LDA Design leads 'Science Cities and the Arc' workshop


Back to college: Tom Perry of LDA Design (standing) leads a workshop at 'Science Cities and the Arc' at Newnham Cambridge, with Anna Strongman of Oxford University Development presenting


At our recent 'Science Cities and the Arc' forum at Newnham College Cambridge, we were fortunate to have an experienced planning and design workshop moderator - Tom Perry of LDA Design - setting a creative task for the assembled guests and contributors from R&D campuses, health trusts, universities, local authorities, architects, planners, surveyors and lawyers.


Tom described the variety of LDA Design's projects around campus design, giving the example of single use sites with large numbers of cars such as Culham in Oxfordshire where most drive to work despite having the station close at hand, and having huge acres of mown grass ('which could be put to more interesting use'). He described the HereEast innovation campus on the Olympic Park at Stratford, which has a school and housing and where the landscape between the buildings becomes the spaces where people interact. Also the Cambridge Science Park where the fantastic and mature landscape is underused, and where people could be coaxed outside with spaces for playing petanque or table tennis.


Tom proposed: