Bespoked 2014
The UK Handmade Bicycle Show

11th – 13th April 2014, Lee Valley Velopark, London.

Bespoked is Europe’s leading Handmade Bicycle Show, celebrating the craft of beautiful bicycles. The exhibitor list for this April’s show reveals it will bring together many of the greatest artisan bicycle builders in the world, in an exceptional new venue at the Lee Valley VeloPark – home of the track cycling, BMX and Paralympic track cycling during the London 2012 Olympic games.

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Exhibitors will include many from the heritage of UK framebuilding – esteemed names such as Brian Rourke, Condor, Roberts, Mercian, Longstaff, Swallow and Woodrup‘s – alongside an array of amazing young talent building upon this tradition – Feather, Donhou, Field, Saffron and Oak, to name just a few.

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Wildflower Meadows Are
A Wildlife Haven

This week we met James and Clare Hewetson-Brown of Wildflower Turf Ltd, North Hampshire. Wildflower Turf provide practical and beautiful solutions for bio-diverse habitat creation. This year they’ve had their hands full creating flowerscapes for the spectacular rural sequences of the London Olympic opening ceremony.

The goal of their business is to apply innovative technology for results that benefit the environment and the natural world that lives there. Last year, when they were approached by the landscape designers and ecologists involved with the Olympics, the Wildflower Turf team were super-impressed with the stringent environmental standards they were tasked to achieve. The aim was for a Breeam Excellent Standard and they were not only challenged with creating spectacular blooms, bang on time, their brief covered projects in various expanses around the park, including shady planting for wooded areas.

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Olympic Stadium Shortlisted For 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize

The shortlist for the prestigious 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize celebrates the best of new British architecture. The list features six exceptional and completely different buildings from across the UK. The shortlisted buildings will be judged on a range of criteria including; design vision, innovation and originality, accessibility and sustainability, how fit the building is for purpose and the level of client satisfaction.

The list includes; the seemingly simple yet highly innovative London Olympic Stadium, the thoughtful and intimate Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Glasgow, the stunningly original Hepworth Wakefield gallery in Yorkshire, the beautifully detailed and rule-breaking Sainsbury Laboratory for plant science in Cambridge, the New Court Rothschild Bank in London that rises high whilst opening new views at street level, and the crafted and careful reincarnation of the Lyric Theatre on a small suburban site in Belfast. All are in the running for the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize.

LONDON OLYMPIC STADIUM
Architects: Populous

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