Architect proposes design competition for new home of parliament

Architect Norman Foster has made a proposal that if parliament’s uppermost chamber is rehomed in York from London, an architectural design competition should be held to create plans.

In a recent letter to The Times newspaper, Foster wrote:

“If the House of Lords is to be relocated North, we must use the power of architecture to express our political and economic ambitions.”

He then added that in order to design the building:

“…an architectural competition, backed by a clear brief, would be the place to start”.

The letter was written in direct response to UK government plans involving moving the House of Lords out of London to a Northern city on a permanent basis. Recent reports state that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has requested government officials investigate relocating the upper chamber outside of the capital and research the practicalities involved. The city of York has been identified as a strong contender for the new location, with a site near the railway station earmarked as a possibility.

Architects in Chester, Macclesfield, Wirral and other parts of the North should keep an eye on the headlines for official confirmation if the design competition is approved.

The present plan for parliament’s upper chamber is to base it temporarily in Conference Centre of the Queen Elizabeth II situated near the Palace of Westminster, although a plan to relocate the chamber permanently is being reviewed.

The current plan is for the House of Lords to be temporarily based within the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, which is located close to the Palace of Westminster.

City council seeks permission for sustainable new builds

A council has made a bid to create a sustainable residential development on local farm land.

Based at Chase Farm in Mapperley, Nottinghamshire, the site has been set aside by the City Council of Nottingham for the residential proposal.

The planning committee of Gedling Borough Council will make its final ruling on the planning application before the end of January. Officers for the Council have pledged their support for the scheme with a recommendation that it should be given a green light.

If approved, the project will include construction of 19 individual apartments and 27 houses. A document from the council published ahead of a final decision states:

“The principle of the development accords with the objectives of national and local planning policies. It is considered that the site could be used for residential development without causing undue harm to visual and residential amenity, highway safety, ecological interests or flooding.”

Architects in Macclesfield, Nottingham, Nantwich and other parts of the UK working on building projects and extensions must always keep their schemes in line with planning policies specific to the region in which they are working.

The new development has been described as a housing scheme of high quality and sustainability. Public amenities and transport links are well positioned close by to the proposed new build community.

It has also been designed to integrate with the current settlement pattern present in the area and be respectful of the local environment. The redevelopment will combine landscaping and green spaces along with affordable but well-made homes.

Net-zero offices in Liverpool and Manchester are UK first

Office buildings throughout Greater Manchester and Liverpool are included in a new portfolio of verified net-zero carbon properties.

Their status has been confirmed in line with the national Green Building Council’s (UKGBC) net-zero standard, representing a first for the United Kingdom.

The portfolio, featuring 11 office properties, is managed by Peel L&P. It includes The Alex, The Vic, Quay West, The Venus, Quay West, and Princes Dock at Liverpool Waters. Peel L&P is based in Manchester with its head office in the Trafford Centre, itself a net-zero carbon certified site.

The company has attained net-zero carbon standards through building properties to BREEAM standards from the offset, investing in energy efficiency and balancing emissions remaining with a scheme for planting new trees based in the north west of England.

Building sustainable constructions is an ever increasing necessity for architects in Chester, Manchester, Liverpool and other cities when drawing up designs. Not only is it vital for the future of architecture, but it’s also essential in order to comply with current governmental goals and legislation.

Mayor for Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham commented:

“If we are to deliver on our carbon neutral commitment for 2038, published in our five-year environment plan, we need to urgently make deep cuts in emissions from our building stock.”

Director for sustainability at Peel L&P, Jo Holden, stated the firm will be vigilant. Each of the properties that have been newly verified will be reassessed annually in a bid to maintain and expand the quantity of net-zero properties in its portfolio.

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