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WHITELAW TURKINGTON

UK ARCHITECTURE/ MIPIM 2006

Whitelaw Turkington is one of the UK's leading firms of landscape architects, providing consultancy services throughout the UK and overseas.

Established in 1991, the practice now employs more than 40 staff in offices in central London and West Yorkshire; a new office will also open in Dublin this month. Annual turnover stands at around £2.3 million.

Whitelaw Turkington undertakes landscape masterplanning, environmental-impact assessment and scheme design for major projects in commercial and residential development, education, healthcare and leisure. It works across a broad spectrum of development and mixed-use projects where it plans, designs and manages the creation of environments for business, the home, public life, education and leisure.

In its public-realm work in renewal and regeneration it has built a reputation for the design of parks, streetscapes and public spaces. Whitelaw Turkington has a strong track record of providing design solutions that enrich the landscape and enhance people's lives. Its design philosophy focuses on creating memorable places with a distinct identity, clear spatial form and sensitive integration within the local context. People are at the heart of the approach. The practice works hard to understand and meet the needs of its clients and those of the diverse communities whose world it helps to shape.

Past work includes the competition-winning Woolwich Riverside Park and St Paul's Green, a new pedestrian route and park in Hammersmith that won five awards. Among current projects are the Millennium Dome Square at North Greenwich, London - a new public square to complement AEG's cultural venue opening in 2007. Millennium Square will act as the gateway to the new entertainment destination at the Dome and will be the focal point around which the new commercial district on the peninsula will evolve. In addition to the 340,000m 2 of employment space, cafés, restaurants and featured works of art, special events and performances will be staged regularly, creating a vibrant outdoor space equivalent in size to Leicester Square.

The design incorporates a sweeping canopy linking North Greenwich station to the Dome entrance, a performance stage, substantial tree planting and water features. A 56m-tall 'mast' will be a permanent art installation and provide a strong visual reference from all parts of the peninsula. High-quality granite paving, animated with lights and concentric patterns reflecting both the curvature of the dome structure and the Greenwich Meridian Line, crosses the peninsula while dramatic lighting helps bring the square alive at night.

Other current projects include Gillett Square in Dalston, London, which is one of the Mayor of London's 100 spaces for London, and a substantial regeneration in Dartford town centre.

Contact: Amanda Recknell, 33 Stannary Street, London SE11 4AA, tel 020 7820 0388, fax 020 7587 3839, email: post@wtlondon. com, web www. wtlandscape. com

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