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Coming up: Birmingham Grand Central store to become office

Hammerson and Make Architects get the go ahead for a sustainable repurposing of the former department store.

Opinion: We can't create gender-inclusive cities without a gendered perspective in planning policy

Many women feel unsafe walking alone in cities after dark but planning policy is largely failing to respond to gender-specific needs, writes Olivia Docker.

Review: Housing estate redevelopment in the city

Orchard Gardens, which is part of south London's Heygate Estate, successfully bridges the transition between the low rise existing housing and high street and new high rise buildings, finds David Edwards.

Case study: Restoring and repurposing industrial heritage

Restoration of Shrewsbury's internationally significant Flaxmill Maltings has given it a new purpose as a flexible hub for work, leisure and social enterprise, finds Josephine Smit.

Coming up: Go ahead for Huddersfield's culture-led regeneration

Kirklees Council is creating a cultural heart in Huddersfield town centre, with new library, public square and other facilities.

Advice: Promoting reuse of retail parks for housing

Redevelopment of retail parks for housing can offer a useful source of housing sites for local authorities, but it's important design of new schemes creates a sense of place, finds Ben Kochan.

Coming up: Green light for revamp of Manchester's Great Northern Warehouse

Historic Great Northern Warehouse is set to become sustainable workspace as part of mixed use development.

Review: Innovating with rural housing development

The new village of Lovedon Fields has been built to generous proportions using traditional materials, but developer Kevin McCloud's HAB over-promised and underperformed, finds Steven Bee.

Coming up: Watford council to open town hall to community

Architect Feilden Clegg Bradley's plans for listed building include new home for local museum, cafe and SME workspace.

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