North West Remanufacturing Park

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Fri, 01/03/2003
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  • Energy
  • Research
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Supported by the NWDA and Greater Manchester Waste Ltd, URBED and Sustainability North West teamed up during 2003-04 to work up a concept for, and test the feasibility of, establishing a recycling-based industrial park in the North West. Activities within the park could focus on the recycling of secondary materials into high value products, potentially consisting of over 250k sq ft of industrial space with the potential to create over 1,000 'green collar' jobs.

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Bury But Better

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Mon, 06/10/2002
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  • Masterplanning
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URBED has led a consultancy team including King Sturge and TPP to develop a vision and strategy for Bury town centre as part of the review of the Unitary Development Plan. This has since been used to guide the development pressure that Bury is experiencing.

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City of Villages

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Thu, 11/01/2001
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  • Publication
  • Research
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London's suburbs cover almost two thirds of its area and provide homes for more than half its population. They are vital to its economic, social and environmental sustainability and contribute much to London's unique character as a city made up of a series of villages. This report was commissioned to assess the state of London's suburbs and to develop policies to secure their long-term future. In particular it asked: Are there London suburbs that are at risk of decline and if so why? Which suburban areas are thriving and why? How can suburban London become more sustainable?

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Cliveden Hospital Masterplan

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Tue, 12/12/2000
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  • Masterplanning
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Organic Cities

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Wed, 10/11/2000
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These plans of Manchester were drawn for an exhibition in CUBE (Centre for the Understanding of the Built Environment) in Manchester in 2002. They were blown up to 2m square panels and entirely filled one of the galleries. They were later updated for CUBE's 2005 retrospective exhibition and have been used at the start of many of URBED's presentations because they so clearly sum up the story of British cities.

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Tapping the Potential

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Fri, 03/10/2000
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  • Publication
  • Research
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The reason for our interest in urban housing capacity was a frustration at the insistence of many planning authorities that they had no room for any more housing. A couple of years earlier we had been commissioned by Friends of the Earth to write a polemic on the capacity of English towns to accommodate housing growth. The government shared our frustration and asked us to convert the research into a good practice guide to help local authorities measure capacity more accurately. The report above is the result.

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Building the 21st Century Home: The Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood - 1999 Edition

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Sat, 01/02/1999
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  • Publication
  • Research
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Throughout the second half of the 1990s we spent a lot of our time undertaking research and writing on urbanism. It was a time when the debate about urban design and development raged between those like ourselves who believed in cities and those that were content with the dispersal and suburbanisation of new housing in the name of consumer choice.

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Hulme Park

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Wed, 07/15/1998
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  • Consultation
  • Green Infrastructure
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The Zion Square 'The six ages of Hulme' represent memories and local important events through a series of steel panels images cast directly into trenches at pavement level. The Treasure Island play area was designed and constructed by a local design and construction cooperative Build for Change. Gates, furniture, the Sea Dragon and other play structures were created and designed by local school children. The Activity area surfacing, along with a mosaic path, was designed by a local artist with the participation of Proctors Youth Club.

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But Would You Live There?

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Wed, 06/10/1998
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  • Publication
  • Research
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One of the arguments against the urban renaissance was always that people didn't want to live in cities - that professionals were imposing their urban nightmare vision on an unwilling public. We with MORI and Bristol University were therefore commissioned by the Task Force to undertake a series of extended focus groups to better understand people's attitudes to urban areas and how amenable these views were to being changed.

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Grainger Town

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Sat, 06/06/1998
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  • Guidance
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We were commissioned to prepare a guide for the Grainger Town district of Newcastle. This is a wonderful district, including the celebrated Grey Street. It could be seen as one of the last great Georgian planned neighbourhoods even though it was built in the 1830s and therefore many years after better known examples like Edinburgh New Town. The area had once been the heart of Newcastle City Centre but by the mid 1990s was run down and losing both its retail and office role.

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