Staiths South Bank in Gateshead has been named Landscape Development of the Year in The Mail on Sunday British Homes Awards 2009.

Staiths South Bank in Gateshead
Staiths South Bank in Gateshead

Staiths South Bank in Gateshead has been named Landscape Development of the Year in The Mail on Sunday British Homes Awards 2009.

 The abandoned site was acquired by George Wimpey North East, who gave design champion Wayne Hemingway the chance to make his mark on housing design. Hemingway worked with architect Ian Darby Partnership and landscape architect Glen Kemp, and the result is a well supervised, sustainable public realm that operates at an intimate human scale in which pedestrians have priority.

 Two schemes were commended in the same category: Allingham Court in Hampstead and Beaufort Park in Colindale, both in north London.

 Allingham Court is a luxury development of 12 homes in a luxury location, and Barrett West London commissioned Whitelaw Turkington Landscape Architects to produce an alluring and elegant space for residents.

 St George’s Beaufort Park is a 25-acre former RAF site that will eventually incorporate 2,800 homes surrounded by tree-lined boulevards, landscaped private courtyards and new public parkland. The landscape design by Broadway Malyan, working with contractor SJM Landscapes, is at the heart of the development concept.

 Meanwhile, the Landscape Institute recently responded to an important consultation on the future of social housing regulation. The Tenant Services Authority, the body to regulate existing and future social housing delivered by the Homes and Communities Agency, was urged by the Landscape Institute to include measures which encourage providers to invest in, and manage, their open space in a way which delivers against a range of their core business activities. More details can be found here.

 Finally, development of the Landscape Institute’s Housing Position Statement is well underway. “We were overwhelmed by the number of case studies submitted” said Noel Farrer, Chair of the Housing Working Group. “Judging took place recently and all those who submitted examples will be contacted soon.

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