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Sugar's 'tipping point' link to Alzheimer's disease revealed – University of Bath
Is your smartphone making you shy? – A review of research into shyness – The Conversation
Views sought on Sunderland seafront regeneration scheme – Sunderland Echo
UK sees increase in number of high-rise buildings – Building Products
Why Derby's unloved 'Debenhams zone' could finally be set to blossom – Derby Telegraph
Record £2bn housing plan for Household Cavalry's Hyde Park barracks – London Evening Standard
Australia must face some home truths about housing affordability – Sydney Morning Herald
Thursday 23 February
Housing association development on the rise – Inside Housing
Vision for Charlton’s riverside with 7,500 low to medium rise homes and green bridge – London News Online
Salford to refresh campus masterplan- Place North West
Vibrant & Viable Places ‘Development Loans’ Available to Help With Regeneration of Town Centre Properties – Wrexham.Com
Loans backed by the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) scheme are available to developers who may be keen to progress with the redevelopment of town centre properties, but don’t have the capital required to commence on major works.
£160m Alderley Park masterplan – Bdaily
IBI Plans submitted for 150 homes in village near Derby – Derby Telegraph
Helensburgh sets up Architecture and Design Panel – Helensburgh Advetiser
Trams returning to Dublin – and other changes to look for – Dublin Inquirer
Unite to build 7,500 more rooms for UK students – Telegraph
New virtual reality device to help design dementia-friendly buildings – Scottish Housing News
Wednesday 22 February
London’s ability to ‘re-invent and evolve’ makes it Europe’s most superior city – Property Investor Today
Green light for Ayr riverside regeneration masterplan – Scottish Construction Now
Plans approved for £175m Sheffield regeneration scheme – Property Investor Today
Aberdeen City Council commission Savills to study new city housing projects – Press and Journal
Taunton - Persimmon Homes plans 2,500 new homes in Monkton Heathfield – This is the West Country
Research and General Interest
How to retain a little personality in Hong Kong’s concrete jungle - South China Morning Post
Stefano Boeri proposes forest city - Guardian
Innovative or a scale-up of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon idea of c290 BCE (possibly near the modern day Mosul)
Human senses confounded by modern environment and lifestyles – Independent
High sugar diets, life in artificially lit environments looking at LED screens, polluted air.
Could the supermarket logistics chains that enable “permanent global summertime” food supplies collapse? – The Guardian
Lettuce from South America – 1 food calorie for 127 calories in expended transport = unlikely to be sustainable
Medieval graffiti survey underway in Bolton - The Bolton News
Tuesday 21st February
5 Problems with neighbourhood plans – Simonicity
Includes reliance on volunteers, bias towards affluent areas, drain on council resources when challenged.
Could loss of EU farm subsidies change the British rural landscape– The Epoch Times
Depopulation of rural areas, land abandonment
2.5 mile cycle route proposed for Birmingham's A38– Birmingham Post
Automatic train operation: the future of UK mainline railways – Railway Technology
It is being used in Thameslink to increase throughput to 24 trains per hour
Translink Belfast bus-rail hub plans revealed – Belfast News
Green light for University of Glasgow’s £1bn campus masterplan – Scottish Construction
Town centre masterplan consultation to shape future of Bury St Edmunds launches February 27 – East Anglian Daily Times
Developer who flouted planning rules ordered tear down unauthorised building – Wandsworth Council
Monday 20th February
New Right to Build Task Force to bring on large and affordable custom build – Custom Build Strategy
How Employers Impose Their Own Growth Boundaries – The American Conservative
Article mentions “the theory of the Favored Quarter”: the idea that high-end employers and the affluent do not disperse from the central city in all directions, but rather in one specific direction.
First look at Bognor Regis ‘masterplan’ – Bognor Regis Observer
20 year development plan underway at Shoreham port – Marine Link
Exploring the footsteps of the Indus civilisation – The Express Tribune
More on the Mohenjodaro conference
Trompe-l'œil pedestrian crossings - Otago Daily Times
Driverless cars could change urban landscape – Chicago Tribune
Includes a rendering of a street illustrating the possibility that driverless vehicles could be run on narrow strips of concrete – like a guided busway but without the guides – and the acres of tarmac replaced of porous greenspace.
California North Bay's Downtown Waterfront Master plan released fo consultation - Bay Today
Full details – City of North Bay
Abu Dhabi: all landscape and streetscape irrigation and fountain systems to be supplied by treated sewage effluent by the year 2030 – Middle East North Africa Financial Network
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Defence College for Technical Training, Lyneham
Masterplanning and design of new Defence College for Technical Training. Creative re-use of disused military base including new build, refurbishment, conversion and landscape design.
The Defence College for Technical Training is currently under construction at Lyneham in Wiltshire, which when completed will create a joint college for Army, Navy and RAF. The first phase of the project involves approximately 150000m2 of new build and 150000m2 of refurbishment and conversion of the of the former RAF Lyneham as well as extensive civil and landscape works to create the required upgraded infrastructure and external training environment.
The design includes many innovative sustainability measures, not least the savings made in terms of cost, embodied energy and resources through the creative re-use of extensive areas of the existing estate. The AMEC design team undertook a thorough process of building and requirements analysis and consultation with end-users to determine a strategy for the effective re-use of buildings where this supported the creation of a first-class training environment. New buildings were carefully designed to complement the refurbishment and conversion of the existing estate, providing a combination of bespoke facilities and flexible new accommodation in a series of highly energy efficient buildings designed to create visual consistency across the site and helping to provide a campus-like environment.
The work completed by AMEC in securing planning permission for the college was commended by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West region as an example of ‘planning excellence’. Aside from the sheer scale of the application, the judges were particularly impressed by the quality of the technical work and the extent of stakeholder engagement undertaken despite working to a very tight programme.
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