The winner of the BRE Innovation Park sustainable landscape will be unveiled at Insite 09 together with two masterclasses.

Peter Wilder leads a guided tour of the Innovation Park.
Peter Wilder leads a guided tour of the Innovation Park.

The LI has organised a series of masterclasses on 4 June to mark the unveiling of the winning scheme.

The first, led by Peter Wilder, will be arguing the case for a green infrastructure approach to planning and will provide an introduction to the recently published Landscape Institute position statement.

Richard Hodgetts and David Ellis, PRP Landscape will then present their winning design for the Innovation Park II sustainable landscape.

PRP Landscape’s scheme aims to raise the bar in terms of landscape design in the UK, incorporating the existing park with the next phase of its development to create a joined up ‘sustainable community’.

Key features of the scheme include a ‘streetscape’ that creates a seamless journey through the Park, porous paving to provide sustainable urban drainage and a swale.

Insite09 follows on the heels of a presentation ceremony held at the BRE Innovation Park on 21 May, where Macfarlane Wilder was presented with its certificate of membership to the UK Green Building Council.

Macfarlane Wilder is the first landscape design practice to join the UK Green Building Council. The Innovation Park designed by the practice in 2007 was the first scheme in the UK to be assessed under the Code for Sustainable Homes – contributing to the code level 6 accreditation of the Kingspan Lighthouse and the Barrett Greenhouse.

Speaking at the event, Chad Harrell, head of Sustainable Business Development, welcomed the addition of Macfarlane Wilder to the UKGBC as recognition of the importance of landscape in delivering sustainable buildings.

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