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Helen promoted to Associate

We are delighted to announce that Helen Kirk has been promoted to Associate Landscape Architect in recognition of her increasing role within the studio since joining us in 2011.

“Having been with the practice for the last 7 years, I am very pleased to have been promoted to an Associate Landscape Architect.

Having been a part of the practice developing and increasing in numbers over the years to a great team, I am excited to see how B|D will evolve further and to be an integral part of its future development.”

Emma promoted to Senior Landscape Architect

We are delighted to announce that Emma Gibson has been promoted to Senior Landscape Architect having passed her professional exams and in recognition of her increasing role within the studio.

“After being on the pathway for the past 18 months I am delighted to announce that all the hard work has paid off and I can now call myself a Chartered Landscape Architect; the promotion to Senior Landscape Architect is the icing on the cake!

I am looking forward to continuing to develop my skills, knowledge, and passion for design with B|D, and the new adventures this may bring.”

WWT Slimbridge: Living Wetland Theatre

B|D are delighted that the Living Wetland Theatre & Aviary for WWT Slimbridge has achieved planning. The innovative flagship new installation forms part of a £4.4m funding award announced by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Slimbridge 2020 project.

The Living Wetland Theatre will offer the perfect open-air venue for live and interactive demonstrations and the chance to get up-close to beautiful wetland birds while presenters introduce the species on stage.

Stars of the show will include free-flying pelicans and diving whistling ducks and the elusive bearded tit. The theatre will also offer a platform for live debates with researchers, scientists and TV experts as they explore conservation and environmental issues.

B|D are working with Kay Elliott architects, Hoare Lea and David Dexter Engineers alongside the WWT Slimbridge on detailing the project through Technical Design.

Spencer Barn planning success

B|D are excited that our work with Zac Monro Architects on the contemporary reworking of the Spencer Barn in Sussex recently achieved planning consent.

This project aims to create an inspiring landscape that pays homage to the former agricultural use of the farm buildings and working livestock courtyard whilst sympathetically sitting within the surrounding landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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The JUNCTION achieves outline planning

We are very pleased that our collaborative masterplanning for the Junction One project in Antrim with Turner Bates architects has achieved outline planning in January 2018.

The scheme by joint partners Tristan Capital and the Lotus Group, is being revitalised with over 200,000 ft² of additional retail and leisure space, set within an enhanced and biodiverse landscape setting creating a unique retail and leisure destination.

The initial phase of the scheme will deliver new food and beverage units and a gateway public square.

B|D win 3 national Landscape Institute Awards

We were delighted to pick up three 2017 Landscape Institute awards:

The King’s Cross Pond Club is the first freshwater public bathing pond of its kind in the UK and was overall WINNER in the Design for a Temporary Landscape category.  The ground-breaking and popular Pond Club was sited within Cubitt Park at King’s Cross from 2015-2016 and developed in collaboration with OOZE architects for Argent Estates.  The judges said ‘This scheme set an innovative precedent for how public swimming pools could be conceived and delivered’.

Lovedon Fields is an exemplar landscape-led HAB Housing development currently on site in Kings Worthy and won a Highly Commended award in the Local Landscape Planning category – designed in collaboration with John Pardey Architects and the judges remarked ‘An exemplar of how planning for housing on the edge of an existing settlement should be delivered’.

The Milkshake Tree won a Highly Commended award in the Design for a Temporary Landscape category – this installation as part of the 2016 London Festival of Architecture was designed and delivered in collaboration with pH+ architects for the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy.  The judges said ‘Materiality and concept have been blended perfectly to create a compelling landscape’.

B|D nominated for three Landscape Awards

B|D are delighted to be shortlisted for three Landscape Institute Awards at the 2017 ceremony to be hosted by Bill Bryson OBE in November.

Our projects shortlisted for winner or highly commended awards are:

The King’s Cross Pond Club – the first freshwater public bathing pond of its kind in the UK and shortlisted within the Design for a Temporary Landscape category. The ground-breaking and popular Pond Club was sited within Cubitt Park at King’s Cross from 2015-2016 and developed in collaboration with OOZE architects.

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Lovedon Fields is an exemplar landscape-led HAB Housing development currently on site in Kings Worthy and has been shortlisted in the Local Landscape Planning category designed in collaboration with John Pardey Architects.

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The Milkshake Tree is shortlisted in the Design for a Temporary Landscape category appearing in 2016 as part of the London Festival of Architecture in collaboration with pH+ architects for the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy.

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West Green Place

B|D are delighted to be part of the team for West Green Place helping to deliver a high quality, residential led scheme for Pocket Living LLP.  Working in collaboration with architects; HTA and Dyvik Kahlen we have secured planning permission for 126 new homes.  The plans offer a central shared surface spine road, food growing areas, an urban orchard, significant SUDS feature and informal play. There are two squares for community events; one addressing the main entrance to the site, to the north, and one opening out to the park at the south.

“Fantastic to be part of a diverse team helping to deliver affordable homes for the London Borough of Haringey. The new public realm will be pedestrian friendly, have a lively community focus, and provide improved walkable connections for local residents”. Jack Dilworth, Senior Landscape Architect

UCL Campbell House completes on site

The constrained landscape to the rear of Campbell House has been redesigned to provide two distinct areas, one for access to Wates House which is home to the Bartlett School of Architecture with cycle parking using space-saving two tier cycle stands and the other providing valuable amenity space for the residents of Campbell House. 

The existing mature Ash tree has been retained, new hedge and shrub planting in raised timber planters with integrated seating and lighting help divide the space with the addition of cedar fin fencing with evergreen climbers providing a barrier between the two spaces and privacy to the ground floor of Campbell House. 

Practical Completion was achieved in March 2017.

Feldon Valley Golf Club Planning Success

We are delighted to have been involved on this project to sensitively redevelop the Feldon Valley Golf Club set within the Cotswolds AONB that received planning in December 2016. 

The landscape strategy and approach was a key aspect of the scheme to help secure planning and we collaborated with the design team of Design Engine architects, Momentum Engineers, 360 Golf and Hoare Lea to create new ecology island, woodland lodges & accommodation, reworked clubhouse and new improved car park and circulation routes.

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