The best in landscape architecture, design, planning and management announced in 2018 Awards ceremony
The Landscape Institute is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Landscape Institute Awards 2018.
From 163 entries, the winners highlight an array of projects that focus on landscape design, community, sustainability and innovative thinking. The diversity of the projects showcases the efforts the profession makes to protect and develop the landscape.
Adam White, President of the Landscape Institute, said: ‘From a quarry in Shanghai to a 21st century back garden in Elephant and Castle, landscape practitioners are leading the way in combatting climate change, creating places where people want to live and connecting people, place and nature.
‘The Landscape Institute Awards celebrate the contribution made by the landscape profession to creating a better world and this year’s crop of award-winning projects sets a new standard in design, management and planning.’
LI Awards 2018: Winners gallery
Maritime Streets - Farrer Huxley Associates
WINNER: Adding Value Through LandscapeJudges said: 'This scheme understands the value of getting high-level professional engagement at an early stage of the project. The process has actively engaged the community and encouraged a sense of local pride. This model could be replicable for many other locations across the UK.
Royal Edinburgh Hospital - erz
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Adding Value Through LandscapeJudges said: 'This scheme could be a game-changer in terms of how acute mental health care is delivered.'
Bluegreen Liverpool - reShaped
WINNER: Communication and PresentationJudges said: 'Creates opportunity and encourages engagement in meaningful activities. The project is practical, hands-on and fun.'
Landscape Architecture & Environmental Sustainability - Joshua Zeunert
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Communication and PresentationJudges said: 'A comprehensive reference text book with great graphics. We would all like a copy!'
South Gardens, Elephant Park - Churchman Landscape Architects
WINNER: Design for a Small-Scale DevelopmentWINNER: Landscape Institute's President's AwardJudges said: 'This is an outstanding and innovative project that has fully complied with the project brief to deliver a liveable, engaging playful and residential amenity landscape with intrinsic ecological value.'
The Dunbar Battery - Rankinfraser Landscape Architecture
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Design for a Small-Scale DevelopmentJudges said: 'A strong and considered landscape project, with distinctive contemporary detailing inserted into a historic coastal site.'
Seething Lane Gardens, Ten Trinity Square - Capita Lovejoy
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Design for a Small-Scale DevelopmentJudges said: 'This is an impressive and very high-quality scheme.'
Shadwell Estate - Turkington Martin
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Design for a Small-Scale DevelopmentJudges said: 'This is an excellent piece of design: considered, robust, but with a sense of fun and joy - a scheme which transforms the space and the lives of those who use it.'
Aberfeldy Phases 1 and 2 - Levitt Bernstein
WINNER: Design for a Medium-Scale DevelopmentJudges said: 'The sophistication and continuity of the stakeholder engagement process has clearly paid off with a palpable sense of ownership, care and pride.'
Mill Lane and De Montfort University Public Realm - AECOM
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Design for a Medium-Scale DevelopmentJudges said: 'This project demonstrates how meaningful consultation can improve and add value to the design.'
Learning Forest, Singapore Botanic Gardens - Stephen Caffyn Landscape Design
WINNER: Design for a Large-Scale DevelopmentJudges said: 'Stephen Caffyn has implemented a scheme that is a rich infusion of design inspiration combined with ultimate respect for the natural environment.'
Environmental Improvement Project at Kranji Marshes - Stephen Caffyn Landscape Design
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Design for a Large-Scale DevelopmentJudges said: 'The journey and spaces created have an intimate scale appropriate for the close proximity to nature.'
Bushey New Cemetery - J & L Gibbons
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Design for a Large-Scale DevelopmentJudges said: 'The wild flowers and grasses and the retention of the veteran oak trees all provide a calm juxtaposition for the solid and simple forms of the prayer hall to reside.'
Forest of Imagination - Grant Associates
WINNER: Design for a Temporary LandscapeJudges said: 'It demonstrates the potential of landscape architecture to be a social catalyst and has had a high impact in the city in terms of increasing visitor numbers, collaborators and funding.'
St Helen’s Moorish-Stitch: A Garden on Behalf of McArthurglen Designer Outlet York - Urban Wilderness
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Design for a Temporary LandscapeJudges said: 'This scheme was delivered for a modest budget but demonstrated great value for the client. It received an overwhelmingly positive response from the public, and has demonstrated how the introduction of planting can transform a hard public space into an urban oasis.'
The Restoration of Cassiobury Park - LUC
WINNER: Heritage and ConservationJudges said: 'The joy of Cassiobury Park and the community’s involvement shone through this excellent and comprehensive £5m project.'
The Piece Hall Transformation Project - Gillespies
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Heritage and ConservationJudges said: 'An excellent repurposing of the space with great sensitivity to a nationally significant building.'
Brompton Cemetery Conservation Project - LDA Design
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Heritage and ConservationJudges said: 'We were very impressed with the revitalisation of a special historic site achieved through close work with communities and sensitive interventions.'
Gunnersbury Park ‘Parks for People’ Project - Ealing Council
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Heritage and ConservationJudges said: 'Excellent work to restore historic views and structural tree-lines.'
Thamesmead - Land Management Services
WINNER: Science, Management and StewardshipJudges said: 'Plan ownership and delivery content, including details on management structure, was excellent.'
Met Office Science Park - Stride Treglown
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Science, Management and StewardshipJudges said: 'This scheme demonstrates a high level of interest and research into pollinating planting at the Met Office complex.'
Wandle Vistas - Untitled Practice and Fiona Fyfe Associates
WINNER: Landscape Policy and ResearchJudges said: 'Lovely, well-designed range of documentation with a wide variety of uses - in education, interpretation, policy, best practice.'
Exmoor's Ambition - Rural Focus
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Landscape Policy and ResearchJudges said: 'It creates understanding and aspirations within society but framed from a farming perspective.'
Connecting Burton and the Trent Washlands: A New Vision - Black and Veatch Ltd
WINNER: Local Landscape PlanningJudges said: 'It is clear to see how the public has been engaged and how their responses have been integrated into the solutions.'
Northstowe Phase 2 Healthy Living and Youth & Play Strategy - Chris Blandford Associates
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Local Landscape PlanningJudges said: 'Delivered in three phases, the town will eventually provide 10,000 new homes for around 25,000 people.'
Neighbourhood Planning Support Services: Heritage and Character Assessment - AECOM
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Local Landscape PlanningJudges said: 'Good-quality analysis and research distilled for an audience who may not be from technical planning or planning-related backgrounds.'
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Parks and Open Spaces Strategy and Corporate Natural Capital Accounts - Jon Sheaff and Associates
WINNER: Strategic Landscape PlanningJudges said: 'An excellent example of a holistic evidence-based project, and of how natural capital accounting can be approached and implemented to properly inform long-term decision-making and resource allocation.'
Landscape Sensitivity and Green Infrastructure Study for Leicester and Leicestershire - LUC
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Strategic Landscape PlanningJudges said: 'The project is comprehensive, thorough and well put together. It will no doubt be of great value to the client group in assisting their decision-making.'
Residential Regeneration at Poole Park Road, Barne Barton, Plymouth - Clifton Emery Design
WINNER: Urban Design and MasterplanningJudges said: 'The site and context analysis was comprehensive and the approach to stakeholder engagement and resident involvement was exemplary.'
Eastfields - Levitt Bernstein
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Urban Design and MasterplanningJudges said: 'The approach to stakeholder engagement and resident involvement was excellent.'
Beech Gardens and The High Walk, Barbican Estate - Nigel Dunnett and the Landscape Agency
WINNER: Planting Design, Horticulture and Strategic EcologyWINNER: Landscape Institute's Fellows' Award for Creating Healthy PlacesJudges said: 'This represents a new benchmark for the future of urban planting.'
Le Jardin Secret, Marrakech - Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Planting Design, Horticulture and Strategic EcologyJudges said: 'The exotic garden is a masterclass in plant placement; a living artwork of texture, colour, rhythm and scale.'
Displaced Ecosystems: Can Implementing an Ecosystems Services Approach Improve the Quality and Sustainability of Refugee Settlements? - Joelle Darby, Birmingham City University
WINNER: Student DissertationJudges said: 'For a current topic, the candidate has been able to deliver a practical set of solutions worthy of detailed consideration by the engaged in working with refugees.'
A New Approach to an Inclusive Urban Park for All People: Specially Designed for Visually-Impaired People - Ibin Yoon, Writtle University College
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Student DissertationJudges said: 'A well-structured and clearly set out dissertation, focusing on an important topic that can easily be ignored: the consideration of the needs of people with visual impairment within the landscape design process.'
Brexit: In Search of the Picturesque? Re-framing Landscape for the Twenty-First Century - Bethan Walke, University of Gloucestershire
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Student DissertationJudges said: 'The panel were encouraged to see the student being bold enough to identify current, politically and ethically challenging topics such as Brexit.'
The Skyline Parliament Manifesto - Luke Whittaker, University of Greenwich
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Student DissertationJudges said: 'We were particularly impressed with the graphic representations within this entry.'
'Indulge me' by Michael Ekers, Writtle University College
WINNER: Student PortfolioJudges said: 'Proposals included in the portfolio demonstrate a great degree of creativity both in the topics developed and in the way of communicating ideas.'
Emma Thompson, University of Edinburgh
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Student portfolioJudges said: 'Lots of creativity and innovation combined with a good understanding of context and theory.'
'Philolutes and Psychrolutes - Lovers of Bathing and Lovers of Cold Water' by Liz Stark, University of Greenwich
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Student portfolioJudges said: 'The portfolio is harmonious in its presentation with an unique visual style.'
Emily Cropton, University of Edinburgh
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Student portfolioJudges said: 'The different textures and feel are exciting and engaging.'
Quarry Garden in Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden - Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning and Design Institute
WINNER: Dame Sylvia Crowe AwardJudges said: 'An excellent example of a fresh approach to quarry restoration. It is an approach which could be applied to quarries elsewhere in China and around the world.'
Rice Garden in Shanghai, China - Department of Landscape Architecture, Tongji University
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Dame Sylvia Crowe AwardJudges said: 'An admirable aspect of the project was that it provided a meeting place for different social groups, thereby enriching the project and creating learning opportunities for members of the local community and for professionals.'
Wangjing SOHO Parks: Creating a New Green Urban Hub - Ecoland Planning and Design Corporate
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Dame Sylvia Crowe AwardJudges said: 'The materials and finish are of an extremely high quality, which could serve to raise the professional and construction standards of other projects globally.'
The Block - desert INK/Desert Group
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Dame Sylvia Crowe AwardJudges said: 'It is commendable that the design put an emphasis on the reuse and recycling of concrete material, thereby reducing the park’s environmental footprint.'
HUB (in collaboration with B|D Landscape Architects)
WINNER: Client of the YearThe forward-thinking developer was nominated by B|D Landscape Architects for its progressive approach to delivering thoughtfully designed homes and places. The two companies have been collaborating on numerous projects for the past decade.
Annelise Walker, Tyler Grange LLP
WINNER: New Landscape Professional of the YearJudges said: 'Committed to both the profession and society, Anneliese is a worthy winner.'
James Penney, Allen Scott
HIGHLY COMMENDED: New Landscape Professional of the YearJudges said: 'James has been recognised as a leader by his employer Allen Scott, having risen to the position of associate director.'
WINNER: Volunteer of the YearMike was nominated by the Yorkshire and Humberside LI branch for over 30 years of volunteering. Judges said: 'Mike Browell has made a significant contribution to the success of our pathway to chartered membership candidates.'
A major event
Mathew Haslam, Managing Director of headline Awards sponsor Hardscape, said: ‘Hardscape has supported the Landscape Institute Awards since 2006, when the first event was hosted by BBC presenter Evan Davis. Since then attendance has doubled, and the Awards have become a major event in the annual calendar for landscape professionals.
‘We are delighted to have been involved for the past eleven years. The 2018 shortlist in particular really shows what landscape design can achieve in transforming our outdoor spaces and the impact this can have on creating communities, encouraging interaction and improving wellbeing for the people who use them.’
Dame Sylvia Crowe Award: the Inaugural year
The Dame Sylvia Crowe Award for Outstanding International Contribution to People, Place and Nature is the first Award to be open to individuals and organisations globally.
Dan Cook, CEO of the Landscape Institute, said: ‘Importantly for this year, we chose to honour one of our leading female professionals, Dame Sylvia Crowe, by creating an open and inclusive international category to celebrate talent from around the world. This year’s awards have shown a growing confidence across our profession, with impressive work from the UK, Morocco, Dubai, China and Singapore, showing the reach of our profession in many parts of the world.
‘We have an exciting future ahead with such talent among our Institute’s ranks.’
The winner of the Dame Sylvia Crowe Award Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute’s Quarry Garden in Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden. The judges were impressed with the modern design methods used to create a stunning series of attractions, which re-establish the connection between human beings and the wasteland of the quarry. The design has turned a scarred landscape into an attractive re-naturalised environment providing recreation and ecological restoration.
LI Fellows’ Award for Creating Healthy Places
This year’s winner is Beech Gardens and The High Walk, Barbican Estate, by Nigel Dunnett and the Landscape Agency.
This project sets out to refresh the external podium garden in the Barbican High Walk, an area devastated by WWII that was redeveloped between 1960-1980. The planting offers seasonal change, dynamic colour and texture and greatly reduced water input.
The project sets a new precedent for the adaptation and retro-fitting of post-war housing developments and offers residents visual interest and wellbeing benefits – much needed in this dense inner-city environment. The innovative design aims to create a landscape that is future-proofed and responds to the unique micro-climate issues of London’s Barbican.
Adrian Wikeley, Chair of the Landscape Institute College of Fellows, said: ‘The Fellows’ Award is presented to an entry that provides a better understanding of how healthy places can be created while also delivering improvements in health. Beech Gardens shows how urban interventions can contribute to the health of society with their response to micro-climates and innovative planting.’
LI President’s Award
Churchman Landscape Architects’s South Gardens in Elephant Park, London, winner of the prestigious President’s Award for the Best Landscape Scheme of the Year, delivers the first 360 new homes of Lendlease’s Elephant Park Masterplan to replace the former Heygate Estate in South London.
South Gardens provides an attractive sanctuary in central London – one which responds sensitively to the surrounding architecture and its designated setting. The planting designs for the courtyards and green roofs are specifically aimed at being resilient to climate change and strategies for insect, bird and bat habitat are embedded covertly into buildings, or as conspicuous sculptural objects. Sustainability is at the heart of this project and it aims to be the UK’s first climate positive development, using horticulturally rich gardens with opportunities to forage fruit or grow fresh food and for creative play by children weaving through the courtyards.
Adam White, President of the Landscape Institute, said: ‘It was very difficult choosing a single winner of the President’s Award when the standard of winners has been so high, but South Gardens had such a high level of community engagement which must be praised. It provides a flagship case study of how a residential landscape can become an urban sanctuary – inclusive, ecologically rich – with a philosophy that places the community, wellness and ecology at its heart through genuine placemaking, environmentally sensitive planting and meticulous landscape design.’
Celebrating people, place and nature
See the full list and details of the winning schemes in our special commemorative Landscape Institute Awards 2018 book: