Visit to the Olympic Park with the man who has overseen its creation

February 2015

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Postgraduate and undergraduate students from the landscape programmes were shown around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park by Dr Phil Askew, Project Sponsor Parklands and Public Realm.

Dr Askew has overseen this amazing new park for London from the initial design phase, through construction, the Games and now into the most important phase - a meaningful legacy.

He explained a whole range of landscape issues that were particularly useful to students, including the value of research, clear processes, sustainability and communication.

He stressed the need for a flexible master plan guided by the requirement for a meaningful legacy for those living, working, using or investing in the park.

He revealed how the green infrastructure had driven the development and said the skills of designers and horticulturists were vital in delivering this.

Dr Jill Raggett, Reader in Gardens and Designed Landscapes, said: “Despite the cold we all had a great and inspiring time and Phil was impressed by the perceptive and technical questions asked by the students – a day for students and staff to remember!”

Dr Askew is an alumnus of Writtle College and was given an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Essex in 2012.