Championing Sustainable Urban Drainage

This week saw us revisiting one of our favourite local projects – Hitachi in Trowbridge. Director Gemma Griffin visited site with BBC Radio Wiltshire to give breakfast show listeners a glimpse into the ideas behind the rain gardens which play such an important role in the drainage and the setting for the site. Describing how environmental problem-solving and beautiful landscapes go hand in hand, you can listen to Gemma’s interview below. On the other end of the spectrum, we’re excited to be working on one of Shanghai’s large ‘Sponge City’ sites in the centre of this ever-expanding city. Innovative solutions to sustainable development are booming in China and sites like our ‘sponge city’ masterplan have a huge role to play in how we can positively shape urban growth:

Shanghai Business Park

Work has now completed at Metro Plaza, part of the wider Shanghai Business Park development. The Metro Plaza scheme incorporates a busy existing subway station into the new development and creatively integrates a significant change in levels across the public space. With sunny spaces for people to spill out into and a series of planted gardens, the new terraced plaza space is currently playing host to some eye catching public art!

Bargate Quarter update

The ambitious Bargate Quarter scheme in Southampton is progressing well. Following approval by Southampton City Council, the proposals have been modelled to illustrate the unique setting of the site, fronted by the historic Bargate and centred around a new pedestrian spine route, which runs alongside the medieval Old Town Wall. Combining student and private residential with retail, and a new high quality public realm designed by Macgregor Smith, the scheme is due to open in autumn 2019.

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