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
As featured in Urban Design Journal: The Northern Powerhouse | Summer 2021
The concept of the ‘Net-Zero Northern Powerhouse’ has burgeoned since the announcement of the Government’s £4bn “levelling up” fund, designed to help cities, towns and regions improve infrastructure and skills, and fundamentally driven by the long-term transition to net-zero.
We are delighted to announce our involvement in the regeneration of Altrincham’s Stamford Quarter. Being based in Altrincham and having played our part in the transformation of the town centre public realm over the past decade it’s clearly a project that is very close to our hearts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are proud to announce that Planit-IE is officially part of the B Corp UK community!
After transforming spaces into places for people for over two decades, we’re excited to announce that we have become a Certified B Corporation, making a formal commitment to creating a more inclusive and sustainable economy through our work.
Public consultation has opened this week for the former Gould Street Gasworks site in Manchester as the development team welcome the public’s thoughts and feedback on the current proposals to transform the current site into a thriving new urban neighbourhood and a key piece in the Northern Gateway development.
Today’s Rise and Shine was our first without Planit-IE croissants for all! We usually pile into the studio on a Wednesday morning for a shared breakfast and uplifting session aimed at developing our understanding, increasing knowledge and challenging perceptions. After a brief hiatus, whilst everyone adjusted to working from home, Steve Conor’s ‘Sustainability Communications – Winning Hearts and Minds’ talk was a great way to kickstart the programme again via Zoom.
Children have had the opportunity to design their own playscape for a planned city centre park through a series of collaborative workshops and drop-in sessions. A prototype play structure has been fabricated as a temporary installation at Mayfield, with the hope of influencing the final design of the city park, set at the heart of this redevelopment scheme.
We kicked off our year in practice by jetting off to Copenhagen, immersed within the Planit family from the get-go. This gave us a wonderful opportunity to really get to know our colleagues from all studios. We spent two days on bikes visiting some of Copenhagen’s great public realm and had a lot of fun along the way.READ MORE
Shoppers, diners and businesses in Stockport will soon be able to enjoy a town-centre parklet and pocket park; a mini park featuring seating, greenery and cycle parking. The pocket park has been installed in a previously under-used part of Bridgefield Street which has been transformed by planting and a vibrant art wall, with a concrete table tennis table and chimes for children to play with.
Invigorated, having considered where we’ve come from and what we’ve achieved, we looked to challenges ahead in a series of workshops run throughout the afternoon of our Future Planning Day. Six themes explored topics that are pertinent to the practice’s direction, or the teams were keen to examine.
Planit-IE recently gathered for a practice-wide Future Planning Day in the Old Bank Residency – the place where creative things happen. All studios and disciplines were brought together to reinforce our collective mindset of ‘working as one’ as we focus on the future of the business.
Planit-IE is thrilled that the London Borough of Newham has recently approved, subject to the decision notice, Phase 2 and 3 of Royal Docks West. The developer Mount Anvil, along with partner London International Exhibition Centre (ExCeL), have worked together to deliver the second phase of Royal Docks West and committed to creating a vibrant place to live that will leave a lasting legacy for The Docklands.
Planit was delighted to welcome long-term friend and collaborator Chris Brammall to the studio today. Chris is dedicated to the creation of the highest quality sculptural and architectural metalwork. He is a fantastic exemplar of a creator and designer who also delivers and manufactures.
The Liverpool School of Architecture’s Spring School offers a range of masterclasses through which to explore new and existing skills; ‘warming students up’ for the semester ahead. In an ‘Observe | Design | Implement’ session led by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Planit-IE, students were invited to become directly involved in the University of Liverpool’s masterplan project, which the two practices are currently developing.
How can policy and policy makers change the outlook of young creatives, encouraging them to remain within, or return to rural areas? This question was recently addressed by Managing Director, Pete Swift, and Standard Practice Maker, Joe Hartley in their keynote presentation at the Great Place Lakes and Dales Conference.
Hearing of our appointment by Liverpool City Council to produce a landmark vision and investment strategy for the epicentre of Liverpool’s musical heritage was one of those ‘can’t stop from saying it out loud’ “yes” moments. We’d assembled a great, if non-conventional, team for the Mathew Street Spatial Regeneration Framework (SRF) bid, amongst which enthusiasm for the potential opportunity was palpable.
Life’s milestones are marked by parties, gatherings, re-unions and momentous trips. This was the order of the day as we congregated ‘en masse’ for a practice-wide study trip to celebrate Planit-IE’s 20th year. Catching up with colleagues, challenging perspectives, relaxation, meeting new and soon-to-be team members, research, introducing valued friends, delicious food, sharing much-loved haunts… this is how we marked the occasion.
The official opening of Brunswick Park, at the heart of The University of Manchester’s campus, was marked by welcoming students, staff and the local community to a celebratory health and wellbeing event. A tree planting ceremony by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, was followed by live jazz performances, a choral rendition and free fitness sessions.
Working at Planit-IE during our year out in practice has been an invaluable experience before returning to continue our studies at the University of Sheffield. Not only has it allowed us to develop creatively in a sociable working environment, but has given us the opportunity to expand our skills and knowledge in all areas of the design process.
The decision to open a new studio, on the world-famous waterfront, set in the heart of Liverpool Waters (for which we are the masterplan lead) couldn’t have been easier. With a growing profile and international reputation, Liverpool is undergoing its next phase of transformation – and we are delighted to be at the heart of many of the projects.
It was great to finally welcome guests to our new London studio, over a year and a half after moving in! This is our third address in the capital and it was a pleasure to share food and drinks with friends and collaborators we have come to know since setting up a London studio seven years ago.
It is a pleasure to share news that Vastint UK has launched Sugar House Island, their 10-hectare development in east London, just south of the Olympic Park. The first phase, Dane’s Yard, is a collection of eight historic and new office buildings targeted at the creative industries.
It is a great pleasure to announce that James King has been made a Partner at Planit-IE. He joins Managing Partners Ed Lister and Peter Swift, and Partners Andy Roberts, Lindsay Humblet and Richard Line; becoming the sixth member of the senior leadership team.
We are pleased to announce that we have been appointed to work alongside HOK and AHR Architects, on the new £200m regional arena, conference and exhibition centre at Gateshead Quays. As a Design Team, we will be developing plans for the 10-acre quays site, which occupies a prime location opposite the Gateshead Millennium Bridge; between Sage Gateshead, the iconic building and concert venue by Foster and Partners and the BALTIC, an historic former industrial, landmark building, now an internationally renowned Centre for Contemporary Art.
When deciding the location of team GB’s study trip we had to find a location that would encompass the range of projects currently in the team – waterside development, sports ground design, green infrastructure, heritage, urban renewal and shared streets… and preferably sunny and warm (a bit of Autumnal sun to boost mental health and vitamin D levels). So there really couldn’t be anywhere else, tickets to Barcelona were booked.
There wasn’t much debate about where Planit-IE Team London would go for their study trip – Berlin! The city is well known for its history and the landscapes that have been shaped by it. It had also been ‘home’ to one of our team, Antony Nelson. Tony’s Tours was established to make sure the team was immersed in the culture and history of the city.
Birmingham Conservatoire’s new state-of-the-art home, opened today. The £57 million purpose-built music college provides five new public performance spaces, including a 500-seat concert hall, a 150-seat recital hall and a 100-seat organ studio as well as the East Side Jazz Club. It is the first to be constructed in the UK since 1987 and is the only one in the country specifically designed to cater for the demands of the digital age.
I had only met Mark Dransfield once – at the retirement dinner of Manchester City Council’s inimitable leader Sir Howard Bernstein – before signing up to do this year’s leg of the Dransfield Foundation’s ride around Europe. I was warned by a mutual friend as to his persuasive character and charm. I should have taken heed!
When planning a study trip, there is often a long and heated debate as to where the team should go. The inevitable questions of budget, travel time and ‘fun factor’ all rear their heads and are discussed at length by the group. No such discussions here in Team Tub. Lead by Matthew Warner, the team were the first to plan their trip and laid claim to the Queen of Landscapes – Paris.
Emerging design proposals for Great Northern Square, Great Northern Warehouse and Deansgate Terrace are being shared with the public at an exhibition on Thursday 10th August, or Thursday 24th August 3pm – 8pm on the ground floor of the Great Northern Warehouse.
Liverpool Waters is set to welcome two new additions to its Princes Dock neighbourhood as part of the ambitious £5.5 billion waterfront regeneration project. Planning permission has been granted for Peel Land and Property’s Plaza 1821, for the Regenda Group, and Your Housing Group’s Hive City Docks.
As Urban Designers and Landscape Architects, we often deal with post-industrial sites. Whether small inner-city plots or vast swathes of abandoned land, sustainable transformation of these landscapes requires careful planning and imaginative design. With this in mind, the Urban Design team decided to dedicate their annual study trip to the exploration of Germany’s infamous rust-belt: the Ruhr Valley.
Exploiting nooks, crannies and undisturbed corners, pioneer plants have gradually colonised parts of our cityscapes. Frequently overlooked, but offering potential benefits to the environment within which they survive and thrive.
‘The Bruntwood Experiment’ considered how resilient urban plants could be utilised to green our cities, support biodiversity, and combat climate change. Could the alternative and accessible approach to horticultural also be a means of bringing people together and enhancing health and happiness?
Car ownership and how we drive them is changing; with impending implications for our streets. Short-term leasing of cars is becoming commonplace and autonomous driving is certain to be introduced over the coming years – A likely scenario would see vehicles circulating and remaining mobile.
Our streetscape proposals respond to the inescapable impact of the future car and the unintended consequence of freeing our town and cityscapes.
Working at Planit-IE during our year out couldn’t have provided us with a better insight into the landscape profession. We have both had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects throughout the year; ranging from parks and large public spaces, to streets and garden design.
I set up a weekly lunchtime yoga class soon after joining Planit-IE. I offered to take the class so I could practice teaching yoga, get to know my new colleagues and bring people together in an authentic way that reflects my personality – focusing on health and well-being.READ MORE
We are delighted that three Contractor’s work on Planit-IE schemes has been endorsed through this year’s BALI National Landscape Awards. Quality of workmanship and attention to detail are paramount in the delivery and translation of proposals from design to reality, as recognised by the landscape construction industry’s premier award scheme.
Completion of Liverpool Football Club’s expanded Main Stand was marked through an official opening. Planit Partner Lindsay Humblet and Principal Landscape Architect Georgina Baines were honored to attend the event alongside a host of Liverpool Legends, including Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush and Ian St John; Owners, Fenway Sport; Manager Jürgen Klopp; and Liverpool’s first elected Mayor, Joe Anderson.
Sketching is a timeless tradition – architects, artists, urbanists and casual observers have been drawing for as long as we’ve been observing, recording and designing our environment. It has been the designer’s favoured means of hashing out and exploring ideas throughout history. Unfettered by the rise of photography, tablets and other mediums; ink and graphite remains an essential tool for expressing ideas on-the-fly.
Liverpool City Council has unveiled its vision for the redevelopment of Walton Breck Road, which forms the latest phase of the Council’s ambitious £260m Anfield Regeneration Plan developed through a partnership with Your Housing Group and Liverpool Football Club.
Visualisation is a powerful tool when used to explore and communicate the reality of design proposals, particularly when integrated into live video footage or as a 360-degree view. Technology, and consequently expectations, advance quickly though; so we were intrigued to hear about Arup’s latest addition to the immersive experience arsenal – their SoundLab. Is ‘hearing is believing’ edging closer to the age old idiom ‘seeing is believing’?