Embassy Village – A ‘Project of Pride’

We are delighted to be supporting work by the charity Embassy, to help address homelessness in central Manchester. Embassy has adopted a pioneering approach to design a self-contained village. They plan to create 40 high quality modular homes from repurposed shipping containers, to deliver a safe and welcoming community for homeless and vulnerable men. This will provide them with their own accommodation and a supportive environment, to help remove the significant barriers that many will face during the transition from life on the streets to gaining that stable foothold in our communities.

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Camley Street Regeneration

We are delighted to announce that Planit-IE is part of the FCBStudios-led team that has won the Camden Council competition for Camley Street Regeneration. Planit-IE worked alongside Architecture 00, Studio Woodroffe Papa, Buro Happold and CDRM Services to support the FCBStudios entry to secure the £136 million regeneration of two light industrial parks just north of King’s Cross.

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Studio Re-inhabitation

Having worked from home for an extended period, we have really come to appreciate the advantages of working within a collaborative design studio. Some aspects are practical, such the ability to print, sketch at scale, scan and take advantage of higher internet speeds and server access, but others are more experiential. Whilst we have found many new ways to work, collaborating in the same space helps nurture a collective and interdisciplinary approach to design, and supports the sharing of knowledge, which is of particular benefit to less experienced team members.READ MORE

Carbon Calculations

As a recently certified B Corp we have joined a community of leaders, committed to using our business as a force for good. We consequently consider the environment in every decision we make. Our aim is to further show our commitment to the environment in all aspects of work we undertake.

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The Old Bank becomes B Corp Hub

We were proudly able to announce our position as a newly certified B Corp organisation in August 2020, formalising our commitment to putting people and planet above profit and using business for good. What we didn’t reveal at the time is the exciting news that the Old Bank NOMA – managed by creative studio Standard Practice – has become Manchester’s first B Corp Hub, reflecting the changing world of business and responding to the requirements of the city.

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High Street Task Force Experts

We are delighted to announce that Directors Andy Roberts and Lindsay Humblet have been appointed as High Street Task Force Experts. They will work alongside experienced professionals across a broad range of specialisms, form architecture to planning, to sustainable design, place leadership and civic engagement. The Task Force has recruited highly qualified experts from leading national bodies: Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Landscape Institute, Design Council, and the Institute of Place Management, to support transformation of our High Streets and help tackle complex barriers to change over the next 4 years.

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Parks and Prejudice

Do we give people what they want, or do we give people what we think they need?

Over the last few months in particular, there has been renewed and overdue focus on unconscious bias, particularly relating to cultural background. Many of us have been considering and educating ourselves with regard to rectifying engrained and long-standing imbalance within the society in which we live, work and serve. Dr Bridget Snaith’s ‘Green Space or White Space’ video was an eye-opening reminder of how this permeates and can be redressed within our realm of work.

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Aire Park in Leeds Gets the Green Light!

Opportunities to create new city parks are often few and far between, so we are particularly delighted to announce that plans for Aire Park on Leed’s South Bank have taken a step forward, gaining unanimous planning approval from councillors at the Leeds City Plans Panel. Planit-IE has been working with Vastint UK over the past three years to develop proposals. This decision marks the end of the beginning and celebrates the monumental effort by all the consultants and client to deliver a truly exemplar new public park for Leeds City Centre.

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What Graphics Can Do For You

There are a host of opportunities for our in-house Graphic Design team to complement and enhance our work as Landscape and Urban Designers, as well as create bespoke content, websites and collateral for our clients. What better way for all to see ‘What Graphics Can Do For You’ than to celebrate through some great project examples that share the breadth and variety of work produced, in one of our weekly Rise and Shine sessions.

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What would a liveable Leeds look like?

The conversation around what makes cities liveable is at the heart of what we do at Planit-IE. We believe that this question isn’t answered by large architectural gestures but by many individuals collaborating together, and we recently had the opportunity to express this through The Liveable City Open Competition: Leeds Eastside, launched by the Leeds Civic Trust.

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