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September 20 2004

Urban design and landscape practice Gillespies has won an award for excellence from The Congress for the New Urbanism at their annual event in Chicago. The practice’s public realm projects for Grainger Town in Newcastle and Buchanan Street and Royal Exchange Square in Glasgow City Centre were praised by judges as “excellent examples of fostering a sense of place”.

Sport stadia specialist ArupSport has been appointed to design a new world class UEFA stadium for the Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk FC, who are competing in this year’s Champions League. The 50,000 capacity stadium will have has a circular bowl structure and a lightweight space frame roof. Site works will begin in April 2005, with the completion targeted to allow games to be played at the stadium from the start of season 2007/2008.

Manchester architectural firm AFL has appointed David Simister as associate director. David was previously associate director at another Manchester practice, Stephenson Bell, and has over 30 years of industry experience. AFL now employs over 50 people and is planning to recruit further staff at both architect and technologist level.

Architect Mark Bennett has joined Liverpool interior design company Team a go-go. Mr Bennett is formerly of award-winning national practice The Owen Ellis Partnership and will lead the company’s drive to provide a full interior and exterior architect service.

Sinclair Knight Merz has merged with engineering consultancy firm Anthony Hunt Associates to form a new structural and civil engineering practice, SKM Anthony Hunts. Their operations in Edinburgh, Manchester and London will be combined, and two new offices will be added in Cirencester and Sheffield.

Chester-based McCormick Architecture has appointed Lisa Humphreys as its new senior interior designer, expanding the company’s interior design service. Lisa will handle all aspects of commercial and domestic interior projects.

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