I am a chartered town planner and urban designer. For the last twenty years, I’ve focused on project delivery. Translating masterplans into projects on the ground is a real area of interest to me and is a specialism that I bring to LDA Design.
Before joining LDA, I worked to deliver major projects with Manchester, Cardiff and Gloucester City Councils, the Bermuda Government, The Prince’s Foundation, English Partnerships and the Homes and Communities Agency and it is this four decades of experience that underpins my practical approach to planning, urban design and project delivery.
Successful project management is achieved by building constructive and collaborative working arrangements with development and local partners and this is one of the things I enjoy most about the development process.
When not thinking about projects I like to spend time with my family, and enjoy music, walks, reading, repairing leaded windows and watching rugby.
Ian Bentley – I did my urban design MA at Oxford Brookes and the ‘Responsive Environments’ team, led by Ian (with support from Paul Murrain, Sue McGlynn and others) introduced a level of challenge and rigour to designing that was refreshing and invigorating.
I also like the quote from Piers Gough that ‘architecture can be anything but not anywhere’. Context matters.
Cadbury Hill in the middle of rural Devon. The crown of the hill has the remains of an Iron Age hill fort and the views to Exmoor, Dartmoor and the sea to the south look out over a beautiful network of fields, hedges, woods, valleys, farms and settlements; a visit never fails to lift the spirits.