Journal

Smart phone screen showing AR and Lowry Centre

Working in a new reality

Monday 4th November, 2019

by Anna Beatham

Recently, I stepped out of the office and into the virtual world to create a 3D Lowry inspired painting that appears when using augmented reality and a specialised app.

I learnt how to use virtual reality and augmented reality in the design and programming of public spaces, a fascinating CPD ran by Mark Jackson of Place Jam and Dr Jessica Symons of Visioning Lab.

As technology advances, our connection to and interaction with public spaces changes.

Technology can now enhance our experience of a place and create new ways of interaction with the landscape – just look at Pokemon go!

Our view of reality will one day be a more prominent blend of technology and nature where individuals can connect to the city through virtual experiences. Elements such as history, heritage, art and navigation can be brought alive through a virtual plain.

Hopefully this will increase use of spaces, encourage people to be more active and engage and empower communities.

Pumpkin carving competition

Pumpkin Carving Competition

Thursday 31st October, 2019

We had a pumpkin carving competition in the studio at XYZ… and we won! Much fun had by all. 

Check out our saved story ‘Halloween’ on Instagram for our winning design (surprisingly it features trees…)

Handprints

Wednesday 20th February, 2019

These precious handprints have been created by some of the children at Claire House Children’s Hospice in Clatterbridge. We are creating a garden for the hospice on behalf of Greenfingers Charity and will be including these handprints in a colourful canopy called the Creation Station. What a special project this is to us.

Church Wharf Unveiled

Friday 11th January, 2019

Currently at the pre-application stage, plans for Church Wharf, a new £150m neighbourhood in the heart of Bolton, have been unveiled. We have been working closely with Muse Developments, Bolton Council and AEW Architects to create a landscape masterplan to support this residential-led mixed use development including around 320 homes as well as the potential for a hotel, offices, and ground-floor retail and commercial space.

The landscape includes proposals to restore a modified channelled river and create a distinctive place incorporating a river walk, viewing platforms and a terrace with seating steps down to the water.

A public consultation will be held later this month followed by a planning submission in spring.

SGD Finalist 2019!

Friday 28th September, 2018

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we’re a finalist for the Society of Garden Designers Awards 2019 for Moneypenny HQ! Even more reason for us to dance into the weekend…SGD-finalist-2019_saved-for-web

SGD Award Winner!

Monday 5th February, 2018

So THRILLED to win an award at the Society of Garden Designers Awards for our Hale Garden design, what an honour! Thank you SGD, and thank you Hardscape for hosting, and thank you Green-tech for presenting the award. Chuffed to bits!

SGD Award Finalist 2017

Thursday 28th September, 2017

We are SO EXCITED to be named as a finalist for the Society of Garden Design Awards 2017. We have been shortlisted in the Paper Landscapes category for the Hale Garden in Cheshire, read more about it here

Chuffed to bits!

Alder Hey Bereavement Centre finalist

Monday 14th August, 2017

We are so thrilled to have been part of the brilliant design team, led by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, that was shortlisted to design a new centre for bereavement counselling services for those affected by the death of a child within the Alder Hey Health Park in Liverpool.

It was such a special project that could not fail to touch your heart. We designed a landscape that aimed to provide a sheltered and reflective refuge, offering a place to grieve and escape and to connect people with nature.

The image above is by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. More on the scheme here and here.

HRH The Prince of Wales visits Moneypenny!

Monday 17th July, 2017

The Prince of Wales officially opens Moneypenny’s headquarters, seen here walking through the verbenas and flowering grasses at the entrance. We are very proud!

Photograph: Moneypenny

Croydon iStreet Competition

Friday 7th July, 2017

Much excitement in the studio today. We are incredibly thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Architects’ Journal Croydon iStreet Competition.

CW Studio put together a brilliant design team of creative fun people, including Falconer Chester Hall Architects, Chris Mullany Creative Technologist and Light Collective, with suppliers Vestre Street Furniture & Hardscape.

We are now developing our interactive street concept for the next stage and look forward to sharing our designs with you.

So proud to be on such an amazing shortlist!

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