Planning Awards 2018

More exciting awards news - our Bargate Quarter project in Southampton has been shortlisted for two Planning Awards - ‘Mixed use Development’ and ‘Best use of Brownfield Land in Placemaking’ categories! It’s been a pleasure working on this scheme for Tellon Capital and we’re looking forward to work starting on site later this year.

RIBA Award – Marlborough Primary School

We are thrilled to announce that Marlborough Primary School has won a RIBA London award! A huge congratulations to all who worked on this fantastic project which you can read all about here.

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.