CELEBRATIN 50 YEARS OG LANDSCAPEF
Landscape Architecture staff, students and alumni celebrating the opening of the 50 Years of Landscape exhibition, held at the Rose Bowl building on 19th October 2016.
The Architecture of Landscape â€“ 50 years Introduction We are proud to be celebrating 50 years of landscape architecture education at Leeds Beckett. Itâ€™s a time to reflect on the achievements of our courses and its graduates, and point the way forward to the creative challenges that lie ahead. The celebrations have included a range of events such as exhibitions, lectures and debates. They have explored, through the eyes of staff and alumni our landscape courses and the principles and processes relating to the design of the landscape. Landscape education has now been offered at Leeds Beckett University for 50 years and during this time more than a thousand graduates and colleagues associated with the landscape courses have contributed in very positive ways to landscape development throughout the world. The events have focused on the why and how to design landscapes across a range of scales and situations including garden art and design, landscape and urban design and environmental planning. What constitutes successful landscape architecture has been a recurring question. From education to practice At Leeds Beckett University the theoretical basis for landscape architecture is largely taught through design action and this creates a strong bridge between the academic environment and landscape practice beyond university. Within an educational framework students are encouraged to develop their own philosophies and approaches to landscape design and to focus on projects that will inform their future careers. This has resulted in a broad spectrum of post education practice work spanning the period 1966 to 2016 that has been designed and implemented in various ways, through practices large and small, in the UK and international settings. Review of achievements and lessons for the future It is timely to review many of these achievements, to celebrate the profession of landscape architecture and the contribution of designers through a wide range of landscape projects. Unlike the products of other design disciplines landscape develops and changes over time and schemes will often take 50 or more years to mature, and may evolve through a number of stages and in a variety of ways. In this way the architecture of landscape is unique and by reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of projects, lessons can inform students and practitioners who will be designing landscapes of the future. Themes to be covered From the start, our landscape courses at Leeds Beckett University have been organised in relation to a number of key themes including creative design processes and visual communication; landscape ecology and the living world; the importance of place and place-making; responding to human needs through the involvement of communities and the use of landscape technology in innovative ways. In a number of respects these themes have heralded the importance of conserving and developing environmentally sustainable landscapes, which only in recent years has become more widely recognised as essential to human well-being. The exhibition was curated to capture some of the distinctive qualities, key themes and notable events over the last 50 years of landscape education at Leeds Beckett. Future events will provide further opportunities to recognise the distinctive flavour of the Leeds Beckett course and seek to define a future focus for landscape architecture education and professional practice. We are very grateful to the Yorkshire Branch of the Landscape Institute who has sponsored this exhibition and their long-standing support for Landscape Architecture at Leeds Beckett. Edwin Knighton Emma Oldroyd Chris Royffe
Head of Landscape Architecture Course Leader BA Landscape Architecture & Design Course Leader MA Landscape Architecture
Edwin Knighton Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University 1988 – 2017 Head of Landscape Architecture I moved into landscape architecture education following several years practicing in the public, private and voluntary sectors, specialising in urban landscape projects with community participation and design innovation at its heart. I’m passionate about design quality and its visual communication. I also place great value on the importance of international perspectives to nurture and enrich students’ education and have organised many international exchanges and study visits. Images above show Jardin des Foudres, Jardin Botanique and the Miroir d’eau from recent student study visits to Bordeaux.
Trudi Entwistle BA MA Landscape Architecture 1987-1994 Land Artist and Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University ‘Ulva Lactuca’, A Domicile Contemporary Choreographic Festival, Guisseny, Brittany, France. 2016 ‘The Space In Between’, South Carolina Botanical Gardens, Clemson, South Carolina, USA. 2000
Working with a youth group on the re-design of Larkhall Park, South London. Planet Earth Ltd.
Design development ideas for a private garden scheme. Creative problem solving is key.
The North Lewisham masterplan became supplementary planning guidance. The Landscape Partnership.
Public events promote our work and our profession. Back to Front, Leeds.
Multi-disciplinary project rethinking Castleford Flour Mill.
Establishing value raises status. Local values matter. Aireborough Neighbourhood Plan with DLA Design
Landscape crosses boundaries, territories and disciplines. Artwork for Green Man festival, 2012
Leading the way in landscape requires motivated, positive, flexible, knowledgable and talented people. Lakes trip 2016.
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Inspiring and informing students, stakeholders and colleagues builds a positive profession. Lakes 2008
Where appropriate, design should be extrovert and fun. Central Square ideas. DLA Design.
Doing and disseminating research is central to progression. Back to Front manual, EO, 2012
We need creative solutions to make existing places work better. Woodbridge Estate, D&C, 2013
Emma Oldroyd CMLI BA Hons/PG dip/MA Landscape Architecture 2000-2005 Course Leader BA Hons Landscape Architecture & Design, Leeds Beckett University Emma leads the course and currently teaches on modules that deal with places and spaces at a range of scales from strategic planning to detailed design. Emma has a significant body of practice experience from working in private practice in London and as a consultant in Yorkshire. This board shows the range of Emmaâ€™s experience in context of ideas that she believes could shape the future of Landscape Architecture. She believes that the landscape profession will play a central role in our changing environment and while the field continues to grow and expand, there is a need to develop areas of specialism and expertise.
Estate masterplan, Long Island
Design needs long term thinking. The Landscape Partnership
Projects need to on the ground and make a positive impact on lives. Hillside Gardens, CFA London.
Steve Heywood BA.Hons.Post.Grad. Landscape Architecture 1995-2000 Senior Lecturer Landscape Architecture & Design, Leeds Beckett University The relaunching of The Ark; The Central Florida Zoo 1998. This piece of conceptual design work from my early archive was chosen after much deliberation because it is of a time and a place before the use of graphics software, when my montages and plans were all created by hand. Using design fundamentals such as: landscape immersion, experiential nature, transitory environments, intensive recreation, sequencing of space and sensitivity to the environment, a new future vision of mixed zoogeographical biomes was conceived. This project lead to a lifelong career in the field of resort, park, zoological and botanical garden design with horticulture at the heart. As well as lecturing I am currently embarking on a practice based PHD looking at the creation of design models for the development of local, regional and national â€˜Bio Parksâ€™. The co-evolution, collaboration and eventual merging of the zoo, aquarium, botanical garden and natural history museum into a futuristic mega facility. Could these newly developed models play a much greater role in the future in nature education and reconnecting people to the natural world by combining forces and resources and working as complete entities? As our environment becomes more urbanised and nature is squeezed out then could these models be implemented as part of a future urban design strategy and in future city planning and do we have a place for such facilities in the modern world we live in?
Claire Hunt BA (Hons) Garden Art and Design (2003-2006) Senior Landscape Architect. ADP Upon graduation from Leeds Met (as we knew it!) I worked at Birmingham Botanical Gardens for a year, improving my plant knowledge, as part of their studentship programme. After this, I worked for a specialist garden design company as a designer where I quickly developed a hand drawn style. I was often on site, which was great experience as now, 10 years later, Iâ€™m working on large scale construction sites for buildings such as the RIBA award winning Laidlaw Library at Leeds University. Iâ€™m now a chartered senior landscape architect for Architects Design Partnership LLP, based in their Birmingham studio.
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Sarah FoquĂŠ PGDip Landscape Architecture 2008-2009 Landscape Architect, EDDC & Director, Space Invasion This project, Floating Delights, was completed in 2013 and formed part of the 2013 Hortillonnages Art, Ville et Paysage Garden Festival, Amiens, France. The garden consisted of a pond with floating planters; these planters gained their buoyancy from the locally collected plastic bottles. The planters were planted with edible aquatic and marshland planting that draw their nutrients from the water, simultaneously providing food while also purifying the water. The poject aimed to develop a new approach to agriculture in water-rich environments and invited people to actively harvest the unusual produce. The project was constructed with the help of a local back to work programme.
Sarah FoquĂŠ PGDip Landscape Architecture 2008-2009 Landscape Architect, EDDC & Director, Space Invasion Cultural remnant was a competition winning art project for the ARPIA, Art in the Landscape Initiative, Herzele, Belgium. The project was constructed in 2016 with the help of local people and forms part of the Art in the Landscape walking route. Cultural remnant consists of a steel framework clad with wet unbaked growing brickwork, which was made up of red clay, topsoil and wildflower seeds. The bricks clad the steel framework to create a chimney like structure. This structure interacts with the climatic conditions allowing the bricks to sprout which in turn re-shapes the man-made structure into a landscape, into a cultural remnant. With cultural remnant I hoped to collaborate with nature to create a new piece of landscape.
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Gillespies’ Leeds Office Gillespies is an award-winning landscape architecture and urban design practice with over 50 years’ experience in masterplanning, landscaping and public realm designs, with studios based in the UK, Russia and Middle East. Over the past 50 years, we have built an international reputation for consistently delivering places that respond to their community, have a high regard for the quality of their environment and acknowledge their physical and cultural context, working with a diverse range of clients, leading developers, architects and local authorities. We currently employ over 120 staff, many of whom have passed through the Leeds University Landscape Courses. The Gillespies’ Leeds studio employs 18 people: 11 of whom are Leeds Alumni. Over the last 15 years we have been active supporters of Leeds Beckett University through lecturing, visiting lecturing, critiquing, external examining, providing year out placements, being LI Ambassadors and part of the LI Professional Review Group.
The Louvre Park, Abu Dhabi Holland Park Villas
De Montfort University
Gillespiesâ€™ London + Oxford Offices Gillespies is a leading landscape architecture, planning and urban design practice, with studios in the UK, Russia and Middle East. Over the past 50 years, Gillespies has built an international reputation for consistently delivering places that respond to their community, have a high regard for the quality of their environment and acknowledge their physical and cultural context, working with a diverse range of clients, leading developers, architects and local authorities..
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The practice currently employs over 120 staff, many who have passed through the Leeds University Landscape Courses. In our London and Oxford studios, four members of staff completed a landscape course at Leeds Beckett - they are now working on an array of high profile projects including The Louvre Park, a new cultural park in Abu Dhabi, Holland Park Villas, a high-end housing in Kensington, and Barking Riverside, a visual assessment for a new residential development in Barking.
James Gordon Landscape Architecture BA 2003-2006 Grad Dip 2007-2008 Senior Landscape Architect, Sunderland City Council A Chartered Landscape Architect working within an award winning multi-disciplinary design team at Sunderland City Council. Specialist experience includes public realm masterplanning and detailed design. Such as Keel Square, a large stimulating public events space with a strong emphasis on high quality materials, bespoke street furniture, water features and architectural lighting. The Square incorporates a strip of granite paving, sandblasted with the names of over eight thousand ships built feature on the River Wear, which stretches 292m; the length of the largest ship ever built on the Wear. At the end of ‘The Keel Line’ is the landmark sculpture “Propellers of the City’; a giant propeller made of glass and bronze bearing the faces of over 300 shipyard workers. Winner of Best Public Space at The Northern Design Awards 2015.
Katy Hayhoe 2001-2004 BaHons, 2005-2006 Post Graduate Diploma Director, TPM LANDSCAPE Having joined TPM Landscape in spring 2012, Katy has taken an active role in expanding the public realm design sector within the office, using her previous experience of delivering Media City:UK at Salford Quays and designing and implementing several schemes within the two university campuses within Manchester whilst working at Gillespies. Over the last 18 months at TPM, Katy has worked to assist a high profile multidisciplinary team to gain planning consent for the Owen Street development, Deansgate, Manchester. Four high rise towers located within a large public plaza and tiered landscape with a riverside walkway to reconnect the public to the River Medlock. The new public realm will become an asset for the existing and proposed residents to the south of the City Centre, with the towers becoming landmark buildings within the skyline.
Brodie McAllister Graduate Diploma, Landscape Architecture, 1988 to1989 Brodie McAllister Landscape Architecture A butterfly meadow in memory of murdered landscape architect Jo Yeates, completed with Phil Deacon, at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. The centre piece is a long sculptural, twisted Oak bench. I came to Leeds after a year at Clouston London and Asia. After Leeds I worked in New York then California for four years on projects like Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco. On returning to the UK in 1993 and setting up practice in London, I combined teaching with projects ranging from devising the first Green Grid proposals with Kent County Council and setting urban design conditions for the now proposed Ebbsfleet Garden City to corporate campus, housing and land art. I now live and work in Bath.
Colour matters Combining the complementary practices of environmental colour assessment (ECA) and landscape and visual impact assessment (LVIA)
Objective method for selection and specification of colour – no more arbitrary colour choices Colour is an integral part of the landscape baseline LANDSCAPE AND VISUAL IMPACT APPRAISAL Proposed Colwall C of E Primary School, Colwall, Herefordshire
Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Guidance on the selection and use of colour in development
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Anthony McGuigan BA Hons, PGrad Dip & MA Hons Landscape Architecture (1999-2005) Associate Director, The Paul Hogarth Company Following my studies in Leeds I have become a Chartered Landscape Architect and worked in the private sector in the UK and Ireland. Donegall Quay is a recent project which is located on the west bank of the River Lagan in Belfast’s City Centre. It provided the opportunity for a left over open space above an underground carpark to be transformed into a sustainable ‘green’ space which encourages people to use and explore the area as well as facilitate events. This approach has delivered both local and city wide benefits given the under-provision of soft landscape spaces in the City Centre. It is now intensively used by a variety of people who live, work and play in the area including the integrated seal sculptures which were designed to communicate the story of the River Lagan’s regeneration to all age groups.
WILD ATLANTIC WAY Anthony McGuigan BA Hons, PGrad Dip & MA Hons Landscape Architecture (1999-2005) Associate Director, The Paul Hogarth Company Following my studies in Leeds I have become a Chartered Landscape Architect and worked in the private sector in the UK and Ireland. Few projects I have worked on have been as compelling and challenging as the Wild Atlantic Way which is Ireland’s first long distance driving route. It was developed to present the varying landscapes from north Donegal to west Cork as one marketable and accessible tourism offer, leading you through some of the world’s most dramatic and sensitive coastal landscapes and seascapes on the edge of Europe. The analysis of Ireland’s West coast, site design and decision making process were developed considering the subjectivity of tourism offer, practicalities of access as well as risks and benefits to local communities associated with increased visitor numbers.
THE PEOPLE’S PARK Sue Mannis (formerly Lohan) BA Hons, PGrad Dip Landscape Architecture (1992-1998) Project Landscape Architect - The Paul Hogarth Company The People’s Park, Portadown is Sue’s most recently completed project which won the regional RICS Award in the Community Benefit category. This regeneration project was recognised for bringing two divided communities together in a notoriously sectarian area. Following extensive integrational consultation and ongoing participation, the Council has recorded 90,000 visitors in the first three months since the park re-opened in October 2015. A cross-community group called ‘Friends of the Park’, as well as a relationship-building forum, have been set up to allow a continued legacy for community engagement programmes as part of this regeneration project. Since graduating Sue has worked in London, Republic of Ireland and Yorkshire before moving to Northern Ireland in 2007.
THE ROWAN (SARC) Sue Mannis (formerly Lohan) BA Hons, PGrad Dip Landscape Architecture (1992-1998) Project Landscape Architect - The Paul Hogarth Company The Rowan (Sexual Assault Referral Centre), Antrim Area Hospital. As Project Landscape Architect for The Paul Hogarth Company, Sue completed the pioneering Sexual Assault Referral Centre in the grounds of Antrim Hospital, which was opened by the Duchess of Cornwall. Sueâ€™s role responded to complex technical requirements, enabling patients to have access to calming external courtyards, the building and its courtyards were carefully screened to increase the sense of safety. The project delivered a high quality landscape associated with this challenging and sensitive environment. Since graduating Sue has worked in London, Republic of Ireland and Yorkshire before moving to Northern Ireland in 2007.
CONNSWATER COMMUNITY GREENWAY
Eleanor Fuller (formerly Lloyd) BA Hons Landscape Architecture (2000-2003) Project Landscape Architect, The Paul Hogarth Company I started working on concept plans for the Connswater Community Greenway in 2006. This ambitious project, now under construction, will create a 16km linear park following the Connswater river from inner East Belfast to the Cregagh Glen and onwards to the National Trust site Lisnabreeny. In 2007 the project won £23 million funding from the Big Lottery’s Living Landmark programme and construction works began in 2014 and are due to be completed in 2017. The scheme will provide new links between communities, improve access to parks and strengthen East Belfast’s green infrastructure. At the heart of the project will be CS Lewis Square, a new civic space celebrating the characters and stories of the famous local novelist.
Eleanor Fuller (formerly Lloyd) BA Hons Landscape Architecture (2000-2003) Project Landscape Architect, The Paul Hogarth Company Since 2015, I have had the privilege of working on a series of landscape design packages for Hillsborough Castle, the Royal and Ministerial residence in Northern Ireland. Plans are in progress to sensitively develop this 98 acres of historic landscape as a major tourist attraction, anticipated to draw crowds of 200,000 a year. Among the various project areas I am working on include landscape proposals for two new visitor facilities and an associated car park, significant upgrading to the dilapidated Walled Garden and the restoration of the Lost Ravine; a densely planted meandering water course with bridges, follies, cascades and boardwalks. Initial construction works have already taken place to upgrade features including the South terrace, parterre and the Yew tree lined avenue.
William Blackledge (Bill) BA, DipLA (Leeds Landscape Architecture Course: 1978-1983) Company Director 2B Landscape Consultancy Ltd.
I worked on the MSC Scheme in Leeds for a couple of years and then transferred to Hull City Council Landscape team for about 3 years. I then commuted back to Leeds to work for Anthony Walker & Partners from which I became a founding partner of BHWB. In February 1998, I set up 2B with Elizabeth (who I met in 5th Year at Leeds) and we have been working together ever since! I served on the LI Yorkshire and Humber Branch for a number of years. Currently, I am serving on the LI Technical Committee, leading on the Visualisation Guidance Review, and am its representative on LI Council.
Elizabeth Blackledge (Liz) BA Hons, DipLA (Leeds Landscape Architecture Course:1981-1986) Landscape Architect/Company Secretary 2B Landscape Consultancy Ltd.
Bill and I met when I was in 2nd Year at Leeds. We married in September 1986. Our family increased by two over the next couple of years and so I was busy being a Mum but I ďŹ tted in being garden designer around the needs of our girls. In 1998, Bill and I set up our business and I had to "stop messing around at garden design" and had to start to learn to be a 'real' landscape architect. I soon joined the LI Yorkshire and Humber Branch and served as Secretary for 4.5 years, before concentrating on the P2C, which I passed in 2012.
Lindsay Beswick BA Landscape Architecture & PG Diploma Creative Director, B|D landscape architects
1996-1999 & 2000-2001
Competition Entry for the Domain De Chaumont Sur Loire International Garden Festival in 2010. Inspired by the human form through history this gardenâ€™s strong design feature is a sinuous corten steel walkway that guides and educates visitors about the relationship between people and plants. Surrounding the walkway are a series of mounded ripples of flowering plants intended to convey the idea that the human form has created an impact on the surrounding landscape. This typifies the way that mankind has tried to control nature, by marshalling and regimenting it. Lindsay is Creative Director of B|D landscape architects - an award winning contemporary landscape practice working on a number of ground-breaking projects.
Rob Beswick BA Landscape Architecture & PG Diploma Founder + Director, B|D landscape architects
1996-1999 & 2000-2001
The Kingâ€™s Cross Pond Club is the first natural public swimming pool in the UK at the heart of Cubitt Park in Kingâ€™s Cross which opened in May 2015. The 40m long pond has space for over 100 bathers and is entirely chemical free. The water is purified through a natural, closed-loop process using wetland and submerged plants to filter the water. B|D were appointed by Argent during the planning stages to provide landscape architectural input and have been design team leader working with Carillion, Willerbies, PBA and Kingcombe Aquacare during the construction phases. Rob is Founder + Director of B|D landscape architects - an award winning contemporary landscape practice - and also an External Examiner at LBU.
Nick Bonner BA Landscape Architecture 1985-1988 Beijing-based curator and director Koryo Tours ‘Commissions for Utopia’ , exhibited in the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Architectural Biennale 2014 (Golden Lion Winner). Koryo Group worked with North Korean architects and commissioned a project to explore ideas that not only would lead to a sustainable future for tourism but also create a unique identity linked to the country’s distinct architectural styles. In the brief we asked for fun, innovative designs, not to be restricted by practicality, and to explore what may be possible with future materials and techniques. Using various symbolic motifs, from a traditional hand wheel to a bird’s nest, the hand drawn designs suggest a new kind of tourism in North Korea, intertwining nature, tradition and technology.
Ed Freeman BA (Hons) Grad Dip. 1993-97, 1998-99 Principal Partner, REARDONSMITH LANDSCAPE LLP Ed Freeman is an award winning Landscape and Urban Designer with over 18 years professional experience working in the UK and overseas. Throughout his career, he has worked in collaboration with world renowned clients, architects, engineers and designers approaching each project with professionalism, creativity and innovation to achieve the highest quality design service and to create award winning, beautiful and sustainable landscapes for the world to enjoy. reardonsmithlandscape.com | Twitter: @rs_landscape | Instagram: reardonsmith_landscape
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Sara Howe CMLI
BA (Hons) / PG Dip LA (1993 - 1996 and 1998 - 1999) Director at Influence Environmental Ltd After gaining 10 years experience working in Landscape consultancy, Sara, along with Matt Purdom formed Influence in 2007. The combination of Mattâ€™s experience in LVIA and environmental work and Saraâ€™s design resolution experience have enabled them to work on projects such as the International Bomber Command Centre and Park - a memorial to the 25,611 air personnel who lost their lives in WWII. The Park includes The Chadwick Centre, a 31.09m high Memorial Spire, landscaped peace gardens, a dedicated Memorial Avenue and a series of Memorial Walls featuring all the names of those lost. The project is a good reflection of the flexibility of the Influence team, incorporating Arboriculture, Landscape design, Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, Masterplanning and Urban Design. The resulting design is a memorable, functional landscape which pays tribute to those who were lost and provides a fitting memorial for those who remember.
Phil Dorian Landscape Architecture BA (Hons) 1996 -1999 & Grad Dip 2000 -2001 Senior Landscape Architect - Sunderland City Council An experienced Landscape Architect working within an award winning design team with over 15 yearâ€™s working both in the private and public sector. I have been fortunate to design and project manage a number of exciting and influential projects in my home city such as Barnes Park Restoration and Roker & Seaburn Seafront. My passion and pride to improve Sunderland has helped inspire my designs, encourage art within the public realm and enabled me to work alongside a wide variety of skilled craftsman to design and implement bespoke features within the landscape which people remember, love and enjoy.
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Luke McGuinness BA (Hons) + PG Dip Landscape Architecture 2002-2007 Chartered Landscape Architect, DLA Landscape & Urban Design Luke is a Chartered Landscape Architect with skills and expertise in managing projects from feasibility through to completion. Lukeâ€™s professional experience covers a broad and diverse range of sectors including, housing regeneration, education, transportation, landscape assessment, heritage park restoration and master-planning. With almost ten years in professional practice, Luke has previously worked at Golder Associates and Gillespies. This board represents a selection of recent projects carried out over the last year at DLA Landscape & Urban Design.
Medical district urban design and streetscape enhancements
Mixed use development urban and landscape design
Park Here temporary pocket park
Light rail urban and landscape design
Green belt mixed use feasibility and masterplanning
BA (Hons), PGdip Landscape Architecture 1996-2001 Associate and Chartered Landscape Architect,
, Leeds (2014)
Chartered Landscape Architect Golder Asociates, Leeds (2007-2014)
• Landscape Architect SLA Studio Land, Houston (Tx) (2005-2007) • Landscape Architect M2L Associates, Houston (Tx) (2001-2005) As a Chartered Landscape Architect, Oliver has experience in landscape design, planning, assessment and stakeholder engagement, including considerable international experience. Oliver has wide project experience in providing landscape and urban design and assessment input to the development of public parks, leisure facilities, residential communities, commercial developments, educational schemes, waste sites, urban regeneration and streetscape enhancements. Mixed use development masterplanning
environment building - university of york Laura Welborn-Baker 2008-2013 Mark Smeeden 1979-1984 New Environment Building, University of York Design for a new lakeside home for the Environment Department at the University of York completed in 2016 with hard and soft landscape proposals. Including street furniture, fruit trees and a wildflower meadow.
Mark Smeeden 1979 - 1984 Frances Horne 2004 - 2006 Catherine Xavier 1990 - 1995 Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for the redevelopment of the Port of Leith. Resulting in a successful planning application for the biggest expansion of Edinburgh since the 19th Century.
Catherine Phillips 2004 - 2006 Mark Smeeden 1979 - 1984 Design and implementation of school landscape for Kingshurst Academy in Birmingham. Resolving pedestrian and vehicular movements through spatial planning and interpolating levels.
leeds university - round garden
leeds university - roger stevens cooling pond Trever Foreman 1971 - 1976 Kate Curtis 1991 - 1996 Refurbishing and reinterpreting landscapes for contemporary use.
Kate Curtis 1991-1996 Mark Smeeden 1979 - 1984 Frances Horne 2004 - 2006 Catherine Xavier 1990 - 1995 A landscape led team winning an RIBA International Design competition and winner of the Civic Building of the Year Award 2015 in the Regeneration category. Public consultation, coordination for multiple sub-consultants and two clients to create a wholly new seafront.
water of leith flood defence scheme
Gemma Woodfall 2003-2008 Mark Smeeden 1979-1984 Robin Copeland 1997-2002 Richard Tonks 1995-2000 From the reservoirs in the Pentland Hills the Water of Leith flows through the historic World Heritage Site of Edinburgh to the Port of Leith. Encompassing a much loved footpath route we supported the project through the Environmental Statement, public consultation, design and public enquiry and also the implementation phases of the project.
Mark Huxtable Frances Horne Mark Smeeden
2011-2013 2004 - 2006 1979 - 1984
Housing schemes across the UK for small scale proposals on sensitive landscapes to large urban expansions incorporating green infrastructure. Assessment, design, consultation and implementation.
Brindley Place - Birmingham 1992
MoD Abbeywood - 1997
Royal Liverpool University Hospital - Current
South Bromsgrove High School - 2006
Masterplan - Ebbw Vale 2011
Rotherham United Stadium - 2012
Royal Hopsital Chelsea - 2009
Buckinghamshire UTC - 2013
Second Severn Crossing 1996
Alrewas Masterplan 2014
Wales Millennium Centre - 2000
The Forum - Cambridge Current
Defence & National Rehabilitation Centre
Alyesbury Vale Academy - 2013
Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary - Current
Birmingham University Hotel and Conference Centre - Current
Phil Champion, Jane Findlay & Ryan Sudall Directors of Fira Course Completed
National Shipworks No.1, Chepstow - 2016
Derwenthorpe, York - 2015
1984, 1984 & 2000
Three of the Directors of Fira are past Landscape Architectural students from Leeds. Jane Findlay joined the practice in 1984, Phil Champion in 1989 and Ryan Sudall in 2004. Together we have developed Fira into an award winning multidisciplinary consultancy with Landscape Architects, Urban Designers and Architects. We are pioneering exponents of ‘place-making’ and the importance of health and wellbeing in the way that people experience buildings. Our emphasis has been to create beautiful places that enhance people’s health and wellbeing. This approach has been honed through years of research and collaboration with design teams, clients and end-users. Whether responding to the specialist requirements of hospitals caring for those at their most vulnerable physically and mentally, or dissipating the stresses and strains of everyday life in the places where communities live, work, study and travel, we apply our experience to create peoplecentric places conducive to healthier outcomes.
Waterman Tree Projects
1. Palmerston Court
11. Clapham Park Estate
21. Harmsworth Quay/ Surrey Quays
31. Friars Bridge Court
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2. Clarendon Square, Haringey 3. Royal Mint Court
12. Ram Brewery 13. Purﬂeet
22. Cannon Street 23. Park Street
32. Southwark Bridge Road 33. Elephant and Castle
4. Stag Brewery, Mortlake 5. Campden Hill
14. Old Oak Park 15. Mitre Yard
24. Whitechapel Estate 25. Langley Oil Depot
34. Whitechapel Central 35. Long Acre
6. Kennington Lane 7. Glengall Quay (Millharbour)
16. Old Street, Islington 17. Audley Square House
26. Rich Industrial Estate 27. St. Barts Hospital
36. Glengall Bridge 37. Ludgate House
8. Royal Park Hotel 9. Hackney Road
18. One, Nine Elms 19. Telferscott New Road
28. Battersea Power Station 29. Cringle Dock
38. Marsh Wall 39. Clifton Road
10. Vicarage Road
20. Marble Arch
30. Fulham Gasworks
40. Compton Close Schools
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BA(Hons) and Pg Dip Landscape Architecture (1994-1999) Principal Landscape & Arboricultural Consultant, Waterman I&E
The successful integration of trees into our urban landscapes remains a key component of place-making and the delivery of wider environmental beneﬁts. Fundamental to sustaining the urban forest in highly urbanised areas of central London is the wider understanding of the environmental, architectural, engineering and political factors that inﬂuence new development. A background in Landscape Architecture has allowed successful collaboration with a variety of clients, allied professionals and public sector groups to secure the delivery and informed management of trees. This has included demonstrating the long term social environmental beneﬁts that trees and informed tree management can bring to new development.
BA(Hons) and Pg Dip Landscape Architecture (1994-1999) Principal Landscape and Arboricultural Consultant, Waterman I&E
MA Landscape Architecture (2008-2010) Consultant Landscape Architect, Waterman I&E
Graven Hill is a unique 187 ha development, located just to the south of Bicester, Oxfordshire and will be the UK’s largest self-build housing schemes with 1900 new dwelllings. The ﬁrst ten self-homes to be built will feature in Kevin McCloud’s Channel 4 series, Grand Designs. The Waterman Landscape team, including Tim Arkell and Leon Bryant have played a key role in the design and coordination of the development proposals including collaboration with the engineering, archaeology and ecological teams to deliver a cohesive design solution. The landscape design and external spaces thus serve as a framework for place-making for the new community.
Leon Bryant MA Landscape Architecture (2008-2010) Consultant Landscape Architect, Waterman I&E The proposed redevelopment of a sensitive site within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, between the Grand Union Canal and Kensal Road, necessitated the combination of Townscape & Visual Impact Assessment alongside Heritage Impact Assessment to provide comprehensive character, visual and cultural insight to assist the planning application. A high quality landscape setting was provided to complement the proposed and redeveloped buildings, whereby both setting and built form could enhance the local character of the townscape and provide an improvement to views from this prominent location. Image source: Quartz Project Services Ltd/ Studio RHE
Curzon Street, Mayfair
Butterﬂyworld, St Albans
Muslim Burial Ground, Peace Garden, Woking
terra ﬁrma Lithuanian staff (inc. Leeds graduate Luka Marcinkute 2nd from right), Vilnius 2016.
MIRA Technology Park, Nuneaton
NATS Headquarters, Prestwick
Hampshire Corporate Park, Chandlers Ford
Marina Sales Centre, UAE
Maggies Care Centre, Swansea
Tittenhurst Park, Sunninghill
...a Leeds story
Founded by late 70's Leeds graduate John Wigham in 1985 and then taken over by early 80's Leeds graduate Lionel Fanshawe in 1996, Hampshire based terra ﬁrma now have over 30 staff across their ofﬁces in Petersﬁeld, London, Dubai and Vilnius and have worked in 31 countries across 6 continents in their 31 year history to date. 4 of the current senior staff are Leeds graduates; in addition to Lionel there is Robyn Butcher (née Holland, graduated 1995) her classmate Alice Cooper (graduated 1995) and associate Martin Hird (graduated 2001).
tf-Lab Additionally, offshoot tfLab London utilises Lionel’s contemporaries Jamie Liversedge (director in Alshami terra ﬁrma, ex course leader at the University of Greenwich and author of books on Landscape Architecture and Landscape Construction) and Liverpool based Steve Dawson.
Cumberland Street Homezone, Portsmouth
Saadiyat Al Fanr Restaurant, Abu Dhabi
BA Hons Landscape Architecture (1990-1993), Graduate Diploma (1994-1995) Chartered Landscape Architect, The terra rma Consultancy After graduating, Alice worked for a number of Local Authority departments providing planning advice and delivering projects for the Conservation, Leisure and Highways. A move to private practice (Lovejoy) led to delivering a wide range of regeneration projects, tourism and Heritage Lottery funded parks followed by advisor to the Environment Agency and design for major ood defence infrastructure schemes in sensitive landscapes. Since joining terra rma in summer 2014 her career has expanded to include LVIA's, coastal regeneration feasibility studies, advising the South Downs National Park and The National Trust. Over the course of her career a freelance specialism for producing hand-drawn illustrations has been highly valuable to both employers and clients to show how ideas can be developed.
Petershill, City of London
Landscape Architecture BA, Dip LA (1979-84) Director, The terra rma Consultancy After graduating and year out spent with Zion and Breen in the USA, Lionel worked in London with the Borough of Wandsworth and International Landscape before spending two years in New Zealand where he was project landscape architect for the 1990 Commonwealth Games. On return to the UK he worked at Charles Funke Associates on many high prole schemes including Stockley Park, Chiswick Park and Broadgate as well as Petershill, City of London. This predominantly hard landscape scheme and network of open spaces was designed by Lionel and was completed with on-going subconsultancy from him after joining terra rma, where he has been director since 1996. An important much used (and much acclaimed) processional route linking St. Paul’s to what was later to become the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern, the design had to meet a highly complex set of objectives. This included multi-directional and disabled access over large level changes which also needed to take into account car parking headroom beneath.
Origin Business Park, London
Al Falah new town, under construction
Al Falah new town, Abu Dhabi
West Yorkshire Police training facility, under construction Brunel monument, Portsmouth
Station Road, Calne
Martin Hird, CMLI Post-Grad Diploma, Landscape Architecture (2000-2001) Associate, The terra �rma Consultancy Ltd Following an early career in Local Government, Martin has been involved in almost 200 projects over the past 10 years at terra �rma in the UK, and abroad (in France, Romania, and in the Middle-East). Martin’s experience extends from masterplanning new towns and large-scale landscape reclamation, to detailing around apartment blocks and school extensions, with work for housing and industrial developers in-between. He regularly authors LVIA’s and during his time at terra �rma has provided advice on behalf of Local Planning Authorities including the South Downs National Park, within which terra �rma’s of�ces sit.
Rosia Montana, Romania
Martin has had involvement with the Landscape Institute for many years, serving as Chair of the SE branch between 2009-2011, and various roles at national level, including sitting on the Education and Membership Committee and the Advisory Council.
Lion Square, University of Portsmouth
Robyn Butcher (was Holland)
BA Hons Landscape Architecture (1990-1993), Graduate Diploma (1994-1995) Associate Director, The terra ď€ rma Consultancy
After graduating and year out with the Environment Agency, Robyn started work at terra ď€ rma. 21 years later, she is now Associate Director, with experience of hundreds of projects, of which Lion Square is just one. As part of the university's ever-upgrading masterplan, several new public spaces were created and old ones revamped. These included Liongate Courtyard; Lion Square outside the new Denis Schiama Building (VHH Architects) with the scheme winning a Civic Trust Award; and the Dental Outreach Centre (MHArchitects). 7 years on, these photos show Lion Square standing the test of time and footfall of countless students.
Celebrating 50 Years of Landscape Architecture
Staff from the last 50 years Leeds Polytechnic F Leeds Metropolitan Rex Fairbrother Nevil Farr Leeds Beckett Helen Farrar A Ruwan Aluvihare Ross Anderson Ken Appleby Heather Appleton Tom Armour Sandra Ashton B Alistair Baldwin Ed Bennis Tom Bliss Nick Bonner Harry Booton Jess Bryne-Daniel Mark Burgess Catherine Burrage David Burton Jim Butterfield C William Cairns Jack Campbell-Clause Ian Clare Brian Clouston D Cecil Deitch John Dejardin E Michael Ellison Marilyn Elm Trudi Entwistle
Peter Forrest Wayne Fowler
G Penny Gardiner Fleure Gething Kevin Grady Roger Greenwood H Cliff Hansford Richard Hare Steven Heywood Tom Hollick J Robert Jeffries Jo Jolley Guy Julier K Mort Karp John Kirkman Edwin Knighton
O Emma Oldroyd P Vanessa Parker R Clare Rishbeth Chris Royffe S Doug Sandle Alan Simson Liz Simson Lindsay Smales Alan Smith Peter Smith Neil Swanson T Alistair Taylor Dan Taylor Greit Terpstra David Thistlewood Kevin Thwaites Colin Treen
M John MacCleary Steven Martlew Martin Madders Andy Millard Chris Morgan
W Tom Walker Tony Walker Arnold Weddle Denis Wilkinson Adam Williams Ed Winship Brian Wooding
N Tom Neiman Pat Nuttgens
Y Bob Yarwood Peter Youngman
Landscape Architecture staff at the opening of the exhibition on 19th October 2016. From left to right: Steven Heywood, Adam Williams, Tom Bliss, Emma Oldroyd, Jo Jolley, Brian Wooding, Chris Royffe, Edwin Knighton, Richard Hare, Alistair Taylor, Fleure Gething, Mark Smeedon, Tom Walker, Alan Simson, Liz Simson.
Current Staff Contact Details Ruwan Aluvihare Tom Bliss Jess Bryne-Daniel
Mark Burgess Catherine Burrage Ian Clare Trudi Entwistle
Acknowledgements Exhibition catalogue designed and edited by Edwin Knighton, Head of Landscape Architecture and Adam Williams, MA Landscape Architecture student, 2016-2017. Special thanks to everyone who has been involved with Landscape Architecture at Leeds Beckett University over the last 50 years, and for their contribution to the 50 Years exhibition displayed in this catalogue.
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Celebrating 50 Years:
Alumni exhibition catalogue celebrating 50 years of Landscape Architecture at Leeds Beckett University 2016-17.
Published on Apr 26, 2017
Alumni exhibition catalogue celebrating 50 years of Landscape Architecture at Leeds Beckett University 2016-17.