Chelmsford designer featured in College’s glossy magazine

November 2011

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Chelmsford-based landscape & garden designer, Thadian Pillai, is to be featured in Writtle College’s flagship publication, Arena magazine, out this week. The College publishes the glossy magazine annually to celebrate the achievements of staff, students and alumni. This year’s issue focuses on the professional accomplishments of former Writtle graduates, and Thadian was selected to be one them.

Director of Marketing at Writtle College and Arena editor, Caroline Benyon said: “This year’s Arena showcases the incredibly diverse range of exciting and rewarding careers in which Writtle’s graduates are employed. Thadian’s creativity, combined with vision and entrepreneurial flair shone through in his interview for the magazine.”

Thadian’s business operates from offices on Duke Street, creating landscapes, gardens and even environmental art. Thadian says, “Writtle’s Arena is a beautiful and prestigious publication, and it’s a great honour to be featured in it. I’m very proud to publicly acknowledge the part Writtle College played in providing me with an education that’s proved to be the foundation of my success.”

Moving to Essex from the north of England in order to study at Writtle, Thadian decided to settle in Chelmsford after graduating in 2005. He says, “Essex and Chelmsford have been very good to me. That I’ve been able to build a successful business here, one that is creating employment not just for me, but for several other local people, makes me very proud. I’m very happy to be investing back into the region that provided me with such a good education through Writtle.”

Thadian’s ‘Studio’ works locally, nationally and internationally. Its most recently completed local project is an ornamental planting design for Highwood Village Hall’s new eco-building, which was visited by the Mayor of Chelmsford this week.

An electronic copy of Writtle’s Arena magazine, which also features Chelmsford-based florist, Hannah Emery on the cover, can be read on the homepage at