Capita Lovejoy wins planning award
Capita Lovejoy – part of Capita Symonds’ landplanning division – was awarded the prize in conjunction with planning and ecology consultants Hankinson Duckett Associates and Berkshire County Council.
Surrounded by 400 acres of parkland, the 2.2km long, eight-laned rowing lake at Eton, near Windsor Castle, will be the rowing venue for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Capita Lovejoy provided landscape and visual impact assessment services, as well as landscape design, including construction and impact mitigation measures.
The team’s landscaping retains the openness of the site and enhances the metropolitan greenbelt. This has been achieved by the planting of an 80 acre park and arboretum with 30,000 native and specimen trees to the north of the lake, and a 100 acre nature conservation area adjacent to the Thames.
For more than 18 days during the 2012 Games, the lake will host Olympic Canoe/Kayak (Flatwater), Rowing and Paralympic Rowing events. It will have capacity for 20,000 seated spectators and a further 10,000 along the bank.