About

matthew Ludlam

Matthew Ludlam

3rd September 1981 – 26th June 2015

The Matthew Ludlam Foundation was set up in 2016 by family and friends of Matthew, to raise funds for charitable purposes in his memory.

Matthew was a proud Mancunian who lived and worked in the City all his life.

He was born at Withington Hospital in 1981; went to primary school in Chorlton; secondary school at William Hulme; sixth form at Xavarian College and completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Manchester University.

At university he studied Town Planning and in 2003 was awarded a First Class Honours Degree; the University of Manchester Heywood Medal for graduating with the highest overall average marks in Planning and the RTPI NW Moss Madden Award for the best final year project work by an undergraduate student in the North West Planning Schools. He became a Member of the RTPI in 2014.

Matthew started his career at URBED in the Northern Quarter, moved to Taylor Young, where he met Shelagh McNerney and Simon Peake (Trustees of the Foundation), who then set up an office for Taylor Young in the Northern Quarter. He progressed to establish a new urban regeneration practice, SHAPE, with Shelagh. Matthew then joined Ludlam Associates in Didsbury and was making good progress to take over the practice.

Matthew’s interests focused on the city: urban form; design; street art; culture and music, and travelling. TMLF will be promoting projects in these areas with the theme “CHASE DREAMS NOT DRAGONS” directed at providing opportunities for young people to develop their potential.

The aims of the Foundation are to raise funds to enable individuals or groups to achieve their potential in areas which were of interest to Matthew. In his CV he stated he had a strong commitment to environmental sustainability and community involvement, and was passionate about urban planning and regeneration.

The Trustees will invite requests for funding for any projects, including education, travel, arts, events or accommodation in these areas of interest.

Trustees

Shelagh McNerney

Shelagh McNerney

M.Phil. Town Planning. (UCL). FRSA.

Shelagh is a regeneration and development professional with a love of cities, people and places with a track record of bringing people together to solve problems and deliver investment and regeneration. She has a long career in the public sector (Chester, Bolton & Manchester) followed by 10 years in the Private Sector (2004 - 2015) and now works in the field of regeneration and town planning. Shelagh met Matthew through their shared interests in architecture, art, life and laughs. They spent time travelling around Europe, the USA, Ireland and cities of all descriptions. Shelagh's son Dylan knew Matthew as a small child and remembers his sense of fun and how he taught him to climb trees properly!

Simon Peake

Simon Peake

BA (Hons) MTPl MRTPI

Simon is a chartered town planner, working as a planning consultant for WYG Group. Simon knew Matthew as both a colleague and friend when they worked together at planning and design consultancy Taylor Young. They were both involved in setting up a satellite office in the Northern Quarter, and outside of work shared a keen interest in music and cities. Simon is pleased to be a trustee of the Matthew Ludlam Foundation and hopes to see good projects delivered for communities and young people, especially those that reflect the interests and passions that Matthew had.

Rebecca Kenrick

Rebecca Kenrick

Rebecca is a dual qualified Solicitor and Barrister, practicing as a Solicitor at global law firm Clyde & Co. Rebecca specialises in defending catastrophic and large loss claims for major insurer clients, working to achieve resolution on a daily basis. Rebecca met Matthew at Xaverian College in Manchester when they were both just 16 and studying history. They discovered shared interests in music, film and fun, and spent a great deal of time in each other's company. Rebecca is delighted to be a trustee of the Matthew Ludlam Foundation and hopes to help progress projects, particularly for young people, in areas that would have been of interest to Matthew.

Rob Mawdsley

Rob Mawdsley

Support

Rob’s background is in mechanical and aircraft engineering and previously had his own building business. His main role is in contributing development, building and maintenance skills to maximise the rental from the property portfolio which is the Foundation’s main funding source of income. Rob knew Matthew from 2004 and they shared a passion for renovating property and 1950’s shiny metal things, including Airstream Caravans, kitchens and American cars. Despite his best efforts, Matthew failed to up-cycle Rob’s taste in fashion and food.

Projects

THE MATTHEW LUDLAM SCHOLARSHIPS

After establishing a long-term income stream, and following discussions with The University of Manchester, the Matthew Ludlam Scholarships programme has been established in the School of Planning and Environmental Management, where Matthew had studied.

The scholarships provide financial support for undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds, who might otherwise be unable to undertake or complete a degree course.

Each academic year, beginning in 2018, 2 undergraduate students will be selected by the University through the Widening Participation Initiative to receive the scholarship. The University mentor the students, administer the scholarship and monitor the student’s progress throughout their 3-year undergraduate course.

By 2020 the Foundation will be supporting 6 students per year on a rolling programme basis, this way Matthew’s legacy will provide talented and deserving young people with the opportunity to maximise their potential.

COMMUNITY ART

Cavendish Road Primary School

Painting the ‘Big Bird’ above Blagg’s Hardware Shop on Burton Road in West Didsbury generated interest with the children, parents and staff of nearby Cavendish Road Primary School. Discussions with teaching staff, identified a need for support of the school’s art curriculum, and the Wall Art Project has been established within the school which will involve all the children.

Outdoor Art Gallery

A pavilion building in a local park will be brought back into public use as an outdoor art gallery, where anyone can put their artwork, of whatever genre, on public display.

Didsbury Arts Festival (DAF)

The Festival is a Bi-annual event and following our participation in 2017, we are pleased to announce that TMLF is now associated with the Didsbury Arts Festival. We will organise and host art events in festival years and also undertake art projects in collaboration with DAF in the years the festival is not held.

StreetArt

From small beginnings, our involvement with Community Streetart projects is growing. We are regularly approached by individuals, art groups and businesses, as well as Local Councillors and others, to organise artists to undertake Streetart commissions which enhance, improve and help regenerate the local areas.

152 Burton Road
152 Burton Road
152 Burton Road
152 Burton Road

152 Burton Road

  • Artist: Mateus Bailon
  • Site Owner: Chris Ward
171 Burton Road
171 Burton Road
171 Burton Road
171 Burton Road
171 Burton Road
171 Burton Road

171 Burton Road

  • Artist: Phlegm
  • Site Owner: Kan Management
Lapwing Lane
Lapwing Lane
Lapwing Lane
Lapwing Lane
Lapwing Lane
Lapwing Lane

97 Lapwing Lane

  • Artist: Mateus Bailon
  • Site Owner: Justin Parkinson
Private Commission
Private Commission

Private Commission

  • Artist: Mateus Bailon
TMLF Video

The Matthew Ludlam Foundation

  • Video:TMLF_Manchester - Didsbury Street Art

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