ODA among winners at Landscape Awards
Porritt used his speech at the event in the City of London to hail the profession’s “extraordinary advocacy of multi-functionality” and the critical role it will play in averting the “death sentence to human civilisation” represented by a 6C increase in global temperatures.
He added: “Sustainability, renewable energy and biodiversity are no longer simply ‘nice to haves’. Now, they are the means to create wealth and central to the endeavour of improving people’s lives.”
Gillespies’ St Andrew Square project in Edinburgh, winner of the President’s Award for the best scheme of the year, was praised as a splendid example of public space by the judges. “Gillespies’ has produced a confident and convincing design for this world heritage site in the heart of Edinburgh,” said Landscape Institute president Neil Williamson.The Peter Youngman Award, presented each year for outstanding contribution to landscape, was awarded to the ODA for its plans for a new London park. In making the award to John Hopkins, project sponsor, parklands and public realm at the ODA, the LI president said: “The Olympic Park is located in the Lower Lea Valley – an area of great untapped potential. After the Games the area will be transformed into one of the largest urban parks created in Europe for more than 150 years.” He added: “The determination to ensure that the most lasting legacy of the Olympics should not only be beautiful new buildings but a beautiful new park at its heart, setting the context for a new piece of city, has led to the decision to make the award this year to the Olympic Delivery Authority.”The awards were made in 14 categories including Design, Management and Landscape Policy. Successful entries were judged as a winner, highly commended or commended.To see images of the winning entries, click here.To see a full list of the award winners and further information, click here.