World’s first tidal lagoon scoops win at prestigious Landscape Institute Awards

    The winning project, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon by LDA Design. Image: Juice Architects
    Swansea Bay Tidal LDA Design

    Landscape architects LDA Design won the prestigious President’s Award, chosen by new President Noel Farrer, for Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, an ambitious project that harnesses tidal power to generate renewable electricity.

    Other schemes crowned with a win included Birmingham’s Eastside City Park, designed by Patel Taylor to fulfill a part of Birmingham City Council’s Big City Plan, which scooped an award for public space design; Maida Hill Market, by landscape architects Gillespies, which provides a valuable area of open space to north London’s Harrow Road community; South Pennines Watershed Landscape Projects by South Pennines Local Nature Partnership, a project which engages local communities with the landscape; and Urbis Limited’s A Comprehensive Street Tree Management Plan for Hong Kong, which helps the city to get the most in environmental, social and economic returns from its trees.

    Noel Farrer, President of the Landscape Institute, said: “This year’s winners are outstanding examples of landscape architecture. In addition to exceptionally designed schemes, projects range from a communications strategy, waking people up to the role landscape can play in their lives, to a dissertation about ethical design.

    The President’s Award winner, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, sees the winner lead a complex project, whilst also truly bringing landscape out into the open, showing how a large infrastructure scheme can contribute positively to our environment”

    The Landscape Institute Awards are presented annually to encourage and recognise outstanding examples of work by the landscape profession.


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    Landscape Institute Awards 2014

    Category: Adding Value Through Landscape
    Winner: Maida Hill Market, London W9
    Landscape Architect: Gillespies

    Highly Commended: Columbia Road Discovery Park, Sunderland
    Landscape Architect: Sunderland City Council

    Highly Commended: The Landscape Strategy Team: Hampshire City Council
    Landscape Architect: Hampshire City Council Property Services

    Category: Communications and Presentation
    Winner: South Pennines Watershed Landscape Project
    Landscape Architect: South Pennines Local Nature Partnership

    Category: Small Scale Private
    Highly Commended: Vermillion, Rathbone Market
    Landscape Architect: Churchman Landscape Architects

    Category: Small Scale Public
    Winner: Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park, London
    Landscape Architect: LUC

    Highly Commended: Liverpool Central Library
    Landscape Architect: Austin-Smith Lord

    Category: Medium Scale Public
    Winner: Eastside City Park, Birmingham
    Landscape Architect: Patel Taylor

    Highly Commended: City Park, Bradford
    Landscape Architect: Gillespies

    Highly Commended: Lon Gwyrfai, Multi Use Path
    Landscape Architect: Harrison Design Development Ltd

    Category: Medium Scale Private
    Highly Commended: LSBU Public Realm, London
    Landscape Architect: B|D landscape architects

    Highly Commended: Battersea Power Station Pavilion and Pop-Up, London
    Landscape Architect: LDA Design Consulting LLP

    Category: Large Scale Public
    Highly Commended: Burgess Park Regeneration, London
    Landscape Architect: LDA Design Consulting LLP

    Highly Commended: Wandle Park, Croydon
    Landscape Architect: Croydon Council

    Category: Heritage and Conservation
    Highly Commended: The Restoration of Brockwell Park, London
    Landscape Architect: LUC

    Category: Policy and Research
    Winner: A Comprehensive Street Tree Management Plan for Hong Kong
    Landscape Architect:  Urbis

    Highly Commended: Environmental Stewardship & Historical Parkland
    Landscape Architect:  Cookson & Tickner

    Highly Commended: Monitoring the Effects of Environmental Stewardship on Landscape Character and Quality, and Developing Indicators and Thresholds for Monitoring the Landscape Impacts of Environmental Stewardship
    Landscape Architect:  LUC

    Highly Commended: The State of UK Public Parks 2014
    Landscape Architect:  Peter Neal Consulting Ltd

    Category: Neighbourhood Planning
    Winner: Church Street and Paddington Green Infrastructure and Public Health Plan
    Landscape Architect: Grant Associates

    Category: Strategic Landscape Planning
    Winner: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
    Landscape Architect: LDA Design Consulting LLP

    Highly Commended: Seascape Assessment for the South Marine Plan Areas
    Landscape Architect: LUC

    Category: Student Dissertation
    Winner: A New Ethical Design Process
    Student: Jacqui Jobbins

    Highly Commended: Addressing open space pressures in urban centres: Assessing and planning for the recreational use of historic English urban cemeteries
    Student: David Hammett

    Highly Commended: Minami-sanriku Disaster Resilient Planning
    Student: Vanessa Powell

    Highly Commended: Memory-Sensitive Architecture
    Student: Lauri Mikkola

    Category: Student Portfolio
    Winner: Portfolio submission
    Student: Paloma Stott

    Highly commended: Portfolio Submission
    Student: Freddie Egan

    Category: Urban Design and Masterplanning
    Highly Commended: Canal Park Design Guide
    Landscape Architect: J & L Gibbons LLP

    Highly Commended: Masterplan for East Village, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Landscape Architect: Broadway Malyan

    Category: Fellows’ Award for Climate Change Adaptation
    Winner: Adapting to Climate Change: Launching the debate in the Lower Ouse Valley
    Landscape Architect: LDA Design Consulting LLP

    Category: President’s Award
    Winner: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
    Landscape Architect: LDA Design Consulting LLP

    The Landscape Institute Awards
    The Landscape Institute Awards are presented annually to encourage and recognise outstanding examples of work by the landscape profession. All projects entered for the Landscape Institute Awards, need to have been
    completed during the ten year period to the end of June 2014, to be eligible
    for submission.

    The LI Awards aim to:
    – Promote the art and science of landscape architecture
    – Advance the knowledge and understanding of the discipline
    – Celebrate professional expertise
    – Reward schemes that demonstrate a high level of commitment to sustainability

    The Landscape Institute
    The Landscape Institute is the royal chartered body for landscape architects.  It represents professionals in the UK working across planning, design and the management of urban and rural landscape.

    The Landscape Institute campaigns to protect conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for public benefit. Through its advocacy programmes it champions landscape, and the landscape profession, in order to inspire great places where people want to live, work and visit. For information about other policy work, including Housing, Water Management, Flooding and Public Health visit
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