Life’s milestones are marked by parties, gatherings, re-unions and momentous trips. This was the order of the day as we congregated ‘en masse’ for a practice-wide study trip to celebrate Planit-IE’s 20th year. Catching up with colleagues, challenging perspectives, relaxation, meeting new and soon-to-be team members, research, introducing valued friends, delicious food, sharing much-loved haunts… this is how we marked the occasion.
When deciding the location of team GB’s study trip we had to find a location that would encompass the range of projects currently in the team – waterside development, sports ground design, green infrastructure, heritage, urban renewal and shared streets… and preferably sunny and warm (a bit of Autumnal sun to boost mental health and vitamin D levels). So there really couldn’t be anywhere else, tickets to Barcelona were booked.
There wasn’t much debate about where Planit-IE Team London would go for their study trip – Berlin! The city is well known for its history and the landscapes that have been shaped by it. It had also been ‘home’ to one of our team, Antony Nelson. Tony’s Tours was established to make sure the team was immersed in the culture and history of the city.
When planning a study trip, there is often a long and heated debate as to where the team should go. The inevitable questions of budget, travel time and ‘fun factor’ all rear their heads and are discussed at length by the group. No such discussions here in Team Tub. Lead by Matthew Warner, the team were the first to plan their trip and laid claim to the Queen of Landscapes – Paris.