2012 Award Winners

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The Grand Award 2012
Sponsored by:
Rigby Taylor
Grand Award Winner: P. Casey (Land Reclamation) Ltd
Project: Lichfield Parks Restoration Project
Lichfield Parks Restoration Project


Overview:

A huge Congratulations to P. Casey (Land reclamation ) Ltd for their scheme Lichfield Parks Restoration Project in the Resoration & Regeneration Category.

P. Casey (Land Reclamation) Ltd have successfully restored the historic parks of Lichfield.  The parks consisted of connected open spaces running from east to west from the Cathedral setting in the heart of the city, each with their own distinct history having developed independently over different periods.  The restoration focussed on Minster Pool (13th century), Walk Memorial Garden, The Garden of Remembrance, The Museum Gardens, The Beacon Pool and Play Area and bowls pavilion.  The work included hard & soft landscaping to gardens, conservation works to listed features, statues, monuments & fountain display, de-silting of pools, upgrading revetment walls & banking’s, and remodelling of a large play area. The construction of a new bowling green & pavilion, the introduction of other new buildings to the park, and formation of a horticultural education area.

Judges comments: "This extensive historic park refurbishment project formed an integral part of Lichfield District Council’s Strategic Plan and required the skills of a specialist in the field of historic landscape restoration.  BALI contractor, P Casey (Land Reclamation) Ltd. have dealt sensitively in restoring elements of the historic parks and open spaces running through the heart of the Cathedral City.  Restoration works were carried out to the 13th Century Minster Pool and historic 19th and 20thCentury features of Beacon Park including reconstruction of an ornate Victorian fountain, Memorial Garden, stone balustrading and gates, extensive pathway resurfacing and refurbishment of the historic ‘Speakers Corner’.  The care taken by this BALI contractor and attention to historic detail has been truly outstanding.  More modern 20th Century elements of Brecon park have also been sensitively refurbished to provide a new children’s play area, horticultural education area, Kiosk,Café and Pavilion.  The Heritage Lottery funded restoration of Lichfield’s historic parks was both complex and challenging and demanded real expertise and a collaborative approach of all the parties involved.  The result is an outstanding example of a revitalised green city space with social improvement and involvement for all age groups and backgrounds at its core." 

  
BALI 40th Anniversary Commemorative Award for Outstanding British Excellence
Sponsored by:
Rigby Taylor in association with EuroFlor
BALI's 40th Anniversary Commemorative Award for Outstanding British Excellence:
Project: The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


Overview:

A joint submission between: Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd, Gavin Jones Ltd, White Horse Contractors Ltd & Willerby Landscapes Ltd.

As per the Soft Landscape Construction over 1.5million.

The undeniable uniqueness of the Olympic Park project required a unique approach to its appraisal by BALI Awards Adjudication panel and an acknowledgement that no other scheme entered in this year’s Awards could compete for scale, challenge or global impact. Nor could one BALI contractor of the four involved in delivering the soft landscaping element be singled out and judged in isolation. Therefore, a joint submission was approved and three, rather than the customary one, BALI Awards adjudicators accompanied by Wayne Grills BALI’s Chief Operations Officer,  visited the scheme in mid June, prior to the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The level of client and political influence on the delivery of the scheme was understandably high, requiring each contractor to work in partnership with each other and with the many contractors and individuals involved in creating the Olympic Park landscape. It is, quite simply, stunning, with a new and exciting naturalistic planting pallet used across the site. Cultivated and wild plant species have been cleverly placed in proximity to each other and look entirely in keeping. The wildlife conservation and wetland areas are very impressive and a nursery is now being established at the park to provide plants for the legacy stage of the Park’s development.

The level of trialling and research carried out a year prior to the opening ceremony ensured that the flowering plants would flower at precisely the right time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games respectively, and they did. The 2012 competition gardens were stunning with good detailing, providing an interesting and more intimate diversion from the broader landscape.

The North Park was the last to be landscaped and the contractors had to deal with a major Japanese knotweed problem as well as major regeneration works to the banks of the River Lee, which runs through the site. Circa 4,000 trees were planted across the park and the living Llonicera wall to the side of the main arena comprises 20,000 individual plants, each with its own irrigation nozzle.

Client satisfaction was extremely high on this hugely high profile scheme and each of the contractors was praised by the ODA Sponsor for Parkland and Public Realm for being flexible, accommodating and highly proactive.

This BALI 40th Anniversary Commemorative Award is given to each of the four BALI contractors cited in recognition of their contribution to promoting the very best of British landscaping to a global audience and for exemplifying 40 years of BALI landscaping excellence.

 

Lead Landscape Architect, masterplanner and detail designer: LDA Design with Hargreaves Associates (LDAH)

Landscape Architect/Engineer: Arup & Atkins

Designer(s): Professors James Hitchmough and Nigel Dunnett - University of Sheffield, Sarah Price Landscapes,  Tim O'Hare Associates, BSG Ecology, Waterwise Solutions, ETM Associates, LLC.

Supplier(s): Salix, Land & Water Services Ltd, Palmstead Nurseries Ltd, Hiller Nurseries Ltd, Freeland Horticulture, OCMIS, London Rock, Robin Tacchi Plants, Tony Hill Chestnut Fencing, Pictorial Meadows, BritishFlora, Crowders Nurseries, Tillers Turf Company Ltd, Waterscapes Ltd & Bourne Amenity Ltd

  
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction cost under £30k
Sponsored by:
BALI Awarsd 2012
Principal Winner: Graduate Gardeners Ltd
Project: Small Front Town Garden, Bath
Small Front Town Garden, Bath


Overview:

Graduate Gardeners were tasked with building a visually attractive space in a small town Georgian terrace front garden that abuts to a footpath.  The client requested that the space had to use the slope in an interesting way, include water, planting and materials sympathetic to the situation and locality.

The garden faces North East, creating a cool tranquil feel, the planting uses mainly shades of greens, various textures, keeping any flower colour to white and blue.  At the top end, nearest the house, is a terrace of reclaimed York paving, replacing the original small, cramped paved area.  You step down from this, through the planting onto a gravel landing area prior to stepping across the reflective pool.  On the lower side of the pool, further steps were laid within the planting, creating a visual and physical movement down onto the footpath. 

Judges Comments: "The brief for the front garden of this Georgian terraced house in Bath was to retain the iconic feel of the terrace whilst incorporating more water and lush planting in what is ultimately a small space leading to the house entrance. The contractor responded with a design entirely sensitive to the feel of the terrace in which a pool has been beautifully placed amongst York flagstones, softened by the lush planting requested by the delighted clients."   

Designer: Graduate Gardeners

Supplier(s): Landscapeplus and Rand & Asquith

  
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction cost btwn £30 - £60k
Sponsored by:
Cuprinol Trade
Principal Winner: Water Gems (Alba) Ltd
Project: Fife Garden, Culross
Fife Garden, Culross


Overview:

,Water Gems (Alba) Ltd were asked to build a garden incorporating figure of eight pool, bespoke cedar arbour with sedum roof, decked and paved terraces using quality material, natural and where possible, local materials. 

As much waste as possible was recycled onsite.  Local suppliers were used for turf, larch for the arbour, stone for dry wall, soil and terrestrial and aquatic plants.  The clients' left over sand setts were incorporated into the design and other recycled materials used included EPDM pond liner and reshredded mushroom compost.

Judges Comments: "Water Gems (Alba) worked closely with the designer, Carolyn Grohmann, and the client to produce a semi-natural garden with stunning views across the Firth of Fourth estuary.  A large free-form pool with cut sandstone ribbon edge defines the space and connects seamlessly to the sculpted lawns and a lower deck area.  A high quality build which surpasses the client's expectations."

Designer:  Carolyn Grohmann of Secret Gardens

Supplier(s): CED Ltd, Gordon Low Products Ltd, Beatsons, Binny Plants & Silva Timber

 
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction cost btwn £30 - £60k
Sponsored by:
Cuprinol Trade
Winner: Endrick Landscapes
Project: A private residence in East Whitburn
A private residence in East Whitburn
Overview:
Endrick Landscapes Ltd were tasked with changing a kitchen/childrens garden into a modern entertaining area without disturbing the surrounding ground. The ground was full of poor soil which had to be removed, drained and soiled again. Ducting was run across the garden to feed all the lighting. Pipe work was run throughout to supply water feature. Foundations set and walls/stairs constructed. Paving and water rills installed and connected up. Challenges were found with the two pieces of Caithness stone custom cut by the quarry which had to be quarried specifically for the job then craned into place with a cantilever over one side.
All the walling stone from Caithness was supplied from quarry off-cuts and all the gravel areas were stabilised with Coregravel made from recycled plastic. Soils were recycled and mixed with PAS100 compost.
 
Judges Comments: "The attention to the hard paving and extensive water features is impressive as is the excellent quality decking using invisible fixing.  The work totally reflects the style of the house which was built by the client 15 years ago and particularly the recent addition of the sun room.  The clever use of a rill (in various forms around the house) is impressive and has been well executed."
 
Landscape Architect: HarrisonStevens
Supplier(s): Deepdale Trees & Blueton
  
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction cost btwn £60k - £100k
Sponsored by:
Johnsons of Whixley
Principal Winner: Bartholomew Landscaping
Project: A private residence in London, NW1
A private residence in London, NW1


Overview:

The project was constructed by Bartholomew Landscaping.  The client had completely refurbished the interior of their five storey home.  The design concept was to create space that easily flowed into the garden.  The Architect and Designer worked together to create a complimentary scheme that visually and physically connected the internal and external spaces.  As well as the inside and outside connection the client wanted a series of experiences and a variety of outdoor spaces along the length of the garden.  A formal design in the lower area therefore gives way to a softer more informal design at the higher level. A gently curving path swings to the side of the garden making way for the oval lawn, and emphasising width.  The path narrows and the planting converges to create a 'gateway' to a more secluded and private decked seating area.

Judges Comments: "The long and narrow rear garden of this terraced house in Islington presented the contractor with both a design and logistical challenge. The design solution to the marked change in levels from the basement area to the top of the garden was to create stylish, complex steps that incorporate a water feature and planting. These lead up to a turfed area bathed in natural light. Despite work to the interior cellar of the house impacting on the garden’s construction, and the logistics of having to bring all materials and equipment through the house providing something of a challenge, the contractor has created a stylish extension to the house, complete with a living wall that is part interior and part exterior."  

Designer: THDesign

Supplier(s): Travis Perkins Trading Co. Ltd (Marshalls), I. Blake Limited

 
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction cost btwn £60k - £100k
Sponsored by:
Johnsons of Whixley
Winner: Grace Landscapes Limited
Project: A private residence in York
A private residence in York
Overview:

Grace Landscapes Limited were tasked with creating a space which linked the recently renovated property, which includes a two storey glass atrium, with the garden.  Also to be able to display temporary artwork, to look good when looked down upon and to have strong architectural interest.  The solution used innovative features and finishes, drawing inspiration from the clients passion for art, architecture and modern design.

Judges comments:  "This is a most impressive entry which the Contractor has executed the design to a very high standard.  The design is very contemporary and is in total harmony with the sympathetic alterations to the rear of this 1870s York town house. Whilst the area involved is quite small the layout gives the garden a far “larger feel”.   The contractor has worked extremely well with the designer to source the modern materials and the standard of work and finish to these areas is excellent"

Designer: Lizzie Tulip Garden Design

Supplier(s): Brook Bros, Reed Harris, Island Stone, Marshalls & Boroughbridge Brick and Tile co.

 
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction cost btwn £60k - £100k
Sponsored by:
Johnsons of Whixley
Winner: J & S Scapes Ltd
Project: A private residence in Beaconsfield
A private residence in Beaconsfield
Overview:

J & S Scapes Ltd were asked to create a new courtyard with decorative walls, paving, new stream, cottage garden and Breedon gravel driveway that had the feeling of it always being part of the original house. The courtyard needed to be welcoming not imposing, it needed to have intrigue with features and mature planting to soften the edges of the hard landscaping. The client had many sculptures that needed to be incorporated into the design.

Judges comments: " An interesting court yard feature linking area between drive, house and rear garden.  Challenging falls requiring a good drainage to drive system.  Intricate brick panels with roman mosaic inserts.  Paving neat and well executed throughout."

Designer: Jane Follis Garden Design

Supplier(s): Country Supplies, Bibby Bricks, Kings Langley Building Supplies, Giles Reclamation Yard & Chelmer Valley

  
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction cost btwn £100 - £250k
Sponsored by:
BALI Awarsd 2012
Principal Winner: Bartholomew Landscaping
Project: A private residence in London SW3
A private residence in London SW3


Overview:

Bartholomew Landscaping have designed and installed this monumental terrace to reflect the formal grandeur of this newly refurbished and imposing building whilst still maintaining a striking contemporary, very comfortable feel.  Only the highest quality materials have been used throughout. Inspiration was taken from the interior decor in order to provide continuity and create a fully functional outdoor room.

Judges comments: "In creating this garden haven within a covered balcony, the contractor has pushed the boundaries of garden design to provide a stunning indoor/outdoor room. Part of a stylish apartment within a recently reinvented well known London landmark building, the balcony now has beautifully installed stone and decked flooring providing the platform for contemporary planters of Bamboo, Aacer and Mmagnolia. The final touches include automated, state-of-the-art irrigation and lighting, all expertly installed by the contractor to the very highest standards."

Designer: Bartholomew Landscaping design team
Supplier(s): Travis Perkins Trading Co. Ltd, Exterior Decking, Holloways of Ludlow & PAG Sheet Metal.

 

 

 
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction cost btwn £100 - £250k
Sponsored by:
BALI Awarsd 2012
Winner: Landscape Associates Limited
Project: A private residence in Chelsea, London
A private residence in Chelsea, London
Overview:

Landscape Associates Limited were tasked with landscaping a large garden with woodland area and vegetable/kitchen garden of a grade II listed property.  There was a large existing York Stone terrace, this was lifted and the terrace extended and new limestone paving laid extending down to the lawn.  The lawn area was reduced so a vegetable garden could be incorporated.  The garden has a woodlands planted area under the canopy of large existing trees where the clients had a garden pavilion installed overlooking the grass area.

Judges comments: "Hard landscaping workmanship excellent with crisp clean lines to paving. Soft landscaping well planted, woodland works very well. Excellent liaison with planners which involved a high degree of project management."

Designer: del Buono - Gazerwitz Landscape Architecture
Supplier(s): Chichester Trees and Shrubs

 
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction cost btwn £100 - £250k
Sponsored by:
BALI Awarsd 2012
Winner: Bartholomew Landscaping
Project: A private residence in London, NW11
A private residence in London, NW11
Overview:

Bartholomew Landscaping were tasked with producing a feeling of space and to ensure that the whole garden was usable by the whole family which included an individual with a visual impairment, throughout the year.  Bartholomew Landscaping designed and constructed the gardens to reflect the traditional architecture whilst maintaining a contemporary feel.

Judges comments: "A strong design with bold easily defined shapes all with a good contrast between light and dark to make movement around the garden as easy as possible also textures where well defined and contrasting so delineating various areas. Quality of the materials and workmanship was good." 

Designer: Bartholomew Landscaping design team

Supplier(s) Travis Perkins Trading Co. Ltd, Alan Hayward Joinery Ltd

 
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction cost btwn £100 - £250k
Sponsored by:
BALI Awarsd 2012
Winner: Garden Company Ltd, The
Project: A private residence in London, NW8
A private residence in London, NW8
Overview:

The Garden Company Ltd produced a domestic front and rear garden for a prestigious street in London. The project was a complex build of drainage, bespoke paving, cladding and walling, lawn, a green roof and planting areas. 

Judges comments: "Hard and soft landscape was a high standard of workmanship making this an attractive scheme.  Interior and exterior spaces were linked by the pattern of the paving. Extensive discussion had been carried out between the client and the contractor resulting in a high degree of customer satisfaction. Overall a good quality scheme."  

Designer: Julie Toll Ltd

Supplier(s): CED Ltd

 
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction cost btwn £100 - £250k
Sponsored by:
BALI Awarsd 2012
Winner: Robert Field Landscapes
Project: A private residence in Radlett
A private residence in Radlett
Overview:

Robert Field Landscapes were contracted to completely redevelop of this domestic garden for a young couple with two young children who wished to realise the potential of their garden.  They required a larger more useable terrace for entertaining, repaving around the pool, removal of a steep Rhododendron bank replacing it with retaining walls and new steps to the lawn.  The lawn needed widening to create a play area for the children and all plants were replaced on a low maintenance basis with irrigation and lighting.

Judges comments: "Challenging slopes within the site and substantial use of Oak sleeper revetment and ‘dry-stone’ walling tested this seasoned BALI contractor.  Good precision and skills demonstrated throughout the project."

Designer: John Nash Associates

Supplier(s): CED Ltd, H. Butterfield Ltd, G & M.B Manning Ltd, A J Lighting & Watermatic

 

 
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction cost btwn £100 - £250k
Sponsored by:
BALI Awarsd 2012
Winner: Tranquil Earth Ltd
Project: Scotch Corner Landscaping, Sevenoaks
Scotch Corner Landscaping, Sevenoaks
Overview:

Tranquil Earth Ltd were tasked with creating a landscape that would link the home with the beautiful woodland setting.  It was essential that this garden had a wonderful wow factor, a garden that was unique and that would reflect their passion for life.  Other requirements were a large lawn area for the children to enjoy football and to utilize the long slope leading to the tennis court. 

This contemporary garden was designed and built by the Tranquil Earth team.  Whitstable based artists and metalsmiths were commissioned to provide unique elements of this garden. Tranquil Earth Garden Products are used in this scheme.

Judges comments "A well executed scheme, competent workmanship involving several bespoke elements. General grading/earthworks were good with smooth flowing contours. Several original elements of the garden were kept & incorporated into the new scheme. Very skilfully installed timber walls, curved cut on an angle.  Client was very praiseworthy of Contractor."

Designer: Tranquil Earth Ltd

Supplier(s): Rock Unique, Palmstead Nursery’s, Mitcham Building Services, Elaine Green Metalsmith, Head Carpentry & Blakeney House Nurseries

 
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction cost btwn £100 - £250k
Sponsored by:
BALI Awarsd 2012
Winner: Gavin Jones Ltd (aka The Plantation)
Project: A private residence in Goring-on-Thames
A private residence in Goring-on-Thames
Overview:

A riverside scheme tucked away along the river Thames built by Gavin Jones Ltd.  The scheme involved: felling of trees that detracted from the gardens and stunning views across the Thames.  A series of planted preclipped carpinus betulus hedging units to provide a back drop to the new herbaceous border and to screen the dominating boundary fence.  A re-laid informal lawn to fit in with the more formal style of the garden and a wildflower lawn to provide interest and habitat for wildlife.  A Japanese garden was created on an area that was formally dominated by trees, self-seeded saplings and weeds. Timber structures including pergolas and IPE decking and sleeper edging walls were constructed.  The drive area was extended and redressed with gravel to improve aesthetics.  Subtle lighting installed and irrigation to provide efficient means of watering

Judges comments: "Extensive river front garden with total remodelling of the outside space good quality materials and workmanship of a high standard a good blend of hard and soft. Clients very satisfied with the scheme both design and build and enjoyed the process far more than the house renovations."

Designer & Landscape Architect: Arlette Garcia

Supplier(s): The Plantation, CED Natural Stone Ltd, Keyline Builders Merchants, Tillers Turf Company Limited & Landscapeplus Limited

  
Domestic Garden Construction - construction cost over £250K
Sponsored by:
EURO Plants UK
Principal Winner: Creative Landscape Company Limited
Project: A private residence in Reading
A private residence in Reading


Overview:

Creative Landscape Company Ltd were engaged as garden designers, consultants and landscape contractors.  The clients required a garden that they would use.  One that would integrate with the open plan house design, accentuate the countryside views and provide areas for entertaining, relaxing and sport.

Judges comments: "The owners of this stunning Berkshire garden are to be congratulated on investing in an absolutely exceptional example of the soft landscaper’s art. Following the installation by the clients’ builder of gabion walls to create the garden area, the contractor has demonstrated outstanding expertise in soil contouring, plant selection and planting. The interesting change in levels has been exploited to provide lots of stolen views and drifts of sown wildflowers soften and enhance this exquisite scheme."

Architect: Gregory Philips Architects
Designer: Creative Landscape Company Ltd
Supplier(s): Deepdale Trees, Greentrade Boskoop BV, Orchard Dene Nurseries, Avoncrop Amenity Products & Jacques Amand International Ltd

 
Domestic Garden Construction - construction cost over £250K
Sponsored by:
EURO Plants UK
Winner: Kings Landscapes (Milton Keynes)
Project: A private residence in Chorley Wood
A private residence in Chorley Wood
Overview:

Kings Landscapes (Milton Keynes) have delivered a complete hard and soft landscaping package for a large residential scheme designed by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam of Wilson McWilliam Studio.  The house was designed by Jane Duncan Architects.  Works included the complete overhaul of an existing clay lined pond, a hardwood jetty was installed out into the pond and sandstone feature stones (set on hidden blockwork plinths) emerge from beneath the water.  Aquatic and marginal plants were extensively planted providing natural oxygenation and waterside wildlife habitats. Other works include; raised contemporary sandstone patios with two projected decking platforms linking to the paved area and construction of both rendered and stone clad feature walls.  A new block paved driveway has been laid, along with traditional mild steel edging and fully automated bespoke double gates. A Mediterranean style dry garden was constructed using Cotswold gravel and featuring a mature Olive tree. A productive garden has been constructed using raised vegetable planters made from GRP with an oxidised metal finish. Soft works included; extensive herbaceous perennial planting and installation of semi mature trees, installation of new lawn area, surrounded by Taxus hedging and a croquet lawn with formal Buxus topiary cubes around the border. In addition to the landscaping works Kings carried out lighting and audio installs and fitted a complex rain water harvesting system which feeds grey water back into the house for re-use.

Judges comments: "The garden compliments the contemporary house design cleverly bringing in the woodland beyond with the natural planting.  The dew pond has a natural feel with bold planting.  The deck overhanging the pool is well constructed.  The terrace paving is laid in crisp straight lines.  Good feature walls and curved wood edging.  The boundary Birch trees are planted in meticulous straight rows."

Designer: Wilson McWilliam Studio
Supplier(s): Keyline, CED Ltd, London Rock, Robin Tacchi Plants & Deepdale.

 
Domestic Garden Construction - construction cost over £250K
Sponsored by:
EURO Plants UK
Winner: Bowles & Wyer Limited
Project: A private residence in London, NW8
A private residence in London, NW8
Overview:

Bowles & Wyer Limited have produced a speculative high end residential development of two properties with extensive basements under the rear gardens and front driveways. Challenges included working around vents, sky lights, car lifts and other M&E interventions to deliver two schemes to the highest quality and finish. Key features include water features, sculpture and Quercus Ilex boundary planting for privacy.

Judges comments: "Very competent high end work with good quality workmanship and hard and soft materials. The site is two separate gardens undertaken as one scheme."

Designer: Bowles & Wyer Ltd

Architect: KSR Architects

Supplier(s): Johnsons Wellfield Quarries Ltd, Marshalls, Fountainhead Ltd, Solitair & Alan Hayward Joinery

 

 
Domestic Garden Construction - construction cost over £250K
Sponsored by:
EURO Plants UK
Winner: Graduate Gardeners Ltd
Project: Natural Yorkstone terrace garden overlooking Stroud valley
Natural Yorkstone terrace garden overlooking Stroud valley
Overview:

Graduate Gardeners Ltd were tasked with creating more openness and connection between two properties previously owned separately.  Consequently there was a lot of screening between the two which blocked the fabulous views from the main house.  The scheme includes a natural Yorkstone open terrace area for guest annex at head of valley, with natural planting to enable enjoyment of spectacular views with outside cooking and dining.

Judges comments: "Extensive landscape scheme of soft and hard. Good quality materials used throughout and workmanship of a high standard. The overall feel was large drifts of herbaceous planting blending into wild flower areas juxtaposed with more formal detailed planting and features close to the house."  

Designer: Mark Draper Graduate Gardeners

Supplier(s): Landscapeplus & Rand & Asquith

  
Soft Landscaping – construction cost up to £300K
Sponsored by:
Bourne Amenity
Principal Winner: Goddards (Landscape Contractors) Ltd
Project: A commercial scheme in Eastleigh
A commercial scheme in Eastleigh


Overview:

Goddards (Landscape Contractors) Ltd were successful in tendering to construct the soft landscape for this new build for the company's product and research development head office.  Features include a diverse range of species to satisfy strict planning requirements with the company's environmental strategies.

Judges comments: "The planting within the grounds of this headquarters building in Hampshire was designed with the client’s corporate colours very much in mind. The result is a striking landscaped setting for a contemporary building that has a nice feel to the space and exudes quality and excellence. The contractor’s execution of the planting and soft landscape works is a delight to see and their subsequent care and attention in maintaining the scheme ensures that the client’s brand reputation is reinforced for those visiting the building."

Landscape Architect: RPS
Supplier(s): Robin Tacchi Plants, Amenity Horticulture Services, Hiller Nurseries & Goddards Nurseries.

 
Soft Landscaping – construction cost up to £300K
Sponsored by:
Bourne Amenity
Winner: Endrick Landscapes
Project: Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre, Glasgow
Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre, Glasgow
Overview:

Endrick Landscapes Ltd were tasked with landscaping one of the 18 Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres throughout the UK.  This Glasgow centre opened October 2011 and both the building and grounds are quite unique in their design and “sit well” within the grounds of the former mental health unit.  The contract included soil shaping, paving, tree and shrub planting, path construction, woodland art, turf and seed.

Judges comments: "The Contractor has executed the design work to a very high standard which includes excellent contouring to form swathes around the building.  The internal courtyard is excellent, the meadow grasses and maturity of the planting is quite remarkable considering the recent installation. The quality and establishment of the trees is probably the best example I have ever judged." 

Landscape Architect: HarrisonStevens
Designer: HarrisonStevens & Lilly Jencks
Suppliers(s): Deepdale Trees & J A Jones & Sons Ltd

 
Soft Landscaping – construction cost up to £300K
Sponsored by:
Bourne Amenity
Winner: Souters Sports Ltd
Project: Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay
Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay
Overview:

Eirias Park was singled out to be one of Wales premier pitches for hosting major rugby events at national and international levels, outdoor events and concerts.  Souters Sports Ltd were asked to completely regenerate the existing facility including new international playing surface together with a full irrigation system to ensure full play ability.  The pitch redevelopment was the centre piece to a much wider development incorporating a new indoor training and multi use facility, which complemented the existing all weather hockey pitches and the local leisure centre.  Eirias Park has now redefined both community and international sport back to North Wales.

Judges comments: "Area stripped out sand soil mix well drained with pop up irrigation throughout.  The Welsh under 21 international has been held recently and the players thought the pitch was of excellent quality".

Designer: Conwy Country Borough Council
Supplier(s): Tarmac Topsport, Rigby Taylor Ltd & Build Centre Ltd

  
Soft Landscaping - construction cost between £300,000 - £1.5 MILLION
Sponsored by:
British Sugar Topsoil
Principal Winner: Souters Sports Ltd
Project: St Helens RLFC
St Helens RLFC


Overview:

Souters Sports Ltd were tasked with constructing this new conventional premier rugby pitch to a world leading rugby stadium which necessitated a world class surface.  The pitch construction centred around a well-drained fibre sand construction supplemented by a primary lateral drain. The whole pitch is sand based with rootzone and finished with an ameliorated fibre sand to create a well knitted playing surface. 

Judges comments: "This specialist sports contractor was faced with constructing this new conventional premier rugby pitch to a world leading rugby stadium which necessitated a world class surface for the client – St Helens RLFC – at their new home ground. Excavation works preceded the complex installation of a seeded sand-based pitch with automatic timed irrigation. Just six weeks following seeding, the pitch saw its first match and its subsequent playing performance has delighted the client. A healthy, weed-free sward, superb drainage and overall playability have delivered what the client believes is the best pitch in the Superleague."

Designer: Souters Sports Ltd
Supplier(s): Tarmac Topsport, Rigby Taylor Ltd, Keyline Builders Merchants & British Seed Houses Ltd

 

  
Soft Landscaping Construction, Cost Over £1.5 Million
Sponsored by:
Green-tech
Principal Winner:
Project: The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London


Overview:

A joint submission between: Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd, Gavin Jones Ltd, White Horse Contractors Ltd & Willerby Landscapes Ltd.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, one of the largest to be built of its kind in the UK this century, is over 100 hectares of much needed new parklands in East London.  BALI contractors worked in close collaboration with Landscape Architects and the Olympic Development Authority to transform this once derelict and polluted site into a ‘Green Legacy’ park for future generations.

The landscaping of the main Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park played a vital role, creating a natural parkland setting with stunning wild flower meadows, wetland habitats, gardens and spectator lawn areas.  Approximately 50% of the park provides diverse new areas of wildlife habitat including reedbeds, grasslands, ponds and woodlands along with artificial kingfisher and sand martin nesting banks, two otter holts and many bird and bat boxes that have been incorporated within bridges, retaining walls and venues.

Judges comments: "As a nation, we have celebrated the achievements of Team GB Olympic and Paralympic athletes and recognised the superb organisation of professionals and volunteers to stage the London 2012 Olympic Games.  The landscaping of the main Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park played a vital role, creating a natural parkland setting with stunning wild flower meadows, wetland habitats, gardens and spectator lawn areas.  BALI contractors worked in close collaboration with Landscape Architects and the Olympic Development Authority to transform this once derelict and polluted site into a ‘Green Legacy’ park for future generations.  The vast scale and challenging environment of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was approached with confidence and professionalism by BALI contractors whilst working closely with leading industry specialists in meadow plantation from Sheffield University to trial and perfect this relatively new and exciting naturalistic landscape technique."

Lead Landscape Architect, masterplanner and detail designer: LDA Design with Hargreaves Associates (LDAH)

Landscape Architect/Engineer: Arup & Atkins

Designer(s): Professors James Hitchmough and Nigel Dunnett - University of Sheffield, Sarah Price Landscapes,  Tim O'Hare Associates, BSG Ecology, Waterwise Solutions, ETM Associates, LLC.

Supplier(s): Salix, Land & Water Services Ltd, Palmstead Nurseries Ltd, Hiller Nurseries Ltd, Freeland Horticulture, OCMIS, London Rock, Robin Tacchi Plants, Tony Hill Chestnut Fencing, Pictorial Meadows, BritishFlora, Crowders Nurseries, Tillers Turf Company Ltd, Waterscapes Ltd & Bourne Amenity Ltd

  
Hard Landscaping - construction cost between £300,000 - £1.5 million
Sponsored by:
Quinton Edwards
Principal Winner: Kings Landscapes (Milton Keynes)
Project: Central Square, London, EC1
Central Square, London, EC1


Overview:

A complete landscaping package has been provided by Kings Landscapes (Milton Keynes) at their client’s flagship development just outside The City of London. Designed by Townshend Landscape Architects as an exclusive water garden and courtyard for residents, the gardens are constructed to the highest standards. Handmade Dutch clay paving gives the pathways a unique feel and texture and provide contrast to the clean modern lines of the surrounding buildings, abstract reinforced cast stone benches are installed in various locations throughout the site. Countryside kerbs and edgings from Charcon have been used through the courtyard, 145mm wide kerbs for construction of raised planting beds, with 50mm edgings used to form the low level planters and interfaces generally throughout the scheme. Around the building decorative limestone aggregate has been installed which aids drainage and allows maintenance of both the garden and buildings. Densely planted, clipped Buxus hedging provides structure to the herbaceous planting beds, punctuated with specimen shrubs. Semi mature trees provoke year round interest whilst exploring the garden whilst glistening, granite clad water features and stunning rills add an extra sensory element to the courtyard. Co-ordination with numerous other trades on site was necessary in achieving the goals of our client, working alongside and assisting mechanical and electrical trades installing lighting and CCTV throughout the courtyard construction. Kings worked closely with our specialist sub contractors throughout the design, procurement and installation of water feature and irrigation packages.

Judges comments:  "The landscape construction within this mixed commercial and residential scheme, situated over a car park in the centre of London, is close to perfection. The contractor had to cope with very challenging logistics within a confined space whilst the main construction works continued around them.  The complex hard landscape design also included water features for which the responsibility for their design and installation rested entirely with the contractor. This beautifully executed scheme demonstrates a level of expertise and implementation that is a case study exemplar for all landscape contractors."

Architect/Designer: Townshend Landscape Architects
Supplier(s): London Rock, Miller Druck International Stone Ltd., Woodscape Ltd & Keyline Builders Merchants

  
Hard Landscaping - construction cost under £300,000
Sponsored by:
Natural Paving Products
Winner: Country Grounds Maintenance Ltd (CGM)
Project: Leonards Street Play Area, Norwich
Leonards Street Play Area, Norwich
Overview:

Country Grounds Maintenance Ltd (CGM) have transformed what was a rundown little used play area in a small, quiet residential side street in Norwich.  The City Council decided to upgrade the play area and adjacent car park with the aim of providing more creative and absorbing play facilities.  The project included a wide range of skills: plastic boardwalk, plastic and cobble amphitheatre, installation of play equipment, turfing, brickwork, block paving, fabrication and installation of fencing, tarmac, resin bonded surfacing, graffiti, planting and seating.

Judges comments: "Good quality of work throughout and excellent collaboration with LA client officer.  A commendable scheme, well executed."

Architect/Designer: Norwich City Council
Supplier(s): Breedon Aggregates, Styleseal Ltd, MKM Building Supplies, Sustainable Options Ltd & Tamar Nurseries Ltd

  
Hard Landscaping - construction cost between £300,000 - £1.5 million
Sponsored by:
Quinton Edwards
Winner: Land Engineering (Scotland) Ltd
Project: Old College Quadrangle, Edinburgh
Old College Quadrangle, Edinburgh
Overview:

Land Engineering (Scotland) Ltd have finished the construction of this 19th century neo-classical William Playfair designed building after two centuries.  The building originally designed by Robert Adam in 1770 was finished by Playfair in 1820 but never completed.  The University secured funding to complete the project as Playfair originally intended.  In absence of the original design drawing, the paving was designed after studying other Playfair buildings in Edinburgh. Land Engineering (Scotland) Ltd's innovative solution for laying, with collaboration of Simpson and Brown, has achieved the original design vision, while providing sustainability, where paving durability is maximised, meeting the whole life investment expectations for many years to come.

Judges comments: "The execution of the work is to a very high standard and to reflect the original theme of the landscape, each individual slab has been finished by hand (Broached).  Some old drainage channels had to be replaced and cut by hand using templates to very exacting standards, the quality of which is outstanding.  When work commenced 80 skeletons were found which delayed the start 12 months as Archaeologists undertook a survey of the site, discovering links back to the 1700s, assisted by Land Engineering (Scotland) Ltd. The client was very impressed with Contractors work ethic and customer friendly relationship".

Architect: Simpson & Brown
Engineer: Wren & Bell
Supplier(s): Fyfe Glenrock & Hutton Stone.

 

 
Hard Landscaping - construction cost between £300,000 - £1.5 million
Sponsored by:
Quinton Edwards
Winner: Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd
Project: Parkway, Newbury
Parkway, Newbury
Overview:

Frosts Landscapes Construction Ltd have helped transform this vibrant 'streetscape' retail scheme which brought new development of retail stores and residential units to the town centre. Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd instantly added value by providing essential engineering which was required in order to get the scheme within  the £3m budget. High quality materials were chosen for the scheme to knit the historic areas to the town with the proposed new buildings.

Judges comments: "Very sharp workmanship, good execution.  An eye to detail has delivered good straight paving lines with excellent cuts to match in with existing and detail to manhole covers. The degree of difficulty was high as many trades were working all at once in same area." 

Architect: Building Design Partnership
Designer: Quartet Design
Supplier(s): Marshalls, ACO Technologies, Easipoint Ltd, Hanson Concrete & Benkert

 
Hard Landscaping - construction cost between £300,000 - £1.5 million
Sponsored by:
Quinton Edwards
Winner: Blakedown Landscapes (Operations) Ltd
Project: Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay
Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay
Overview:

Blakedown Landscapes (Operations) Ltd completed this major external works project which involved hard and soft landscaping for the new BBC Studio and its approach roads.  The scheme included installation of various types of natural stone, street furniture and over 1km of clay paving.

Judges comments: "The linear approach road approaching the drama studios, weaves and turns quite extensively and the soft and hard landscape modules which were well laid to reflect these curves.  High quality materials used throughout.  The hard landscape composed of various small modular blocks from small brick to natural stone sets and paviours.   Both the BBC studio and the planting where unusual and the contractor fulfilled the designers brief completely."       

Designer: Vinci Construction UK

Supplier(s): Broxap Ltd, Dingle Nurseries & Cemex 

 
Hard Landscaping - construction cost between £300,000 - £1.5 million
Sponsored by:
Quinton Edwards
Winner: Horticon Ltd
Project: Ordsall Hall, Salford
Ordsall Hall, Salford
Overview:

Ordsall Hall is the only Grade I listed building that exists within City of Salford and has a great deal of inherent archaeological value both visible and subterranean identified in early desktop studies.  The brief for Horticon Ltd focused on key areas including: underground drainage and street lighting infrastructure, car park extension, events area, formal knot design and Dig for Victory gardens, orchard, timeline walkway, service access and boundary fencing.  External artists were commission to undertake bespoke elements within the grounds including carvings for the timeline walkway and causeway and oak swans in the moat which Horticon Installed.  Unexpectedly items of archaeological interest were exposed during the works that required delicate handling in the excavation, storage, cleaning and relocation within the grounds.

Judges comments: "The pathways, and structure work to high standard and the overall impression / ambience sits well with the Museum.  The hall was awarded Museum of Year Award and received a RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) Award May 2012.  The whole scheme adds a major contribution to Salfords Heritage."

Designer: Urban Vision Partnership


Supplier(s): Hendricks Civils & Lintels, Derbyshire Aggregates, Hardscape, Travis Perkins & J A Jones.


 
Hard Landscaping - construction cost between £300,000 - £1.5 million
Sponsored by:
Quinton Edwards
Winner: Landscape Management Services Limited
Project: Clarks Hill Walk, Phase 2, Newcastle upon Tyne
Clarks Hill Walk, Phase 2, Newcastle upon Tyne
Overview:

Landscape Management Services Limited were approached to carry out this design and build project at Clark's Hill.  The area housed three story flats recently modernised, however the external areas consisted of eroded sloping banks spilling onto a concrete access.   The steps were very steep, loose, unsafe and access to the properties via the front doors was not possible.  The main area within this scheme was the thoroughfare through these flats.  Access for tenants was redesigned to make it easier, safer and a more attractive environment which has substantially improved the area.

Judges comments: "Steep banks were engulfing paths to the front of the houses. A large part of the work entailed cutting into these and installing gabions angled back for stability creating retaining walls.  Virtually no infill was taken off site. Some store sheds were rebuilt and rather than re-felt the roofs,  Landscape Management Services Limited, under their own initiative and cost, provided green roof which was very effective.  All residents very pleased with outcome."

Designer: Glen Kemp Ltd
Supplier(s): SIG, FSG Engineering, Brick Services, W & M Thompson Ltd & Wolseley Build Centre
 

  
Hard Landscaping - construction cost over £1.5 million
Sponsored by:
Willerby Landscapes Ltd
Principal Winner: FM Conway Ltd
Project: Rosendale Road Estate IMPROVE Project, London
Rosendale Road Estate IMPROVE Project, London


Overview:

FM Conway Ltd was appointed as the principle contractor on the £2.75 million project to improve the functionality and aesthetics of the Rosendale Road estate. The estate comprises of more than 300 residential properties contained within four five-storey apartment blocks and two-storey cottages and was constructed between 1901 and 1908.  The Peabody Trust had an inspiration to deliver high quality environmental improvements to the landscapes in neighbourhoods managed by the trust, with the aim of improving the quality of life for the residents.  The project delivered the following benefits: new water mains and drainage, new carriageway constructions, road crossings and footways, new fencing, new street lighting, new block bin stores, renewed soft landscaping, new street trees and enhancements to the estate’s war memorial, provision of communal space with playable features and associated furniture, new entrances to the estate and enhanced biodiversity and improvements to wildlife habitats.

Judges comments:  "This Peabody Trust estate is situated in an exceptionally rundown area of South East London and the recent refurbishment of its access routes, both vehicular and pedestrian, provided the contractor with a number of major challenges. Access for the circa 600 families living on the estate had to be maintained throughout the works, which included the complete replacement of the failed Victorian water mains, installation of a new lighting scheme, the re-laying of existing setts and the installation of new setts, paving, edging and tarmacadam. The contractors demonstrated a high level of expertise across all disciplines whilst meeting the client’s requirements to engage with and maintain the goodwill of the residents."

Architect: Levitt Bernstein Associates Ltd
Designer: Conisbee
Supplier(s): FM Conway Ltd, Marshalls Mono Limited, Peter Weldon Iron Designs Ltd, Hepworth (Wavin) Limited & Dolwin and Gray
 

 
Hard Landscaping - construction cost over £1.5 million
Sponsored by:
Willerby Landscapes Ltd
Winner: Land Engineering (Scotland) Ltd
Project: Riverside Museum, Glasgow
Riverside Museum, Glasgow
Overview:

The construction of the new Riverside Museum on the banks of the river Clyde is part of Glasgow City Council's Transport collection.  It tells the story of the City's contribution to World history.  This prestigious project saw Land Engineering (Scotland) Ltd working in collaboration with main contractors BAM, Architects Zaha Hadid and landscape Architects Grossmax.  The museum building is mainly single storey with limited first and second floor areas. The gross internal floor area is 11,191m2.  Land Engineering (Scotland) Ltd were responsible for the design and implementation of the hard landscaping construction and carried out all external hard and soft landscaping.  

Judges comments: "This major Riverside Development is dominated by the very impressive new Transport  Museum which is totally enhanced by the extensive paving  which has been undertaken to a very high standard along with the innovative "mist" feature, skateboard ramp andd model boat pond area. The whole development is a major asset to Glasgow. The Contractor has clearly interpreted the Architects detailed specification."

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Supplier(s): Fyfe Glenrock, Pegasus Power & Communications Ltd, Hillhouse Quarry Group Ltd, Ustigate & G & H Welding.

 

 

 
Hard Landscaping - construction cost over £1.5 million
Sponsored by:
Willerby Landscapes Ltd
Winner: Land Engineering (Scotland) Ltd
Project: Riverside Environmental Improvements, Gorbals, Glasgow
Riverside Environmental Improvements, Gorbals, Glasgow
Overview:

The regeneration of the Gorbals began in the 1990s.  It was identified that the environmental improvements were required to improve the residents overall wellbeing and ownership of their surroundings, to remove graffiti and vandalism, improve the street and scheme lighting, and improve the open space and play parks.  As a design and build project Land Engineering (Scotland) Ltd redesigned the space to enhance lives of the local community.  The contract included: redesigning all of the open space and upgrading of backcourt areas, surrounding footpaths, soft landscaping areas, new car parking, new road surfacing, demolition of existing structures, new lighting and new drainage.  Renew existing footpaths to tie in with new cladding. Backcourts also renewed with a view to creating each ground floor property with their own individual garden area to be accessed from the new french doors. Communal drying areas also constructed in an attempt to break the feel of the concrete jungle infamously known as the Glasgow Gorbals to increase the green spaces and the break up the drabness of the area and so lift the wellbeing of all client groups.

Judges comments: "New Gorbals has 700 units housing 2,500 tennants, some of them causing major problems for the Housing Association.  The rebranding of this area has transformed the whole complex beyond recognition.  Considering the high density of the housing the new landscaping gave an air of quality space and with the amount of hard paving all levels were excellent, the workmanship has been undertaken to a very high standard.  Feedback has been excellent."

Architect: Assist Architects
Supplier(s): Mulholland Contracts Ltd, Glasgow City Council, Pegasus Power & Communications Ltd, Charterhill Limited & Woodroyd Limited

 

 
Hard Landscaping - construction cost over £1.5 million
Sponsored by:
Willerby Landscapes Ltd
Winner: Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd
Project: Jubilee Gardens, London
Jubilee Gardens, London
Overview:

Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd were appointed as the main contractor in September 2011 to transform Jubilee Gardens riverside park on the South Bank in time for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic Games.  The regeneration of the public space restored the flat and featureless space into a new lush green landscape (1.6 hectares), which will included a playground, trees, flowerbeds, lawns, paths, seating, lighting and granite edging.  The new gardens continue to afford open views between Riverside Walk and the base of the London Eye across to Shell centre with its prominent tower.  The topography will permit improved views of the river and of the Palace of Westminster through the London Eye.

Judges comments: "A high profile scheme with high specifications and a high level of build and craftsmanship.  Good detail in the granite setts. All levels 1st class and working well in heavy rainfall.  Good height construction all around the scheme to allow for sitting and the joints between the granite setts are perfect."

Architect/Designer: West 8
Developed by: Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd
Supplier(s): CED Ltd, Alpha Rail Ltd, Timberplay Ltd, Woodhouse & Parex-Easipoint

 
Hard Landscaping - construction cost over £1.5 million
Sponsored by:
Willerby Landscapes Ltd
Winner: Landscape Group, The
Project: Stevenage Town Centre Gardens
Stevenage Town Centre Gardens
Overview:

Originally designed in 1950's the town centre gardens of Stevenage were an integral part of the first post-was new town in the UK. The Landscape Group were awarded the main contractor to undertake the revitalisation of the park. This regeneration project has reversed the decline of the park and its heritage features through improved access, environmental enhancements and safety improvement.  Reflecting the original design and materials, The Landscape Group have restored the park to its original high standard, offering visitors regenerated parkland, a children's play area, new gardens and an enhanced soft landscape.

Judges comments: "A very precisely engineered construction over this large central town park.  Public access to the park had to be managed throughout the construction by the contractor.  Bespoke design public toilets built on site by contractor direct labour including unusual leaf patterned relief created on wall elevations."

Designer: HTA Landscape Design
Supplier(s): Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete Ltd

  
Community and Schools Development
Sponsored by:
Crowders Nurseries
Principal Winner: Bartholomew Landscaping
Project: Gateway Primary School, London
Gateway Primary School, London


Overview:

Bartholomew Landscaping were given a brief to create an outdoor teaching space where children could learn about sustainability and growing their own plants in a totally different learning environment.  To create  playgrounds with a wow factor that would be something that the school could be proud of.  Bartholomew Landscaping installed a sustainability classroom in place of a derelict toilet block and revitalised the playgrounds of the Reception and Nursery classes.  Paving in brick, cobbles, natural stone, coloured safety surfacing and resin bound gravel in contrasting colours were introduced throughout the playground. The different textures provide immediate interest.  paths were laid to meander throughout the playground linking various spaces and to encourage flowing movement and imaginative play.  Using these techniques Bartholomew landscaping were able to create a range of spaces for both active play and quiet areas for social interaction and study. 

Judges comments: "After close consultation with teachers, parents and pupils at this central London primary school, the contractor has designed and constructed what now forms the school’s hub of eco and environmental based learning. The inspired transformation a former disused toilet block into a greenhouse with accessible solar panels in the roof and adjacent compost bins and vegetable beds provides the children with an opportunity to learn about renewable energy, recycling, sustainability and a host of environmental issues linked to each Key Stage within the National Curriculum. The playground area, complete with a beautiful commissioned sculpture set into the wall and fossils incorporated into the paths, has intimate seating areas where children can gather in small groups to read, learn, play and relax. The attention to detail given to the scheme’s design and construction by the contractor is manifest. Its phenomenal success with the children has thrilled the head teacher."     

Designer: Bartholomew Landscaping design team
Supplier(s): Gabriel Ash Ltd, EIBE PLAY LTD, Travis Perkins Trading Co. Ltd & Sunshine Solar Ltd.

 
Community and Schools Development
Sponsored by:
Crowders Nurseries
Winner: Blakedown Landscapes (Operations) Ltd
Project: A Primary School in Blackburn, Lancashire
A Primary School in Blackburn, Lancashire
Overview:

This primary school has been rebuilt on the existing site of the former victorian school and is bound by roads and alleys on four sides within the heart of a densely populated residential area.  To maximise the use of the space a roof space was transformed into a play and sport area for the children to supplement the ground floor areas.  This more than doubled the usable amenity for outdoor use and lead to this astonishing 'one of a kind' project.  Blakedown Landscapes (Operations) Ltd were engaged to construct the external works to ground floors and roof areas.  From the outset Blakedown Landscape (Operations) Ltd were significantly involved in developing the design with the building and landscape architects.  This included development of pedestal systems to the paving, drainage board channel systems to the main 'play deck', channel and slot drainage to the ground floor, safety surface depth construction and the feature slide.  This development was essential to the successful outcome of the scheme.

Judges comments: "A great deal of consultation was undertaken with the local community about how the school would look and what outside play provision was required. There was a lot of pupil participation.  The play area is an imaginative scheme undertaken to a very high standard under a tight time scale of 3.5 weeks from the original contract period of 18 weeks." 

Designer: Capita Symonds

 
Community and Schools Development
Sponsored by:
Crowders Nurseries
Winner: Thompson Estate Maintenance
Project: Human Nature Garden, Horsham
Human Nature Garden, Horsham
Overview:

The Human Nature Garden is located within Horsham park.  Within the park was a redundant pitch and putting green, this area now known as the Human Nature Garden, was a community based idea, is now completed and used by local residents, and drama and musical groups use the amphitheatre and gardens.  Thompson Estate Maintenance are local to the park and became sponsors of certain areas feeling passionate about giving something back to the district and leave by way of a legacy. Redevelopment of the park included changing site levels, creation of an amphitheatre including lights and amplifiers, creation of paths, installation of benches, ornate railings and plastic domes and wooden carved sheep.  The local community got involved with planting bulbs, trees and oiling of the wooden carvings.

Judges comments: "Thompson installed the hard landscaping to a high standard. There is a high degree of community and volunteer involvement that has been skilfully managed by the Contractor. The whole garden works extremely well together and is an asset to the wider Horsham Park.  A good concept with the ground works, hard landscaping and project management carried out to a high standard to a very modest budget."

Designer: Arlene McIntosh CMLI
Supplier(s): I Bell & Sons, A.V.S Fencing, A C Farley Tarmacing, Horsham Stone Company & Northwood Forestry Ltd

 

  
Restoration & Regeneration Scheme
Sponsored by:
Top Green
Principal Winner: P. Casey (Land Reclamation) Ltd
Project: Lichfield Parks Restoration Project
Lichfield Parks Restoration Project


Overview:

P. Casey (Land Reclamation) Ltd have successfully restored the historic parks of Lichfield.  The parks consisted of connected open spaces running from east to west from the Cathedral setting in the heart of the city, each with their own distinct history having developed independently over different periods.  The restoration focussed on Minster Pool (13th century), Walk Memorial Garden, The Garden of Remembrance, The Museum Gardens, The Beacon Pool and Play Area and bowls pavilion.  The work included hard & soft landscaping to gardens, conservation works to listed features, statues, monuments & fountain display, de-silting of pools, upgrading revetment walls & banking’s, and remodelling of a large play area. The construction of a new bowling green & pavilion, the introduction of other new buildings to the park, and formation of a horticultural education area.

Judges comments: "Extensive scheme within the heart of the historic town. All areas were extensively used and as part of the scheme old features such as fountains and facades had been restored to a high standard. A large part of the scheme was resurfacing existing paths though some new areas were developed such as the garden growing areas used by schools and community groups. Workmanship was good and there was a good client contractor relationship."

Architect: Brownhill Hayward Brown
Design: Chris Blanford Associates
Supplier(s): Bituchem Asphelt Ltd, Staffordshire Stone UK Ltd, Marshalls, Mono Ltd, Deepdale Trees Ltd & Addagrip Surface Treatments UK Ltd.

 
Restoration & Regeneration Scheme
Sponsored by:
Top Green
Winner: Ground Control Ltd
Project: Howard Park & Gardens, Letchworth
Howard Park & Gardens, Letchworth
Overview:

Howard Park and Gardens is located in the heart of Letchworth Garden City, where the landscape aesthetic of the garden city was first explored.  Ground Control’s recently acquired Tilhill Landscaping Division, (previously UPMTilhill) as the main contractor, worked to achieve a high finish to all the hard and soft works.  Bespoke techniques have been developed and implemented giving the park and gardens the special touch it deserves.  The contract centred around converting the existing concrete paddling pool into a state of the art fully accessible waterplay facility, construction of new kiosk to provide public conveniences, plant room for the pool and café facilities.  Restoration of the gardens included, new paths and the refurbishment of existing to improve access through the park; new planting beds and lawns; new pedestrian footbridge from Rushby Mead to improve access into the gardens; refurbishment of the Bowls Club House with new car parking facilities; reconfiguring and resurfacing of the main public car park; the commission and installation of new bronze statue of a Sappho on a reconstituted stone plinth; New lighting and street furniture throughput the park.

Judges comments:  "This is a fine example of a town centre park restoration project within the first generation of new towns in Britain.  The scheme featured extensive restoration to car park areas, footpaths, park furniture, plantings and a fantastic outdoor ‘Splash Zone’ paddling pool with associated pump house and filtration system within a refurbished park pavilion.  The main contractor managed a diverse group of specialist sub-contractors in close collaboration with the design team from LDA Design and North Herts Council officers." 

Architect/Designer: LDA Design
Supplier(s): Ustigate Ltd, Danfo (UK) Ltd, Timberplay Ltd, E J Lazenby Contracts, Woodside Cast Stone Ltd

 
Restoration & Regeneration Scheme
Sponsored by:
Top Green
Winner: Horticon Ltd
Project: Ordsall Hall, Salford
Ordsall Hall, Salford
Overview:

Ordsall Hall is the only Grade I listed building that exists within City of Salford and has a great deal of inherent archaeological value both visible and subterranean identified in early desktop studies.  The brief for Horticon Ltd focused on key areas including: underground drainage and street lighting infrastructure, car park extension, events area, formal knot design and Dig for Victory gardens, orchard, timeline walkway, service access and boundary fencing.  External artists were commission to undertake bespoke elements within the grounds including carvings for the timeline walkway and causeway and oak swans in the moat which Horticon Installed.  Unexpectedly items of archaeological interest were exposed during the works that required delicate handling in the excavation, storage, cleaning and relocation within the grounds.

Judges comments: "The restoration work was undertaken with considerable skill particularly during the operations around the actual Museum and the need to protect the foundations. Part of the project was the re-introduction of the outline of the former moat and the establishment of the formal gardens to fully reflect the original features of the Hall.  The hard paving, kerbing and timber works have been skillfully executed."

Designer: Urban Vision Partnership
Supplier(s): Hendricks Civils & Lintels, Derbyshire Aggregates, Hardscape, Travis Perkins & J A Jones.

 
Restoration & Regeneration Scheme
Sponsored by:
Top Green
Winner: Landscape Group, The
Project: Wrest Park, Luton
Wrest Park, Luton
Overview:

As part of English Heritage's regeneration master plan for Wrest Park, The Landscape Group were awarded the hard landscaping elements of the park's 'Revitalisation Project'.  The inspiration for the revitalisation was the discovery of an original plan, which revealed exactly how the park was laid out over a century ago.  Working to historical maps, pictures and drawings, The Landscape Group's ensured all restoration works conformed exactly to the park's original designs.  Key existing materials were reused wherever possible.  Existing footpaths and lost historic trails, and gardens (including: the Italian Garden, Rose Garden, French garden and its parterre box-edging) were all restored to their original specification.

Judges comments: "Fantastic delivery to the exacting standards and scrutiny of English Heritage."

Designer: The Landscape Agency
Supplier(s): Freeland Horticulture & Clive Barford - Plant Hire

 

 
Restoration & Regeneration Scheme
Sponsored by:
Top Green
Winner: Country Grounds Maintenance Ltd (CGM)
Project: Leonards Street Play Area, Norwich
Leonards Street Play Area, Norwich
Overview:

Country Grounds Maintenance Ltd (CGM) have transformed what was a rundown little used play area in a small, quiet residential side street in Norwich.  The City Council decided to upgrade the play area and adjacent car park with the aim of providing more creative and absorbing pay facilities.  the project included a wide range of skills: plastic boardwalk, plastic and cobble amphitheatre, installation of play equipment, turfing, brickwork, block paving, fabrication and installation of fencing, tarmac, resin bonded surfacing, graffiti, planting and seating.

Judges comments: "Good quality of work throughout and excellent collaboration with LA client officer.  A commendable scheme, well executed."

Architect/Designer: Norwich City Council

Supplier(s): Breedon Aggregates, Styleseal Ltd, MKM Building Supplies, Sustainable Options & Tamar Nurseries.

  
Design Excellence Award – overall project cost over £50K
Sponsored by:
Readyhedge
Winner: Hoblyn, Thomas
Project: A private residence in Sudbury
A private residence in Sudbury
Overview:

This is a terraced garden in an old farmyard design by Thomas Hoblyn (MBALI).   The clients brief was simple "to design the garden for recreational use making sure it is in keeping with the surroundings and sits comfortably in relation to the property". The clients expressed an interest in a low maintenance kitchen garden, to develop the pond area and consider that the remaining farm buildings may be turned into residential properties.

Judges comments: "A geometric design with beautiful planting which the client would be extremely pleased with."

Build Contractor: Countryside Services

Supplier(s): Howard Nurseries, Orchard Dene Nurseries, Barcham Trees & Deepdale Trees

Photo: Allan Pollok-Morris

 
Design Excellence Award – overall project cost over £50K
Sponsored by:
Readyhedge
Winner: Pattison, Janine
Project: A private residence in Poole, Dorset
A private residence in Poole, Dorset
Overview:

Janine Pattison (MBALI, MSGD) was given a brief to create a sympathetic landscape to suit a stylish new glass and render house.  The client was looking for a simple, elegant, romantic and beautiful garden that she could enjoy for many years to come.  With far-reaching views out over the Dorset coastline, this house demanded an elegant and stylish design solution that was in harmony with the top-quality build of the dwelling. Janine Pattison decided to create an exclusive ‘garden spa retreat’ for the client, including elements such as a sedum-roofed garden lodge with sauna, shower and exclusive bar area, mosaic swim spa pool, with large patios and level lawn that could be viewed and enjoyed from any of the four level of the property.

Judges comments: "A confident yet simple design technically a challenging scheme with good planting."

Designer: Janine Pattison & Denise Wright of Janine Pattison Design Studios

 
Design Excellence Award – overall project cost over £50K
Sponsored by:
Readyhedge
Winner: Nash, John
Project: A private residence in Radlett
A  private residence in Radlett
Overview:

John Nash (MBALI) was asked to create a design that completely redeveloped of this domestic garden for a young couple with two young children who wished to realise the potential of their garden.  They required a larger more useable terrace for entertaining, repaving around the pool, removal of a steep Rhododendron bank replacing it with retaining walls and new steps to the lawn.  The lawn needed widening to create a play area for the children and all plants were replaced on a low maintenance basis with irrigation and lighting.

Judges comments: "Good confident design. Hard landscape detail – very good.  Interesting & innovative steps."

Build Contractor: Robert Field Landscapes

Supplier(s): Robert Field Landscapes, Stan Fairbrother, Watermatic Ltd, A J Lighting Ltd, Palmstead Nurseries Limited & CED Ltd.

  
International Award
Sponsored by:
CED
Principal Winner: Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Planning and Design Insitute
Project: Ecological Landscape Design of Xicheng Ward in Fengnan Zone, Tangshan
Ecological Landscape Design of Xicheng Ward in Fengnan Zone, Tangshan


Overview:

Fengnan is a ground breaking urban design project developed by Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design Institute that has restored un-used polluted urban spaces that previoulsy housed heavy steel and ceramic manufacturing.  In 2009, Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design Institute were asked to create a 2km urban space that connected the local city to a sustainable ecological habitat. The project has restored and revitalized fragmented water systems, enhanced ecological integrity, and created a cohesive and integrated social realm in a dynamic urban center on a master plan scale.

Judges comments: "This extensive scheme involved the ecological restoration and regeneration of a 2km2 heavily polluted area of Fengnan province 180km from Beijing.  An emphasis was placed on re-connecting the flow of water between fragmented river systems and lakes to connect ecological integrity and help restore social cohesion in a dynamic urban centre.  Rivers and lakes have become the heart of social activity.  The landscape culminates at the Grand Lake, accentuated by a large open plaza.  The marriage of riparian landscape and urban fabric area come together at Fengnan.  Another brilliant scheme from this award winning overseas BALI member."

Architect/Designer: Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design Institute

Supplier(s): Beijing AnDeXiang Technology Co., LTD, Beijing Zhongke Hengye From Technology Co., LTD,

 
International Award
Sponsored by:
CED
Winner: Bowles & Wyer Limited
Project: Cap D'Antibes, France
Cap D'Antibes, France
Overview:

A planting scheme for private coastal garden for a modern domestic Villa in the South of France installed by Bowles & Wyer Limited.

Judges comments: "A crisp modern planting scheme set within an azure blue sky background in the south of France surrounds a contemporary architect designed Villa cut into the mediterranean hillside.  The planting emphasises the strong geometric lines of the garden design by Luciano Giubbilei.  Three distinct garden zones have been created to help settle the villa into the landscape with a Morning Garden welcoming visitors to the villa and Formal Garden for entertainment and relaxation to the rear.  The Meadow Garden on the lower boundary blends into stunning sea views across the Cap D’Antibes with a display of wild flowers in long grass.  Classic!"

Architect: James Lambert Architecture

Designer: Luciano Giubbilei

Supplier(s): Europlants Uk Ltd, Manor Farm Nurseries, BHGS, Everedge,

 
International Award
Sponsored by:
CED
Winner: Atelier DYJG
Project: Four Boxes Garden, Xi'an, China
Four Boxes Garden, Xi'an, China
Overview:

By using local materials and adopting simple design languages, Atelier DYJG and the landscape architects created kaleidoscope-like spaces on a small plot. Symbolizing the circle of four seasons and providing a poetic atmosphere, the Four Boxes Garden invites visitors to wander about and contemplate, or to experience the typical spaces and aesthetics of the chinese garden. The Four Boxes Garden is a contemporary presentation of traditional chinese garden art. The purpose of the Four Boxes Garden was to show that it is possible to create a beautiful and modern piece of landscape architecture while at the same time keeping the chinese traditional values.

Judges comments: "The Four Boxes Garden was designed and developed by Aterlier DYJG to represent the Chinese entry for the 2011 Xi’an International Horticultural Exposition in Beijing and took centre stage beside eight other gardens designed by internationally renowned design practices.  Traditional Chinese gardens were the main inspiration for the Four Boxes Garden with each box symbolising one of the four seasons, which is embodied in the colour and texture of construction materials and plants species.  These traditional elements have been cleverly expresses through a modernist approach making exceptional use of light and shadow, texture and colour, reflection, contemplation and rest.  Echoes of traditional farming have been expressed in the contemporary design of the vine screens.  The touring route is not only the transition between spaces, but also the shift among the four seasons. At the end of the route is the winter box, where visitors can either leave the garden or re-enter the spring box to start another season cycle.  Strong contrasts between wood and stone are used throughout to emphasise a marriage between architecture and landscape."

Designer: Atelier DYJG

Supplier(s): Work Landscape Company & Green Company

 
International Award
Sponsored by:
CED
Winner: Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Planning and Design Insitute
Project: Strength of Mix and Match - Landscape Design for Residential Display Area of Ru Yuan of Minmetals Vanke, Beijing
Strength of Mix and Match - Landscape Design for Residential Display Area of Ru Yuan of Minmetals Vanke, Beijing
Overview:

This is a residential show house display which is used as a gateway into a housing project where old ancient chinese blends with contemporary new architecture.  Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design Institute designed this scheme to establish space and order, integrate different functions including entrance centralisation and decentralisation, distribution to sale office and residential area, and the after use of the sales office as residential property once purchased.

Judges comments: "Strength of Mix and Match’ describes the design ethos of this residential show house display area of Ru-Yuan in Beijing where old and new have been blended and a transition from ancient chinese artefacts to contemporary modern living design has been expressed.  This is a landscape philosophy where the present respects the past and it has been beautifully executed within this scheme."

Designer: Yufan Zhu
Supplier(s): Beijing ChangJianYanCheng Construction Company Limited, Beijing ZhongLinBoCheng Garden Engineering Co.Ltd.,

  
Grounds Maintenance of Public Grounds (Free Public Access)
Sponsored by:
Kubota
Principal Winner: Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Ltd
Project: Castle Park, Colchester
Castle Park, Colchester


Overview:

Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Ltd carry out the grounds maintenance of the Castle Parks at Colchester which includes; 3D bedding of special distinctive park features, seasonal bedding, bed maintenance etc.

Judges comments: "The grounds of Colchester’s beautiful Grade II Listed Castle Park fall within the curtilage of the castle and what was once the Roman town. The castle and park are important tourist attractions and the park’s Victorian design and planting schemes are lovingly maintained to an extremely high stand by the contractor, whose head gardener demonstrates real horticultural skill and genuine commitment to the park. There is an excellent client/contractor relationship with the contractor assisting with the planting design of 3D bedding schemes each year. Input provided by the contractor free of charge."

Supplier(s): CPA Horticulture Ltd, Spaldings, Rigby Taylor Ltd, Intertruck & AHS Ltd.

  
Grounds Maintenance of Business and Private Grounds (Limited Public Access)
Sponsored by:
Ransomes Jacobsen
Principal Winner: Gavin Jones Ltd (aka The Plantation)
Project: Belron International Limited Milton Park, Egham
Belron International Limited Milton Park, Egham


Overview:

Located on the outskirts of Egham the estate was originally formed around 1649 by William Blathwayt.  The estate sits within 12.2 acres of mature landscapes grounds dating back to the 1730s.  Gavin Jones Ltd has maintained the grounds since 2012.  Whilst the new building was being constructed Gavin Jones Ltd were invited to manage and improve the grounds.  The site consists of lawns, mature specimen trees with a formal walled garden.  It is sympathetically maintained alongside local wildlife including bird and bat boxes and habitats for bugs.

Judges comments: "The extensive grounds of this corporate headquarters in Surrey are a shining example of what can be achieved when enthusiasm is combined with knowledge and experience, despite a limited budget.  Although a relatively simple scheme to maintain, with areas of lawn, herbaceous borders and parkland, the scale of the site presents a constant challenge for the contractor’s limited staff resource who nevertheless achieve an impressive standard. The contractor’s site staff are constantly coming up with new ideas to enhance the grounds for the enjoyment of those working in the headquarters. These include the construction of a jogging trail around the site’s perimeter using chipped green clippings and the growing of vegetables on site for staff to buy. Although the contractor’s staff are stretched they have risen to the challenge and, with the client’s involvement, will continue to improve and enhance this very pleasant site."

 
Grounds Maintenance of Business and Private Grounds (Limited Public Access)
Sponsored by:
Ransomes Jacobsen
Winner: Integritas Landscapes
Project: Uxbridge Business Park
Uxbridge Business Park
Overview:

Integritas Landscapes have been maintaining the Uxbridge Business Park for eight years with a three man team.  The park was designed to be a high quality business park, set within the natural beauty of the surrounding 60 acres of green belt.  It forms part of the former Sanderson Wallpaper factory that comprises of 17 acres.  The park offers a formal blend of landscaping around the three current buildings and a managed meadow area.  All pruning on the site is carried out in line with the best horticultural practice to achieve higher flower yield and plant longevity.

Judges comments: "A high end business park with an excellent client contractor relationship. The contractor not only fulfilling the brief for the site, they also use their expertise and knowledge gained from other sites to improve the style and type of maintenance regime within the park.   This has resulted in improving the variety of landscape environments for all businesses using the park enhancing the quality of the working environment."     

Supplier(s): AHS & Tudor Environmental

 

  
Grounds Maintenance of Public Grounds (Free Public Access)
Sponsored by:
Kubota
Winner: Nurture Landscapes Limited
Project: Thames Barrier Park, London
Thames Barrier Park, London
Overview:

This modernistic park is situated on the northern bank of the river adjacent to the Thames Barrier. Its design is linear, within a roughly square park plan.  Set within 22 acres of lawns, trees and uniquely contoured Yew hedges with children's play area and 5 a-side football/basketball courts.   Described as 'the first riverside park to be built in London for over 50 years' the Thames Barrier Park was opened in 2000.  Nurture Landscapes Limited have a site presence 365 days per year and maintain a full grounds maintenance service to include: ornamental lawns, wildflower meadow, hedges, shrub borders, perennial planning, trees and litter picking.  

Judges comments: "The landscape maintenance of this landmark public park has been given special attention by Nurture Landscapes Limited staff working closely with the client to bring improvements to the original ‘dry dock’ planting structures which remain a key feature of the park.  Careful management of wildflower areas have provided the most impressive displays in contrast to the well groomed appearance of amenity lawn areas."

Supplier: Rigby Taylor Ltd

 

 

 
Grounds Maintenance of Public Grounds (Free Public Access)
Sponsored by:
Kubota
Winner: Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Ltd
Project: Bancroft Gardens, Stratford
Bancroft Gardens, Stratford
Overview:

Bancroft Gardens are the riverside setting for the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre and hosts 3 million visitors every year on its 1.5 hectares of amenity grass land, mature trees, and ornamental herbaceous bedding. The management’s vision is to conserve and enhance the heritage and green environment of Bancroft Gardens, ensuring visitors and users are healthy, safe, informed; and have the opportunity to enjoy their local amenity.  Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Ltd are contracted to: positively welcome people into the gardens in terms of physical and social access. Ensure a healthy safe and secure experience for users. Provide a well-maintained and clean site, maintaining the park to consistently high standards. 

Judges comments:  "A high profile well used open space that has to be maintained to a high standard. The site sees 3 million visitors a year but only a few grassed areas showed this.  All summer bedding was well established and herbaceous areas well maintained. There was an excellent client contractor relationship, each feeding from each other very positively. The commitment of the site work force was evident." 

Supplier(s): Amenity Land Services, Trade Only Plant Sales, RC Smiths, Parkway Grounds Maintenance Limited & Tudor Environmental

 

 

 
Grounds Maintenance of Public Grounds (Free Public Access)
Sponsored by:
Kubota
Winner: Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Ltd
Project: Regents Park - Queen Mary Gardens, London
Regents Park - Queen Mary Gardens, London
Overview:

Queen Mary Gardens are London's largest rose garden occupying the whole of 18 acres surrounded by the inner circle.  There are 84 formal beds containing 80 varieties of roses and each bed has a minimum of 210 individual plants.  A further five rose borders contain 145 varieties, 60 varieties of rambling and climbing roses, 41 varieties of patio roses giving a total of 326 varieties, 15,000 plants which are arranged in a design which responds to the circular site. The planting was renewed by the landscape architects, Colvin and Moggridge, in the 1990s.  Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Ltd have two staff who maintain the rose beds and borders and at peak times addition staff join the team to prune all beds and borders.  Bedding is designed by the Royal Parks client and 3rd year apprentices and changed in the spring and summer.  In addition there is a sunken Begonia garden that has six different varieties totalling 15,000 plants.

Judges comments: “A very well looked after park in the heart of the capital. The maintenance regime went from looking after formal parks seasonal planting of a very high standard though extensive sports facilities to wildlife areas and some wetland space. The park is encouraged to be self financing which it has achieved this year for the first time. This has put considerable pressure on the grounds maintenance team providing space for festivals and large public gatherings as well as the daily usage.”

Supplier(s): Surrey Loams ltd, Bourne Amenity Ltd, Rigby Taylor Ltd, Travis Perkins & Inturf.

 

 

  
Grounds Maintenance of Business and Private Grounds (Limited Public Access)
Sponsored by:
Ransomes Jacobsen
Winner: Nurture Landscapes Limited
Project: Chiswick Park, London
Chiswick Park, London
Overview:

Chiswick Business Park covers 33 acres and hosts four major corporations with 6,000 people in site.  The concept for the park was the creation of a ‘community’ of buildings set within a landscape rather than dominating it.  Buildings are arranged to maximize their outlook to open space and water.  They occupy zones adjacent to a central ‘Village Green’ area with a series of lakes which form a major amenity functioning as balancing lakes to control storm water run off from roofs and car-parks.  The focus of the park is the ‘Village Green’ around a central lake and water fall construction. A range of sports, retail and social facilities are also provided.  Buildings have an important location at the interface with the parkland and associated car-parks.  A public access right of way runs through the centre of the park and connects with a pedestrian link to Bollo Lane at the north boundary of the site. This is open on a permanent 24 hour basis. Nurture Landscapes Limited have five fulltime gardeners on site responsible for all grounds maintenance duties.

Judges comments: "Spotless maintenance with 100% recycling and a continuous improvement plan with an Apprenticeship scheme for staff.  Nurture Landscapes have involved the businesses and local community by holding weekly events.  Educational tours organised for schools including visits to a wormery fed by left-over food from the restaurants and coffee grounds Starbucks."

Supplier(s): Rigby Taylor & ISC

 

 
Grounds Maintenance of Business and Private Grounds (Limited Public Access)
Sponsored by:
Ransomes Jacobsen
Winner: Bartholomew Landscaping
Project: Gloucester Square, London
Gloucester Square, London
Overview:

Gloucester Square is a large private central London square of 1 hectare. It was laid out as part of George Gutch's final plan for Tyburnia from 1838 on the estate lands of the Church Commissioners, in an axis containing Sussex Square, Cambridge and Oxford Squares and Norfolk Crescent.  The garden enclosure was provided as a private garden for occupiers of the square.  Bartholomew Landscaping have redevelopment of existing beds over a five year period and to produce a planting schedule for the whole garden. Maintenance and control of above ground irrigation systems.

Judges comments: "Well established mature private park used by residents surrounding the park. A committed team of landscapers dedicated to the park built up an understanding of the work which is evident throughout. The grass is cut regularly and areas planted with seasonal materials are well established and looked after."   

Supplier(s): Evergreen Exteriors, Robin Tacchi Plants & Premier Plants

  
Interior Landscape Installation
Sponsored by:
BALI Awarsd 2012
Winner: Planters Horticulture L.L.C.
Project: Prestigous Hotel Apartments, Dubai
Prestigous Hotel Apartments, Dubai
Overview:

Planters Horticulture L.L.C were tasked with producing a modern, minimalistic interior planting scheme to compliment the clean lines of the interior design, whilst providing a natural and relaxing atmosphere for the hotel guests within the lobby and public spaces.  There are 260 displays in total throughout the hotel within the bedrooms, lobby, swimming pool and restaurant terrace.

Judges comments: "A modern interior planter scheme which echoes the high quality surroundings of this prestigious hotel complex.  The clean lines and minimalist interior design has been reflected in the choice of plants and containers throughout the scheme.  Illuminated planters add ambience on the outdoor restaurant terrace.  A strong emphasis on green foliage provides a natural environment feel to help relax hotel guests."

Designer: Arenco Interiors
Supplier(s): Al Quoz Fibreglass Factory & Fertiplant B.

  
Interior Landscape: Maintenance Only
Sponsored by:
Springbridge
Winner: Indoor Garden Design Ltd
Project: 'Looking at Nature': Trinity Hospice, London
'Looking at Nature': Trinity Hospice, London
Overview:

Indoor Garden Design are responsible for the maintenance of the interior planting at the Trinity Hospice in Clapham, London.  As a palliative care facility, patient comfort is crucial, and planting plays an integral role in creating surroundings which enhance feelings of reassurance and calm.  Consistent and expert maintenance is fundamental to the success of this planting scheme, as the plants can be a focal point for patients – looked at for many hours a day and therefore subject to intense scrutiny! They need to be kept in perfect condition to support Trinity’s mission of exceptional standards of care and enhance the space for the wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors. Indoor garden design Ltd designed and installed the planting scheme at end of 2008 and have maintained the planting ever since.  Plant maintenance is carried out on alternate weeks by a single plant technician, who is on site for approx. 2-3 hours per visit.  Maintenance is primarily watering and tending the plants to ensure that they are kept in optimum condition.  Ensuring that plants are free of pests - of particular importance in a healthcare facility.  Removing any plants which have fallen below standard, and replanting replacements.  The plants were selected on the basis of versatility – using Howea Forsteriana in troughs - as they are adaptable species which work in a variety of conditions, so they can be moved around the Hospice as required.   Planting up to allow the plants to be viewed from all angles, contributing to their versatility.  28 plant units in total: 25 are a selection of Howea Forsteriana, Dracaenae, Zamioculcas in a range of galvanized steel and ceramic containers; and 3 Orchid displays in stainless steel containers.  Maintaining a range of plants such as this requires skill and expertise, particularly when the standard needs to be exceptional to enhance the environment and contribute to patient wellbeing.

Judges comments: "As a hospice in tune with environment which keeps to client’s brief. Versatile planter units (on wheels) to accommodate areas.  Plants in very good condition, no sign of distress.  Leaves well polished and containers clean.  A well managed scheme."

Designer: Indoor Garden Design

Supplier(s): Christian Day & KOBERG B.V

  
Best Innovation / Technology used in a landscape scheme
Sponsored by:
Readyhedge
Principal Winner: Willerby Landscapes Ltd
Project: Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Measures
Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Measures


Overview:

The 9/11 bombing in New York forced a number of large organisations to question the perimeter security of their buildings and developments.  Willerby Landscapes Ltd were commissioned to develop a planter that had the capability of stopping a 7.5 tonne lorry travelling at speeds up to 65Km per hour, potentially with a cargo of explosives.  The planter forming part of hostile vehicle mitigation measures was required to be quick to deploy, aesthetically pleasing & surfaced mounted.   Securing anchors were to be no more than 100mm in depth.  The Willerby Landscapes Ltd range of planters were subjected to crash testing at the traffic research Laboratory at Bracknell to verify that the planter met the design criteria. 

Judges comments: "Presented with the challenge of designing an urban planter to prevent critical elements of our national infrastructure from being compromised, the contractor’s in house engineers worked in partnership with government agencies. The resultant design was rigorously tested at the Traffic Research Laboratory for its ability to stop a 7.5 tonne lorry travelling at speeds of up to 65km/hour. Through research, innovation and partnership working, the contractor has delivered an invaluable quick to install and aesthetically pleasing planter that now graces the fronts of several high profile buildings that might otherwise be an easy target for terrorists."

Designer: Applied Landscape Design
Supplier(s): Freeland Horticulture & RH Philips

 
Best Innovation / Technology used in a landscape scheme
Sponsored by:
Readyhedge
Winner: Bartholomew Landscaping
Project: A private residence in London SW1
A private residence in London SW1
Overview:

Bartholomew Landscaping have designed and installed this very complex roof garden with the aim of creating a fully functional all weather outdoor room.  As the space was a narrow strip to the rear of a newly built house with two sub basements, consisting of a swimming pool, gymnasium and living accommodation, Bartholomew Landscaping’s challenge was to create the illusion of a large terrace and ensure airflow was maintained to the accommodation below with elements of natural light.

Judges comments: "A clever use of space in a small narrow utility yard.  Gentle water drop reflected onto lower floor through a glass floor panel.  Great outdoor sitting area, electric canopy, large plasma screen, dining area and electric log fire. The clients brief was to create a stunning outdoor room, this has been well achieved. Sophisticated simplicity is key to the scheme. This is landscape thinking outside the box."

Designer: Bartholomew Landscaping design team
Supplier(s): Travis Perkins Trading Co. Ltd, Alan Hayward Joinery Ltd, PAG Sheet Metal, The Platonic Fireplace Company Ltd & Deans Blinds

  
Green Roof Installations & Roof Gardens
Sponsored by:
Boughton Loam
Principal Winner: Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd
Project: Peacehaven WWTW, near Brighton
Peacehaven WWTW, near Brighton


Overview:

The goal of this environmental improvement scheme was to bring cleaner seas to the Brighton and Hove catchment in Sussex by hiding a wastewater treatment works and its associated infrastructure.  Peacehaven is the largest grass roof of its kind in Europe.  After all the waterproofing was completed the project was handed to Frosts Landscape Construction who installed the drainage board and fleeces to all roof areas.  All material had to be lifted onto the roof using a six axle crane and lowered onto spreader mats to distribute the weight. The carbon footprint of the roof was carefully considered.  Over 3500m3 of substrate was produced locally and where possible local suppliers were used for other materials.

Judges comments: "The innovative use of green roof technology to hide from view a new sewage treatment works near Peacehaven in the heart of the South Downs has ensured that the rural beauty of the area is not compromised. The roof structure, in the shape of a huge half dome, supports a 200mm depth of substrate and turf grown from grass species determined following 18 months of research, all expertly installed by the contractor. From the most likely view points the STW is completely hidden from view and this project represents yet another exciting use for green roofs.”

Architect: Montgomery Watson Harza

Designer: RPS (Landscape Architect)

Supplier(s): Spearhead Turf, Shires Green Roof Substrates & Optigreen Ltd

 
Green Roof Installations & Roof Gardens
Sponsored by:
Boughton Loam
Winner: Bartholomew Landscaping
Project: A private roof garden in London SW1
A private roof garden in London SW1
Overview:

Bartholomew Landscaping have designed and installed this very complex roof garden with the aim of creating a fully functional all weather outdoor room.  As the space was a narrow strip to the rear of a newly built house with two sub basements, consisting of a swimming pool, gymnasium and living accommodation, Bartholomew Landscaping’s challenge was to create the illusion of a large terrace and ensure airflow was maintained to the accommodation below with elements of natural light.

Judges comments: "A clever use of space in a small narrow utility yard.  Gentle water drop reflected onto lower floor through a glass floor panel.  Great outdoor sitting area, electric canopy, large plasma screen, dining area and electric log fire. The clients brief was to create a stunning outdoor room, this has been well achieved. Sophisticated simplicity is key to the scheme. This is landscape thinking outside the box."

Designer: Bartholomew Landscaping design team
Supplier(s): Travis Perkins Trading Co. Ltd, Alan Hayward Joinery Ltd, PAG Sheet Metal, The Platonic Fireplace Company Ltd & Deans Blinds

 
Green Roof Installations & Roof Gardens
Sponsored by:
Boughton Loam
Winner: Gavin Jones Ltd (aka The Plantation)
Project: de Laszlo House, Hampstead NW3
de Laszlo House, Hampstead NW3
Overview:

Gavin Jones Ltd installed a roof garden above an underground car park of three edwardian style apartments located in Hampstead.  Consideration was given to selecting material to suit the location in terms of drainage and weight restriction.  The garden includes a water feature with planting of semi-mature trees, shrubs, climbers and herbaceous plants.  All the materials were delivered in a 'just in time method' and carefully placed by hand or using small machinery on the concrete slab roof of the car park.

Judges comments "Good client contractor relationship.  Quality hard and soft landscape materials have been used and installed to a high standard throughout the scheme.  The residents enjoy using the garden and the more natural 'wildlife' area further away from the building"

Designer: Applied Landscape Design limited

Supplier(s): Deepdale Trees, Johns Wood Nurseries, Bauder Limited, Bourne Amenity Limited & Cordeck Limited.

  
Affiliate Exceptional Service Award
Sponsored by:
Great Wall Motor Company
Principal Winner: British Sugar TOPSOIL
Project: British Sugar TOPSOIL
British Sugar TOPSOIL


Overview:

British Sugar is the UK's leading sugar supplier to food and drink manufacturers in the UK and Europe, with around 4,000 growers supplying our factories; the business produces over 1 million tonnes of sugar.  Beyond sugar production there is a surprisingly diverse business to be discovered.  Although sugar remains at the core of operations, by using a highly integrated approach to manufacturing, British Sugar aim to transform all raw materials into sustainable products, from topsoil to tomatoes to animal feed, making it a truly diverse business. 

Each year, British Sugar received over 300,000 tonnes of soil with the 7.5million tonnes of sugar beet it purchases from UK growers.  When producing sugar at our factories, the first stage of processing involves cleaning the sugar beet.  Soil is separated, dried, screened and blended and then recycled into two high quality soil products, before being sold under the brand name TOPSOIL to landscapers and for construction projects.  The output of each process becomes the input of the next until raw materials, such as soils are turned into usable products avoiding unnecessary waste.

Judges comments: "British Sugar TOPSOIL Ltd and its staff have shown leadership in this specialist field.  The company provides a clear articulation of their products, how they are produced, managed and monitored and the markets they are designed for. The submission clearly explains how the product is managed under a quality assured system and process and how the quality of the product is maintained. The technical support available is comprehensive.  Links to educational establishments have been developed to help promote industry advancement.  Research and product development is a key feature of the company as well as staff development through training with suitable rewards.  This company shows good staff/customer relationships through its efficient company policies and demanding quality control.  A robust complaint resolution procedure is to its credit. British Sugar Topsoil has consistently involved itself with the BALI network on both regional and national platforms. Of particular note is the contribution to Landscape News and the presentation to the Landscaping Show."

 
Affiliate Exceptional Service Award
Sponsored by:
Great Wall Motor Company
Winner: Green - tech Ltd
Project: Green-tech Ltd
Green-tech Ltd
Overview:

For over eighteen years Green-tech Ltd have been supplying the landscape, grounds maintenance, forestry and agriculture markets with innovative products that protect, enhance and improve plants and their environment. Formed in 1994 by the current owners Richard and Rachel Kay, Green-tech started life supplying the Yorkshire golf course market with essential maintenance products.  With only themselves, a van, and a shed Green-tech Ltd turned over £160,000 in its first year of trading mostly in the Yorkshire region.  Eighteen years later the company has 42 staff, an on-target turnover of £9.6m this year, is based in 30,000 sq ft of warehousing and offices at Nun Monkton and operates nationally supplying large-scale operations including landscape contractors, the Forestry Commission, local authorities, builders merchants, professional growers and facilities management enterprises throughout the UK.

Judges comments: "Green-tech Ltd., formed in 1994, are a family run Yorkshire business providing a wide range of products, including the innovative Permavoid system and the MaxPave grilles demonstrating the ability of keeping abreast of the latest products and ensuring technology reflecting the needs of our industry.  Green-tech Ltd. demonstrate strong evidence to support the high level of customer service. This is supported by testimonials and particularly through the customer feedback survey.

Green-tech Ltd. provide customer training through ‘gt specifier’ for Contractors and Architects utilising CAD drawings plus professional development training.  The in-house publication ‘Growing News’ places an emphasis on products and an insight into the staff and their roles and photos.  Green-tech Ltd demonstrate a high commitment to BALI events and members."

 
Affiliate Exceptional Service Award
Sponsored by:
Great Wall Motor Company
Winner: Melcourt Industries Ltd
Project: Melcourt Industries Ltd
Melcourt Industries Ltd
Overview:

Melcourt's part in the UK ;landscape sector is possibly unique having developed, virtually from scratch and over a period of almost 30 years, a range of mulches, soil ameliorants, composts and play surfaces which are widely acknowledged to be the best of their kind.  It has done so using natural raw materials which would once have been considered waste.  And it has done so, moreover, whilst delivering standards of service and technical back-up which are recognised as being second to none in the industry. Melcourt mulches provide a decorative but functional finish to newly planted or renovated projects: supressing the development of weeds and, research undertaken by Melcourt clearly demonstrates, conserving water in the soil and reducing the need for irrigation in the period after planting. 

Judges comments: "'Melcourt’ have been a familiar name in the landscape industry for over 30 years and its product research and development has played a large part in the company’s success.  The newsletter ‘Solutions’ keeps customers informed and allows customer testimonials to feature as a regular item and indicates a high level of customer service.  The Melcourt ‘Designers and Specifiers Guide’ is an invaluable booklet for our industry.
Melcourt Industries demonstrates a respect for the environment and product sustainability (especially in the minimisation of use of peat products through its research).  Melcourt staff have been very proactive in supporting BALI at all levels over many years and their support for Skills competitions, including World Skills is laudable."

 
Affiliate Exceptional Service Award
Sponsored by:
Great Wall Motor Company
Winner: Natural Paving Products (UK) Ltd
Project: Natural Paving Products (UK) Ltd
Natural Paving Products (UK) Ltd
Overview:

Established in 2004, Natural Paving Products (UK) Ltd is the UK's leading independently owned supplier of high quality, ethically sourced natural stone landscaping products.  Natural Paving Products (UK) Ltd sources product from its own mines and manufacturing plants established in India, along with valuable trade partners in China, Turkey, Brazil and UK.  All product is shipped to the UK and stored in Natural Paving Products (UK) Ltd distribution facilities in Tilbury, Essex and at head office in Sandcroft, Doncaster.  With a team of sales representatives located across the UK, Natural Paving Products (UK) Ltd supplies product to the domestic landscape and driveway markets through a network of more than 350 direct customers.

Judges comments: "Natural Paving (UK) Ltd. are a relatively young company with high expectations and a clear and precise future plan.  Customer support is mainly through stockists and installers (with approved installer certificate and quality in action certificate).  Natural Paving (UK) Ltd. have a solid ethical trading policy and investment has been made in the Indian operation over recent years.  The company have many good examples to demonstrate active involvement in BALI events and supporting initiatives, including charity events."

 
Affiliate Exceptional Service Award
Sponsored by:
Great Wall Motor Company
Winner: Penarth Management Ltd
Project: Penarth Management Ltd
Penarth Management Ltd
Overview:

Penarth Management Ltd are specialists in compliance consultancy and training for quality, environmental, health & safety management, supporting businesses in improving staff and business performance.  Founded in 1975, Penarth Management Ltd was incorporated to form a limited company in 2006.  Operating on a National basis they have a broad client base in a range of sectors from small one-man bands to much larger companies involved in major projects. They have a long track record of working with both interior and exterior landscaping sectors.

Judges comments: "Penarth Management adequately fills an ever growing business support market which is vital for the survival of the landscape industry.  As a communications company their message is clear and precise.  Good use of social media is demonstrated and the company has undertaken specific communication for the Landscape sector focussing on ROLO, COSHH and other relevant training issues.
The company has indicated their ongoing involvement in supporting and attending BALI events at national and regional meetings and events."

  
Best Newcomer to BALI 2012
Sponsored by:
Rowlawn
Special Award: Souters Sports Ltd
Project: Best Newcomer to BALI 2012
Best Newcomer to BALI 2012


Overview:

 Congratulations to new BALI member Souter Sports for winning the Best Newcomer to BALI 2012. 

Judges comments: "New BALI members, Souters Sports Ltd. entered two excellent rugby pitch developments into this year’s awards which caught the attention of the judges.  Souters specialise in sports turf design and installation and the schemes at St Helens RLFC and Eirias Parc involved drainage and fully automated irrigation systems to create the right growing conditions and world class playing surfaces.  Both pitches have received high accolades from players."

 

  
Design & Build Award 2012
Sponsored by:
Vectorworks
Special Award: Bartholomew Landscaping
Project: Design & Build
Design & Build


Overview:

Congratulations to Bartholomew Landscaping for winning the Design & Build award for their two winning schemes. 

Judges comments: "Bartholomew Landscapes has shown an excellent level of innovation in all of their design and build entries this year.  From stunning contemporary outdoor garden room to breath taking balcony garden, their work raises the design and quality bar.  A super playground scheme at Gateway primary school demonstrates the design and build diversity of this experienced landscape company."

 

  
Employer of the Year 2012
Sponsored by:
Anders Plus
Employer of the Year Award: Horticultural Services by Sodexo
Project: Employer of the Year
Employer of the Year


Overview:

Congratulations to Sodexo Horticulture Services for winning the 2012 Employer of the Year.

Judges comments:  "A very comprehensive and carefully considered submission which meets and exceeds the suggested entry evidence list.  The induction process for new staff is highly developed and directly linked to the Training Record Card.  Periodic review linked to training needs helps Sodexo Horticulture Services meet its minimum qualification standard for site staff whilst an Accelerate Management Programme aims to develop business management skills within the company.  ‘Milestone’ service and Special Recognition Awards, including Team of the Month, help to reward staff contribution and value to the company. "

 

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