Students and staff from the Landscape Architecture and Garden Design programmes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, visited the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on 11 February.
They enjoyed a master class in the building of a contemporary park to meet the needs of the 21st century from Dr Phil Askew, Project Sponsor Parklands and Public Realm. Dr Askew is an alumnus of Writtle College and was given an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Essex in 2012.
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park aims to become a global centre of international distinction, a thriving new metropolitan district in London, and an anchor in the social and economic regeneration of east London. It will be a place unlike any other in London, offering the best in sporting and cultural amenities in world-class venues and parks, and at the same time creating places to live that are rooted in the ethos and fabric of east London’s diverse and vital communities.
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.
Dr Jill Raggett, Reader in Gardens and Designed Landscapes, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to hear how the latest thinking in landscape design is being put into practice on our doorstep.”
Second year students Adam Knight - BSc (Hons) Landscape Architecture and Will Goodwin – BSc (Hons) Landscape and Garden Design said:“Visiting the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park provided a great insight into the design process from start to finish from industry professionals. The experience and time given to us will be taken into our further studies and help us to progress on our journey to become landscape architects.”