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1112 Design and Community Leeds

1112 Design and Community Leeds

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 November 2012For immediate releaseCommunity spaces brought to life at Leeds Met
Landscape Architecture students at Leeds Metropolitan University are sharingtheir expertise with communities across Yorkshire by designing a series of new spaces and revamps that will benefit the public and organisations.One project that a team of students are working on is the Moor Allerton Hall
Primary School‟s early years‟
playground. The students are designing a newKey Stage one playground area, including the woodland area adjoining theplayground and spaces adjoining the classrooms as well as the main entranceto the school. Working alongside second year Playwork students, the teamare also taking into account the
pupils‟
learning, play and development whichwill feed into the designs. The children, who are aged between five and sevenyears old, are getting involved in the process as much as possible.Catherine Phillips, Deputy Head Teacher at Moor Allerton Hall Primary
School, said: “We are looking to have the Key Stage One children use parts of 
the playground as an outdoor classroom, even if it is raining, so we haveasked the students to revamp the area including canopies. The mainentrance is our main point of contact for parents so we also asked them tomake it more welcoming. The students have met with parents to get their viewpoints and hired equipment for the children to play on, making videos sothat they can see how they play and interact with each other.
“I‟ve been really impressed with the level of commitment they have shown tomaking the best possible solution for us and I‟m looking forward to seeing
their plans. We are now busy applying for funding so that we can implement
the students‟ ideas.”
 
 
Stu
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
ted: “
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
clients‟ needs.
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

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