South-west

Free thinker Daniel Libeskind will be speaking this Saturday (October 15) at the Cheltenham Literary Festival on his career and his latest project: Ground Zero in New York. His talk, sponsored by RIBA Wessex, will be one of a programme discussing freedom in contemporary society. The talk will be at the Town Hall at noon.

  • Media hopefuls Sustainable buildings specialist White Design submitted a planning application this week for its Archimedia centre (pictured above) in Knowle, Bristol. The £3.5 million multimedia centre will feature recording studios, a theatre and workshops, all built around a large atrium. It has been funded with private investment, Regional Development Agency and government match funding, and money from the European Union.
  • Regeneration panel The Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company (GHURC) this week established a design review panel to set design standards for the city’s regeneration. The panel of architects, designers, town planners and heritage specialists will work with city planners and local organisations. GHURC aims to secure £1 billion of private sector investment in the next 10 years to regenerate areas of Gloucester.
  • School plan Bude-based Bazeley Partnership has designed a £1.5 million village school for Devon County Council. The site of the four-classroom structure, which has planning permission, is open land next to the grade II* listed Winsford community centre, a former hospital designed by Charles Voysey.
  • Superstore green-light Aedas has received planning permission for its Symes Avenue project in south Bristol, subject to a Section 106 agreement. The Morrisons development will include a superstore, library, community centre, parade of shops and landscaping work to existing council property.
  • Movement at marina Show homes have been opened and the first units sold at the Dart Marina development in Dartmouth, designed by Kay Elliot architects. The remainder of the 45 houses and apartments at the waterfront site, worth £1 million each, will be completed in the next two months. The landscape architect is the Rathbone Partnership.
  • Sustainability conference Creating Excellence, the South-west regional centre of excellence for sustainable communities, is holding its annual conference from October 20 to 21 at the Plymouth Pavilions. Speakers include Peter Jones of Urban Splash, and Peter Roberts, chair of the Academy for Sustainable Communities.