dent, Rebecca Watts, added: “The design and community project isfantastic, a real insight into the „real world‟. It‟s a brilliant opportunity and if theschool can go ahead with our designs it will be very rewarding.”
Emma Oldroyd, Module Leader, commen
Working with real communitiesand clients on projects that influence genuine change is an invaluableexperience for students and helps them stand out from the crowd whenlooking for work in design practices. The programme provides an experiencethat is about as close to professional practice as you can get while still being astudent. Throughout the course, they manage the client relationship, plan anddeliver a community consultation programme and finally present a designpackage that meets their cl
ient‟s needs and I‟m proud to say that our students
put their heart and soul into it.
Other design projects include a new wallaby enclosure within the PonderosaRural Therapeutic Centre in Heckmondwike, a new reflection garden at St
Gemma‟s Hospice incor
porating a feature to help raise funds, the Gotts Park
walled garden‟s conversion into a new centre for the Conservation Volunteers
and their work, a setting and garden for a new community centre in NewFryston, Castleford, the regeneration of Castleford Flour Mill into a community
hub, „A Taste of Saltaire‟ –
maximising the use of space in Saltaire for growingfood; and a re-
design of the Bexley Wing Entrance courtyard at St James‟sHospital to give it a „wow factor‟.
The students are meeting with clients and users of the facilities to engagethem in the design processes and develop a good understanding of the
They will be delivering the final designs at an exhibition atBroadcasting Place in Leeds on Thursday 31 January.The study and practice of Landscape Architecture within a community contexthas been part of the academic programme at Leeds Metropolitan since the1970s, totalling more than 100 Design and Community projects. Theseprojects have ensured that students in their final year experience the theory