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

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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:


  1. I can’t see the student dissertation winner mentioned here, just the three highly commended. Would it be possible to include this please?


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