October 19, 2017

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JCB toughens up the outdoor paint market -

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition launches -

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Andrew Grant appointed Chair of Bathscape Landscape Partnership -

Thursday, October 19, 2017

IMaGOS – International Master in Garden and Open-Space design -

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Green-tech signs sole UK Distribution deal for TerraCottem Arbor to provide trees with the perfect start -

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mango Paving & Landscaping celebrate tenth year in business -

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Two new species of ginger provide pretext for conservation -

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Schiller at Saltex 2017 -

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Winners of Amenity Sprayer Awards announced at 2017 Amenity Forum Conference -

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Green funding boost from CSGN Development Fund -

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Exploring accessible garden design in Japan and Singapore -

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

South Lanarkshire Park is Scotland’s best -

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bulbs will bring a splash of colour to local park -

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Amenity Forum Conference success -

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

WATG unveils innovative ‘Green Block’ to help make London the world’s first National Park City -

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Embrace a multi-generational workforce, says Glendale -

Monday, October 16, 2017

Makita adds to its10.8V CXT range -

Monday, October 16, 2017

Year of change brings strong results for Broadway Malyan -

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mulchrone Brothers makes impact in groundcare market with Kubota UK -

Monday, October 16, 2017

The University of Manchester launches new interactive tree trail -

Monday, October 16, 2017

  • JCB toughens up the outdoor paint market

    Digger giants JCB have today announced a brand new multi-year licensing deal with Cheltenham based QXE Industries Limited. The deal grants QXE global rights to produce and distribute JCB PAINT for a broad range of outdoor uses. JCB PAINT has been formulated to make it easy to use on almost any exterior surface and engineered to provide protection against the toughest conditions, like no other paint in the market. Invented in the UK, JCB PAINT has flame retardant and environmental resistant properties which along with the re-useable and recycle packaging offers testament to the company’s ethos to making the world…

  • Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition launches

    The Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) have launched the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition. This is a global search for a design team for a unique art destination within Australia. Combining a contemporary art gallery with a public sculpture park and meeting place, Adelaide Contemporary will be ‘uniquely Adelaide’, a focus for the cultural energies of this ‘City of Festivals’, which is known for a progressive culture that prizes engagement and participation. A new landmark on the city’s celebrated North Terrace boulevard, Adelaide Contemporary will benefit from a site adjacent to the…

  • Andrew Grant appointed Chair of Bathscape Landscape Partnership

    Andrew Grant, founder and director of Bath based landscape architect Grant Associates, has been appointed Chair of Bathscape Landscape Partnership. Andrew, who is also a Bath resident and co-founder of community arts event Forest of Imagination, will help shape the future strategy of the Partnership, which aims to benefit Bath’s unique landscape for people, communities and heritage. Bathscape Landscape Partnership is made up of a wide range of public, private and charitable organisations including Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES), National Trust, Cotswold Conservation Board, Avon Wildlife Trust, Bath Preservation Trust, the University of Bath, Bath Spa University and…

  • IMaGOS – International Master in Garden and Open-Space design

    In December 2017, the first cycle of an innovative II Level International Master’s Degree in GARDEN and OPEN-SPACE DESIGN – IMaGOS will be launched by the University of Bergamo – School of Management (SdM). It is a course designed to provide participants with the cultural, technical,  and methodological tools necessary for the design and implementation of open spaces in an urban context, with an accent on application and professionalism. It utilises the experience of lecturers and international professionals, experts in their individual disciplines, who provide students with skills and know-how acquired on the field. TEACHING LANGUAGE: English FEES: 6.000,00 euro….

  • Green-tech signs sole UK Distribution deal for TerraCottem Arbor to provide trees with the perfect start

    Leading specialist soil conditioning company TerraCottem has launched TerraCottem Arbor specifically formulated for trees and shrubs and Green-tech has announced their new sole UK distributor agreement for this product today at SoilsCon 2017. This innovative soil improver product fits well into Green-tech’s portfolio of products for trees and shrubs. A leading supplier to the landscaping, forestry and amenity markets, Green-tech invests heavily in product development and supplier relationships to ensure it continues to offer its customer the best products available. The brand new product combines new features with proven technology. Inclusion of humic acids is central to the latest formulation…

Latest

JCB toughens up the outdoor paint market

Oct 19, 2017

Digger giants JCB have today announced a brand new multi-year licensing deal with Cheltenham based QXE Industries Limited. The deal grants QXE global rights to produce and distribute JCB PAINT for a broad range of outdoor uses. JCB PAINT has been formulated to make it easy to use on almost any exterior surface and engineered to provide protection against the toughest conditions, like no other paint in the market. Invented in the UK, JCB PAINT has flame retardant and environmental resistant properties which along with the re-useable and recycle packaging offers testament to the company’s ethos to making the world…

Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition launches

Oct 19, 2017

The Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) have launched the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition. This is a global search for a design team for a unique art destination within Australia. Combining a contemporary art gallery with a public sculpture park and meeting place, Adelaide Contemporary will be ‘uniquely Adelaide’, a focus for the cultural energies of this ‘City of Festivals’, which is known for a progressive culture that prizes engagement and participation. A new landmark on the city’s celebrated North Terrace boulevard, Adelaide Contemporary will benefit from a site adjacent to the…

Andrew Grant appointed Chair of Bathscape Landscape Partnership

Oct 19, 2017

Andrew Grant, founder and director of Bath based landscape architect Grant Associates, has been appointed Chair of Bathscape Landscape Partnership. Andrew, who is also a Bath resident and co-founder of community arts event Forest of Imagination, will help shape the future strategy of the Partnership, which aims to benefit Bath’s unique landscape for people, communities and heritage. Bathscape Landscape Partnership is made up of a wide range of public, private and charitable organisations including Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES), National Trust, Cotswold Conservation Board, Avon Wildlife Trust, Bath Preservation Trust, the University of Bath, Bath Spa University and…

IMaGOS – International Master in Garden and Open-Space design

Oct 19, 2017

In December 2017, the first cycle of an innovative II Level International Master’s Degree in GARDEN and OPEN-SPACE DESIGN – IMaGOS will be launched by the University of Bergamo – School of Management (SdM). It is a course designed to provide participants with the cultural, technical,  and methodological tools necessary for the design and implementation of open spaces in an urban context, with an accent on application and professionalism. It utilises the experience of lecturers and international professionals, experts in their individual disciplines, who provide students with skills and know-how acquired on the field. TEACHING LANGUAGE: English FEES: 6.000,00 euro….

Green-tech signs sole UK Distribution deal for TerraCottem Arbor to provide trees with the perfect start

Oct 19, 2017

Leading specialist soil conditioning company TerraCottem has launched TerraCottem Arbor specifically formulated for trees and shrubs and Green-tech has announced their new sole UK distributor agreement for this product today at SoilsCon 2017. This innovative soil improver product fits well into Green-tech’s portfolio of products for trees and shrubs. A leading supplier to the landscaping, forestry and amenity markets, Green-tech invests heavily in product development and supplier relationships to ensure it continues to offer its customer the best products available. The brand new product combines new features with proven technology. Inclusion of humic acids is central to the latest formulation…

Mango Paving & Landscaping celebrate tenth year in business

Oct 18, 2017

Ten years perfecting the craft of hard landscaping and Mango Paving & Landscaping in Exeter, celebrate it’s tenth year in business by incorporating Garden Design to their services. Not one for sitting still and with a passion for customer service, Roxanna Jaudat, director of Mango Paving & Landscaping in Devon, celebrates a decade of their companies achievements by investing in professional garden design. “We really want to fulfill every need of our valued customers by evolving into a ‘design and build’ company.” Nominated as Best New Contractor, Mango received their surprise invitation to attend the APL Awards in London earlier…

Two new species of ginger provide pretext for conservation

Oct 18, 2017

Two strange and “stinky” new gingers are making their way into the realms of science this week. Introduced to the world in the research paper “Two new Orchidantha species (Lowiaceae) from Borneo” they are the smallest and largest flowers of their particular plant group ever to be found. Discovered through the collaboration of researchers from Edinburgh and Singapore, they highlight the urgent need to document and research the plant species of Earth’s tropical biodiversity hotspots. The generic name, Orchidantha, indicates that the flowers superficially resemble orchids, but the new species are much more closely related to gingers. Unlike any other…

Schiller at Saltex 2017

Oct 18, 2017

Classen machines have built a solid reputation, living up to their durable slogan: Built to Use, Designed to Last. At this year’s Saltex the latest Classen aerator joins the Little Wonder line-up and Mantis tillers and BunkerMaster under the Schiller umbrella, to offer groundsmen and greenkeepers a formidable array of equipment. The Classen TA18 Aerator features a steerable tine bank and combined with its compact, streamlined design it is easy to manoeuvre around trees, shrubs and other obstacles whilst aerating at speeds up to 4.2mph/6.7kmh. It has five banks of tines, compared to the usual four, and therefore pulls more…

Winners of Amenity Sprayer Awards announced at 2017 Amenity Forum Conference

Oct 18, 2017

The three category winners for the 2017 Amenity Sprayer Operator of the Year Awards were announced at the 2017 Amenity Forum conference held at the Pirelli Stadium at Burton on Trent on Thursday 12 October. It is the third year of the prestigious Awards, which aim to reward top sprayer operators across the amenity industry, and to share their best practice to enhance standards for all. The main sponsors of the prestigious Amenity Sprayer Operator of the Year Awards are ICL and Syngenta. Each winner announced at the event received a framed certificate and a trophy from the sponsors, together…

Scotland

Green funding boost from CSGN Development Fund

Oct 18, 2017

Environmental projects across Central Scotland have benefited from a green funding boost of almost £400,000 from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Development Fund. Projects across Central Scotland are sharing the funding to improve access to greenspace and help transform the quality of life for people living and working in the area. The CSGN is Europe’s largest greenspace initiative which seeks to transform Central Scotland into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality and initiatives. Keith Geddes, chair of the CSGN Trust, said: “We are proud that the…

News

JCB toughens up the outdoor paint market

Digger giants JCB have today announced a brand new multi-year licensing deal with Cheltenham based QXE Industries Limited. The deal grants QXE global rights to produce and distribute JCB PAINT for a broad range of outdoor uses. JCB PAINT has been formulated to make it easy to use on almost any exterior surface and engineered to provide protection against the toughest conditions, like no other paint in the market. Invented in the UK, JCB PAINT has flame retardant and environmental resistant properties which along with the re-useable and recycle packaging offers testament to the company’s ethos to making the world…

Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition launches

The Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) have launched the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition. This is a global search for a design team for a unique art destination within Australia. Combining a contemporary art gallery with a public sculpture park and meeting place, Adelaide Contemporary will be ‘uniquely Adelaide’, a focus for the cultural energies of this ‘City of Festivals’, which is known for a progressive culture that prizes engagement and participation. A new landmark on the city’s celebrated North Terrace boulevard, Adelaide Contemporary will benefit from a site adjacent to the…

Andrew Grant appointed Chair of Bathscape Landscape Partnership

Andrew Grant, founder and director of Bath based landscape architect Grant Associates, has been appointed Chair of Bathscape Landscape Partnership. Andrew, who is also a Bath resident and co-founder of community arts event Forest of Imagination, will help shape the future strategy of the Partnership, which aims to benefit Bath’s unique landscape for people, communities and heritage. Bathscape Landscape Partnership is made up of a wide range of public, private and charitable organisations including Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES), National Trust, Cotswold Conservation Board, Avon Wildlife Trust, Bath Preservation Trust, the University of Bath, Bath Spa University and…

IMaGOS – International Master in Garden and Open-Space design

In December 2017, the first cycle of an innovative II Level International Master’s Degree in GARDEN and OPEN-SPACE DESIGN – IMaGOS will be launched by the University of Bergamo – School of Management (SdM). It is a course designed to provide participants with the cultural, technical,  and methodological tools necessary for the design and implementation of open spaces in an urban context, with an accent on application and professionalism. It utilises the experience of lecturers and international professionals, experts in their individual disciplines, who provide students with skills and know-how acquired on the field. TEACHING LANGUAGE: English FEES: 6.000,00 euro….

Green-tech signs sole UK Distribution deal for TerraCottem Arbor to provide trees with the perfect start

Leading specialist soil conditioning company TerraCottem has launched TerraCottem Arbor specifically formulated for trees and shrubs and Green-tech has announced their new sole UK distributor agreement for this product today at SoilsCon 2017. This innovative soil improver product fits well into Green-tech’s portfolio of products for trees and shrubs. A leading supplier to the landscaping, forestry and amenity markets, Green-tech invests heavily in product development and supplier relationships to ensure it continues to offer its customer the best products available. The brand new product combines new features with proven technology. Inclusion of humic acids is central to the latest formulation…

Mango Paving & Landscaping celebrate tenth year in business

Ten years perfecting the craft of hard landscaping and Mango Paving & Landscaping in Exeter, celebrate it’s tenth year in business by incorporating Garden Design to their services. Not one for sitting still and with a passion for customer service, Roxanna Jaudat, director of Mango Paving & Landscaping in Devon, celebrates a decade of their companies achievements by investing in professional garden design. “We really want to fulfill every need of our valued customers by evolving into a ‘design and build’ company.” Nominated as Best New Contractor, Mango received their surprise invitation to attend the APL Awards in London earlier…

Two new species of ginger provide pretext for conservation

Two strange and “stinky” new gingers are making their way into the realms of science this week. Introduced to the world in the research paper “Two new Orchidantha species (Lowiaceae) from Borneo” they are the smallest and largest flowers of their particular plant group ever to be found. Discovered through the collaboration of researchers from Edinburgh and Singapore, they highlight the urgent need to document and research the plant species of Earth’s tropical biodiversity hotspots. The generic name, Orchidantha, indicates that the flowers superficially resemble orchids, but the new species are much more closely related to gingers. Unlike any other…

Schiller at Saltex 2017

Classen machines have built a solid reputation, living up to their durable slogan: Built to Use, Designed to Last. At this year’s Saltex the latest Classen aerator joins the Little Wonder line-up and Mantis tillers and BunkerMaster under the Schiller umbrella, to offer groundsmen and greenkeepers a formidable array of equipment. The Classen TA18 Aerator features a steerable tine bank and combined with its compact, streamlined design it is easy to manoeuvre around trees, shrubs and other obstacles whilst aerating at speeds up to 4.2mph/6.7kmh. It has five banks of tines, compared to the usual four, and therefore pulls more…

Winners of Amenity Sprayer Awards announced at 2017 Amenity Forum Conference

The three category winners for the 2017 Amenity Sprayer Operator of the Year Awards were announced at the 2017 Amenity Forum conference held at the Pirelli Stadium at Burton on Trent on Thursday 12 October. It is the third year of the prestigious Awards, which aim to reward top sprayer operators across the amenity industry, and to share their best practice to enhance standards for all. The main sponsors of the prestigious Amenity Sprayer Operator of the Year Awards are ICL and Syngenta. Each winner announced at the event received a framed certificate and a trophy from the sponsors, together…

Scotland

Green funding boost from CSGN Development Fund

Environmental projects across Central Scotland have benefited from a green funding boost of almost £400,000 from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Development Fund. Projects across Central Scotland are sharing the funding to improve access to greenspace and help transform the quality of life for people living and working in the area. The CSGN is Europe’s largest greenspace initiative which seeks to transform Central Scotland into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality and initiatives. Keith Geddes, chair of the CSGN Trust, said: “We are proud that the…

Accessible garden design

Exploring accessible garden design in Japan and Singapore

Debbie Austin, a gardening enthusiast from Cornwall, has recently returned from a research trip to Japan and Singapore to investigate best practice in garden design aimed at promoting wellbeing. As Debbie has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and has been a wheelchair user for the last thirteen years, this project also had a focus on accessibility. Debbie’s travels were enabled by a Winston Churchill Trust Travelling Fellowship Award, in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, who jointly fund three Fellowships per year for horticulturists and garden designers. When Debbie moved from the countryside into the city of Truro, she was keen to…

Scotland

South Lanarkshire Park is Scotland’s best

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has confirmed that Strathaven Park in South Lanarkshire has reached the top ten in a nationwide poll of the country’s best green spaces. It has retained its title as Scotland’s top park for the second year running. Beating more than 1,799 of the UK’s best parks, Strathaven Park was presented with the accolade of Scotland’s top park as part of the People’s Choice Award, organised by the Green Flag Award scheme, administered in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful. All Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces are entered into the annual People’s Choice Award vote,…

Bulbs will bring a splash of colour to local park

On Friday 13 October employees from Squire’s Garden Centre, Runnymede Borough Council and DHL rolled up their sleeves and got busy digging and planting daffodil bulbs in Gogmore Farm Park in Chertsey. Squire’s donated over 1,200 daffodil bulbs which they planted with the assistance of Runnymede Borough Council and volunteers from DHL to give spring colour to the local park. A commemorative plaque was also planted so local residents can see where the bulbs will appear. Sarah Squire, Squire’s deputy chairman said: “We were very pleased to be able to donate and help plant daffodil bulbs in Gogmore Farm Park,…

Amenity Forum Conference success

‘Making a difference for everyone’ was the core message running through many of the presentations at a very well attended Amenity Forum conference held at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton on Trent on Thursday 12 October 2017. The flagship annual conference foe Amenity Forum reminded delegates that without professional maintenance of amenity areas, every UK citizen would be affected. Those involved in Amenity keep the roads and trains running, the streets and pavements clean, our sports surfaces in top condition and our parks fun and enjoyable places. Weed, pest and disease control is not a nice to have but essential and…

WATG unveils innovative ‘Green Block’ to help make London the world’s first National Park City

WATG today unveiled the innovative, modular ‘Green Block’ following a public challenge by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to designate London a National Park City. The WATG London-based architectural landscape team, led by Demet Karaoglu, challenged themselves to an internal innovation competition to explore how the firm can contribute to transform urban spaces for a greener future. WATG has worked in collaboration with Daniel Raven-Ellison, Guerrilla Geographer & Creative Explorer, who is leading the campaign to make London the world’s first National Park City (NPC). The ‘Green Block’ is envisaged as a maintenance-free 100% recyclable modular, living building material permeated with…

Embrace a multi-generational workforce, says Glendale

Glendale is urging employers to consider the benefits of a multi-generational workforce, following the appointment of 50-year-old apprentice Paul Valiantis. In his new role as a green space management specialist, Paul will take on a bespoke programme combining hands-on experience with workplace-based training. The national green services provider is highlighting the range of benefits to be gained from embracing older workers, including access to more experience, skills and knowledge. According to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), by 2020 over 50s will make up almost one third of the working age population. The DWP’s Attitudes of the Over 50s…

Makita adds to its10.8V CXT range

Makita has added three new tools to the increasingly popular 10.8v CXT range in which the compact size of these high performance tools is proving valuable for confined space operations. The new Makita PT354 CXT Pin Nailer can fire five alternative lengths of 23 gauge (0.6mm) nails. The magazine will hold 100 pieces of either 15, 18, 25, 30 or 35mm long nails. Key features included in this compact and lightweight 2kg nailer include simple depth adjustment, anti-dry-fire mechanism, high visibility nose tip, low rebound mechanism for easier long pin nailing, trigger lock and LED job light. The PT354 is…

Year of change brings strong results for Broadway Malyan

Broadway Malyan has marked a historic year that saw a major transformation of its ownership structure by posting an increase in turnover and profits. The international practice saw turnover increase 9.8 per cent to £50.6m in the financial year to 30 April 2017 with an increase in gross profit to £17.1m and a significant increase in operating profits compared to the previous financial year. The results are the first since the practices’ ownership was transferred to an Employee Ownership Trust in November 2016 with the majority shareholding transferring from existing employee benefit trusts and directors to an ownership trust representing…

Mulchrone Brothers makes impact in groundcare market with Kubota UK

Mulchrone Brothers Ltd is gaining significant traction in the West Ireland groundcare market following the recent extension of its partnership with industry-leading manufacturer, Kubota UK. Over the last 40 years, the family dealership has been an established name throughout the mid-western counties of Ireland, renowned for providing first-class machinery and aftersales support to both the domestic and professional markets. Having supplied Kubota’s agricultural solutions for 14 years, it was an obvious step for the dealership to start offering groundcare machinery following an increase in customer demand. Speaking of the partnership, Dominic Mulchrone, co-owner of Mulchrone Brothers Ltd, said: “Continuously adapting…

The University of Manchester launches new interactive tree trail

The University of Manchester has launched a new interactive Tree Trail to encourage people to get outside and discover more about the trees around them. The University is encouraging staff, students and the local community to get out and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits associated with nature and the outdoors and learn something new about the trees they may see every day. The new Tree Trail is a project led by the Environmental Sustainability team which has worked closely with Urban Green and City of Trees to develop three distinct trails that highlight 50 of the 1,500 trees…

Support the launch of the Woodland Trust’s Charter for Trees, Woods and People

On 6 November 2017, the 800th anniversary of the influential 1217 Charter of the Forest, the Woodland Trust will launch the Charter for Trees, Woods and People. Rooted in more than 60,000 ‘tree stories’ gathered from people of all backgrounds across the UK, and supported by more than 70 organisations across multiple sectors, the new Charter will recognise, celebrate and protect the right of the UK public to access trees and woods. The Woodland Trust is now looking for hundreds of ‘Charter champions’ to help spread the message. On 6 November, hundreds of people will participate in an automated, coordinated social…

Lina’s ‘Break Free’ wins prison garden poll

The site of Aberdeen’s former HMP Craiginches will soon feature a communal garden inspired by the historic prison’s past. Architecture student Lina Khairy’s ‘Break Free’ design topped a public poll of Torry residents, narrowly beating the creative efforts of two of her course mates. Lina’s design includes the face of the old prison clock and granite blocks from the perimeter wall. Housing provider Sanctuary is creating the garden as a community benefit of the 124 affordable homes it is building in partnership with the Scottish Government and Aberdeen City Council. Lina, a second-year student at Robert Gordon University (RGU), said:…

Diarmuid Gavin unveils plans for the largest container garden in the world

Ambitious plans by RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winning garden designer Diarmuid Gavin have been unveiled, which aim to create a “majestic and unique” urban garden on the banks of the Tyne on Gateshead Quays. The Urban Garden, which could be the largest container garden in the world, is planned to open in June 2018. The plans for the Gateshead Quays Development aim to bring together cultural and social initiatives working alongside local businesses, creating a key visitor destination for the 2018 Great Exhibition of the North and the NewcastleGateshead World Transplant Games in 2019. Diarmuid Gavin’s ambitious designs…

Green Flag Award reveals the public’s favourite parks

A record-breaking 73,349 votes decide the nation’s favourite parks and show how much people #LoveParks. And Green Flag Award are delighted to announce the People’s Choice 10 favourite UK parks. This year a record-breaking 1,799 Green Flag Awards were awarded to the best-managed parks and green spaces. To find the best of the best, the public were asked to vote for their favourite parks, which they did in record numbers. The 10 winners are spread across England, Scotland and Wales, including large and small sites, traditional parks to wild unusual spaces, run by councils, community groups and even a well-loved university…

National infrastructure commsion reveals gallery of final design concepts for the Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition

The National Infrastructure Commission and Malcolm Reading Consultants have revealed the four final design concepts for The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition in an online gallery. Launched in June, the competition sought inspirational yet achievable visions for future development of this key economic area, covering Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford. Finalists focused on integrating infrastructure and development to create sustainable and liveable places appropriate to the corridor. Finalists’ ideas for enhancing the corridor include a new National Park; an archipelago of linked, distinctive and compact places; a series of ecologically-rich urban campuses; and a reimagining of the 21st-century…

Proposals to improve council’s Streets and Open Spaces service

Proposals to improve Cambridge City Council’s largest frontline service to enable it to provide a better experience for residents and visitors, to make the city’s streets and open spaces more environmentally friendly and deliver better value for money, have been discussed by councillors. In June, councillors approved a four year development strategy to guide changes to the Streets and Open Spaces service. This sought to help the service respond positively to the opportunities and challenges arising from Cambridge’s rapid growth; and to be able to continue to provide a high quality outdoor public realm environment, which befits this historic city’s…

idverde helps transform Shepton Mallet into ‘the Snowdrop Town’

Green space management company idverde is pleased to be supporting Mendip District Council, Shepton Mallet Town Council, and the Shepton Mallet Horticultural Society in preparations for the 2018 Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival by planting over 100,000 snowdrop bulbs at sites throughout the town. Shepton Mallet’s inaugural Snowdrop Festival was held in 2017 to celebrate the work of Victorian horticulturalist James Allen. Allen lived in the town, and was known as ‘The Snowdrop King’ due to having the largest collection of the plants in the country at the time. The Shepton Mallet Horticultural Society hopes the event will surpass last year’s,…

Willmott Dixon lands £66m Midlands universities treble

The company has delivered £400m of work in the sector recently and is adding to this by securing new contracts for Warwick University, Coventry University and University of Birmingham. At the University of Birmingham, Willmott Dixon has also been selected for two projects worth £15m to create “The Green Heart” and a new data centre. This will provide a unique space for performances, socialising, meeting and studying, while opening up views across the whole campus. The company will also construct a new Research Data Centre at Edgbaston Campus. The largest contract is a £36m sports hub for University of Warwick,…