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LI Webinar: Designing better together – The positive impact of play in housing developments


In this webinar Jupiter Play are joined by Laura Bradley, of Bradley Murphy Design, 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 and Bradley Murphy Design 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. 


Rosie Mayer, Senior Designer & Bespoke Design Specialist, Jupiter Play & Leisure

Rosie started working for Jupiter Play in 2016 and is Jupiter's bespoke design specialist, with great working relationships between the international suppliers. She was awarded the Pro Landscaper 30 under 30 award, Class of 2020 last year after being nominated by her team. Amazing hand-drawn illustrations feature heavily in her designs, most notably the recently installed Poole Park.

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.

Webinar Host, Laura Schofield, Membership Development Manager, Landscape Institute

 Prior to joining the LI, Laura built up her career in multi-disciplinary consultancy, specialising in the delivery of Landscape Management projects and services including Open Space and Green Infrastructure Strategies; Landscape, Conservation and Habitat Management Plans; and Management and Maintenance Costings and Contracts. As an experienced landscape professional and Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute, Laura brings her knowledge, understanding and passion for the landscape profession to the role. Since joining the LI she has supported on a range of membership initiatives and projects such as new Entry Standards; Registered Practice scheme; Fellows campaign; and Training Partnerships; as well as engaging with members and practices including through events, the LI's branches, and sector leadership forums.

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