Olympic Park and Thamesmead landscape lead to talk at SoilsCon

The importance of soil to large regeneration projects and the client's viewpoint will be outlined by director of landscape design and management at Thamesmead Phil Askew, at this year's SoilsCon.

Phil Askew in the Olympic Park. Image: supplied
Phil Askew in the Olympic Park. Image: supplied

Askew, whose current project is the delivery of the £1bn regeneration of the more than 40 hectare-Thamesmead estate in south London, led the design and delivery of the London 2012 Games Olympic Park at the Olympic Delivery Authority and transformation into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Askew worked with SoilsCon organiser Tim O’Hare on the Olympic Park, where O’Hare’s expertise was crucial in creating the park, using manufactured soils.

At this year’s conference, O’Hare will discuss the management and re-use of ‘greenfield’ site soils and will also take a look at the increasingly popular podium landscapes, considerations for soil types, depths, specifications, membranes and more.

Davy Ottevaere, technical manager at TerraCottem BVBA, will look at soil conditioning technology, while principal at Consulting with Trees Martin Gammie will give a talk entitled Thinking outside the tree pit – what sustainable urban tree planting really looks like. Finally head of research and development at Plantworks Louisa Robinson Boyer will give an introduction to mycorrhizal fungi.

The event will be again held at Phyllis Court, Marlow Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire on 18 October. For the first time, Tim O’Hare Associates will be holding a Soil Surgery throughout the event where delegates can speak to a consultant about their specific soil query.

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