Log in | Register

News in brief: RTPI launches online training for dementia and planning; Manchester appoints designers for Our Town Hall scheme

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 18 July, 2017

Online training for dementia and planning launched

The RTPI has launched an online learning tool aimed at helping town planners understand their role in creating better environments for people living with dementia.

This follows the publication by the RTPI of its first practice note on dementia and planning. It states that local planning can play a much stronger role in creating dementia-friendly communities to ensure that people with dementia can stay in their own homes for as long as possible, reducing the pressure on the NHS.

The institute said the 60-minute interactive module will lead users through a series of segments, such as images, videos and quizzes to reflect on changes that can be made in people’s working lives and local areas.

The module counts as continuing professional development.

The module can be found on the RTPI website. Member login is required.


Manchester appoints designers for Our Town Hall scheme

Manchester City Council has announced a list of the successful tenders for the Our Town Hall project contracts.

The project aims to repair and upgrade the grade I listed Manchester Town Hall, which was built 140 years ago.

Designed in the 1869s by Alfred Waterhouse, the building needs work to modernise access and safety standards while preserving heritage.

The contracts have been awarded to:

  • Purcell Miller & Tritton – architecture
  • Ramboll UK Ltd - structural and civil engineers
  • Planit IE LLP – landscape design
  • Ove Arup & Partners Ltd – building services and engineering
  • Faith + Gould – quantity surveying

The works will take place over a seven-year period.


Peabody looking for Thamesmead partner

Housing association Peabody has appointed GVA, a real estate advisory company, to source a strategic partner for Thamesmead Waterfront.

GVA has been advising Peabody on the regeneration that looks to bring the scheme to the market in the third quarter of 2017.

In total, Thamesmead will deliver more than 20,000 new homes and thousands of new jobs. Thamesmead Waterfront alone is set to provide a community of 11,500 homes.


Plans for social sciences facility approved in Sheffield

Sheffield City Council has approved the University of Sheffield’s plans for a new social science facility.

The facility will include a research hub and aims to offer a wide range of disciplines under the same roof.

The university said the building has been designed with “sustainability at its core”, with it being the first of the university’s building to achieve a BREAM outstanding rating. Ground source heat pumps will be installed to maximise the opportunity created by thermal warmth and provide cooling in the winter.

Sheffield-based architect HLM designed the scheme.


Vauxhall Gardens completed

Caddick Developments has completed Vauxhall Sky Gardens in the Nine Elms regeneration area.

The development comprises 194 private apartments, 35 affordable flats, six shared ownerships homes and two penthouse apartments.

The development includes a 36-storey tower and an eight-storey block. It features over 2,000 square metres of outdoor space and two ‘floating gardens’ open to all residents.

Vauxhall Sky Gardens also includes seven floors of commercial office space.


Westminster approves 200 homes

Westminster City Council has approved 200 homes in the next stage of the regeneration of West End Gate.

Planning consultancy Turley acted on behalf of Berkeley Homes and Lucky Six Limited.

The permission will see 14-16 Paddington Green demolished and 17 Paddington Green partially demolished. The development will see the homes delivered in buildings ranging between four and 14 storeys, as well as the provision of landscaping, basement car and cycle parking, and servicing provision.

The grade II listed building at 17 Paddington Green will be retained and refurbished as part of the proposals.


Property group buys Exeter site

Acorn Property Group’s Bristol office has exchanged contracts to purchase the current site of the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education on Topsham Road in Exeter.

The site will offer a mixture of private and affordable units as well as assisted living and retirement properties, said the company.

Robin Squire, regional managing director of Acorn Bristol, said: “An exchange on this site has been the culmination of 18 months of collaborative working between Acorn, the academy and their agent Maze. We are extremely excited about delivering a fantastic bespoke development on this important site.”


125 homes approved in Aylesbury

Aylesbury Vale District Council has granted outline planning permission for 125 new homes, green public open space and a children’s play area.

Strategic land promotion company Richborough Estates, which secured the permission, said 30 per cent of the homes would be affordable.

The 14-acre site is located just south of Stoke Mandeville Hospital and has been allocated in the local plan for housing.

The approval is subject to a Section 106 agreement.

Richborough Estates said it would work with retained development land agent Strutt & Parker LLP to seek a housebuilder to deliver the scheme.

Image credit | iStock