Gary has over 30 years’ experience with a wide range of landscape and environmental projects. Masterplanning and environmental assessment of large and complex schemes is an area of particular expertise.
He was responsible for the landscape design of ‘Conkers’ the Millennium project for the National Forest. The £2million scheme includes a wide range of educational and leisure facilities, set within an arboretum of new woodlands, and won the Civic Trust Special Award for Partnership working. Gary is an experienced expert witness, having given evidence at over 35 residential, energy and mineral schemes, covering Landscape and visual impact and masterplanning.
He produced the SPD on the ‘Location and Design for Major Waste Management Proposals’ in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The SPD provides easy to follow guidance for developers and public authorities. The SPD has been awarded a Landscape Institute Award.
Masterplanning projects include the Estate Review for Loughborough University, guiding the new development on the campus over the next 15 years. The project includes a science park on land adjacent to the main campus.
Currently, Gary is advising on the masterplanning for major developments in Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Northamptonshire and Yorkshire, for a wide range of private clients.
Minerals schemes include surface mine schemes for coal, gravel, clay extraction and hard rock quarries.
Gary is experienced at coordinating Environmental statements for major developments. Previous projects have included an urban integrated transport scheme in Derby, co-ordinating the work of specialist consultants.
He was responsible for carrying out the environmental assessment for the major brownfield re-development at Glasshoughton, including commercial residential retail and leisure uses. The scheme involved significant environmental works to clean up the heavily polluted site. The re-development scheme included a 50m high ‘snowdome’, so visual impact was a sensitive issue. The scheme is now successfully developed.
Gary is also a Professional Practice Examiner for the Landscape Institute.