Winners announced in prestigious Landscape Institute Awards

The best in landscape architecture, design, planning and management announced in 2018 Awards ceremony

The Landscape Institute is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Landscape Institute Awards 2018. From 163 entries, the winners highlight an array of projects which focus on landscape design, community, sustainability and innovative thinking. The diversity of the projects showcases the efforts the profession makes to protect and develop the landscape.

The Awards Ceremony on Thursday 22 November at The Brewery in London celebrates those who are at the forefront of the profession, leading new work in the fields of design, community engagement and health and wellbeing across both the UK and internationally.

Adam White, President of the Landscape Institute comments: “From a quarry in Shanghai to a 21st century back garden in Elephant and Castle, landscape practitioners are leading the way in combatting climate change, creating places where people want to live and connecting people, place and nature.  The Landscape Institute Awards celebrate the contribution made by the landscape profession to creating a better world and this year’s crop of award-winning projects sets a new standard in design, management and planning.”

Quarry Garden in Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden

New this year, the Dame Sylvia Crowe Award for Outstanding International Contribution to People, Place & Nature is the first Award open to individuals and organisations globally. The Landscape Institute is pleased to announce that the winner is Quarry Garden in Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden by Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute.

The judges were impressed with the modern design methods used to create a stunning series of attractions, which re-establish the connection between human beings and the wasteland of the quarry.  It demonstrates how a landscape can be transformed to benefit people, place and nature. The design has turned a scarred landscape into an attractive re-naturalised environment providing recreation and ecological restoration.

Dan Cook, CEO of the Landscape Institute, said: “Importantly for this year, we chose to honour one of our leading female professionals Dame Sylvia Crowe, by creating a brand new open and inclusive international category to ‘celebrate talent from around the world for those working to benefit people, place and nature’. This year’s awards have shown a growing confidence across our profession with impressive work spanning beyond the UK, into Morocco, Dubai, China and Singapore, showing the reach of our profession in many parts of the world. We have an exciting future ahead with such talent among our institute’s ranks.”

Beech Gardens andThe High Walk, Barbican Estate

The subject chosen by the Fellows for this year’s Fellows Award is ‘Creating Healthy Places’ for which the winner is Beech Gardens andThe High Walk, Barbican Estate, Nigel Dunnett and the Landscape Agency. This project sets out to refresh the external podium garden in the Barbican High Walk, an area devastated by WWII which was redeveloped between 1960-1980. The planting offers seasonal change, dynamic colour and texture and greatly reduced water input. The project sets a new precedent for the adaptation and retro-fitting of post-war housing developments and offers residents visual interest and wellbeing benefits – much needed in this dense inner-city environment. The innovative design aims to create a landscape that is ‘future-proofed’ and responds to the unique micro-climate issues of London’s Barbican – where tall buildings cast intense shade – through planting and species selection which responds to these difficult environmental conditions.

Adrian Wikeley, Chair, Landscape Institute College of Fellows, says “The Fellows’ Award is presented to an entry that provides a better understanding of how healthy places can be created whilst also delivering improvements in health. Beech Gardens shows how urban interventions can contribute to the health of society with their response to micro-climates and innovative planting.”

South Gardens Elephant Park

South Gardens, Elephant Park, Churchman Landscape Architects, winner of the prestigious President’s Award for the Best Landscape Scheme of the Year, delivers the first 360 new homes of Lendlease’s Elephant Park Masterplan, to replace the former Heygate Estate in South London. South Gardens provides an attractive sanctuary in central London – one which responds sensitively to the surrounding architecture and its designated setting.

The planting designs for the courtyards and green roofs are specifically aimed at being resilient to climate change and strategies for insect, bird and bat habitat are embedded covertly into buildings, or as conspicuous sculptural objects. Sustainability is at the heart of this project and it aims to be the UK’s first climate positive development, using horticulturally rich gardens with opportunities to forage fruit or grow fresh food and for creative play by children weaving through the courtyards.

Adam White, President of the Landscape Institute said: “It was very difficult choosing a single winner of the President’s Award when the standard of winners has been so high, but South Gardens had such a high level of community engagement which must be praised. It provides a flagship case study of how a residential landscape can become an urban sanctuary – inclusive, ecologically rich – with a philosophy that places the community, wellness and ecology at its heart through genuine placemaking, environmentally sensitive planting and meticulous landscape design.”

The Landscape Institute (LI) is the chartered body for the landscape profession and is the professional home for all landscape practitioners including landscape scientists, landscape planners, landscape architects, landscape managers and urban designers. It is an educational charity that promotes the art and science of landscape practice. The LI’s aim, through the work of its members is to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit.