Melissa Kurihara, Jennifer Rea And Stephanie Crewe
From left: Kurihara, Rea and Crewe

Kurihara on board as LUC builds Manchester base

Melissa Kurihara has joined the firm as associate director leading the Manchester planning team, as the consultancy looks to provide its full suite of services from the city.

Kurihara has joined from Salford’s public-private services partnership Urban Vision, and before that worked for Stafford Council.

Her arrival follows that of principal landscape architect Stephanie Crewe, who joined in April, and principal environmental planner Jennifer Rea who moved at the start of the year following an 11-year stint with LUC’s London office.

Two graduates are also set to join LUC in its design and planning teams.

Tom Jonson, who joined from Aecom to head the newly minted Manchester office last year, said: “It has been an excellent 12 months and we are delighted to have achieved so much in such a short period.

“We have won a number of new clients and secured further instructions from existing clients. The team has grown significantly.

“In the next 12 months our strategy is to deliver all LUC’s core services from our new office including landscape design, urban design, planning, environmental impact assessment, landscape management, heritage and ecology which will put us in a great position.”

LUC also has offices in London, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Lancaster.

Since launching, the Manchester office has been appointed by Eden District Council to lead on a masterplan for Penrith including 5,000 to 8,000 homes, a link road and a 173-acre employment site.

The team has also been appointed by Manchester City Council to provide landscape appraisals at Heaton Park, and by Peel on a site within the Port Warrington masterplan.

The team is continuing to work for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, having carried out an assessment of the Manchester Green Belt as part of a series of projects forming part of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework project.

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How positive and refreshing to see a consultancy happy to appoint and publicise a better gender balance across senior roles. Actions and publicity like this will encourage other women to follow careers in fields previously dominated by men.

By Franc G