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Plans for a New Retirement Village Are Awaiting Permission

Plans for a New Retirement Village Are Awaiting Permission

The proposed retirement village in Newton Mearns, Scotland, is awaiting planning permission. It will include 252 flats and houses, an 80-bed care home, a ‘multi-purpose village centre’, and associated loop road. Situated off Netherplace Road, the idea for the retirement village was conceived by Jewitt & Wilkie Architects on behalf of Newton Mearns Projects and it will accommodate exclusively the over 55s. The masterplan will occupy 6.2 hectares of land and its aim is to avoid the institutional appearance. For…

The Plans for a Walkway Under Thames Are Submitted

The Plans for a Walkway Under Thames Are Submitted

A proposal for a new footbridge along the bank of the River Thames in Chiswick, West London, has been submitted to planners and is awaiting future details. The curved structure designed by Moxon Architects would sit beneath the Grade II listed Barnes Bridge in Dukes Meadow. Joining the project will be CampbellReith consulting engineers. Moxon Architects described the structure as a “half-through truss form with distinctive bracing members angled to maximise oblique views to the river.” As well as encouraging…

The New Simon Sainsbury Centre in Cambridge Is Open

The New Simon Sainsbury Centre in Cambridge Is Open

Stirling Prize winning architect, Stanton Williams, has added a £21.5 million expansion to Cambridge University Judge Business School, turning the former hospital building into a new Simon Sainsbury Centre. It will provide an additional 5,000 square metres of teaching, meeting, and dining space. The project was partly supported by a generous donation from the Monument Trust, which was founded by Simon Sainsbury, one of the Business School’s original benefactors. The new Centre will offer a physical space for students, executives,…

Queensberry Properties Announced Dirleton Expansion

Queensberry Properties Announced Dirleton Expansion

Queensberry Properties have announced their plans to build 32 houses and four flats on four hectares of land on the outskirts of Dirleton, East Lothian, Scotland. The properties will be located in a conservation area at Castlemains Place and the project aims to maximise the views of the castle. The plan will see a newly laid street to enclose a landscaped strip of planting, with accommodation, steading, and courtyard elements arranged across lane. The design of the new housing project…

Hotel Indigo Opens a New Hotel in Italy

Hotel Indigo Opens a New Hotel in Italy

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the biggest hotel companies in the world, has announced the signing of the third Hotel Indigo in Italy. Hotel Indigo Venice – Sant’Elena will operate under a franchise agreement with H.n.H. Hotels & Resorts S.p.A and will open in 2019. Hotel Indigo Venice – Sant’Elena is located next to the ‘Rio Sant’ Elena’ canal which is within walking distance to the Castello district and a 15-minute walk from St Marco Square. The Castello district…

Maven Property Offers a £4.6m Funding to Ambassador Homes

Maven Property Offers a £4.6m Funding to Ambassador Homes

Maven Property, a leading private equity and property manager, has decided to offer a £4.6 million fund to two residential property schemes, in conjunction with Ambassador Homes, the Scottish housebuilder. The sites are located in Renfrew and Clackmannan and they will see the development of 94 private houses and 35 affordable homes. Both locations are experiencing a significant new-build housing demand and the developments forecast a total sales value of £20.6 million. Maven initially offered a bank development loan of…

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Will Undergo a £50m Expansion

The plans to expand Yorkshire Wildlife Park were approved by Doncaster Council and a further 300 new jobs will be created. The scheme consists of 150 acres of land being transformed into an extension to the park in order to improve facilities and broaden the species that are cared for there. “We are really pleased to hear the outline planning for the expansion has been granted. This is great because it’s going to create plenty more jobs for the local…

Edinburgh Marina Will Start Working on Its Retirement Scheme

Edinburgh Marina Will Start Working on Its Retirement Scheme

The £500 million Edinburgh Marina development has secured planning permission for the waterside retirement living scheme. It will have its own bistro, sauna, and private cinema, resembling a retirement village. ‘Living for Retirement’ is an exclusively over 55s place and it comprises 104 apartments with their own dedicated quest accommodation, concierge, private storage, and parking within a private landscaped garden. Designed by architects Wilson and Gunn, the complex will be part of Edinburgh Marina spanning 28 hectares. It will be…

Hilton is planning a new hotel launch in London’s Stratford

Hilton is planning a new hotel launch in London’s Stratford

Hilton has signed a franchise agreement with the Gantry Group to open a new 18-storey hotel in Stratford. It is a joint venture between Black Friar Holdings and a £1.1 billion institutional investor. The London Gantry hotel will be located opposite Stratford International train station and it will be among the best-connected hotels in East London. It will feature 285 rooms, restaurant spaces, and a sky bar with views across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice President,…

A shopping centre receives a £90 million investment

A shopping centre receives a £90 million investment

Ashford Designer Outlet in Kent will start its expansion this month after being appointed a £90 million investment with McLaren Construction. The plan will include 50 new brand stores and a food piazza, creating 500 jobs across the centre. The centre opened in 2000, measuring 185,000 sq. ft. and it is home to the largest tented retail structure. It was designed by the architect Richard Rogers who is famous for the Lloyd’s building in London and The O2 Arena. The…