Inspirational talk about Thamesmead Development Project, London

October 2017

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A Writtle alumnus - who now leads the management and design of one of the biggest landscape master-planning projects in the UK – has given an inspirational talk to students.

Dr Phil Askew, Director of Landscape & Place-making at Peabody, spoke to undergraduate and postgraduate landscape architecture and garden design students at the Writtle University College design studio.

Dr Askew, who was the landscape architect behind the Olympic Park, is now leading the landscape design and management for Thamesmead, London's New Town. He talked through the development history of Thamesmead and its current situation, challenges and issues.

At 150 hectares in size, this project is one of the biggest landscape master-planning projects in the UK and will become a multi-functional living landscape which is an ecologically and socio-economically sustainable new town.

Students had the chance to see how green infrastructure development, natural capital assessment and project management concepts were applied into a large master-planning project. As it is a new project, the students will be tracking its development through their time at Writtle.