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Better Places Plymouth Competition

As part of the Better Places Plymouth public realm investment programme, Macgregor Smith, Peter Brett Associates and Tomato were invited to participate in a Design Competition to create a Public Realm Framework for the City Centre. We created a vision for the city centre that reconnects the city with its maritime identity and transforms the public realm to redefine Plymouth as a vibrant international waterfront city.

Lewes North Street Quarter Play and Recreation Public Consultation Complete

The third and final public exhibition has just taken place in Lewes, concluding a series of consultation events facilitated by Macgregor Smith. We have been appointed to oversee the design and implementation of enhancements to existing green spaces which will be delivered as part of the wider North Street Quarter regeneration scheme. The developed proposals seek to improve the quality and range of play, sport and recreation opportunities through the provision of better park networks, new adventure play areas and improved sport facilities. The implementation of the finalised proposals will commence in 2018 to coincide with the occupation of the first phase of the North Street Quarter development.

Newly qualified CMLI

Congratulations to Robin Hutchinson, Wen-Chih Chao, Ioana Nica and Cormac Lennon who have all passed their P2C exams to become Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute! Their hard work and dedication has paid off and this marks a huge milestone in their careers as Landscape Architects.

Macgregor Smith keenly support their colleagues through this professional development by providing mentors and holding regular CPD sessions, workshops and discussion groups to ensure they are fully prepared ahead of their exams

2017 Macgregor Smith prize for Landscape and Public Realm Design

As part of our association with the University of Bath’s Department of Architecture, we are delighted this year to award the prize to Emma Hugh for her final year MArch degree project: Hortus Revividus.
A Botanical Research Facility for Medicinal Plants in the Rising Crisis of Antibiotic Resistance, located in Larnaka, Cyprus.
A contemporary reinterpretation of the Cyprus Healing Monasteries brings together a Botanic Gardens, offering research facilities, reception, shop and café, and exhibition area.
Emma’s design employs the building creates a courtyard garden typology, which is focussed across Cyprus. The walled garden becomes a place of tranquillity, escape and research away from the busy life of the city and waterfront landscape.
Rupert Grierson, Director of Macgregor Smith in presenting the award to Sophie, recognised her work as an excellent, clear and concise design proposal. It revealed a real sensitivity for context elevated through exceptional graphic presentation.

Next phases of Shanghai Business Park

Construction is about to begin on the next phases of Shanghai Business Park, owned by CHJ. Working with GMP Architects, this ambitious 20ha scheme includes a huge central lake and a riparian water ring, which weaves around the site connecting a network of public open spaces, roof terraces and intimate courtyard gardens. Phase 4 follows the successful earlier phases of design work at Shanghai Business Park, with Phases 5 & 6 due to follow on next year.

Welcome to our new interns!

We are delighted to welcome George Luffingham and Harriet Baldwin from Bath University School of Architecture. Both will be completing internships with us as part of their BSc Architecture degrees. This continues our long association with the school of Architecture through our internship scheme and with both Michael Smith and Rupert Grierson undertaking studio tutoring and occasional lecturing roles. We look forward to awarding the Macgregor Smith prize for best landscape and public realm design at the end of the academic year.