Watch poet Ian McMillan’s welcome speech at this year’s awards and view winners list

The LI Awards 2010

After an introduction from LI President Jo Watkins, who described the Awards as ‘capturing the zeitgeist,” Radio 3 presenter Ian McMillan’s opened the ceremony. He spoke eloquently about the world of landscape. He talked about the way in which “landscapes are available for myth”. Watch the speech here above.

Richard Bisgrove, winner of the Peter Youngman Award, commented: “It came as a complete surprise and was a very great honour”. He went on to say that he thought the Landscape Institute is at the forefront of efforts to achieve a sustainable future. He is due to retire from lecturing at Reading University at the end of the year but hopes to continue his involvement with landscape through occasional lectures, writing and consultancy.

Warren Osborne of AECOM, who won the Design One to Five Hectares award for their Liverpool Pier Head Public Realm and Canal Link, said: “The Landscape Institute continues to do a wonderful job promoting landscape architecture and professions within the built environment. The emphasis on visionary aspects of the profession within the annual awards should be congratulated.”

Winners of the Local Landscape Planning award, Chris Blandford Associates, were delighted. CEO, Dominic Watkins, said: “Together with the wide range of multi-disciplinary, landscape-led projects recognised at this year’s awards event, the MKSM Green Infrastructure Design Guide emphasises the important role played by the profession in helping deliver quality sustainable development.”

The Cambridge City Council sustainable urban drainage (SuDS) project took the prize for the Landscape Policy award as well as the President’s Award. Simon Neesam of The Landscape Partnership who worked on the project, commented: “We hope that the format of the guide will encourage greater use of SuDS and dispel some of the myths which appear to hamper their incorporation into developments and open space. We hope that other local authorities will adopt a similar progressive approach to Cambridge City.”

The full list of winners from the day is below.

President’s Award
• Cambridge SuDS Design and Adoption Guide by The Landscape Partnership

Peter Youngman Award
• Winner: Richard Bisgrove, Director of Landscape Management at the University of Reading

Communications & Presentation
• Winner: Making Space in Dalston, London by J&L Gibbons
• Commended: Golden Square, Birmingham by Capita Lovejoy

Heritage & Conservation
• Winner: Arnos Vale Cemetery Restoration, Bristol by Nicholas Pearson Associates
• Highly commended: Hill Close Gardens, Warwick by Plincke
• Highly commended: Chiswick House Gardens, London by Scott Wilson
• Commended: Valentines Park, Ilford by Land Use Consultants

Design: Under one hectare
• Winner: Duncan Terrace Gardens, London by Remapp
• Highly commended: Lyric Theatre Roof Garden, London by Groundwork London
• Highly commended: Braham Street Park, City of London by EDCO Design London Ltd
• Commended: The Living Wall, Westfield London by AECOM

Design: One to five hectares
• Winner: Pier Head public Realm and Canal Link, Liverpool by AECOM
• Highly commended: Ashford Ring Road by Whitelaw Turkington
• Highly Commended: Institute of Art, Design & Technology Campus by Stephen Diamond Associates
• Commended: St John’s Square Blackpool by Planit IE Limited

Design: Over five hectares
• Winner: Cambourne Green Infrastructure, South Cambridgeshire by Randall Thorpe
• Highly commended: The Forthquarter Park, Edinburgh by Hyland Edgar Driver
• Highly commended: Meadow Farm Hurley by mhp design

Landscape Policy
• Winner: Cambridge SuDS Design and Adoption Guide by The Landscape Partnership

Local Landscape Planning
• Winner: MKSM Green Infrastructure Design Guide by Chris Blanford Associates
• Highly commended: Cambourne New Settlement by Randall Thorp
• Commended: Cornwall AONB Atlas by Land Use Consultants

Strategic Landscape Planning
• Winner: Greater Ashford Development Strategy: Environmental Workstream by Studio Engleback
• Highly commended: Wirral Borough Landscape Assessment by TEP
• Highly commended: Strategic Planning for the Cotswolds Landscape by the Cotswolds Conservation Board

Student Portfolio
• Winner: Ruth Olden, Edinburgh College of Art

Urban Design & Masterplanning
• Highly commended: Oxford Circus London by Atkins

Future Vision winners

Future Green Thinking Award:
Lee Miles, MFA Environment Design for The Mbare project, a proposal to replace a former slum in Zimbabwe with a combination of better agricultural management, bio-energy production, improved infrastructure and economic growth, creating a self-sufficient prototype for improving cities.

Future Work/Life Award:
Ronan Watson, Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) for New Life on the Block which aims to tackle social deprivation and environmental sustainability by regenerating existing tower blocks to become self-sufficient in energy and provide spaces for year-round food production while strengthening the community.

Future Open Spaces Award:
Elspeth Reddsih, Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA), for The Educational Energy Hub, a series of strategies for a section of the Don Valley aiming to attract new housing, business and users; reduce flood risk and pollution; enhance ecology; and provide sustainable transport. It proposes a biomass plant in a former power station.

Future Buildings Award:
Jonathan Woodward, Architecture (BA Hons); for The Bio-craft, an innovative structure designed for societies at risk from the effects of climate change which includes a means of producing renewable energy.

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