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his whole area is born from a necessity to house the exploding population of Victorian Leeds fuelled by the industrial revolution. The artisans, tradesmen and their families who lived here all scrabbled to satisfy the crush of want of the industrialists whose visions where the foundations of the world in which we find ourselves today.

Portfolio 2010 the vertical lines of building and bin yard boundaries. Redbrick work is everywhere, the only break in this repetition is the patch work of Yorkstone paving and asphalt road. There is little in terms of natural processes visibly evident here. Hydrology is limited to storm water running off into drains. There are patches of vegetation. However, this is all of a low quality no better than car park planting. This is reflected in the lack of fauna, there is no birdsong on these streets just the distant sound of traffic.

I N he dense back to back terraces of the Harolds and T T the surrounding areas are more than boxes for their U little occupants to exist in. However, pride shines through his dense grain would I Victorian in the architectural detail of Thave, at one point, formed the buildings. These people the character of this area of T where not solely slaves to suburban Leeds. However, their masters. They were due to the effects of bombing men and women who during WWII and the demolition I proud lived, worked and thrived in and development of areas in which most would the 1960s onwards, a patch O conditions find unacceptable in the work of different character areas has developed around N modern world. the Harolds. These can

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he densely packed streets offer little variety or texture for the mind to absorb. The tunnelled effect this gives throws every view into sharp perspective lines, every vista recedes at an accelerated rate to nowhere. This monotony is only broken by

be generalised into social housing schemes. Although possessing small gardens and less dense building patterns they are nearly all of a poor quality and reflect the same lack of maintenance found in the Harolds. These really are boxes for their occupants exist

in and lack the vernacular character of the Harolds.

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hese streets really are a sad reflection of their proud Victorian past. Their poor state of repair is a manifestation of the social make up of their occupants, the disenfranchised, culturally isolated and transient. The circumstances these groups find themselves in, is in part the consequence of our failure to engage with communities in a meaningful way through social policy, investment and understanding.

SITE NAME: The Harolds LOCATION: Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK. DESCRIPTION: These text and images reflect an initial response to the Harolds site. They were recorded whilst carrying out a foot survey of the site and also include later desk research on the historical make up of the area.


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C O N C E P T & S T R A T E G Y

SITE NAME: The Harolds LOCATION: Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK. DESCRIPTION: Findings from a survey and analysis exercise where developed into a concept and strategy, for development and implementation.


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M A S T E R P L A N SITE NAME: The Harolds LOCATION: Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK. DESCRIPTION: This is a pattern based masterplan, for use across extensive suburban areas of Leeds. The plan reflects a series of assets that can be implemented to help increase biodiversity on the streets and help develop a sense of community.


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M A S T E R P L A N SITE NAME: Leighton Gardens LOCATION: Beckett Park Campus, Leeds Metropolitan University, West Yorkshire, UK. DESCRIPTION: This masterplan and detail are an explicit design for the layout of a garden within the university campus. It makes extensive use of tree, herbaceous perenial, grass and bulb planting.


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S I T E D E S I G N SITE NAME: The Harolds LOCATION: Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK. DESCRIPTION: This plan is a site level resolution at 1:100. It gives indicative details of soft and hard materials. It also directly addresses those issues that were identified in the concept and strategy phase of the project.


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D E T A I L E D D E S I G N

SITE NAME: The Harolds LOCATION: Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK. DESCRIPTION: This board details significant areas of the design. It resolves the major issues of water management through infiltration swales, an indicative scenario for planting and hard landscaping details which link those features together.


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3 D V I S U A L I S A T I O N

SITE NAME: Eureka LOCATION: Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK. DESCRIPTION: These visuals were created as part of the design process for a park at Eureka, the children’s museum. Model created using Google Sketchup and rendered via Vray.


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3 D V I S U A L I S A T I O N

SITE NAME: Landscape Resource Centre LOCATION: Beckett Park Campus, Leeds Metropolitan University, West Yorkshire, UK. DESCRIPTION: These visuals were using Autodesk 3DS Max and rendered using MentalRay.


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P H O T O G R A P H Y Photography is one of the skills I have used to enhance my understanding of landscape and record natural events occurring within it. I have developed specific techniques such as long exposure and macro photography as well as a more general understanding of composition, exposure, white balance and cropping.


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Personal Statement

Through my recent academic career I have developed a deep understanding of the necessity of well designed, green spaces and their intrinsic values. The value of landscape and its contribution as a social, environmental and economic catalyst has brought depth and meaning to my understanding of the role of Landscape Architect. Our well being, both mentally and physically, is holistically bound to the role of sensitively designed landscapes in a sustainable future. To be able to influence the creation of such environments is a moral duty that has driven my interest and compelled me to pursue a career in this field. In my working life, both as a Premises Manager for a medium sized primary school and as an Analysts/Programmer, I have worked in roles that have required close work with clients and other team members. This has meant actively developing skills which have allowed me to respond, in a meaningful way, to the needs and concerns of the client whilst responding to my obligations as a member of a team. As my referees will confirm, I am an enthusiastic person and work well as part of a team offering valuable contributions as well as being able to work independently. I am professional, hard-working, patient and can offer flexibility within a role.

Education

Leeds Metropolitan University Batchelor of Arts with Honours in Landscape Architecture (2004-2010) The course has given me a solid understanding of the theories underlying the assessment, design and specification of landscape in the public realm. It has allowed me to develop skills of design and creative expression via hand drawn sketches and graphical software to realise design concepts and visualisations. However, these designs have to be firmly grounded in reality, to this end the course has enabled my critical understanding of highly resolved specification in both hard and soft materials. Achievements and Key skills As part of the Design and Community module I, along with a small team of students, resolved a design for a new play scheme surrounding the Eureka children’s museum in Halifax, West Yorkshire. This involved meeting, recording and analysing the requirements of the management team and, more importantly, it involved carrying out a day long consultation process with the children who use the site. This entailed extensive research and planning of the consultation process which was a great success. Meaningful insights into the children’s needs for the site were realised, allowing us to move forward and resolve a design well matched to their requirements. To develop my presentation skills I have worked methodically to develop technical skills in the following: Digital photography, AutoCad, SketchUp, 3DS Max, ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and LightRoom.

Huddersfield Polytechnic (1986-1988)

Higher National Diploma in Information Technology

Grimsby College of Technology (1985-1986)

B/TEC Certificate in Data Processing

Humberston Comprehensive School (1979 - 1984)

GCE ‘O’ Levels in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Studies and Control Technology. CSE’s in English, French and Geography.

Skills

I can use the Microsoft Office suite and have extensive experience of Programming Languages and Database Management Systems. I have attended courses on Autodesk Autocad and Viz, Manual Handling, Working at Height, Chainsaw maintenance, Cross-cutting and Basic Tree Felling. I hold a full, clean driving license.

Employment June 2007 – Present

Lepton CE (VC) J, I & N School Premises Manager

As Premises Manager, I am responsible for the day to day running of the school premises and site. My duties include responsibility for security and cleaning, including supervising a team of cleaners. A large part of the role involves maintenance of the premises, performing minor repairs and improvements to site. I am also responsible for the supervision of all external contractors, such as electricians and plumbers, performing work on site. Health and safety is also significant responsibility, ensuring the site is free from hazards and making sure the cleaning staff and contractors are complying with safety regulations. The role entails constant contact and communication with staff, governors, pupils and parents striking a balance between all their needs whilst on the school site. Whilst at the school I have designed and created a garden at the main entrance to the building. February 2007 - June 2007 Part-time Gardener and Volunteer Classroom Assistant During this period I was self employed as a maintenance gardener for private customers in the Huddersfield area. I was responsible for routine maintenance work such as lawn mowing, pruning and weeding. I also carried out adhoc landscape work felling trees, laying patios and fencing. I also volunteered at Lepton CE School in this period as a classroom assistant helping pupils and staff with IT issues as well as general help in the classroom. December 2005 - February 2007 NPower- Newcastle Upon Tyne Contract Support Analyst Providing first line support to customers using the Billing application. Responsible for analysis, correction and testing of live program faults. This includes production of test plans and documentation that may include, for larger problems, the production of functional specifications. March 2005 - December 2005 Landscape/Maintenence Gardener During this period I was self employed as a maintenance gardener for private customers in the Huddersfield area. I was responsible for routine maintenance work such as lawn mowing, pruning and weeding. I also carried out adhoc landscape work felling trees, laying patios and fencing. Contract Analyst Programmer Roles During this period I worked as a freelance Analyst Programmer, working on a contract basis for clients involved in a variety businesses. My main responsibilities in these roles where the design, development and support of software systems, using several programming languages and database management systems. September 2004 - March 2005 March 2004 – September 2004 October 2000 – February 2004 February 1999 – September 2000 July 1998 - January 1999 April 1998 – July 1998 June 1996 – March 1998 February 1996 – June 1996

NPower Atos Origin XANSA IBM (UK) Armature Ltd Easams Ltd Hambros Bank ICL

Employment details to 1989 and references available on request.

Newcastle Upon Tyne Wilmslow Leeds Leeds Leeds Frimley London Slough

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