5 Things Outerspace Learnt from CambridgeAugust 2018
Outerspace went on a bike ride in Cambridge, stopping at 4 sites along the way. Adobe, Accordia, Aura and Eddington: the North West Cambridge student scheme developed by Cambridge University. The sites are hailed as having ‘an eye for details and the big picture in the landscape and the architecture’ RIBA (Accordia). The residents of Accordia praise the green spaces and the Stirling judging panel says it is ‘a new model for outside-inside life’. Overall the sites were very impressive and clearly all have shown commitment to how the landscape looks, and connects with the area around it. Aside from gaining lots of inspiration, the following top 5 things were noted by the group:-
- Streetscapes that combined a balance of ‘simplicity with interest’ and ‘overall consistency with personalisation of dwellings’ worked best
- Planting palette should be limited to groundcovers, low shrubs (500-800m max) and trees. Taller shrubs tend to block visibility
- Opportunity to brand neighbourhoods through bespoke furniture such as grilles and screens (patterning etc)
- Large developments needs shops to bring people together and create a social focus. Community facilities were OK but more ‘corner shops’ would enhance the feel no end.
- The staggered street layouts and interrupted views made for a richer and engaging streetscape (picture show)
Celebrating 10 years at OuterspaceAugust 2018
Congratulations to Bianka who is celebrating 10 years at Outerspace. When Bianka joined she was part of a team of 4 working in offices in Hampton Court. Growing her role within the company, Bianka is now an Associate working on some of our most prestigious projects. The company is now 12 strong and working in a different, more diverse industry than 10 years ago. We look forward to celebrating many more work anniversary’s with Bianka.
Clean Air Day 21.06.18June 2018
Clean air day 2018. Here at the Boathouse, we encourage all our staff to walk, cycle, run or get the bus to work. We have provided bike sheds and stands for many bikes to make the decision to ride to work an easy one. When we look at the large scale residential projects we are working on, car parking is still seen as a key element on every scheme. The future is obviously still car based, despite the ambition of some of the sites to provide better cycling paths and green areas to promote clean air. Perhaps the combination of electric cars, whose popularity is growing and growing, thanks to government grants, choice of car available and charging points – meaning 155,000 plug in vehicles are now on the road. The emerging business of renting bikes for a single journey, via an app, and a code to ‘start’ the bike; effectively negating the use of bike stands by just leaving them where the journey ends is a really promising introduction to enable choice for the end user, having to use other transport such as trains or buses, but may use the bikes for the start or end of a journey. The OBike https://www.o.bike/uk, even lets you know how much carbon you have saved at the end of your journey. Obviously much more needs to be done to tackle such a large problem, but these two trends are promising.
Pia promoted to Senior Landscape ArchitectJune 2018
Congratulations to Pia for her promotion to Senior Landscape Architect at Outerspace. Pia has worked with Outerspace on many of our projects and recently on Heathside and Lethbridge; an affordable housing scheme by Peabody. Pia also sits on the Outerspace CPD and soft planting groups
Greenwich Square block 3May 2018
Surprising image on Google earth of the Greenwich Square development shows what has been built so far and what we are currently working on. So far we have completed the piazza, phase 1, phase 2, and we are now working on phase 3 (this bit looks like the car park on the picture).
Goodbye RoryApril 2018
Good luck and goodbye to Rory who left Outerspace on Friday after 3 half years with us.
We wish him all the best in his new job, and hope they have table tennis at his new place of employment!