The Landscape Institute (LI) is delighted to reveal the winners of the 2023 LI Awards.  

 

The LI Awards is an annual celebration of people, place and nature, and the myriad ways that landscape projects can connect them. Held this year on 3rd November, it was the Awards’ 30th anniversary, a tribute to the longevity of their impact and success.   

Taking home the prestigious President’s Award, presented by President-Elect of the Landscape Institute, Carolin Göhler, was ‘Challenging Public Health Inequalities Across Bradford District’, a wide-ranging scheme by Bradford Metropolitan District Council. 

The project, which also won the ‘Excellence in Public Health and Wellbeing’ category, tackles public health disparities by integrating green and blue infrastructure, highlighting the vital role of the environment in health outcomes. Rooted in participatory and co-creation principals and extensive research, its focus is on the social value of better public health and wellbeing within urban areas. With a scope extending from policy and planning to design, implementation and beyond, it is an example of what a landscape-led approach can offer in the public sector.  

‘Mayfield Park, Manchester’, a project by Studio Egret West, won two Awards, for ‘Excellence in Landscape Design’ and ‘Excellence in Place Regeneration’, after also being shortlisted for ‘Excellence in Climate, Environment and Social Outcomes’ and ‘Excellence in Biodiversity Conservation and Enhancement’. 

Meanwhile, both PRP and The Paul Hogarth Company won two awards each. PRP won the ‘Building with Nature National Award’, for its scheme Pydar, and ‘Excellence in Collaboration, Engagement and Influence’ for Dementia Friendly Design. The Paul Hogarth Company won ‘Excellence in Masterplanning and Urban Design’ with Letterkenny 2040 and ‘Excellence in Small Landscape and Garden Design’ for Glenkinchie Distillery.  

Entries across the board point towards a future in which landscape practice plays an essential role in helping the built and natural environment sectors deliver on their goals around climate, biodiversity, and health. Every successful project at the LI Awards demonstrated how the profession provides the skills and knowledge to create resilient, environmentally friendly, socially inclusive and beautiful spaces, that contribute to the well-being of both people and the planet.  

The full list of winners is as follows: 

Excellence in Landscape Planning and Assessment  Cherry Hinton North Design Code – McGregor Coxall  
Excellence in Heritage and Culture St Albans Cathedral Sumpter Yard Revived​ – J&L Gibbons 
Excellence in climate, environment, and social outcomes Climate Ready Edinburgh – Atkins 
Dame Sylvia Crowe International Award Rijnvliet Edible Neighborhood – Felixx Landscape Architects 
Excellence in Biodiversity Conservation and Enhancement Urban Green UP – re-Shaped & Flavia Goldsworthy 
Landscape Legacy Award Renewable Energy, a new aesthetic? – MVGLA 
The Landscape Research and Digital Innovation Award Atlas for a City-Region – Critical Landscapes Design Lab and Gareth Doherty 
Excellence in Masterplanning and Urban Design Letterkenny 2040 – The Paul Hogarth Company 
Excellence in Landscape Design Mayfield Park – Studio Egret West 
Student Portfolio  The power of nature – Jinming Wei (The Bartlett, UCL) 
Student Dissertation Award The Herring Girls – Nyima Murry (The Bartlett, UCL) 
Excellence in Small Landscape and Garden Design Glenkinchie Distillery – The Paul Hogarth Company 
Excellence in Place Regeneration Mayfield Park by Studio Egret West 
Excellence in Public Health and Wellbeing Challenging public health inequalities across Bradford District – City of Bradford Municipal District Council 
Building with Nature National Award Pydar  – PRP 
Excellence in Collaboration, Engagement and Influence Dementia friendly design – PRP 
Landscape & Parks Management Stanmer Park Management Plan – LUC 
President’s Award Challenging public health inequalities across Bradford District – City of Bradford Municipal District Council 

A full list of all the finalists can be found here.  

Carolin Göhler, President-Elect, Landscape Institute, said: “I have been a judge at the LI Awards before, but this was my first time as President-Elect, and I was delighted to award the President’s Award to such an innovative, entrepreneurial, and deserving winner in the public sector. It is a true exemplar of how landscape can benefit people, place and nature with good community health research, policy making, design, and implementation, with close community liaisons and management of green spaces. I want to thank all the entrants that took part, as well as the judging panels and the many volunteers, and congratulate all the winners – the future of landscape is bright.” 

Robert Hughes, Acting CEO, Landscape Institute, said:  “We at the LI are so pleased to see such a continued high standard of entries. The projects highlighted a wide range of our members’ work, as well as the wider industry’s diverse skills and attributes, with many of the projects reflecting the urgent need to combat social inequality, climate change and the biodiversity emergency with progressive and nature and place-based solutions. Our heartfelt thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers, and supporters for making this important celebration happen.”

David Withycombe, Chair of the LI Awards Panel, said: “‘This year we have seen an exemplary standard of entries. As always it was hard for the judges to narrow all the entries down to a select group of finalists, as the standard was so high. This year we saw the continued themes of combating climate and biodiversity crisis with new and innovative solutions. It was interesting to look back on the last 30 years and see how the profession has changed, as well as looking forward to the beginning of an exciting new chapter.’

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