We have set up Village Makers as a part of the work of The Living Village Trust. We’ve been researching, designing and building attractive human scale, energy efficient neighbourhoods since 1993.
Director Carole Salmon is the custodian of Village Makers. As a Founder Director of The Living Village Trust, Carole has been the driving force behind the design and development projects over more than 20 years. She believes that new housing development should deliver places where people can grow their own food, work and go to school locally and be part of a supportive community. Carole brings beautiful design together with an efficient and practical building system.
Placemaker Director Bob Tomlinson has evolved a unique seven step approach to design that is based on how resilient a place really is. He is inspired by the potential of creating sustainable settlements through Permaculture and combines this with the work of Christopher Alexander. Having studied intentional communities and modern approaches to Urbanism as part of the research for The Wintles he has come to the considered conclusion that the most important element of urban design is to learn from successful places in the local area.
Financial Director Ian Hollocks Ian is a qualified accountant with twenty years’ experience in property finance, having worked in both the quoted sector with Grantchester and the private sector with LxB. He has a particular interest in demonstrating how the social, environmental and economic benefits which Bob’s placemaking skills deliver can be the drivers for strong financial returns to investors.
Architecture Director Gareth Roberts is an architect and urban designer who has designed places with Bob and Carole for nearly ten years. He has built many homes for private and commercial clients, always aiming to create light, airy and healthy buildings which make sensible choices about the technology they incorporate. Gareth is most interested in the effect that settlements can have on people’s well being.
Simon Brown is a director and founder of Landstory Design Ltd. Simon sees the role of landscape architecture as key to the building of resilient and beautiful places of the future. He is a landscape architect and design thinker and has worked on projects throughout the UK including Bicester Eco-Town development, the Royal Parks, east London’s Fish Island Regeneration, Community Land Trust self-build project in Lewisham and Frome Town Council.
Garry Colliganis an Architect specialising in masterplanning and urban design. Formerly Urban Design Director at Terry Farrell’s he founded think place (a consultancy in urban design) and Place Research Lab (a community interest company set up in collaboration with the University of East London). He is a Built Environment Expert for Design Council Cabe and an ‘Urban Design Surgeon’ for Urban Design London. Garry has a passion for the creation of resilient places that can be shaped by those who use them.
Simon Jones is an architectural Watercolourist and CGI visualiser. Of all the thousands of housing schemes he has illustrated over the last 25 years, he genuinely believes that Bob Tomlinson’s designs are the best examples of new housing for the future. Simon combines a background in architecture with that of a landscape painter. For the last 25 years he has been illustrating major architectural projects: from the British Museum Great Court for Fosters, to the Olympics Masterplan by Arups and a lot in between. He is Fellow of the Society of Architectural Illustrators and is in business partnership with his wife Caroline.
Landscape and Detail Manager Lucinda Wheater has many years of experience in landscape and interior and exterior design. Good at designing detail and sourcing materials, crafts people, artists and architectural artefacts she has also been a maker herself and understands each of the processes involved in design and build. Creative vision that considers and honours spaces and environments is at the heart of her practice alongside an understanding of aesthetics, rhythm, balance and flow.
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