new and exclusive products for 2013 at Eco Build too. Natural Paving embodies ethical trading and has invested over £100,000 to support their sister company Stone Exporters, based in Hyderabad, India. This investment and partnership has enabled the establishment of modern manufacturing capabilities and made vast improvements to the working and living conditions of the 200 strong Indian workforce. Unlike some other stone importers, this partnership with Indian based companies enables Natural Paving to ensure that all elements of the supply chain, from extraction to supply are conducted ethically.

Visit Natural Paving at Eco Build 5th – 7th March, Stand N1720, ExCel London.

Natural Paving has carved out a unique place for itself in the world of natural stone, looking after the product ‘from cradle to grave’ or factually ‘quarry to garden.’ From extraction, production and supply to retail, Natural Paving ensures the journey of the stone right through to installation with their quality assured installer schemes. At the final stages of the supply chain, Natural Paving can recommend their quality assured designers and contractors to members of the public, looking for a high quality finish complementing their equally high quality products. The Natural Products Approved Installer Scheme involves a rigorous process and only after strict vetting and quality checks, will people be endorsed by the company. Multiple references are required and acted upon, plus an onsite visit will be conducted with on-going quality spot checks. The scheme is a win-win for the firm and contractor, but crucially ensures a well marketed, trustworthy combined package of both product and service for the customer. As part of the Installer Scheme, Natural Paving host annual awards with categories including Best Driveway, Best Patio and Best Overall Design. As another Eco Build exclusive, the 2012 winners will be announced at the show.

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Driven by a strong commitment to excellent customer service and an innovative range of ethically sourced, high quality materials, Natural Paving has enjoyed continual growth since 2005. Marketing Manager Rebecca Hughes left us with her comments on Eco Build, “We have chosen to exhibit at Eco Build because we have seen it grow over the past few years and feel that this is a key event for us to be at. Preparations are really underway now and we are looking forward to unveiling our fantastic plans and announcements at the exhibition.”

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Whatever your involvement with stone, you’ll find plenty at the show that your business or practice can benefit from... The material of choice for landscape architects, natural stone complements our urban landscape and dramatically improves the environment we live in as illustrated in the main image above at Tudor Square, Sheffield where Crosland Hill Hard Yorkstone supplied by Johnsons Wellfield quarries is crafted into a series of planters known as ‘Derbyshire Pebbles’.

The other project pictured is More London, The Queen’s Walk paved in Callow Irish Blue limestone supplied by exhibitor Stone Developments. The growth of imports, particularly from India and China, have made it more affordable than ever to specify sandstone, granite, limestone and even slate for major UK landscaping projects. Choose from an unrivalled selection of stone from across the world, as well as the lower carbon footprint British

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Outdoor Design Build & Supply Tradeshow 25-27 March, 2013 | Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE


utdoor Design Build & Supply is the only dedicated event in the Middle East to address the use of outdoor space in construction projects, providing support to developers, landscape architects and designers working to create outdoor spaces including public parks, hotels, private and palace gardens, green areas within urban communities, major residential and commercial projects, sports stadiums, golf courses, hospitals, irrigation and landscaping.

....Outdoor Design Build & Supply will provide us with the platform to source a distributor, with the UAE as a starting point. Patrice Love Director of Marketing & HR Timberwolf

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chipper manufacturer Timberwolf, which is looking to tap into the remerging landscape sector in the Middle East. “Timberwolf has laid out an aggressive expansion strategy for the Middle East region,” said Patrice Love, Director of Marketing & HR, Timberwolf. “We have created a three-year strategy to grow our export business from 18% to 40%, and Outdoor Design Build & Supply will provide us with the platform to source a distributor, with the UAE as a starting point.” Visitors to the event will include government and urban planning officials, corporate project managers and horticulture experts who will give exhibitors the opportunity to strengthen existing relationships while putting them in front of a targeted market.

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Traffex is back for 2013 With ground-breaking features, brand new discussions and over 350 exhibitors taking part, Traffex is back for another year running and set to be the best yet. Now in management, road safety, parking, ITS and highway maintenance exhibition will return to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from 16th – 18th April with FREE entry for all visitors, simply register online at Once again, Traffex will also run alongside its sister exhibition, Parkex, Europe’s largest dedicated Parking Exhibition. Parkex will feature all the leading suppliers of on and off street parking equipment, access control, parking management, software, refurbishment, energy saving, civil enforcement, training and payment processing making the combined Traffex and Parkex event the UK’s

very latest developments, but there is also a free, CPD accredited three day seminar programme, organised in partnership with ITS UK, The Highways Agency, Department for Transport and The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation, covering a wide range of topics and offering insights from the transport industry’s leading experts. Speakers include, Graham Department for Transport, David Ubaka, Director D.U.P, Phil Jones, Phil Jones Associates, Prof Eric Sampson CBE, ITS UK, Mathew Lugg OBE, specialist adviser to DfT and Andrew Page-Dove of the Highways Agency. Seminar topics include: Road Safety,

parking exhibition.

Extreme Weather, Manual For Streets 2, Signing The Way, Cycling Strategy, Building Information Modelling, Greener Transport Systems, Highway Maintenance and Intelligent Transport Systems.

Free industry seminars This year’s Traffex will see a huge range of exhibitors showcasing the

Live demonstrations and special features will also play a key role in this year’s show, including the Instarmac

Live! Fill & Go Challenge. Fast and lasting pothole repair is a common problem facing all local authorities and with this in mind, Instarmac Live repair where a live audience will watch opponents race against the clock to repair potholes and race cars over their handy work. Bill Butler, Traffex 2013 Event Director, comments: “I am really looking forward to this year’s show; the team have been hard at work will bring everyone together under one roof. There have been many challenges facing the industry over the last 18 months but nothing beats face to face interaction and we have gathered some of the industry’s top experts to inspire and remind people what a diverse and exciting industry they work in.” Lighting The Way at Traffex 2013 also be showcasing a brand new feature called ‘Lighting The Way’. In paper entitled “Signing the Way”, the

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large darkened indoor display area in the main exhibition hall will present and lining products in street-lit, unlit and dimmed conditions. Two very different scenarios will be created, which are intended to capture the essence of typical urban and rural street scenes. The aim of the feature is to demonstrate the situations where each of the product types displayed really come into their own, helping to save lives by guiding the way ahead. This exciting new feature is organised in conjunction with REMA, ILP, Mott MacDonald and UK Roads. Andy Pledge of UK Roads commented; “This is an exciting project and I am pleased to be part of it. As REMA Secretary I want to be able to show products bring to road safety and contents of the DfT’s policy paper.” Bill Butler, Traffex 2013 Event Director commented: “Traffex is long established as the UK’s number one event for this industry and ‘Lighting the Way’ is a great opportunity to add a new ‘live’ dimension to the event. This space will become a regular feature at Traffex and will have a new theme each time that will keep

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the exhibition fresh and engaging for visitors and exhibitors alike.” The Industry Event industry event, there is plenty for you to see and do at Traffex. UK and international exhibitors will be using the show as the launch pad for their latest products and services in road safety, display technology, highway infrastructure, enforcement,

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saving, intelligent transport systems, passive safety, sustainable transport solution, ICT and much more. In 2013, Traffex will once again run alongside Parkex; Europe’s largest dedicated parking exhibition on the 16th – 18th April 2013 at the NEC Birmingham. For free tickets or more information please visit or

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New regional roadshow collaboration wins widespread support Six new collaborative one-day events are taking place April – July 2013; starting in the Midlands and working round England, Scotland and Wales, they are attracting widespread industry and media support announces the highly regarded Clare Johnson, Director of MAP Live. Independent buyer research shows high interest in the proposition: achieving excellent results on amenity/sports surfaces when limited time, decreasing budgets and manpower are the norm.

MAP Live (Manage Amenity & Pitch) combines demo, networking and debates. Its premise: Innovation. Demonstration. Communication. Coming to You. Resonates with buyers in local authorities, contractors, dealers and sports venues. Roger Lane-Nott CEO of the AEA said “The AEA views MAP Live as a very positive development and is actively promoting the series to its members”. Others whose participation is already confirmed include Blec, Campey Turfcare, Complete Weed Control, Muthing, Simon Richard, and ReformWerke, with many more now working out details of their involvement. The Technical Sports Surfaces Conference is also co-locating, and other collaborations will shortly be announced. For more information contact Clare Johnson on 077900 32349 or on

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Erlau Outdoor Furniture Olympia Nova Seating The diversity of the Olympia Nova seating makes it possible to curve the system into any shape that your design project needs. Each individual seating element can be installed with or without back and arm rests to maximise its functionality. The Olympia Nova seating range is ideal for a variety of environments such as schools, universities and public open spaces to name a few.

Topsit The Topsit is a modern angular design offering a wide choice of wire mesh or pagwood seating finishes. Elements can be designed with arm rests or a backless option that doubles as a side table. The Topsit range can be used across rail, bus, and train stations to parks.

Vasura Litter Bins Erlau offer a comprehensive range of litter bins, the Vasura is made of steel or stainless steel with removable inner liner of aluminium. It is available in a wide variety of designs, some with optional cover and/ or ashtray, and with a number of fixing options.

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Exterior/Street Furniture NEW RECYCLED FURNITURE RANGE A new range of recycled furniture is helping to reduce the amount recycling the materials that are used to make the furniture items. The range, distributed by garden suppliers Amberol, includes benches, picnic tables, bins and even bollards. Made from Plaswood, a recycled material manufactured by British Polythene Industries (BPI), the furniture has impressive eco credentials. Plaswood is made from 100% agricultural polythene waste often used as silage wrap. The BPI is the largest recycler of polythene in Europe and reprocesses over 80,000 tons annually. The furniture is designed for use in public places such as schools, parks and town centres. Unlike timber alternatives, the eco friendly products require no or very little maintenance and are resistant to algae and insect infestation. They are also resistant The Plaswood range of recycled furniture can be found at www. For more information call 01773 830 930.


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Jacksons Show Gardens Design Competition 2013 register your interest... Following the success of the previous three years show gardens project, Jacksons are pleased to announce, the popular design competition aimed at garden designers and landscape architects, will run for a fourth year. The competition has attracted attention from many in the industry who would like their design brought to life at the fencing company’s HQ in Kent, and with two previous year’s winners going on to achieve subsequent success as RHS Gold medal winners, this could be interpreted as a sign that the Jacksons project is a ‘hotbed’ of burgeoning talent. The project will be run along the similar lines to the previous years, but with a slightly changed format to keep it fresh, with some distinctly different design challenges. Budget for the show gardens will come from Jacksons: fencing materials and garden structures will be supplied by Jacksons. There is scope within the scheme for original designs for furniture and structures to the designer’s specification to be made from Jacksons materials. Partner suppliers will supply hard landscaping materials, plants and other objects. To find out more and see the previous year’s show gardens log on to: To register your interest, please email: with your contact details and a brief outline of your credentials. Please state if you are a student and where you are studying.

Jacksons Natural Reflections by Alison Coxhead one of the 2012 competition winners

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Green Box

A garden that speaks a unique language, Lot 800 is a place where the present is reminiscent of the past, where the concept behind the design is directly connected to the Levantine design basics and resembles the prevailing garden style of the region, hence allowing the visitor to relate to the traditional elements as well as identify and interact with the identity of the surrounding. using two key words: Modernizing and Revitalizing. Modernizing the existing traditional architectural elements including the ‘Birkeh’ (water basin) and ‘Aricheh’ (pergola) and revitalizing them in such a way that cultural heritage is respected but new life is breathed into it rendering the existing surprising yet familiar. These private town gardens are little seclusions, pockets of refuge in a busy city. The visitor is greeted by a modernized series of water basins and is then accompanied by an axis of citrus trees to a central plaza at the end of which sit two vertical gardens, enhancing the perspective effect these mineral and organic corridors seem to have. As for the spatial quality, the space is designed with the aim of creating personalized enclosures in which each garden in the series of front-yards is experienced differently whilst continuing to be an extension of the architecture, and hence becoming the added value of these rental ground-

between the external public space and the internal private enclosures through a translucent landscape treated buffer zone, a transition from chaos to calamity, this harmonious and inviting space of elegant Lebanese architecture reminiscent of the past calls you in and takes you back in time. Landscape Architect: Frederic Francis

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Japanese Knotweed Control Japanese knotweed needn’t be feared, provided organisations take time to choose their treatment specialists responsibly, according to Japanese Knotweed Control’s joint managing director, David Layland. As knotweed contamination has become more widely recognised, one unfortunate consequence has been that everyone suddenly has a view on how it should best be treated. How then do clients choose a reputable and reliable specialist when the marketplace is awash with hundreds of so-called industry ‘experts’? The starting point is to always thoroughly check a company’s industry accreditations and legislative compliance before appointment. One critical consideration is that contractors should be Amenity Assured and BACCS registered which means they have the minimum requirements to work and preferably hold ISO 9001 accreditation from the British Standards Institute which is UKAS approved. Another minimal requirement should be some credible warranty backed insurance cover on all work undertaken. This specialist work does require a bespoke insurance policy that avoids any serious liabilities if a treatment programme goes wrong. With knotweed treatment often involving the use of heavy machinery and commercial herbicides, up to date health and safety compliance is also essential. SAFEContractor accreditation, for example, a process which involves the annual assessment of a company’s health and safety arrangements and risk management, can be another good indicator of a professional company. To summarise, always check a company has compliance to the very latest technical, environmental and health and safety standards, has a current dated Amenity Assured certificate to show standards have been maintained and, for added assurance, be prepared to ask your treatment specialist for references and testimonials from satisfied customers.

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Perennial calls volunteers to action for 2013 2013 will see national horticulture charity Perennial make its biggest ever call to action as it looks to strengthen and grow its volunteer programme to continue to meet the increasing needs of the horticulturists and their families that it supports.

ideas to raise money but it has also got plenty ready and waiting to go – just get in touch. Help out: Lend an administrative hand by helping

During 2012 over 400 people volunteered for Perennial around the UK, raising awareness as well as much needed funds for frontline services. The charity has experienced increasing pressures as the full impact of the recession digs in, with many horticulturists

Team up: Get colleagues involved through your work’s corporate social responsibility programmes. Show and events: Join the Perennial shows and events team, representing the charity at everything from small country fetes to major horticultural festivals such as Chelsea or Hampton Court Flower Shows. Talk about it: Share your skills and experience with audiences of garden lovers. Our “Speaker Panel” team goes out to clubs and societies to talk about their specialist areas.

crisis. It is now essential to grow Perennial’s team of volunteers, ensuring needs can continue to be met. said: “Volunteers are not optional extras for us. They are an integral part of what Perennial does and we support them at every step of the way. We have lots of exciting opportunities to be part of our growing and passionate team of volunteers and I hope that we shall welcome many new faces in 2013.” Call To Action Perennial is looking for people who enjoy gardens and open spaces. People who can understand the charity’s drive to give practical advice and support to horticulturists in need. If this is you, there are plenty of ways to get involved… Fundraise: Perennial is always looking for innovative

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This call to action comes ahead of Perennial’s 175th birthday in 2014, and as we enter 2013 the charity’s journey to strengthen and expand its volunteering programme commences. So if you’re looking for a new year’s resolution that’s worth keeping, or want to make 2013 a year to remember, please get in touch. Help us to help those who really do need it.

Perennial Email: Telephone: 01372 384033 | 07717727213 Twitter: @act4perennial

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“Lighting the way to Paradise” Black Country Metal Works Supplies lighting for BBC series. Black Country Metal Works are delighted to announce their involvement in a wonderful BBC, drama the paradise. Based on the acclaimed book, “Ladies Paradise”, the story is the rags to riches rise of young Denise, who in the 1890,s comes to a northern city in England, to work as a shop girl, in a glittering, new department store, just at the moment when society is waking up to the joys and temptations of shopping. Set to become a huge hit, the story revolves around the daily life of Denise and the drama, s that unfold, behind the scenes, in the running of a luxurious department store. With a powerful story line and lots of period charm, it is billed as “larkrise comes to the city” (see the BBC Press release for more information). With attention to detail being of the utmost importance, we are delighted to be able to supply the wonderful, atmospheric lighting that would have been used during this fascinating period. Drawing on our own knowledge and extensive range of period lighting, we have been able to provide stunning Victorian lampposts and lanterns, that will help set the street scenes and transport us back to a wonderful Victorian England. All hand made, in fabulous Iron, and steel, and and beautiful, Victorian giants, are exactly as they would have been, and will help to set the scene on this exciting and eagerly awaited series. ……………………………………… Over 25 years and three generations, dedicated to the art of creating stunning Victorian Ironwork. Our stunning range of period Garden Lamp posts, Lanterns and matching accessories will do just that and a whole lot more, so if you are looking for the ultimate in Quality Garden Lighting, then you have come to the right place. greatly, and why not? Our range is now vast, with fabulous collections and matching accessories that will totally transform your garden or grounds. same level of quality and design features for the same, our Lampposts, Lanterns and Accessories will outlast most if not all other competitors in the marketplace. Strong, solid construction, high grade materials, and skilled craftsmen combine to give a lifelong, lasting product, that will give years of reliable service. As well as our beautiful period lighting, we have a huge range of garden products, such as our grand pavilions, high grade benches and huge array of garden sculptures. Free phone: 08000142810 or visit our website: January-March 2013 Landscape & Urban Design

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Marl LED lighting feature adds Sparkle to The Alnwick Garden Marl International today announced the completion of a £100,000 project to install feature LED lighting at The Alnwick Garden, one of the UK’s top visitor attractions adjoining Alnwick Castle, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. The Alnwick Garden is a public attraction founded by the Duchess of Northumberland and the new LED lighting installation conceived by the Duchess herself. designed to focus on the central area of the garden, the Hornbeam Arbours and the Grand Cascade, which enter the garden. There is also lighting all the way up the central part of the garden from the steps, through to the dramatic archway at the very top of the garden, which can just be seen from the Pavilion area, about 200m away.

the illumination needed to interpret my long standing vision for the lighting scheme. Marl LED technology is highly reliable, offers full intelligent control over and environmentally friendly when compared with traditional light sources.” Commenting on her decision to appoint Marl, the Duchess added, “Following my visit to Marl in July 2012, I could see that they were an exceptional company. Not every engineering company has a collection of six grand pianos on site! I was impressed by their capability, expertise and approach. The enthusiasm, energy and creativity of its young team was inspiring, and the fact that they are located together on a single site convinced me that they would work together effectively to realise this very complicated project. November the system was ready to be switched on,

The Duchess of Northumberland commented: “Phase one of Sparkle has transformed dark evenings into a stunning spectacle of light and colour. The Alnwick Garden was designed 17 years ago with lighting in mind. When I saw the original drawings I immediately recognised the huge opportunity for a dynamic lighting

just six weeks to install.”

in the evenings and during the winter months. It will be magical at Christmas and the lights can be enjoyed from The Pavilion without needing to go outside.”

the specialists, Marl International, to ensure it matches my expectations.”

She continued, “LED was the only viable light source for

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The Duchess concluded, “I believe that when the lighting programme has been completed, visitors will come to Alnwick to see the lights during the shoulder months the town of Alnwick and other service providers. This

Adrian Rawlinson, Managing Director of Marl International, said, “The Duchess of Northumberland

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visited Marl Business Park in Ulverston in July 2012, and offered us the chance to demonstrate our capability to provide a fully controlled lighting system. Marl can design and manufacture new LED lighting 100 committed, clever and resourceful team players to draw on to get on with the delivery of the project – and it is fair to say that everyone was totally committed to this project from Day One. We were extremely excited to be offered this unique brief to design a dynamic, powerful light scheme, for this exceptional situation.” The Duchess needed a lighting system that is extremely support activities within the garden, providing lighting that might add a touch of magic and sparkle, whilst remaining stylish. Sparkle phase one was funded by a generous silent donation from a US Trustee of the Garden and took just six weeks to install. Marl International supplied and controlled the whole of phase one of the Sparkle installation, excluding the electrical ground work required for the installation. This cabinets, mains and DMX cabling, IT communications systems, software control, design of the lighting scheme, installation, programming, commissioning and will also now provide on-going support for the team at The Alnwick Garden. To create the effects the

type of large scale outdoor lighting application. Marl ‘Orion’ blue linear strip lights, white up-lighters and step lights. The custom lighting hardware was designed, manufactured and assembled by Marl at its manufacturing facility in Ulverston. Suitable standard whole system. The brief also called for a number of pre-set programmes in order to demonstrate total capability

of the system, and to provide a wide variety of lighting styles including mood lighting for special events. Marl integrated its hardware with ‘Colour-Tramp’ DMX based software control, provided by London based Artistic Licence, acknowledged industry experts. ‘ColourTramp’ allows the user to literally ‘paint with coloured light’, record and then play back a programme of lighting control sequences. Sparkle has a 60 colour lighting programme enabling literally millions of possible lighting combinations, allowing for unique corporate events, themed wedding parties tailored to the bride and groom, as well as a magical evening experience for all visitors. The Alnwick Garden Sparkle lighting installation relies entirely on LED lighting technology. According to Rawlinson, “The Marl lighting system at The Alnwick and task lighting is not required. Existing conventional longer needed and ruined the effect.” Commenting on the environmental impact of the system, he continued, “It is hard to quantify how much energy would be needed to power a similar system built using other technologies, but as a general rule an and associated hardware and electronic control will save between 20% and 50%, but it can be more. For example, LEDs can be switched on and off instantly, which allows them to be controlled using pre-set timers or to respond to many types of sensors, creating further opportunities to save power.” For more information, please contact: Marl International Limited, Marl Business Park, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 9BN, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1229 582430 Fax: +44 (0)1229 585155 - direct Email: Website:

photography Margaret Whittaker

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Woodhouse launches revolutionary LED street lighting A brand new LED external light capable of generating energy savings of up to 45% and a theoretical service life of more than 580 years has been launched by leading specialist designer and manufacturer, Woodhouse. The Coda Luminaire has been created as part of the Leamington Spa-based company’s brand new contemporary Coda range, which comprises co-ordinated lighting, signage and a full suite of furniture. incorporating within new schemes, the luminaire features transfer directly from the LED module to the surrounding air. The pioneering heatsink design extends the overall LED service life, with independent tests commissioned by Woodhouse revealing the Coda Luminaire could last for more than 580 years.* Main advantages of the Coda Luminaire comprise: enables heat to effectively transfer directly from the LED to the surrounding air; no upward light emitted when installed ground; prices are suited to a broad range of projects; optimisation for S and P-class roads; sealed power supply compartment allows the use of photocells, part-night dimming or CMS systems integral with the luminaire; IPrated power supplies can also be mounted remotely in the column base to reduce maintenance work at height, which can be costly and slow. Recycled materials, such as 100 per cent recycled polycarbonate used in manufacturing


previous generation LED at the same current. to design requirements, from 350mA for low power for the highest light output, delivering average potential energy savings of up to 45%** LEDs that can be assembled according to required light level and ongoing energy costs. There are 24 possible

IP66-rated LED modules, a robust, anodised aluminium body and cast aluminium chassis and gear cover. More information about Woodhouse can be found at *Based on LED operating at 45°C sustaining above 70% output for over 2.3m hours. **Based on like-for-like comparison with Woodhouse’s Metal Halide Luminaire delivering similar output characteristics.


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Biggest greenest M&S Launched in August 2012, the new 525,192 sq ft M&S consumers but by environmentalists too. The premier store is M&S’s second largest store in the world which is being named as a sustainable learning store, BREEAM excellent rated and M&S’s most carbon change through its materials, landscaping and water in its roof structure. The landscape plan has ensured the Cheshire Oaks site is a more biodiverse site than prior to development, including a wider number of species of plant than in the original landscape. 228 new trees have been planted within a total of approximately 12,000 square metres of landscape planting. A re-landscaped swale to complement the local sustainable urban drainage system with a robust monitoring and maintenance schedule was also introduced. To support the architect’s design and M&S’s biodiverse ethos, Greenleaf provided a number of products that ensured the success of the landscaping part of the project. The Arborguy tree anchoring system was used for the large trees on the site together with the Root Rain Urban irrigation system. The new store has quickly become a main retail attraction within the Cheshire Oaks complex, pathing the way for many more retailers to embrace the same ethos for sustainability and environmental considerations. Products: Arborguy tree anchoring system & RootRain Urban irrigation system. Contractor: W J Wilkinson Landscapes. LUD113.indd 35

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Landscape architect Robert Myers returns to the Chelsea Flower Show with a design for Brewin Dolphin. Landscape architect Robert Myers returns to the Chelsea Flower Show with a design for Brewin Dolphin. The garden is crisp, modernist and based on L- shaped forms, understated and elegant but still a gardener’s garden, full of what are essentially habitat-inducing British native species used in a thought provoking contemporary way. The plant list is varied but neither excessive nor intimidating for those visitors who might be inspired to replicate sections of Robert’s sublime planting. The pinks sit alongside cobalt blues, foiled by wisps of Deschampsia cespitosa softened beautifully by lush green topiary cushions of Buxus sempervirens. The planting shows how one can use a native palate in a way that is both ornamental and elegant. Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Nivea’, a clump-forming long stalked herbaceous perennial with leafy stems bearing delicately beautiful bell shaped Campanula rotundifolia (Harebell) is equally graceful but even more delicate with slender


stems, so weak that the entire plant bends over to reveal pretty nodding bell shaped clusters of lavender of the garden planted with the delicate but striking wild galdioli, Gladious illyricus and the purple pink spires of . Robert has also chosen to push into the Chelsea Flower Show limelight, a highly rare British native currently in serious decline, Anacamptis morio, the greenparallel greenish veins on each side of the hood formed create a fabulous contrast to the native lady’s mantle, Alchemilla xanthochlora. The garden will feature some tall plants including the striking white Digitalis purpurea ‘Alba’ and spirelike Verbascum thaspus (Mullein), famous for its long the garden, Robert has selected British native Armeria maritima (Sea thrift). It is a fully hardy

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and bumble bee nectar plant. Plant snobs might also be surprised to see not one but three species of Geranium on this contemporary garden. Geranium pratense, (the Meadow Cranesbill) G. pryenaicum (Hedge Cranesbill) is a very pretty perennial with small mauve hedgerows. Geranium sanguinium is a charming

On the Brewin Dolphin garden they will be planted amongst taller perennials such as the delightful dark stemmed angelica Angelica sylvestris ‘Vicar’s Mead’ and the delicate but striking Sanguisorba (Great Burnet). Structure is given to the garden by rarely used pleached Acer Campestre (Field Maple) that form the L shaped boundary around the front of the garden and white blossomed multi-stemmed rowans (Sorbus aucuparia) to soften and create vertical punctuation. A canal which originates from a water wall at the rear of the garden adds gentle sound and movement to this tranquil space. The planting is subtle and Robert has chosen each plant with a distinct purpose in mind, be it for colour, scent or structure or in the case of Lonicera periclymenum (honeysuckle) which will scramble over the slatted boundary wall, for all three! Shrubs selected for form

include the beautiful berry wielding Viburnum opulus which will be planted along the side boundary with Corylus avellana) and spindle (Euonymus europeus). The sumptuous pillows of box always attract attention at the Chelsea Flower Show and in this garden they are used to soften, add height, structure and draw the eye toward the centre of the garden and the water feature. Rosa rugosa ‘Alba’ (white hedgehog rose) is the only rose that will feature and will be planted through the boundary shrubs. Robert has selected several of his favourite herbaceous perennials to feature in this garden, some old English classics such as cow parsley and angelica (Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ and Angelica sylvestris ‘Vicars Mead’) both excellent at providing height and a degree of screening courtesy of the dreamy wisp like clumps. (Blue sedge) will inhabit the sunken area and surround the pillows of box forming wonderful texture and form. Natural and sustainable materials are used throughout the garden. The path is of York stone and the 3.5 meter high timber canopy offers shade to a dining area. The right hand wall stands 2 metres high and is made from panels of plywood sculpted in relief with a repeating 60’s style motif. The overall feel of the garden will be that of an urban setting with both hard and soft elements working together to create structure and a sense of security in a relaxing, convivial space.

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Traditionally, the value of green spaces has been underestimated and the true cost to society of failing to sustain and improve them has not been fully appreciated. But during the last decade there has been a shift in the wellbeing agenda towards promoting healthy lifestyle behaviour and choices. There has also been greater recognition of the role the outdoor urban environment can play in this process, with a number of studies providing clear evidence of the true worth - both economically and socially - of well-used green spaces to communities. As an environmental regeneration charity, protecting and transforming green spaces is a cause Groundwork UK has consistently championed during its 30-year history. Groundwork’s activity comprises three main strands; promoting greener living and working, creating better living spaces and improving people’s employment and life prospects. Groundwork is passionate about helping people to work collectively to make their surroundings greener, safer and healthier and to get more involved in decisions that affect the quality of their neighbourhoods. And the scope of its work is far-reaching. In 2011/12, Groundwork helped improve or maintain 40million metres squared of land, planted 60,000 trees, supported 450,000 days of volunteer action and engaged with 2,000 community groups. The charity also helped almost 13,000 people to gain skills, Groundwork works with statutory bodies, major private sector partners and fellow charities to deliver these projects, worth around £135 million a year. Some of its major initiatives have included working with Marks & Spencer, Cadbury, Britvic and Dulux to transform bleak spaces into ones for use by communities. We want to change places and change lives, and we see green spaces as central to this goal. The social and economic case for effectively using green space is backed by clear evidence, which Groundwork urges decision-makers to note when planning future towns and cities. Transforming and protecting these spaces is key to the work of Groundwork, so that these valuable assets can add real value to communities across the UK.


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United Futures project, run by United Utilities and Groundwork UK United Futures is an award-winning North West regeneration programme run by United Utilities in conjunction with Groundwork UK. The programme funds and delivers community schemes that improve people’s quality of life and help the environment. Investment is focused in areas in which United Utilities is delivering major capital programmes – to help offset any disruption to communities. To date, United Futures has delivered more than 75 bespoke projects, unlocked more than £3million and

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improved more than 71,000 square metres of land – the equivalent of 10 Wembley football pitches.

for schools and the general public and local students had a hand in designing the spaces.

Carlisle communities When a well-used football pitch in the Willowholme Road area of the city had to close due to sewer works, United Futures and Groundwork stepped in to create two new stateof-the-art games areas. The multi-use, all-weather pitches are suitable for a host of sports, from football to basketball, hockey to tennis. The facilities will be used by four local schools, as well as being open to the wider community. The games area will be a valuable resource

United Futures, Newhey Primary School the United Futures project is Rochdale, where disused land at Newhey Primary School was converted into a natural play area for school children and the wider community. The site has been transformed and now offers a number of play apparatus including tunnels, climbing rocks, den areas, a boardwalk, grass mounds and an orchard. The development is now a great asset to the area.

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commented on the “faster, more entertaining game” that the pitch delivered, adding that players could have “fewer grass burns than you would expect on a summer pitch. and it’s set to transform rugby”, he concluded. programme of sport at all levels, with Saracens keen to attract local clubs and schools, it is understood. “Research George Mullan added, “with fewer knock-ons and no muddy quagmires but a stable surface all year round and more consistent footfall.” Tested independently to meet International Rugby Board (IRB) standards, the SIS Rugger 65 was put through its paces more comprehensively than natural grass, Mr Mullan explained, “everything from vertical deformation to ball roll and bounce”. The carpet was manufactured in Maryport, Cumbria, at the SIS manufacturing facility and installed by SIS crews. For more information contact George Mullan at Support in Sport on 07812341833.

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Kebony’s Sustainable Seaside Shelters Unveiled at Bexhill, Sussex Kebony, the Cleantech 100 company behind the awardwinning sustainable substitute for tropical hardwood and preservative treated timber, is delighted to unveil their latest UK project – the Bexhill beach shelters. The creative force behind the project, Millimetre, chose Kebony wood for this innovative seaside project in light of its excellent quality, durability, versatility, aesthetic beauty and exemplary green credentials. The product of a pioneering Norwegian company, Kebony is designed to withstand severe weathering, wear and decay, making it the perfect choice to provide shelter from the elements, whether its blissful sunshine or blowing gales! Commissioned by Rother District Council, these four seafront shelters are a striking architectural addition to the Sussex coastline. Their steel frames ensure durability, whilst the Kebony Scots Pine cladding and Kebony Southern Yellow Pine bench furniture compliment the natural beauty of Bexhill, evolving over time with their surroundings to acquire a beautiful silver grey patina. Rigorously tested in harsh Norwegian climates for its stability - where is has been installed in numerous coastal summerhouses and mountain builds - Kebony demonstrates comparable, and often superior, properties to tropical hardwood. Through an wood is impregnated with a patented mixture based on furfuryl alcohol, a liquid produced from agricultural permanently strengthens the wood. This inspiring project was selected from some 140 entries submitted for a recent RIBA design competition Next Wave Seafront Improvement Project - a wider £5m cultural regeneration programme. Jan Terje Nielsen, Director of Marketing for Kebony comments:”Millimetre has come up with a truly original and ground-breaking development at Bexhill, marrying cutting edge architecture with a careful consideration of the area’s traditional landscape and natural beauty. Kebony are thrilled to be involved in such a forwardthinking project, ensuring that our unique wood product is the talk of the town!” Director of Millimetre comments: “We have found the product, the company and the UK supplier to be great - mindful of our needs and helpful. I particularly liked

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Enzygo becomes the catalyst to spark urban regeneration one the biggest environmental threats to the UK. It not just a freak case of extreme weather and could many parts of the UK. Similar to what we’ve experienced in 2012, the major

“By challenging the Flood Map we have enabled the land owners of Staveley Works to facilitate a major regeneration programme to what was previously a derelict industrial area thereby bringing into the area new homes, businesses and community projects” Will Kemp, Planning and Development Manager for Chatsworth Estate, the major owners of the site,

towns, villages and rural areas in the UK. Moreover, it also forced the Environment Agency (EA) to re-draw the country’s Flood Map. Whilst this has thankfully

site, liaised with the Environment Agency and then

This not only has a serious impact on the cost of insurance but also essentially stymies any development work that can be carried out on the land. However,

to the client in securing the result we needed. On the strength of this, I would have no hesitation in

challenged successfully by the leading environmental EA de-risked the site and re-issued a new Flood Map. In turn, this has now led to the local Council to adjust its long term vision for the site, thereby providing a real chance of development in due course.

Environment Agency to re-evaluate the whole of the UK’s Flood Map and, as a consequence of which, many new areas of the UK have now been re-designated “Whilst this brings to the attention of the Agency remedial work that is required to mitigate further

Agency, who in the end did change their Flood Map, thereby allowing for a more realistic Masterplan and the development of the site in the long term. What

Staveley Works, once an important historical site of iron smelting, covers a vast area consisting of around 200 hectares of mainly derelict land which has been subject to various industrial uses in the past. The area as a key regeneration site to include new residential, commercial, industrial, leisure and community areas. The site was originally designated by the Environment risk’, or to be more precise with less than 1 in 1000 Agency Flood Map was updated and the majority of the site was re-designated as Flood Zone 2, giving the site

businesses and residents”.

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Although this meant there was only between a 1 in 100 an immediate impact on the regeneration plans and the success of the planning applications. It is widely recognised that developments that are designed damage property and cause disruption to the wider community by damaging the environment. Moreover, additional expense on remedial works.

River Rother during the summer of 2007 and therefore should not be shown as part of Flood Zone 2 on the Environment Agency’s Flood Map. However, it was agreed that the Flood Map could only be amended following further hydraulic modelling of the river and submission of digital copies of the site’s topographic survey, geo-referenced to the Environment Agency’s benchmarks.

Chatsworth Estate, the major owners of the site, turned

model of the River Rother, which runs through the area, together with detailed topographic survey information

challenging the Environment Agency’s Flood Plan and then helping to develop plans to ensure that the site

majority of the site should now be currently designated within Flood Zone 1.

types would be appropriate and few constraints would

small area of site would be inundated with water from


event as the majority of the site sits above the water levels, which were deemed to be low, with depths of less than 1m in most areas. Furthermore, as the ground levels of the site are located above the maximum 1 in 1000 year water levels of the River Rother, only low

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mainly along the river corridor, during the 1 in 1000 year event. Flooding of the river corridor, however, will not impact on the overall development of the site since a buffer strip along the River Rother would be required to be provided by the Environment Agency.

the company has won a growing list of Public and

In August 2012the Environment Agency issued a revised Flood Map for the Staveley Works area as a

Gobain, John Laing Investments, Scottish Coal and Parr, Peter Cumberlidge and Matt Travis who, between them, have over 40 years’ experience in the waste management, minerals, and environmental sectors. evidence was provided by the Environment Agency to determine that the majority of the site was at medium ruling had been derived from aerial photography, taken of 2007, although on closer inspection the accuracy of the imagery was deemed to be poor. More importantly it was agreed with the Environment Agency that, in principle, most of the site should not

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majority of the site within Flood Zone 1. This then opened the pathway for Chatsworth Estate to facilitate the process of transforming the site. A redevelopment Masterplan for the regeneration of the site has now been published by Chatsworth Estate. Within the proposed development there are plans for residential, business and leisure use including business units, a primary school, a pedestrianised High Street, a new range of shops and community facilities, housing and even a marina. As well as its positive social impact, range of employment opportunities in construction, retail, the service sector and manufacturing. From an environmental perspective, the creation of wetlands, meadows and parkland will help to encourage a broad range of animal and plant life to become established.

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