Lucy Roper’s weekly Built Environment news round-up: November 29, 2018
Posted on: 29 November, 2018
Each week, UCEM Information Governance Manager, Lucy Roper reports on the latest news stories from the Built Environment.
This week, stories on the influence of an effective planning act, a proposed new London skyline development and award-winning building designs in Wales and Brazil make the cut in Lucy’s news round-up…
50 years of the Town and Country Planning Act 1968
It is 50 years since the Town and Country Planning Act 1968 was introduced, paving the way for more effective protection of listed buildings in the UK. The Institute of Historic Building Conservation writes on the impact of the Act for DesigningBuildings.co.uk.
Yabba dabbo doo! Flint takes top prize
Say ‘Flint’ and instinctively you’ll say ‘stones’ (just me?). Whether you would associate the north Welsh town of Flint with the most famous cartoon Stone Age family or not, a housing scheme in the area has bestowed pride in the town befitting of one of Barney’s or Fred’s more excitable bellows!
The Flint Walks housing scheme – part of a wider regeneration programme which provided nearly 100 affordable and energy-efficient homes in Flint – won this year’s Royal Town Planning Institute Wales Award for Planning Excellence. The Royal Town Planning Institute provides the lowdown.
Tulip takes shape
We’ve had the London Eye, the Walkie Talkie Building and the Gherkin, and now London’s next possible addition to its skyline has been dubbed ‘the Tulip’. Sitting next to the Gherkin, the floral tower’s planning proposal suggests the building would be a tourist destination with an educational facility at the top, internal slides, a bar and restaurants and a publicly accessible rooftop garden.
Construction Manager takes up the story.
Brazilian school gains top marks from RIBA
This year’s RIBA International Prize – awarded every two years to a building that exemplifies design excellence and architectural ambition, allied to meaningful social impact – has been awarded to a school complex in Brazil.
Located in the north of the country on the edge of the rainforest, Children Village caters for 540 children aged 13-18 and is environmentally sustainable with adaptability to a challenging climate. RIBA provides further information.
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