25 February, 2019
14TH MARCH BREAKFAST TALK WITH ED LISTER
ADDING DELIGHT – A LANDSCAPE-LED APPROACH. Thursday 14th march
Sugar House Island’s cosmopolitan team of creatives is drawn from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. We have invited members of the Sugar House Island team to tell us more about their work and involvement with the project.
WE ASKED Ed TO TELL US A BIT ABOUT HIMSELF AHEAD OF HIS TALK
What does Planit-IE do?
Planit-IE (Planit Intelligent Environments) is a design practice with a passion for outside spaces and the role they play as building blocks for our communities. For over two decades they have been turning spaces into places for people to explore, engage with and most importantly, enjoy. From the UK’s largest regeneration projects to bespoke single site commissions, their team of Landscape Architects, Urban Designers, Visualisers, Animators and Graphic Designers have been driven by the challenge to embed design quality within the built environment – whatever the scale, whatever the context.
The P-IE team of more than 70 dedicated professionals, each make their own contribution to the ongoing success of our three studios in Manchester, London and Liverpool.
How did the company get its name?
No great story there I’m afraid, we spent an evening trying to think of something that we thought would capture what we do..which was to make plans - large and small and have always been interested in our physical and evolutionary connection to Mother Earth. When we tried to register the company at companies house, we were one of many and had to adapt the name to get it registered so the I.E was added. I.E. stands for Intelligent Environments which seemed to underline our ambitions and at the time we didn’t want to label ourselves as Landscape Architects as we sensed opportunity might be greater if we blurred the edges of our experience at that time. The PIE logo came much later as Planit Intelligent Environments didn’t make for a memorable image.
What is a Landscape Architect?
If you ask my two daughters now 18 and 16:
...they would still struggle to define what it is that I do for a living. He designs everything outside of a building might be the response. They would be able to recall plenty of projects I’ve worked on, because they’ve been dragged around by me at weekends, and would probably pick out Manchester City Football Club Training Academy, Albert Square, Manchester, Altrincham Town Centre regeneration, Sugar House Island (still Strand East to them probably..sorry) and Stewart's (private client) house and garden in North Wales, with the amazing swimming pool and outdoor party space... as ones that have been talked about more often over mealtimes or visited at weekends.
If we ask Google:
...Landscape architects analyse, plan, design, manage and nurture the built and natural environments. Landscape architects have a significant impact on communities and quality of life. They design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, and other projects that help define a community.
If you ask me:
…We are designers and curators of outside spaces and the role they play in helping to bring people and communities together.
What inspires you?
Nature and its ability to adapt to its surroundings - Physical Geography…big landscapes, natural succession of trees and vegetation, but I’m also interested in our evolutionary trail and what makes us who we are, what we need, and not necessarily what we think we need.
What projects have you worked on?
We have been fortunate to work and collaborate on a very wide range of projects across all sectors including; our award-winning visitors centre and steamboat jetty on Lake Windermere in the Lake District National Park, Surf Snowdonia, the world's first inland 300m long artificial surf lagoon built on a derelict, former Aluminium works site in North Wales, Universities, Schools and Colleges, Sports Stadiums, Arenas and Football Training Academies (inc. Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton) . We cover a wide range of scales with our Urban Design and Masterplanning team, from strategic development frameworks, and urban regeneration, to urban extensions and sensitive enabling developments. We have played a leading role in the design and delivery of public realm improvements in Poynton Town Centre, Altrincham Town Centre and Fishergate in Preston, all of which have subsequently seen a large increase in footfall, investment and trade, when most high streets across the country are in rapid decline. Altrincham Town Centre winning the best English High Street 2018. The design and delivery of public parks and squares has always been a focus for the studio and non more so than Albert Square in Manchester which we won in 2017, as part of the £330m Our Town Hall project, but we’re also delighted to be currently working on Lincoln Square, The Medieval Quarter, Great Northern Square, Saddlers Yard, Circle Square, Brunswick Park, First Street and more besides. Since setting up the studio in London in 2011, we have also made our mark in the Capital with projects such as Hammersmith Grove, Clerkenwell Green, Keybridge House, Sugar House Island, The Margarine Works, Southall, Deanston Wharf, Albany Riverside, Farnborough Business Park… We have recently opened a studio in Liverpool to continue our long established role on Liverpool Waters together with a number of other city centre projects, and have an exciting new opportunity soon to be revealed, for something a little different in the South West.
We are very fortunate to have found clients over the last 20 years who see the value in what we do and have given us the opportunity and freedom to share our passion and excitement for the profession. We also owe a great deal to the many Architects who we have worked and collaborated with, but more particularly to those who have mentored and educated us along the way.
What are you doing at Sugar House Island?
We are creating a canvas for memories….
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