Five things you need to know this week

The biggest placemaking stories from the past seven days, including the unveiling of updated design proposals for a new bridge across the River Thames.

A finalist design for a new bridge over the River Thames from a team led by Ove Arup & Partners
A finalist design for a new bridge over the River Thames from a team led by Ove Arup & Partners

The latest design proposals for a planned pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Thames have been unveiled as part of a design competition by Wandsworth Council. The proposed bridge is intended to connect Pimlico and Nine Elms. Four teams were shortlisted earlier this year, but their proposals have now been developed further, the council said. The winners will be named later this year by a panel of judges, which includes Pam Alexander, chair of Cabe at the Design Council.

More than 100 teams will be set up to help revive England’s seaside towns, coastal communities minister Mark Francois has announced. The government will provide more than £1 million to fund the Coastal Community Teams, which will be tasked with helping to coordinate regeneration projects in their area. The teams can also bid for a share of a £3 million Coastal Revival Fund for projects that support or restore local heritage, as well as facilities that benefit the community and local economy. 

Town centres across Wales are in line to share £5 million of Welsh government funding to push forward regeneration initiatives. The Welsh government said seven local authorities would be loaned the capital funding for up to 15 years. The Town Centre Loan will be shared by town centres in Tredegar, Rhymney, Grangetown, Llanelli, Rhyl, Caernarfon and Barry. The Welsh government said the local authorities had been identified as areas with a high level of deprivation and in need of support.

A developer has been appointed to bring forward a "co-housing" initiative, that is intended to allow future residents to design and deliver a new community. Developer TOWNhus has been appointed to bring forward the Orchard Park project, which will comprise around 40 homes, a large shared garden, play and relaxation areas, and as shared 'common house' where residents will eat together. 

An £800,000 fund aimed at boosting physical activity levels among Scotland’s least active groups has been launched as part of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games’ legacy, the Scottish Government has announced. It said around 21 per cent of people in Scotland are considered inactive, which means they do less than 30 minutes of exercise a week. It said the groups most at risk of inactivity include those with a disability or long-term health condition and older people.


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