Arminder gets in step to create attractive places to live for new home buyers
14 December 2017
Arminder Uppal Bovis Homes landscape architect Arminder Uppal always enjoys an opportunity to show her creative side - inside and outside of the workplace.
By day, she designs parks, playgrounds and gardens to provide attractive outside environments for new home buyers at Bovis Homes locations across the West Midlands.
In the evening, she teaches bhangra - a traditional Indian dance originating from Punjab - to enthusiastic pupils aged from three upwards at her local community centre in Wolverhampton.
"I have always had a creative side, so landscape architecture and bhangra are a great combination," explained Arminder, who has worked for Bovis Homes for nearly four years.
Introduced to bhangra at the age of 10, Arminder progressed from putting on lunchtime shows at school in aid of charity, to performing at the Hammersmith Apollo to an audience of 3,000 in the UK's first bhangra competition.
Two years ago, she started running bhangra classes every Tuesday evening for all ages and abilities, which are continuing to prove popular.
"I was very shy as a child - I couldn't speak in front of people, let alone dance - but bhangra really brought me out of myself," said Arminder.
"My heart was in my mouth the first time I performed, but now I can't wait to get on the dance floor.
"I'm still not the best at doing presentations at work, but just ask me to dance and I will - I love it!
"There are two elements to my classes - learning traditional bhangra and getting fit, because it's such an energetic dance."
Arminder (centre) on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo As a landscape architect, Arminder is responsible for creating attractive outside space at Bovis Homes locations in Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, the West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
Liaising with other professionals, she produces aesthetically-pleasing environments for people to enjoy, at the same time as ensuring any changes to the location are appropriate, sensitive and sustainable.
"I do take a lot of my pride in my job," said Arminder, who also writes a regular gardening tips column for Bovis Homes colleagues on the company's intranet.
"When I'm designing the outside space, the question I always ask myself is, 'Would I and my family be happy to live there?' It is important to make the location look attractive.
"Sometimes, of course, there are limitations on what you can do, perhaps because of space, but we always try our best to create the best environment possible."