Local authorities in frame for landscape prizes
Sunderland’s new public square, Stockton’s high street and Littlehaven’s promenade and sea wall will be engaging in a battle of the public realms at Friday’s Northern Design Awards. All three schemes have been shortlisted in both the Public Space and the Commercial Landscaping Design categories.
As reported in August, Keel Square (Sunderland City Council) was officially opened this summer connecting the city centre with a proposed new cultural quarter, and celebrating Sunderland’s shipbuilding heritage through public artworks.by Stephen Broadbent
At Littlehaven, OOBE has created a sheltered promenade for South Tyneside Council, with artworks and furniture making reference to sea shanties and sand dunes; the project is also a contender in November’s Landscape Institute Awards.
Meanwhile Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has been recognised for its wide-scale town-centre improvement, including the high street.
Other shortlisted Public Spaces are Drapers Courtyard – Manchester Metropolitan University (Ferrious Ltd) and Manningham Baths (Yeme Architects) while Commercial Landscapiing Design contenders also include Warren Nursery (reShaped).
Landscape Institute member Barnes Walker also has a double nomination, in the Residential Landscape Design category, for The Old Vicarage and Elmsway – up against Chartered Member Carolyn Willitts’ Didsbury House.
Also in the Residential Landscape category are Parme Garden Design for Bleak to Chic – Contemporary Urban Space; Lucy Hunter Landscape Design and Management Ltd for Ash Tree House; David Keegan Garden Design & Landscape Consultancy for Coastal Landscape Design; and Outside Rooms Garden Design for Old Stable Yard To Smart Courtyard .
The 2015 Northern Design Awards will be announced on Friday 30 October at the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool. See the full list of finalists and book tickets here.