edinburgh playscape

Edinburgh Playscape: What is the Difference Between a Playground and a Playscape?

What is the difference between a playground and a playscape? How can our children build memories and connections with their local environments? It is easy to prescribe play to a time slot and a swing set, but how does the City and our public spaces encourage play and support childhood development?

Bring your family to the Edinburgh playscape to explore ways to play with the landscape and discover the city from a different perspective.

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solar park cardiff

Planning Permission Granted for the Lamby Way Solar Farm in Cardiff

Wardell Armstrong are delighted to have secured planning permission for a major renewable energy development in Cardiff.

The solar farm is centred on 42 acres of a former landfill site in Cardiff Council ownership, found to the east of the city. It will generate an estimated 8.99MW of renewable energy, to be fed into the National Grid with also an agreement in principle for a private wire arrangement to supply Dwr Cymru Welsh Water operational assets.

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Historic Mine Workings

We Want to Change the Way Historic Mine Workings are Treated to Reduce Environment Damage

Wardell Armstrong have been working with BRE, Banah UK and The Coal Authority to change the way we treat historic mine workings resulting in less impact to the environment. We have recently submitted our project application to Innovate UK, which is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.

Abandoned mine workings identified underneath proposed development sites are typically filled with a pump-able low strength bulk filler grout (typically Portland cement and pulverised fuel ash (PFA), a by-product of coal-burning power stations). However, PFA is becoming increasingly scarce in the UK and therefore more expensive in line with a reduction in the number of coal-burning power stations (to zero by 2026). Increasing scarcity of PFA (compounded by demands from higher value uses such as a “cement”) is presenting a significant difficulty in the development of former coalfield areas in the UK.

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Chesters Medows

Chesters Meadow Has Been Shortlisted for a 2019 North East Property Award

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for a 2019 North East Property Award in the ‘Residential Development of the Year’ category. The shortlisted development is known as Chesters Meadow in Humshaugh, in which we assisted Duchy Homes Ltd with a phase 1 planning application.

The Project Team comprised of Duchy Homes, Lichfields, POD, Wardell Armstrong, Arrowbuild, Edwards & Bower Ltd.

We were appointed to support a detailed planning application for 21 family homes in an area of high landscape value on the edge of Humshaugh. The site, on the southern edge of the village, lies close to the River Tyne, near Hadrian’s Wall and within the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site.

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Beacon of Light, Sunderland

Beacon of Light is Named North East’s Project of the Year at Coveted RICS Awards

We are delighted to have been part of the consulting team of the RICS North East Project of the Year, the Beacon of Light in Sunderland.

Over 40 of the North East’s best community-led building projects completed to be named best in the region at the awards ceremony held at Newcastle’s Civic Centre on Friday. The highly acclaimed ‘Project of the Year’ title is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area. The much-loved community asset that is averaging around 4500 visitors each week.

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Stoke Reads BookBench Sponsor

Wardell Armstrong is a Proud Sponsor of the Stoke-on-Trent BookBench Trail

We are proud to be a sponsor of the Stoke-on-Trent BookBench Trail in association with the National Literacy Trust, Stoke Reads, Wild in Art and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

The BookBenches are set to inspire the city as part of Stoke Reads, a campaign to promote reading and boost literacy levels. Supported by the City Learning Trust, Stoke Reads inspires the city to enjoy reading and helps parents and practitioners to support children’s literacy skills. We believe that literacy and creativity skills are a key part of a child’s development.

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Our Archaeologists Uncover a Third Century Roman Building in Carlisle

In 2018 our archaeologists undertook archaeological excavations on the site of a Roman building at Carlisle Cricket Club. What began as a response to a planning requirement to build a new pavilion this programme grew into a community archaeological investigation fully supported by the Cricket Club and funded through a donation from Storey Homes.

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World Water Day 2019

World Water Day 2019: Leaving No-one Behind

This year’s World Water Day theme is “leaving no-one behind”. Sustainable Development Goal 6 is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. Many of Wardell Armstrong’s international mining clients have the opportunity to do this through their Environmental and Social Action Plans. Here we present one such example where a mine in Mauritania has examined how it can sustainably manage its use of freshwater and seek to improve the reliability of clean water to the regional population including groups who are particularly vulnerable to anthropogenic pressures such as climate change.

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Wardell Armstrong - MIPIM

We’re Going to MIPIM!

The 30th edition of MIPIM will be held in Cannes, France from the 12th – 15th March 2019 with over 26,000 participants in attendance.

Key Wardell Armstrong personnel will be available to meet and assist with an integrated array of property development services throughout the four days of the event.

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Wallyford Primary School

Scotland’s Largest Primary School is Now Open!

The new Wallyford Primary School has been handed over to East Lothian Council by its development partner Hub South East and contractor, Morrison Construction. Pupils and Staff moved into their new state-of-the-art school in February 2019 after a 15-month construction period.

Hub-SE/Morrison Construction commissioned Wardell Armstrong to carry out civil, structural and landscaping consultancy services for the largest primary school in Scotland located at Wallyford, East Lothian.

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