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Design Ideas Competition: Joseph Paxton

Paxton design ideas competition

Joseph Paxton was the designer of some of the earliest public parks in the world, in Birkenhead and Liverpool. As such, he is one of the most influential figures for the landscape profession today.

As a way of celebrating his life and legacy, the Landscape Institute North West would like to invite design teams to conceive and envisage a public park for the 21st century.

Each team must produce one A1 board. An award of £1000 will be presented to the winning entry. Please download additional information below.

Download the brief

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This competition has been organised by the Landscape Institute North West in conjunction with the MMU Landscape Architecture department and is supported by the Landscape Institute.

*The deadline has now passed and winners will be announced shortly*


Design for Life Competition

Groundwork London in partnership with Hammersmith and Fulham Council has been working with local residents to design and implement climate change adaptation measures on three housing estates in west London.

Design for Life aims to encourage housing providers, designers and local communities to build on the success of the aforementioned pilot projects, and redesign their own green spaces so they are better able to respond to the threats of flooding, heatwaves and water shortages.

Entrants are invited to show how they would build local resilience to climate change through retrofitting their local landscape, for a chance to win up to £1,000 and a day of expert advice to help develop and implement their idea.

The competition is free to enter and is open to everyone, regardless of their skills or experience in landscape design.

All shortlisted design proposals will be showcased at an event in October, and be featured in the LI journal Landscape, in early 2016.

Download the brief

Visit the Groundwork website

Please send any queries to:

*The deadline has now passed and winners will be announced shortly*


Capability Brown Festival Design Ideas Competition

Moccas Park - competition site

The Capability Brown Festival Design Ideas Competition is part of the series of activities planned to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's birth.

Full information on the Capability Brown Festival can be found here.

The competition is looking for contemporary design ideas inspired by Capability Brown's work. The winning designs will be used to inform what is implemented on ground at a real site - Moccas Registered Park and Garden, with lessons to pass on to other sites.

Competition Brief

Download the competition brief here*


PLEASE NOTE that the downloadable brief given above contains links on page 8 (under the title 'Useful Reading') that are now out of date, as the Natural England website has been updated.

The 'Herefordshire Lowlands National Character Area profile' and 'Herefordshire Lowlands NCA Statement of Environmental Opportunity' are now available under the following titles and links as given below:

National Character Area 99 Black Mountains and Golden Valley
NCA 99 Statement of Environmental Opportunity

Now available here.

National Character Area 100 Herefordshire Lowlands
NCA 100 Statement of Environmental Opportunity

Now available here.

Site visits

Further dates for site visits have now been set and are given below:

Monday 23rd March
Thursday 23rd April
Monday 1st June

The visits run from 12 – 3.30pm on each of these dates with National Nature Reserve manager, Saul Herbert, and Hereford County Council Archaeologist, Tim Hovard. Site visits will include a tour of the archaeological features and a visit to the privately owned medieval deer park of Moccas Park, adjacent to the site. Please contact Saul or 07525 968 440 for details.

If you are unable to make any of these dates and prefer to make your own arrangements to visit the site you are welcome to do so by notifying Saul in advance about access arrangements using the contact details given above, however you will not be able to access Moccas Park.

For furthe information on site visits, please see page 5 of the competition brief.

Future organised site visits will be listed here when dates are announced.

Supporting Information to accompany the brief:

Map 1 Competition Site
Map 2 Designations 1
Map 3 Designations 2
Map 4 Priority Habitats
Map 5 Aerial Photograph - pre-felling
Moccas - an English Deer Park edited by T Harding and Tom Wall English Nature 2000 extracts-Reading the Landscape
Hereford Archaeology Report No 346
Natural England Historic designed landscapes contribution to ecosystem services
Competition site photographs and site photo locations (added 10 March 2015)

A basic base plan survey of the competition site is included in the Hereford Archaeology Report 346.

Questions and Answers

FAQs will be posted in response to entrant queries on the Landscape Institute website and updated regularly.

Entry information

The competition is open to all. Entrants can submit as individuals or part of a team. Prizes are given in two categories and detailed below.

Category 1 - Student (entrants in this category must be registered as student members of the Landscape Institute)

First Prize: £2,500

Second Prize: £1,500

Runners up prize x2: £500 each

Category 2 - Open to all

First Prize: £2,500

Second Prize: £1,500

Runners up prize x2: £500 each


Submission deadline: 30th September 2015
Sifting panel October 2015
Judging November 2015
Announcement December 2015
Exhibition and published 2016 dates tbc


To register for the competition, please e-mail Sabina Mohideen at You will be sent a Unique Reference Number (URN), that must be included on the Entry Form that accompanies your submission. The Entry Form is given as part of the brief. Receipt of your Unique Reference Number acts as confirmation that your registration has been successful. Please allow for a minimum of three working days from when you register to receive your URN. It is advised that you register as early as possible to avoid delays.

Delivery address

Sabina Mohideen
Capability Brown Design Ideas Competition
URN [please write in your entry reference here]
Landscape Institute
107 Gray’s Inn Road



The competition will be judged according to the judging criteria by a specialist panel from Natural England, English Heritage, the Landscape Institute and from the landscape profession.

Page last updated 22 September 2015

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The LI Competitions Office organises international landscape architecture and urban design competitions for a variety of clients and project types.

For further information please contact Events and Competitions Manager Sabina Mohideen or phone 020 7685 2647.

See our previous competitions



Competition deadlines


Design Ideas Competition:

Joseph Paxton

Registration: 24th July 2015

Submission: 4th September 2015

Design for Life Competition

Submission: 21st September 2015

Design Ideas Competition:

Capability Brown Festival

Submission: 30th September 2015



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