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.
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.
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.