LI Webinar: The positive impact of play in housing developments

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What role does play have in community? How can collaboration in the design process support positive community-based outcomes?

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In this webinar Jupiter Play are joined by Laura Bradley, of Bradley Murphy Design and Johanne Thomas from Urban & Civic, to discuss the positive impacts that partnership working has delivered and is continuing to deliver at Houlton a new strategic housing site on the outskirts of Rugby. 

Together, Jupiter Play, Bradley Murphy Design and Urban & Civic have commissioned a PhD research programme through Coventry University to evidence the positive impacts that investing in a high-quality play and landscape strategy have had on this new development. They will discuss the reasons for this partnership and the benefits of this research for the profession.

Jupiter Play is the UK’s leading supplier to the strategic house building sector. Their strong relationships with landscape architects and housing developers allow them to collaborate at the early stages of developments to add value to the design process. This results in high-quality landscaped play spaces which impact biodiversity, are truly sustainable and have a real impact on the health and well-being of these new communities.

Learning outcomes:

  • How to create a balance between play value and the landscape
  • Designing for long-term sustainability
  • The impact and importance of strategic partnerships when designing play spaces on new developments.

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Michael Hoenigmann, Managing Director, Jupiter Play

Michael has been in the play industry for nearly 30 years and has successfully established 3 businesses within the industry: all thriving today. Jupiter Play is a family business established in 1999 with a focus on delivering a consultative approach to play design and representing high quality brands in the industry, including our 10-year working relationship with FHS, bespoke Robinia design specialists (est.1984), Yalp interactives and Galopin.

Michael also established the bran Inclusive Play in recognition that the play industry needed to do more for children with disabilities and is now an internationally recognised brand.

Johanne Thomas, Director – Communications, Communities and Partnerships, Urban&Civic

Johanne is an experienced communications and community engagement professional of some 20 years, working predominantly within the housing and regeneration industry, across both the public and private sectors. With a degree in Public Relations with Law, Johanne has overseen communications on some of the Midlands’ largest housing and regeneration projects when working for the government’s Homes England agency, and prior to that led the communications and community development team for the government’s New Deal for Communities programme in North East Coventry, where she also set up the regions first communications social enterprise.

For the past 7 years, Joh has been with strategic land developer Urban&Civic as part of the core team to bring forward Rugby’s urban extension, Houlton, and now leading the communications, communities and partnerships business function across their wider portfolio on sites in Corby, Basingstoke, Newark and Rugby. Johanne is also a Trustee of the Transforming Lives Educational Trust (TLET) in Rugby and Director of the Houlton Multi Academy Trust, which runs the new St Gabriel’s Academy in Rugby.

Laura Bradley, Director, Bradley Murphey Design

Laura is a Chartered Landscape Architect and Director and Co-founder of Bradley Murphy Design. With 20 years’ experience designing and delivering residential and mixed-use projects, Laura has a passion for creative, distinctive design solutions that are underpinned by a big picture, landscape led approach. The creation of green spaces that foster inclusivity and access for all is a key driver in Laura’s design work, along with the importance of making our landscapes resilient and sustainable. Alongside her project work Laura is also an Associate panel member of the Design Council and the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Quality Review Panel.

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The Landscape Institute (LI) is the chartered body for the landscape professions.

With over 5600 members and 500 Registered Practices, operating in over 40 countries, we provide a professional home for all landscape practitioners including landscape scientists, landscape planners, landscape architects, landscape managers and urban designers.

The LI’s aim, through the work of its members is to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit.

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