Category Archives: News

Rail to Trail projects

A while ago we blogged about the rather wonderful “High Line” in New York, USA. Read that blog Here

Now it appears there are a succession of similar regeneration projects appearing across the US.

De Zeen has a wonderful article here that showcases other wonderful and similar projects.

High Line, New York

 

The Roman Circus

Located on the site of the former Colchester Garrison, Arena Place offers a unique collection of homes, including new-build and carefully-refurbished properties within the former military buildings. This prestigious development is steeped in history following the discovery of the remains of Britain’s only known Roman Circus on the site.

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You can read more about our involvement in the project here

We also worked on previous stages at the site of the former garrison, see that information here

ARM Campus, Cambridge – Update

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With the main building really taking shape, Kier are reaching the point in their timetable to begin external works. The Entrance Plaza will be the showpiece of the design. Approximately 50% of the area seen in the photo above being planted with a formal planting design to compliment the building and the other 50% to be hard landscaped, providing a directional link between the entrance and the new car park opposite. In addition to this, a runnel will extend along the length of the façade which will contain water in times of heavy rainfall.

ARM-Entrance-July-2017

The image showing the northern façade of the building shows how large this project is. The Estate Road will be lined with trees and flanked by meadow. Thus far this road is used for construction traffic and will be until the end of the build. This road will have a drop off area and disabled parking bays. There will also be large swales that will store water so that excess rainfall doesn’t place added pressure on existing storm water drainage. In fact there are a range of SuDS features, designed by Rambolls, used across the site.

The external works will begin in earnest over the following month. Keep an eye on our news page for more updates.

You can see our involvement in the project in further detail here

Stop the press…. Snails in the workplace!

Don’t panic, we have not been infested here in Stansted. In fact, the snails are here because they are our new pets! Not the most conventional of pets but they are now at home in our aquarium, helping to keep the glass clean and keeping our White Cloud Mountain Minnows company. We purchased two Horned Nerite Snails (Clithon corona) which are striking little things (for a snail). The snails are great for cleaning the glass (although we will give them additional food) and help to maintain the water chemistry in the tank. Namely keeping nitrate levels down, which is of benefit to the minnows too.

The snails have small horns that are a defence mechanism and can prick skin if handled incorrectly. I think that they look really good and they are a great addition to our temperate aquarium. If you are visiting us in Stansted, you will find them as you come through the door, so take a closer look and watch them graze on the algae.

We have only had them for a day so far and I look forward to seeing how they get on.

horned nerite snail

Felicity Moonwalking…

WE DID IT! Finishing at 4am we walked 15.1 miles in just under 5 hours, a very reasonable pace of just over 3 miles an hour! All in aid of the breast cancer charity walk.

It was a very humbling event to take part in – I’ll aim for the 26.2 miles in the next few years!

Thanks for all your support, if you’d like to donate then please go here

Well done Fliss!

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Heyford Park, Upper Heyford

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We have been working alongside Dorchester Living since 2014 to create modern community living, working on multiple phases of the residential masterplan, designing high quality landscape schemes which incorporate both the plot landscape and the green infrastructure.

Local Hero Awards

On Thursday 29th April at the Local Hero Awards (hosted by Town102), the Ipswich junior parkrun Core Team triumphed in the category for Outstanding Customer Care in the community.  LLA Director, Mark Flatman is a member of the junior parkrun Core Team at Ipswich, which aims to give children between the ages of 4 and 14 years the opportunity to run in a relaxed non-competitive event at a local park on Sunday mornings.

ijp local hero award April 2017