I am a chartered landscape architect and director at LDA Design with more than 20 years’ expertise in designing high quality external space. I co-lead the practice’s public realm design offer.
My project experience comprises the design of new and reconditioned parks, including the London 2012 Olympic Park, Burgess Park in Southwark, and a number of parks in Moscow; major mixed-use developments including Battersea Power Station site; and revitalised public spaces including Leicester’s Jubilee Square and Blackpool’s Tower Festival Headland.
Before joining LDA Design in 2003, I worked on the Paddington Basin redevelopment in London and the rejuvenation of the historic Royal William Yard in Plymouth. My focus has always been on developing high-quality, bespoke design solutions.
Winning the competition for Blackpool's 'People's Playground' was a real milestone, but probably trumped by walking over the footbridge from Stratford with my family during the Games and seeing the Olympic Park being enjoyed by so many people.
Our studio in Exeter, on the historic waterfront. In the summer the quay is full of people - tourists, buskers, cyclists, canoeists – and even in winter, there's always something going on.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. I try to read all the Booker winners even though I don’t always agree with the jury. I'm dipping into Uncompromising Expression, a beautifully designed book which tells the story of Blue Note Records and – an abiding passion - hard bop jazz from the fifties and sixties.