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Adding Value through Landscape

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Winner: Beam Parklands, London

Landscape architect: Arup with the Environment Agency and Land Trust; Client: Environment Agency; Partners: The Land Trust, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, London Borough of Havering, Greater London Authority – Design for London; Contractor: Birse (civils); Landscape contractor: UPM Tillhill (now part of Ground Control) Funders: Environment Agency, European Regional Development Fund, Homes & Communities Agency, Veolia, Play England.

Beam Parklands is an exciting and innovative new 53ha park for east London, helping to regenerate a deprived area by linking fragmented communities to the unique natural environment of the valuable green space. The partnership brought together to deliver the scheme, comprising the Environment Agency, Land Trust, and the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham and Havering, is continuing to work tirelessly to maximise the legacy value of the site to  the local community.

At each stage in the project, different roles were undertaken by landscape architects within the Environment Agency, acting as more than just the client, and within Arup as the lead design consultant.

The  project would never have gone beyond the preliminary concept stage without the EA landscape architects pursuing the vision and turning the challenges into practical opportunities to deliver the works. The value added at this stage of the project is immeasurable – turning a functional flood-risk-management asset into a crucial community resource, a park combining function, habitat, play and access within easy reach of deprived communities.

The judges commented: ‘The scheme provides a comprehensive example of adding value through landscape by turning a functional area  of flood protection into a
valuable greenspace.’
Highly Commended: Heworth Grange Comprehensive School, Gateshead

Landscape architect: Capita Symonds; Client: Carillion; Main stakeholders: South Tyneside Council, Gateshead Council, Inspired Spaces, Heworth Grange Comprehensive School; Turf consultant: Sports Turf Research Institute.

A multi-disciplinary design team at Capita Symonds undertook the redevelopment and modernisation of this school. Despite the usual cash pressures, the value of a high-quality external environment as a vital learning resource was maintained. The design deals intelligently with changes of level, and includes an amphitheatre seating terrace for performances. The school has seen improvements in behaviour and learning as a result of the enhanced outdoor environment.

The judges commented: ‘The scheme provides a wealth of new, exciting and stimulating outdoor teaching resources within the existing envelope of an established school.”

Communication and Presentation

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Winner: AECOM Global Cities programme

Landscape architect: AECOM

The Global Cities programme is an initiative that AECOM set up itself, to build on its strengths across the fields of landscape, urbanism, infrastructure, engineering, economics and social science. This put it in a unique position to advocate joined-up thinking to address land-based issues. In this spirit, it wanted to create a professional space where no single discipline dominated to advocate imaginative, but viable, visioning for cities. The multidisciplinary initiative is  led by landscape professionals.

AECOM uses its Global Cities Institute to partner with a city and help them answer a specific question or challenge they have facing their future. So far, it had done this work pro bono or at cost.

The programme sets new standards in communicating, both graphically and editorially, urban visions and frameworks. Each city project was taken as an opportunity to position the city’s challenges as opportunities, and do so through creative visuals, and beautiful graphic and informational design. The AECOM Global Cities video, created with the London-based architectural visualization agency Squint / Opera, set the tone for this approach.

The judges commented: ‘The video is really informative and engaging with clear messages. The city guide would be a valuable document for the stated end user and other applications.’

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Highly Commended: 2016 Olympic Park design competition, Rio de Janeiro

Team: AECOM with DG Architecture, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Pujol Architects, Expedition, IMG Sport and Squint/Opera.

This was the winning entry in the anonymous open competition for the Rio Olympics. The competition entry – including the graphics, sketches, renderings and video – wowed the jury. The narrative the team created has helped Rio to set the tone for its Olympic ambitions, and has been used in international media around the world in multiple languages.

The judges commented: ‘The presentation graphics were inspirational.’

Design for a Small-scale Private Development

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Winner: NEO Bankside, London (phase 1, phase 2 and phase 3 block C)

Landscape architect: Gillespies supported by Growth Industry Client: Native Land; Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP); Main contractor: Carillion; Landscape contractor: Frosts Landscape Construction; Engineer: Hoare Lea.

Designed for a luxury high-rise housing development in the centre of London, the project has an innovative landscape strategy that defines the threshold between semi-private, private and publicly accessible spaces through the use of heavily planted berms, pebble-lined moats, stone-lined cuttings and narrow walkways that combine to create a strong sense of identity.

It contains a rich microcosm of landscapes within a constrained footprint, offering both residents and members of the public passing through a mix of the landscape typologies we find in nature and garden design – ranging from naturalistic groves of birch and alder forests, to a formal herb garden, fruit orchard and a central jewel garden.

It introduces a high degree of biodiversity, and uses new technologies to limit water use, with water-retention boards laid over the structural slab.

The judges commented: ‘The ability to distinguish public, private and semi-private spaces is particularly commendable.’

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Highly Commended: Embassy Gardens Marketing Suite, London

Landscape architect: Camlins; Client: Ballymore Group;
Architect/engineer/structures: Arup Associates; Interior designer: Woods Bagot; Contractor (landscape): Gavin Jones.

The key requirement of this project was to create an awe-inspiring landscape that told the story of the future Linear Park for London and what it will be like to live there. It also needed to address budget, purpose, design life and site context. These issues were resolved by the placing of a ‘jewel’ containing the show apartments within a magical garden, insulated from the road by a wall and accessed via a ‘catwalk’ path.

The judges commented: ‘The landscape around the marketing suite has created a high-quality precedent for the future of Embassy Gardens.’

Design for a Medium-scale Private Development

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Winner: Icon, Lime Tree Square, Street, Somerset

Landscape architect: Grant Associates; Client: C & J Clarks International; Developer: Crest Nicholson South West; Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios; Specialist traffic consultant: Hamilton-Baillie Associates.

Lime Tree Square is the first phase and the affordable housing element of the 400-home ICON development. The desire was to develop a new neighbourhood that offers a fresh model for high-quality housing where the balance between cars and people is properly addressed. It offers homeowners a range of private, semi-private and public open spaces with attractive landscape.

Photos © Tim Crocker / Grant Associates

Relatively small but highly usable external spaces are provided at garden and upper levels which increase the sense of space in the house and offer external spaces that take in different aspects. The upper level decks on the public side of the houses provide a good view of the ‘green streets’, which are designed to be used by residents rather than simply accommodating a road for cars.

The central square is a place for meeting, playing, sitting and picnicking. All the public spaces are overlooked by housing, which means that children can play outside more safely.

The judges commented: ‘Very strong environmental and socially sustainable credentials are helping to further a paradigm shift in housing development design. This place looks good!’

Design for a Large-scale Private Development

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Winner: Accordia, Cambridge

Landscape architect: Grant Associates; Masterplanners: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Grant Associates; Client: Countryside Properties; Architects: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Macreanor Lavington Architects, Alison Brooks Architects Engineers: RJP, WS Atkins Quantity surveyor:
Philip Pank & Partners.
Accordia is a unique vision of modern, sustainable city living. The site of former government offices, it has more than 700 existing mature trees which provided the framework for a masterplan themed around the concept of ‘living in a garden’. From productive gardens with fruit trees, herbs and berries, to formal lawns, reedbeds and meadows, the existing mature landscape has been enhanced with new and diverse green spaces between the mews courts, greens and squares. 

Photos © Grant Associates

Accordia hinges around the landscape concept of shared space, shared views and shared experience. It is about the collective enjoyment of the environment by residents and visitors. The houses at Accordia do more than mark out a place which means home, they also mark out landscape spaces that carry association with other people and in doing so help foster a sense of community.

The judges commented: ‘This is a landmark project for the profession that demonstrates the value of design development and delivery in genuine partnership with the landscape architect right from the outset through to delivery.’

Design for a Small-scale Public Development

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Winner: Sammy Ofer Wing, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Landscape architect: Churchman Landscape Architects; Client: National Maritime Museum; Concept architect: CF Møller; Executive architect: Purcell Miller Tritton.

Set within the Greenwich World Heritage Site, the Sammy Ofer Wing provides a new entrance, gallery and archival facility for the National Maritime Museum.

Churchman developed an approach with Danish architect CF Møller which opened up an east – west axis, extending the site to include the former enclosed King William Garden. The landscape sweeps down from the park levels to the entrance set 2m lower. Planes of lawn and paving descend to the doorways, while mature clipped hornbeam hedges flank elevations of extended ramps. When viewed east-west the scheme has ample hard surfaces, accommodating major pedestrian flows, but when seen from the park it presents a greener aspect, the layered hedges continuing the parkland character up to the museum’s walls.

The focal points are two water features, a 160m rill which runs the length of the boundary and the water steps, three broad sheets of shallow water that descend to the main entrance doors.

The judges commented: ‘The design solution was elegant, subtly linking the building, the route and the landscape to include a series of opportunities to rest and play, such as the delightful water feature.’

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Highly Commended: Student Forum, Newcastle University

Lead consultant, project manager and landscape architect: Southern Green; Client: Newcastle University; Conservation architect; Mosedale Gillatt Architects; Mechanical and electrical engineering: Atkins; Structural and civil engineering: Halcrow; Quantity surveyor:  Gardiner&Theobald Ecology: E3; Environmental consulting: Southern Consulting; Contractor: Newcastle City Council.

This new public square sits at the heart of the university campus. The design includes a large range of seating areas and bespoke seating types to maximise usage  of the space throughout the day. The contemporary layout of the space is formed by low perimeter walls which provide a variety of seating opportunities with large stone tables, whilst also creating  the boundary of the large raised planting beds.

The judges commented: ‘The use of a robust palette of well-crafted materials within a coherent design strategy produces a civic extension to the student union.’

Design for a Medium-scale Public Development

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Winner: Leicester Square City Quarter, London

Lead designer / landscape architect: Burns + Nice; Client: Westminster City Council; Engineering and highway design: WestOne Infrastructure Services; Principal contractor: SIAC Construction.
Leicester Square and its nine side streets form one of the most intensely used urban spaces in London. The square also acts as a green oasis within London’s busy West End. But, despite being a major entertainment and tourist destination, the area had become disconnected from its surroundings, rundown in appearance and a place where antisocial behaviour and rough sleeping had become serious issues.

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The new design is inspired by the historic qualities of the late 19th century form of the central gardens. New railings and gates were introduced, framed by a sinuous white ‘Ribbon’. Everything radiates from the historic fountain at the centre of the square; the pathways widen towards the gates giving the illusion of greater distance and space; the Gardens and ‘Ribbon’ are framed by a carpet of dark granite, the shape of which creates a legible link to the surrounding square. 

Photo © Burns + Nice

The judges commented:
‘This is an outstanding landscape in all aspects. It has changed a previously hostile and unloved environment into one that is enjoyable and celebratory.’

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Highly Commended: Ebrington Square, Derry-Londonderry

Landscape architect, GIS modelling: Optimised Environments; Client: Ilex Urban Regeneration Company; Project manager / civil / structural engineer: McAdam Design; Quantity surveyor / M and E consultant: JCP Consulting; Access consultant: People Friendly Design.

As a former military site, Ebrington had been closed to the public for many years. Opening the site up provided a significant opportunity to transform the site into a neutral gathering place. This was emphasised by the introduction of the ‘Peace Bridge’, a new cycle/ pedestrian connection, linking the historic walled city with Ebrington. The Parade Square has become a destination space readily accessible from the centre of Derry~Londonderry.

The judges commented: ‘The well executed design, with its simple palette of stone, structural glass and soft landscape, deals imaginatively with the complex levels of the site.’

Design for a Large-scale Public Development

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Winner: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Masterplanner / landscape architect: Grant Associates; Client: National Parks Board of Singapore (Gardens by the Bay); Architect for cooled conservatories: Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Environmental engineer: Atelier Ten; Structural engineer: Atelier One; Interpretation: Land Design Studio; Branding and signage: Thomas Matthews; Local architect and engineer: CPG; Local engineer: Meinhardt Infrastructure; Cost consultant: Langdon Seah; Lighting designer: LPA; Project manager: PM Link; Design manager: Buro 4.

The Gardens provide a wide variety of opportunities for recreation ranging from waterside walkways, themed gardens and play areas to a major outdoor performance space and numerous opportunities for restaurants and cafés in a garden setting. The cooled conservatories offer contrasting unique experiences; Flower Dome, a formal and managed planting character featuring changing displays of flowers, Cloud Forest, an immersive experience of mists and waterfalls. The visual icons of the gardens are 18 ‘Supertrees’ that range from 25–50m high. They offer spectacular vertical gardens showcasing tropical epiphytes and climbing plants, and perform significant environmental functions for the project. Within the Supertree Grove a 120m long aerial walkway is suspended 20m above the ground, providing panoramic views across the gardens and surrounding city. At night, the Supertrees, gardens and conservatories are transformed through lighting to create distinctive beacons in the city and define a major gathering and meeting place.

Photo © Craig Sheppard / Grant Associates

The judges commented: ‘Both in design and technical delivery, this project is innovative and showcases the value of an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach.’

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Highly Commended: Wenying Lake, Datong City, China

Landscape architecture and environmental planning: AECOM DP; Client: Datong Planning Bureau; Construction documentation: Taiyuan Architecture Institute;
Lighting design: OLIP Lighting; Contractor: Oriental Landscape.

The aim of this project was to restore the ecosystem and landscape of Wenying Lake to its former beauty, which had been depleted of water by drought and the development of heavy industry. It incorporated an existing embankment into a series of jetties, increasing the apparent scale of the lake and using it as the focus for the development of a new city.

The judges commented: ‘The delivery of the landscape environment, and the unashamedly contemporary and engineering-led hard landscape insertions, was well-balanced and detailed.’

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Highly Commended: Rehabilitation of Shek O Quarry, Hong Kong

Landscape architect: Urbis; Client: Civil Engineering and Development Department; Quarry operator: Alliance Construction Materials; Landscape architect (1994 landscape masterplan): Michael Kirkbride; Ecologist: Janet Forbes: Engineer: SMEC Asia.

Developed at a time when there were few environmental restrictions, this quarry had become a scar on the landscape in an area where land is scarce and valuable. This restoration project provided new land for development and pioneered the use of a scree slope formation methodology that allowed the establishment of a soil mantle for planting at a stable angle.

The judges commented: ‘The reintegration of water into the site and the planting were strong; they were delivered as a serene environment and as a framework that can evolve over time.’

Heritage and Conservation

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Winner: Stewart Park, Middlesbrough

Lead consultant and landscape architect: Southern Green;
Client and landscape architect for play area: Middlesbrough Council; Architect: Napper; Quantity Surveyor: Faithful+Gould; Project Manager: Mouchel; Structural, civil and M and E engineers: WSP, Middlesborough Council, URS; Garden Historian; Fiona Green; Landscape Contractor; Hellens; Buildings Contractor; Lumsden & Carroll.

This project initially required comprehensive research and analysis of Stewart Park, a process involving around 20 specialists working with the council team. This provided an in-depth understanding of the development and significance of the park and the community it serves and informed a phased masterplan of works.

The council’s vision was to restore the park’s great heritage and dynamically increase the whole visitor experience. The improved park would celebrate the achievements of its great forebears, Captain Cook, Henry Bolckow and Councillor Stewart. The Stewart Park project is special because it has safeguarded a magnificent designed landscape, a rare and precious survival within the urban sprawl of Middlesbrough, which can now be cherished by future generations. Sustainable uses have been found for the fine Victorian stable yard complex, transforming a previously neglected council depot into a vibrant new resource for the park with community needs firmly at its heart.

The judges commented: ‘This was a transformational project. The landscape was a catalyst for skills and outreach through building adaptation.’

Photo © Helen Jermyn

Highly Commended: Lichfield Historic Parks project

Lead consultant/contract administrator/landscape architect: Chris Blandford Associates; Client: Lichfield District Council & Lichfield City Council; Architect: Brownhill, Hayward and Brown; Conservation management plan: Scott Wilson; Civil and structural engineer (buildings): GHW Consulting Engineers; Civil and structural engineer (external works): GC Partnership; Cost consultant/QS: Altus Andrews; CDM coordinator: GC Partnership; Main contractor: P Casey (Land Reclamation).

This project involved the restoration of three principal historical open spaces for the local community and visitors to Lichfield. The project exemplifies the contribution that informed and sensitively designed public open spaces make to quality of life and economic regeneration by providing a sustainable, culturally rich environment.

The judges commented:
‘This refresh of a park of some existing quality was good for the city centre and cathedral setting.’

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Highly Commended: Restoration of Priory Park, Reigate

Landscape architect: Land Use Consultants; Client: Reigate and Banstead Borough Council; Quantity surveyor and cost consultant: Heritage Cost Consultants; Architect: Dominique Perrault Architects, Paris; Principal contractor: Vinci Construction UK.

This five-year, £6 million restoration project demonstrates the way in which a landscape architect led team can transform a seemingly ‘ordinary’ park into a vibrant and dynamic resource based on a thorough understanding of the site’s origins. Through rigorous historical analysis, the masterplan was designed to emphasise the historic evolution of the park’s design, allowing the park user to experience the timeline through the restoration of features and interpretation.

The judges commented:
‘There was clear civic pride reflected in this scheme and good evidence of historical information being carried across to the new design.’

Photo © Robin Forster

Highly Commended: Restoration of Victoria Park, London

Landscape architect and lead consultant: LDA Design Consulting; Funders: The Heritage Lottery Fund, BIG lottery fund; Client: London Borough of Tower Hamlets; Architects:  Randall Shaw Billingham, Greg Gale Associates; Quantity surveyor: Davis Langdon; Civil and structural engineer; Dossor Group.

London’s first public park had been in decline for decades, with Victorian details lost or at risk, and failing infrastructure. This project set out to restore the fabric of the park and its place in the community, to enhance play areas, increase biodiversity and to add new buildings and bridges as well
as to restore a monument.

The judges commented:
‘This scheme was a strong example of public benefit, political will and the ambition of London. It demonstrated that landscape architects can lead multi-disciplinary teams.’

Landscape Policy and Research

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Winner: Harrogate Green Infrastructure Guide

Client and project team: Harrogate Borough Council, Department of Development Services.

The council’s emerging Harrogate District Sites and Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) sets out new planning policy relating to green infrastructure (Policy IN2). The brief was to provide supplementary planning guidance to make clear how the council expected to see Policy IN2 working in practice. The overall aim of the guidance is to help applicants and developers ensure that proposals for development make the most of opportunities to improve existing and create new green infrastructure.

The guide was prepared with a strong multi-disciplinary approach with input from a wide range of disciplines across the council, including landscape architects, the rural strategy officer, the senior drainage engineer, conservation and design officers and planning policy officers. The landscape architect’s role was to inspire and create a common vision for the council so that GI that would command wider support and form a strong foundation for future development.

The judges commented:
‘The guide clearly sets out the case and opportunities for green infrastructure in a way that will be accessible to developers.’

Photo © Lynne Newton

Highly Commended: National Character Area Project: a new integrated framework for landscape planning

Client and landscape architect: Natural England: NCA project co-ordination team, NCA authors Technical Advice Group specialists and local advisers; Gaphics and Web Publication team, Communications team; External partners and NCA stakeholders; Editing and proof-reading services: Accuracy Matters.

This project champions an evidence-based, integrated approach that pushes the boundaries of strategic landscape planning. It is at the forefront of environmental thinking, making the links between landscape and the ecosystem approach. It brings together the latest evidence to influence policy and inform further research, and it signposts the opportunities that empower local communities to take action locally.

The judges praised the integrated approach, ‘linking environmental topics within a single spatial framework and the emphasis on linking landscape and ecosystems services thinking.’

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Highly Commended: What Makes a View?

Landscape architect: Fiona Fyfe Associates; Client: Blackdown Hills AONB Partnership; GIS and programming: Sological Solutions; Fieldwork and public consultation: Robin Lines Landscape.

Views are an integral part of the landscapes of the Blackdown Hills AONB and are highly valued by local people and visitors. However, no comprehensive study had been undertaken which focused on the AONB’s views. The ‘What Makes a View?’ project aims to redress this. In addition to conventional techniques, it includes extensive and innovative public consultation, computer-based ground modelling, and the involvement of several local artists.

The judges commented:
‘This is a novel approach which focuses on bringing arts and science-based approaches together in examining views on the landscape.’

Neighbourhood Planning

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Winner: David Livingstone Centre

Landscape architect, lead consultant, master-planner, project manager and CSGN funding coordinator: ERZ; Client and landowner: David Livingstone Trust; Forestry and ecology services: UPM Tilhill; QS/CDM services: Armour; Key funding partner: The Forestry Commission; Museum manager: The National Trust for Scotland; Co-funder:
South Lanarkshire Council; Training scheme for young adults with additional support needs: The Modern Apprentices Scheme; Timber artist, training support to the Modern Apprentices, natural play artist: Alan Kain.

In 2010 the David Livingstone Trust commissioned ERZ landscape architects to prepare a landscape masterplan for its museum, the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, to examine ways to reinvigorate and repopulate this landscape.

The key proposals seek to ‘unpack the museum’ into the landscape, offering a curated landscape of art, trails, play, education and events. The strategic importance of the centre as a hub for the Clyde valley was emphasised and the masterplan seeks to improve connections. The masterplan incorporates many elements from the multilayered history of the landscape, including  ancient woods, medieval ridge and furrow, old field boundaries, remnants of Victorian industry, the landscape of Livingstone’s childhood, the early 20th Century parkland and newer contemporary additions such as a state-of-the-art natural play area and a new visitor centre.

The judges commented:
‘This is a unique landscape-led approach that, above all, demonstrates the value of consultation and imaginative and thoughtful design based on sound research and analysis.’

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Highly Commended: Bridgecroft Housing Development, Bridgecroft, Herefordshire

Landscape architect: Churchman Landscape Architects; Client: Archihaus; Architect: Architype; Civil engineer: Price & Myers; Transport: Royal Haskoning; Local authority; Herefordshire Council.

The scheme is the UK’s largest Passivhaus housing scheme in a rural setting and constitutes the first stage in realising an ambitious vision to transform both the quality and the sustainability of developer housing in the UK. The proposals provide a model of living streets, combining parking and servicing with play and growing gardens complemented by secluded private gardens.

The judges commented:
‘The scheme is responsive to place and the team has created a development that has a strong identity but that is well integrated into its surrounding landscape and the existing community.’

Strategic Landscape Planning

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Winner: Network Rail National Lineside Vegetation Management Strategy

Main consultant team: LDA Design Consulting, Peter Neal Consulting (project coordination and principal author), John Hopkins (strategic overview); Client: Network Rail; Project research: Anne Jaluzot.

Network Rail commissioned the Sustainable Vegetation Management Strategy to establish a set of new principles and techniques to create a more productive, attractive and cost-effective lineside estate.

The focus on putting the lineside estate back to work is the key to the success of the Strategy. It identifies the opportunity for a wholesale shift in the way the lineside estate is viewed; from a cost liability to an asset.

Network Rail is now in a position to re-evaluate established approaches to lineside management and trial new approaches that could one day lead to a new sustainable management strategy for the entire rail network, with potential applications to other network operators in the UK and abroad. It is a significant example of how green infrastructure approaches can be applied at the national and local scale simultaneously.

The judges commented:
‘This is an excellent example of landscape planning on a strategic scale with a creative yet practical framework for delivery.’

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Highly Commended: The City in the Forest: Moscow City-Region Plan

Environmental and landscape planning: Gillespies; Client: Government of Moscow; Urban planning and urban design: Urban Design Associates; Strategic leadership and planning: Beasley and Associates, Planning Inc; Cities and precedent: John Thompson & Partners; Transport planning: Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates; Strategic infrastructure design: Buro Happold; Local design firm: Group Ark; Strategic and urban economics: Solving Efeso; Place competitiveness: Professor Stuart Gulliver.

‘The City in the Forest’ is the plan for the Moscow-city region, to accommodate the intended doubling in size which will lead to expansion of the city towards the southwest. The masterplan makes use of Moscow’s unique and close relationship with its boreal forest and is also predicated on a ‘clean in, clean out’ approach to the use of water – that water flowing out of the metropolis should be as clean as when it enters.

The judges commented: 
‘We welcome the strong concept of “the forest” which is carried through to the creative and imaginative proposals for the federal city district.’

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Highly Commended: Harlow Open Space and Green Infrastructure Plan

Landscape architect: Land Use Consultants Client: Harlow Council;

As part of its Local Plan, the council is considering options for future growth and regeneration. Much of the district is given over to an extensive greenspace network which is the legacy of the pre New Town landscape and which forms the town’s setting. This study provides an objective, robust assessment of the quality and value of Harlow’s greenspace network, integrated with consideration of wider green infrastructure functionality.

The judges commented:
‘This is an extremely thorough and rigorous study in relation to the cultural and historic aspects, and analysis of the existing green infrastructure network.’

Urban Design and Masterplanning

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Winner: Connected Croydon programme

Client: Croydon Council;
Project teams: Croydon Council, with outside teams on individual projects.

The production of a comprehensive development framework of planning documents has led to a co-ordinated programme of significant public realm and transport infrastructure projects that are being successfully delivered across Croydon through the Connected
Croydon Programme over the next two years.

The current phase of Connected Croydon will see £50 million worth of public-realm and landscape projects delivered by 2015, making it one of the most ambitious and transformational projects in the UK.

Quality landscape has been placed at the heart of plans for the future. An urban centre dominated by over-scaled 1960s highways infrastructure presents a significant challenge, but is being reset to place people at its heart. By 2015, when phase 1 is complete, Croydon’s metropolitan centre will be significantly greener, easier to walk and cycle around and much more attractive.

The judges commented:
‘The project is viewed as a foundation for Croydon’s sustainable regeneration; a positive and appropriate response to the challenges of the times.’

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Highly Commended: Northumberland Street, Newcastle — public realm vision

Landscape architect: J & L Gibbons. Client: Newcastle City Council;

Northumberland Street was once widely recognised as one of three most valuable retail streets in the UK, but has recently suffered a severe fall in rental values. J & L Gibbons undertook a study to address the problem, coming up with a 10-point plan that included the inherent cultural capital particularly of the aging population and curating the street; and the opportunity for a green connectivity, in particular water sensitive urban design.

The judges commented:
‘The physical outcomes for the project are complemented by significant stakeholder participation in, and therefore ownership of, the process and proposals.’

Photo © Lee Grant

Highly Commended: New Islington, Manchester

Landscape architect: Grant Associates; Client: English Partnerships and Urban Splash; Architects: Alsop Architects, Ian Simpson Architects; FAT, Stephenson Bell; Engineers: Martin Stockley Associates, Fulcrum Consulting; Quantity surveyor: Davis Langdon; Contractor: Volker Stevin.

New Islington was the third of only seven Millennium Communities set up by English Partnerships.

The development of a sustainable community in one of Manchester’s worst estates involved a process of considerable and truly meaningful community consultation and engagement which still continues today. One of the successes of the masterplan is its flexibility to adapt to changing economic and phasing opportunities.

The judges commented:
‘This project demonstrates how sustained and long-term, strategic investment in high- quality urban realm design proposals can challenge and change pre-conceived market views in regeneration areas and provide creative and attractive spaces for community life.’

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Highly Commended: Gorky Park, Moscow

Lead consultant, masterplanning and design: LDA Design; Client: Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design; Public space management: ETM Associates; Cultural heritage consultancy: Barker Langham; Historic landscape advisor: Debois Landscape Survey Group.

The rejuvenation of Gorky Park stands as an early symbol of the Moscow Government’s growing commitment to enhancing the quality of Moscow’s urban environment. The proposed regeneration establishes an ambitious manifesto for change, elevating Gorky Park to the level of Central Park, New York and Hyde Park, London, reinforcing Moscow’s position as a leading global city.

The judges commented:
‘This project demonstrated how a strong analytical approach to the site, considering in particular its historical development, cultural importance, and ecological ‘health’ can shape proposals for what will be a large area of new parkland and related development. The overall design approach was clearly and beautifully presented  and it is to be hoped that the ambitions for this project are delivered at the same level of high quality in detailed proposals, as when complete this will be a very important new park for Moscow and at an international level.’

Science, Management and Stewardship

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Highly Commended: Bayston Hill Quarry, southeastern extension, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Landscape architecture, geology, ecology, archaeology,  hydrology: SLR Consulting; Client/ landowner: Lafarge Tarmac; Ecological monitoring and management: Shropshire County Council; Detailed landform design, geological input, management landform implementation: Key GeoSolutions; Bulk earthmoving contractor: Walters Group; Soft landscape and fencing contractor: Midlands Landscaping; Drainage contractor: Stokey Plant.

Lafarge Tarmac needed to extend its flagship quarry but was aware of the potential for landscape and visual impacts. This solution includes the creation of a new perimeter screening landform which will also provide an opportunity for a ‘landscape scale’ habitat creation project. The strategy had to take into account the current operational needs of the quarry, plus constraints connected to ecology and archeological features.

The judges commented:
‘There is a promising future for this project with its emphasis on review, monitoring and continuing stakeholder engagement.’

Photo © Dan Wrench, Shropshire County Council

Highly Commended: Management plan for Black Brook corridor, Stanley Bank, St Helens

Landscape architect: The Environment Partnership (TEP); Client: St Helens Council;  Project partner/ client/ funding: Environment Agency; Project partner: Natural England; project partner/ landscape architect for access improvement works: Groundwork Merseyside

Black Brook was canalised to provide a water supply for the Sankey Canal around 1757, constraining its powerful flow. The canal infrastructure has declined since its closure in 1963, resulting in the breaking down of walling and partial reclamation by nature, particularly through fluvial processes. This has resulted in an extremely valuable mix of habitats, heritage and landscape character along a popular recreational area. There is a need for a long-term strategy to ensure that this balance is maintained and enhanced. The Environment Partnership produced a masterplan to address this.

The judges commented:
‘The plan expertly identifies and articulates a wide range of interlinked aims. It brings together all relevant information and combines this with a sound approach to public consultation and engagement.’

College of Fellows Award: Climate Change Adaptation

Photo © Craig Sheppard / Grant Associates

Winner: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Masterplanner / landscape architect: Grant Associates; Client: National Parks Board of Singapore (Gardens by the Bay); Architect for cooled conservatories: Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Environmental engineer: Atelier Ten; Structural engineer: Atelier One; Interpretation: Land Design Studio; Branding and signage: Thomas Matthews; Local architect and engineer: CPG; Local engineer: Meinhardt Infrastructure; Cost consultant: Langdon Seah; Lighting designer: LPA; Project manager: PM Link; Design manager: Buro 4.

This is the inaugural award presented by the recently formed College of Fellows. Each year the fellows will take a different topic for their award, and this year they have chosen climate change adaptation. All entrants to the awards were asked if they wanted to be considered for this award, and the judges selected Gardens by the Bay as the winner.

The whole of Gardens by the Bay is structured around a strong environmental sustainability agenda and seeks to showcase innovative technologies, management strategies, and ecosystem planning to determine the optimum relationships between the project and the city and the buildings and landscape.

The integrated approach to the planning and design of water, biodiversity and energy systems is of particular significance. There is a system of filter beds, lakes, channels and wetland gardens that encapsulate the gardens and provide a significant exemplar for WSUD (water-sensitive urban design) in the city.

Photo © Craig Sheppard / Grant Associates

Another important strategy is exemplified in the systems employed to deliver an energy efficient solution for cooling the conservatories. These include the integrated use of a biomass boiler and liquid desiccant cooling linked with the use of energy efficient glazing, cooling pipes in pathways and use of deployable shade structures.

The Supertree structures provide energy production through PV arrays, along with venting and cleaning of exhausts from the conservatories and energy centre.

The whole scheme includes an educational interpretation throughout to create a living textbook of nature, culture and applied technologies.

The judges commented: ‘Gardens by the Bay has a unique and impressive approach to sustainability. Even more impressive is the fact that it has actually been built. It has succeeded in bringing sustainability to the “masses” who have visited the project, and is a true credit to multi-disciplinary working.’

Student Dissertation

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Winner: Enabling Creative Independence in Child’s Play. Jono Burgess, Edinburgh College of Art

The study explores current and 20th century thinking on how children engage with place, Using a literature review, precedent, existing case studies and his own primary research. Jono Burgess observed that the criteria that prompted ‘creative independence’ were varied. They were influenced by children’s imagination, the type of activity, the role / style of the play leader, risk, and time.

He developed a tool for testing given activities and used it to assess past initiatives and the installations and projects that he set up over a period of two years. This primary work included initiating and creating activities to generate and observe children’s behaviour, actions and play in a variety of settings.

The findings provide a strong insight into how ‘creative independence’ in children’s play can be achieved, what factors need to be in place, and how to provide a setting to enable it to happen more readily. For example, the study found that the ability of a child to take risks is a key aspect of their engagement with spaces.

The judges commented:
‘This was an excellent document, well written and communicated. The subject matter was relevant and interesting, and the original approach of the evaluation tool was well thought out.’

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Highly Commended: Re-evolution of the corporate landscape: converting Luserna San Giovanni townscape with the Caffarel Chocolate factory in Italy Martina Sechi, Writtle College

Usually when landscape architecture is dealing with industrial sites, post-industrial areas are the focus of attention: derelict, abandoned and neglected landscapes. Instead this study is concerned with a relatively new, alternative, typology of industrial landscape: the corporate landscape. The main aim is to propose a new perspective on corporate landscape, revealing its  cultural value and emphasizing a reconnection to the local context.

The judges commented:
‘This was a very well-researched study with an interesting hypothesis and a strong methodology. It identified an innovative solution.’

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Highly Commended: Urban Wilderness – The value of post-industrial landscapes in providing a new form of urban wilderness
Sophie Tombleson, Edinburgh College of Art

This dissertation aims to investigate the wilderness potential of post-industrial sites, and to investigate how they can be designed to become valuable public spaces, while maintaining their integral restorative qualities. It considers two case studies: Jardin du Tiers paysage by Gilles Clément, and Parco Dora by Latz + Partner.

The judges commented:
‘This was a visually well-presented document with a clear narrative and strong descriptive text. It was a highly relevant topic of study.’

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Highly Commended: Temporary Landscape and the Post-Industrial City
Lisa Jeffrey, Edinburgh University – Edinburgh College of Art

The paper focuses on Glasgow, a post-industrial city that experienced the decline of industry, specifically the shipbuilding trade. It uses the city as a setting to examine how temporary spaces can be of benefit and how they may contribute to urban change within the city. By using in-depth interviews and questionnaires as research strategies, the paper contains original material to test the hypothesis.

The judges commented:
‘This was an interesting and relevant study which made good use of primary research and had a well-considered concluding statement.’

Student Portfolio

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Winner: Zhongyi Zhang
MA student, University of Sheffield

Zhongyi Zhang submitted four projects:
—  The design of a new community space in Canning Town, London;
—  A landscape masterplan for Manor Lodge, Sheffield;
—  A landscape plan for regenerating the Upper Don Valley in Sheffield, entitled ‘Living with Water’;
—  An assessment of landscape characters to inform sensitivity and capacity judgements concerning the potential location for wind energy development in the landscape on the western Sheffield Peak District fringe.

Image © Zhongyi Zhang

His work is driven, he says, by an interest in green infrastructure and in water-sensitive design.

The judges commented:
‘A clear understanding of the design process, working at a range of scales, and of sustainable approaches, impressed the panel. As well as the ability to illustrate ideas graphically, the portfolio demonstrated a technical ability that stood out in this submission. There was a great understanding of scale, and a brilliant demonstration of a range of skills that will be relevant to life in practice.’

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Highly Commended: Bethany Gale
MA student, University of Greenwich

Bethany Gale submitted work done both as an undergraduate in Sheffield, and on her masters course at Greenwich, with the main emphasis on her final project at Greenwich for the regeneration of the canalside at Regent’s Market in Hackney, east London.

Image © Bethany Gale

The judges commented:
‘This was a well-constructed and expressed portfolio that demonstrated the ability to translate concept ideas into designs in different contexts.’

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Highly Commended: Sophie Tombleson
MSc student, Edinburgh College of Art

Sophie Tombleson entered projects from throughout her academic career, with the most extensive being a proposal for the creation of a Hartlepool Magnesite memorial landscape, looking at ways to reconnect the town with its coastline, following the closure of a major industrial facility.

Image © Sophie Tombleson

The judges commented:
‘This was a beautiful and thought-provoking portfolio, reinforced with strong concepts and design solutions.’

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