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BDP plans Joanna Yeates memorial and design prize

BDP’s Bristol office has revealed plans to launch a new design competition and build a memorial in memory of murdered landscape architect Joanna Yeates

Prior to her murder, Yeates had worked at the studio with her 27-year old boyfriend Greg Reardon.

Following the traumatic loss of the ‘bright, young [and] enthusiastic’ staff member, the company is now planning to:

  • Create a small garden of remembrance at its Bristol studio;
  • Sponsor an annual landscape design prize in her memory for students at the University of Gloucestershire’s School of Landscape and Environment, where she studied;
  • Create a book of remembrance to include an anthology of the 25-year-old’s work;
  • Dedicate a charity cycle ride between the firm’s UK offices, which forms part of the BDP’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

The proceeds from the sponsorship will go to charities of her family’s choice.

Announcing the memorials, Keith Pavey, chair of BDP’s Bristol studio, said: ‘It is now over seven weeks since Jo was so tragically taken from us and it is still difficult to come to terms with her untimely and unnecessary death.

‘We have been overwhelmed by the many messages of condolence and sympathy we have received from our clients and colleagues in the construction industry.

‘We will not forget Jo and we hope the above will collectively become a lasting tribute to her.’

On Monday, Yeates’s next-door neighbour Vincent Tabak, 32, made his third court appearance since he was charged with her murder.

The Dutch engineer, who was a consultant at Buro Happold in Bath, was remanded into custody awaiting a plea and case management hearing at Bristol Crown Court on 4 May.

A provisional trial date was also fixed for 4 October.

Yeates disappeared on Friday December 17 after going for Christmas drinks with colleagues.

Reardon reported her missing after he returned to Bristol on December 19 following a weekend away visiting family in Sheffield.

The university graduate’s frozen body was found dumped on a verge in Longwood Lane, Failand, North Somerset, on Christmas Day, three miles from her home in Canynge Road, Clifton.

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