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A Landscape Architect's review of Charles Jencks' ''Northumberlandia''
Aug 25th, 2016
A short drop off the A1, to the north of Newcastle, is the landmark earthworks of "Northumberlandia". Worth a stop off and an hour spent looking around, whether you are a landscape architect or not! Elizabeth documents our thoughts....
Flooding report released yesterday criticises government's 'reactive rather than proactive' approach to flood prevention
Jun 9th, 2016
“Despite sustainable urban drainage systems being widely acknowledged to be an efficient way of dealing with surface water, successive governments have been reluctant to mandate them as the default option in new developments. We are disappointed that the Government has kicked this into the long grass by commissioning another review. This is an issue that now requires action.”
Plant more trees! Air Pollution in our cities in the news
Apr 27th, 2016
MPs have announced that UK air pollution is a 'public health emergency'. We look back at the LI's 2013 'Public Health and Landscape' Document, which is as relevant as ever.
Beauty, Function and Sustainability in an Age of Austerity.
Mar 16th, 2016
A reflection on the Landscape Institute's annual conference 2016, 'Beauty, Function and Sustainability in an Age of Austerity' - kindly hosted by The University of Sheffield's Landscape Department.
Flooding - we can't build ever-higher walls!
Jan 6th, 2016
The recent flooding in Cumbria and Yorkshire demonstrates that we need to look beyond building ever-higher walls and start to manage storm water where it falls. Here is an overview of some well-established, but too-often ignored, approaches to help reduce the effects of flooding.
Congratulations on the Solar Farm Planning Approval
Nov 18th, 2015
Congratulations are due to our clients 'Sun and Soil Ltd' upon receiving planning approval for their 5MW solar farm near Rocester in Staffordshire.
SuDS Retrofit Research with The University of Hull
Nov 8th, 2015
We are proud to be featured as a case study by the Yorkshire Innovation Fund
Best Practice in Residential Design
Oct 28th, 2015
2B is broadening its skills in residential design. We are excited to have started a programme of research into best practice for landscape design and planning in relation to residential development.
Extreme Rock Garden Restoration
Oct 22nd, 2015
Burnby Hall Gardens Rock Garden project has reached a landmark stage in its restoration with the production of an interim report to the HLF. This describes the ‘clean slate’ approach that has now been determined.
Major landscape exhibition visits Yorkshire
Oct 17th, 2015
Bradford's Mirror Pool features as a great example of the regenerative power of Landscape Architecture in a major touring exhibition coming to Yorkshire in November. An article in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus (16th October 2015) quotes our own Bill Blackledge.