Four winning London projects celebrated success today at the Landscape Institute’s annual awards, Thursday 24 November. The projects ranged from an innovative sculpture at Kew Gardens; the regeneration of a suburban high street; climate change adaptations to social housing estates; and an ecology masterplan for central London.
The College of Fellows’ Award for Climate Change adaptation was won by Groundwork London for LIFE+ Climate proofing social housing landscapes. The cost-effective retrofitting of existing housing stock is an essential component of a comprehensive national and international response to climate change and this project delivered that across three social housing estates in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. The project has helped to reduce these communities’ vulnerability to climate change. The judges were impressed by the energetic engagement with the residents which succeeded in converting initial scepticism into enthusiastic understanding and support.
The Adding Value through Landscape Award was won by the Sidcup High Street Revival Programme by landscape architects, Unititled Practice. This clear, well considered and sophisticated design strategy improved overall access, use and appearance across the high street and restored the civic and social fabric. It has driven regeneration, bringing confidence, enterprise and additional inward investment, providing public benefits through a healthier, high-quality setting with enhanced functionality and safety. The judges were impressed by the depth of consideration that informed the project and how well received it has been by the community.
The Landscape Science, Management and Stewardship Award was won by the Crown Estate London Ecology Masterplan by Arup and the Crown Estate. This inspiring vision to deliver ecosystem benefits straight into the heart of the capital city is a holistic estate-wide masterplan to provide a long-term strategy for enhancing landscape and ecological value. Delivered through a range of ecosystems and linked green spaces, it will create a green corridor through central London. From what could be considered a hostile environment, the judges thought the multi-disciplinary team used innovative elements including green roofs, invertebrate features and temporal planting to create a home for wildlife.
Finally the Design for a Temporary Landscape Award was won by The Hive at Kew Gardens from BDP with Wolfgang Buttress. Following success at the Milan Expo 2015, the sculptural piece, The Hive, has been relocated to Kew Gardens for two years as part of an event space. In a design of quality and simplicity, as the meadow develops and various plant species come into flower, the sounds and sights of bees within The Hive will be accompanied by real bees within the meadow, creating a multi-layered, multi-sensory experience. Judges were impressed by the way in which the design works with a sensitive landscape to provide a beautiful and functional temporary setting with a longer term facility for events and education.
The Landscape Institute Awards are presented in association with Aggregate Industries, Brett Landscape, Ground Control, Hardscape, Historic England, L.U.C., McParland Finn, Marshalls, Penter, and Wienerberger. The Awards ceremony was hosted by Simon Reeves on Thursday 24th November 2016 at The Brewery, London.