Let’s face it, the British summer this year was a wash out – well it certainly was in the north east of England! However, this didn’t dampen our spirits as it meant the OOBE designed rain gardens at our recently completed scheme for Newcastle University were put to the test! OOBE led the redevelopment of King’s Road, the main campus artery for the University which was completed just in time for prospective new students attending Open Day. We can’t wait to see it next summer when the grasses and perennial planting will really start to make an impact.

OOBE’s competition winning proposals for the King’s Road pedestrianisation project were led by three key objectives create a pedestrian focused environment, develop a sustainable approach to current surface water and flooding problems, and provide a flexible, multi-functional environment. The project is currently featured in the ‘Rethinking the Urban Landscape Exhibition’, curated by The Building Centre and the Landscape Institute. The touring exhibition exemplifies how landscape architecture can offer sustainable solutions to the big challenges facing urban society including flooding. It was recently showcased at Ecobuild and is now travelling across the UK until March 2016, currently resident in Sheffield Winter Garden from 23rd Nov – 13th December 2015.