Green Planning Studio at Grand Designs Live 2015

Gran Designs Live - NEC 2015

Green Planning Studio will be exhibiting at Grand Designs Live 2015 which returns to Birmingham’s NEC from the 8-11 October.  Running for 4 days the event will be packed with over 500 exhibitors, across six different sections where you can take away ideas and inspiration for your very own GRAND design.

Green Planning Studio will be located in the Build section offering advice on obtaining planning permission in areas of constraint and supporting architectural services. Ruth, Ian and Lucy will be available to assist with your enquires. Ruth and Ian have previously been experts at both the Homebuilding and Renovation show and at Grand Designs Live as regular visitors to our website will know.

New T-pylon structure impresses competition judges | National Grid

The original judging panel behind the new T-pylon design has visited National Grid’s training academy in Eakring for a first glimpse of the fully-constructed towers.

Since the international design competition (organised by theDECC, RIBA and National Grid) was held in 2011, work has progressed rapidly, resulting in a family of six T-pylons spanning a small part of the Nottinghamshire countryside.

Source: New T-pylon structure impresses competition judges | National Grid

Director of Green Planning Studio Ltd, Ruth Reed, was one of the original Judges for the competition in 2011 to find a new design to replace the traditional Lattice Pylon. Ruth is featured in the National Grid video above and is pictured right in the photograph


Broadband and Telephone upgrades

For a few days Green Planning Studio has been undergoing upgrades to its Internet connection and Telephone system.

Our Broadband has been upgraded to Fibre on two lines and our existing ISDN telephone lines have been switched to Fibre Broadband as well. This gives us great capacity to exchange data and for making and receiving calls.

With the telephone system upgrade we can handle more concurrent calls making us more available when you can.

All of these upgrades will help us to work more effectively on your behalf.

Green Planning return to Grand Designs Live

Green Planning Studio will be at Grand Designs Live at Excel London on 8th May.
The show offers visitors a unique opportunity to see all the latest trends for the home as well as many products never seen before.

Ruth Reed and Ian Leighton will once again be on hand in the Ask an Expert are to answer all of your project and self-build questions in free 30 minute sessions.

You can book an expert appointment with Ruth Reed or Ian Leighton by clicking on the links:

Ruth ReedRuth Reed

Ian LeightonIain Leighton


Green Planning Studio at Homebuilding and Renovating Show

Ruth Reed (back right) at the Ask the Architect stand at the Bath and West Homebuilding and Renovating Show 2013
Ruth Reed (back right) at the Ask the Architect stand at the Bath and West Homebuilding and Renovating Show 2013

Green Planning Studio will be on hand at the Homebuilding and Renovating show 2015, the UK’s biggest Self Build show, in the Ask the Architects area at the NEC on Thursday 26 March.

GPS will be represented at HomeBuilding and Renovating in the Ask the Architects area by Ruth Reed and Ian Leighton, who will be available to give FREE advice and support during 15 minute consultations.

Ruth ReedRuth is an architect with a career that spans public and private practice and the Planning Inspectorate. She was the first woman president of the Royal Institute of British Architects and continues to represent the profession in planning matters. She is author of the latest RIBA guide to planning.


Ian LeightonIan Leighton is an architect with a wealth of experience in producing designs to meet the clients requirements; obtaining Planning and Building Regulation approvals; ensuring the works are completed by competent contractors on time and in budget. He can also advice on contractual claims and disputes and provide expert reports.

Ruth and Ian have previously been experts at both Homebuilding and Renovation show and at Grand Designs Live.

Ian Leighton joins Green Planning Studio as Senior Architect

Ian LeightonIan Leighton BA BArch RIBA has joined Green Planning Studio as Senior Architect.

Ian graduated from Liverpool University School of Architecture with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Architecture and with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree. He was registered as an Architect in 1979, and elected as a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1980.

Ian’s experience prior to joining Green Planning Studio has included working in Private Practice and for a Local Authority Architects Department and as Senior Architect for a Major Contractors Architects Department prior to setting up his own practice in October 1985.

Over the intervening 30 years Ian has had experience of surveying properties; producing scheme designs; submitting and negotiating Planning and Listed Building Consent Applications including Planning Appeals; preparing Building Regulation Applications, preparing working drawings and specifications and schedules of work; the preparation and presentation of pre-contract documentation; advising parties on a suitable form of Building Contract; obtaining contractual tenders; the appointment of suitable contractors and sub-contractors; the administration of building contracts; interim and final payments; dealing with contractual claims; preparation of expert reports and appearing as an expert witness; office management including resource allocation; preparation of technical reports and articles for publication and the evaluation of new products and services as well as teaching.

All the above experience has been gained in connection with the architectural, building and related computer aided design field.

Ruth’s Town Planning Book Published

Town Planning: RIBA Plan of Work 2013 Guide
Town Planning: RIBA Plan of Work 2013 Guide

Green Planning Studio Ltd are very please to announce the publication of a new book written by one of our directors, namely, Ruth Reed. The book entitled “Town Planning: The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 Guide”  is part of a series of books providing must-read practical guidance on running efficient and successful projects. Each book in the series tackles a core project task and explains the essential activities and considerations at each stage of the new Plan of Work – the definitive UK model for the building design and construction process produced by the RIBA.

Ruth’s book is focused on the associated planning policy and process of Town Planning and is sure to be considered an authoritative guide based on her considerable expertise in planning.

Her book has a forward from the Government’s Chief Planner. Extract from forward by Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner, Department for Communities and Local Government:

‘This guide usefully charts the planning processes against the stages of the RIBA Plan of Work 2013, setting out the routes to achieving consent for development and the strategies that can be adopted, and their implications for project timescales and budgets.’

Each book provides many hints and tips for projects large and small.  Easy to use and navigate and in a small and handy format, these guides will provide the ultimate quick reference support in the office and or on site for all practitioners.