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An industry ready for the challenges that face it
his year’s BALI National Landscape Awards in association with Horticulture Week and headline sponsor Green-tech are proof, if proof were needed, that the UK landscape industry is in terrific shape, continuing to lead the world in landscape design, construction, management and product innovation. BALI, as the UK’s premier trade body for landscape professionals, continues to grow and to attract Registered members from across the world — businesses that recognise the kudos of BALI membership and of winning a coveted BALI Award. BALI members’ achievements at the Awards this year, however, belie the fact that ours is an industry faced with unprecedented challenges, not least from Mother Nature herself. She is testing our ability to recognise and then deal quickly and effectively with a host of pests and diseases before they begin to change our industry and the landscape we know and love beyond all recognition. There is little doubt that, regardless of how successful the Government’s and industry’s attempts are to halt the march of such threats as Xylella fastidiosa, landscape architects and garden designers may find themselves having to rethink the seemingly limitless planting palette of trees, shrubs and perennials they have had at their disposal hitherto. New and innovative design palettes will be needed — and these will, in turn, challenge the UK nurseries who are on the biosecurity front line. Never has it been more important for the entire industry and Government to work together to tackle this particular challenge, whilst continuing with the wider parks and green space agenda that has now won the welcome proactive support of the Government’s Parks Minister. The BALI Awards are a celebration of all that makes our landscape industry great. From beautiful domestic gardens and stunning public realm schemes, to exquisitely executed community projects and sensitive garden and landscape designs, the winners — BALI contractors, designers and product and service suppliers — exemplify professional landscaping excellence. This year we are again indebted to the work of the independent panel of adjudicators, chaired by Greg Allen, who have spent countless hours travelling, judging and deliberating to reach their list of winners. Each year they do an amazing job and we thank them for taking their very difficult decisions without fear or favour. BALI’s ongoing relationship with Horticulture Week, and the financial support of BALI Affiliate member Green-tech as headline sponsor, ensures that each year’s Awards are professionally promoted and managed and culminate in an event worthy of those who have put themselves forward for scrutiny by their peers. This year’s celebration at Grosvenor House is a fitting tribute to their achievements. Whatever challenges the future holds for our industry, we can be certain that the standards set by BALI Registered members, represented amongst the 2017 Award winners and throughout the Association, will provide a sound base from which to tackle and overcome them.
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Adjudicators & Contents
Adjudicators Greg Allen
Peter Jennins OBE Andrew Legg
Currently active in the wider industry as a consultant, Greg Allen has been a Senior Lecturer in landscape studies at Writtle College in Essex for the past 25 years, specialising in plant knowledge, landscape construction and contract management. He was Curator of grounds for 13 years at Writtle and played a key role in developing landscape teaching and the decorative gardens at the college. No stranger to Chelsea and Hampton Court, he has led many student groups to win a clutch of Gold and Silver Gilt medals for small and large show gardens. Greg plays an active role within BALI as Chair of the adjudication panel for the National Landscape Awards and adjudicator in landscape disputes. He is also a former Vetting Officer.
RHS show judge, recipient of the RHS Associate of Honour accolade in 2011 and Managing Director of Hillier Landscapes. Richard’s career in landscaping spans more than 50 years. After studying at Pershore College and an initial three years with Lovejoy’s, he joined Hillier Landscapes, eventually becoming owner and Managing Director. In this time Hillier has won Principal BALI Awards and the Grand Award in 2007. He has chaired the South West region of BALI and been on council. For the past 26 years Richard has been an RHS Show Garden Judge and Show Gardens Committee member. As a show garden contractor at RHS shows, he has won 14 gold medals and four best-in-show awards.
Peter has held many posts, both regionally and nationally, within BALI, including being National Chairman in 1978-79. Since retiring from business he has also served as an independent dispute adjudicator and a BALI Vetting Officer. He is currently Chairman of BALI’s training and education charity, the Geoffrey Chalk Memorial Award Fund, otherwise known as the BALI Chalk Fund. He was awarded an OBE “for services to charity and to the landscape industry in the North West” in the Queen’s 2012 Jubilee Birthday Honours List.
7 Winners and Sponsors 8 Grand Award 11 Domestic Garden Construction – Between £30,000-£60,000 13 Domestic Garden Construction – Between £60,000-£100,000 17 Domestic Garden Construction – Between £100,000-£250,000 21 Domestic Garden Construction – Over £250,000
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Andrew was an apprentice with Liverpool Corporation before studying at Flintshire College of Horticulture and joining Gavin Jones. He ran his own landscape business then became Contracts Manager at Liverpool and Stoke Garden Festivals. He took on the role of Director of Horticulture for the 1990 National Garden Festival at Gateshead. He joined Sport & Landscape Development (SLD) as Senior Consultant and was resident engineer for a landscaping scheme in Wales and a major project at Canary Wharf. After lecturing in landscape studies at the Welsh College of Horticulture, he returned to SLD as Principal Consultant before retiring. He was BALI North West Regional Chairman and now carries out vetting in the South West region.
Jason Lock Jason recently joined Bowles & Wyer as Head of Design and Build. Formerly director and owner of Deakinlock Garden Design, he has been in the industry for 30 years. A former director of Notcutts Landscapes, he has wide knowledge of both design and construction. He became a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers in 1994, servicing on its committee for two years. He was Chairman of the Association of Professional Landscapers for 10 years. He became a Registered Designer with BALI in 2010 and has taught at the London College of Garden Design. Jason has also won numerous awards including RHS Chelsea, Hampton Court, Gardeners World, APL Awards and Principle BALI Awards.
29 Soft Landscaping Construction (non domestic) – Between £300,000-£1.5m 33 Hard Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) – Under £300,000 35 Hard Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) – £300,000-£1.5m 39 Hard Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) – Over £1.5m 41 Community and Schools Development 45 Regeneration Scheme – Over £500,000
25 Domestic Garden Construction – Soft Landscaping (Unlimited Cost)
49 Grounds Maintenance – Free Public Access
27 Soft Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) – Under £300,000
51 Grounds Maintenance – Limited Public Access
Robin Templar Williams
John studied landscape management at Merrist Wood Horticultural College in 1976 before joining Comtec (UK) as Contracts Manager. He was promoted to oversee erosioncontrol projects on an international basis, operating in Gabon, Kenya, Tanzania, Singapore and Malaysia. In 1984 he was recruited to help former colleagues establish landscape contracting company Willerby Landscapes. Working with a close-knit management team, the reputation and stature of the company has grown year on year. Under his stewardship, Willerby’s has achieved five BALI Grand Awards and several Principal Awards. In 2005, in recognition of his contribution to the industry, he was made an honorary member of the Kew Guild.
Madge Moore is currently the Chair of Yorkshire’s Food, Farming and Rural Network. The network acts on behalf of businesses, rural support agencies and trade bodies in Yorkshire to raise issues and concerns to central Government. Formerly a National Director for Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for the landbased sector, Madge was responsible for developing close working relations between the sector skills council, employers and a wide range of Government departments, agencies and learning providers.
Steve trained in geography and geology, taking a postgraduate landscape course at Edinburgh. As a Landscape Architect he worked for various local government authorities before joining the Welsh College of Horticulture in 1979 as a Lecturer, rising to college Marketing Director. During his tenure he developed the three-year national diploma course in interior landscaping. A winner of Gold medals at Liverpool and Stoke Garden Festivals, in 1999 he established an event and design company, winning Gold and best-in-show at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2000, 2004 and 2006.
Robin’s career in landscaping began in 1979 and after 10 years’ practical experience building and planting gardens he progressed into design. As Managing Director of Robin Williams & Associates, he now specialises in private gardens and landscapes, in the UK and abroad. The recipient of numerous awards, Robin is CoDirector of the Garden Design School and lectures on garden and landscape design. He is a fellow of the Society of Garden Designers, a BALI Registered designer and former BALI Board Director, and a certified member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (USA). He has been on the BALI Awards adjudication panel since 2005.
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81 Employer Excellence – Turnover Under £2.5m
59 Grounds Maintenance – Private Value Over £50,000
83 Employer Excellence – Turnover Over £2.5m
61 Registered Designers and Registered Contractors Joint Submission
85 Special Award – Outstanding Charitable Contribution
63 Green Roof Installations and Roof Gardens
87 Special Award – Best Newcomer to BALI
67 Sports Grounds and Leisure Facilities
89 Special Award – Design and Build
69 Interior Landscape – Installation Only
90 Special Award – Best First-Time Entrant
71 International Award
91 Special Award – Sensitive Land Restoration
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Winners and Sponsors
Award Winners ● AHS
Landscape Construction Landscapes ● Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning and Design Institute ● Blakedown Landscapes (SE) ● Blakedown Sport & Play ● Bowles & Wyer ● City Gardens ● Creative Landscape Company ● Crowders Nurseries ● Cube 1994 ● Designscape ● Ecoland Planning and Design Corporation ● Eilte Landscapes ● Helen Elks-Smith (MBALI) ● Elmtree Garden Contractors ● Endrick Landscapes ● Garden Club London ● Glendale ● Baylis
Landscapes Gardeners ● Green-tech ● Ground Control ● Hahn Plastics ● Harrod UK ● Hultons Landscapes ● idverde UK ● In-Ex Landscapes ● Kingston Landscape Group ● The Landscape and Garden Company ● Landscapeplus ● Makita UK ● Maylim ● Natural Paving Products (UK) a member of the Talasey Group ● Northumbrian Landscaping ● NT Killingley ● Nurture Landscapes ● Oak View Landscapes
Creations Options ● Chris Parsons (MBALI) & James Bird Landscapes ● PC Landscapes ● Planters Horticulture ● PWP Landscape Design ● Rowan Landscapes ● Scandor Landscape Contractors ● Skidmores of Hertford ● Spruce Landscapes ● Star Uretech ● Talbot Farm Landscapes ● Total Protection T/A Total Protection Landscaping ● Turfsoil ● Adam White (MBALI) & Gerald Davies ● Windsor & Harris Landscapes ● WoodBlocX ● John Wyer (MBALI) & Bowles & Wyer
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Grand Award Winner
Maylim One Tower Bridge
Client Berkeley Homes Architect Peter Taylor Associates Designer Murdoch Wickham Main Contractor Berkeley Homes (South East London) Suppliers Fountains Direct, Kent Stainless, Marshalls Mono, The Outdoor Deck Company/Miller Druck International Stone, Scotscape Group
ne Tower Bridge is a mixed-use development by Berkeley Homes spread across nine blocks. It includes residential and retail space as well as a variety of new restaurants and a state-of-the-art theatre. The scope of the external works landscaping package included the detailed design, procurement and installation of more than 8,000sq m of high-specification landscaping.
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Judges’ comments “The attention to detail demonstrated across this high-pressure site is extremely impressive. The contractor had to wrestle with the challenging logistics presented by the mixed-use development’s extremely busy and highprofile location, adjacent to London’s iconic Tower Bridge, as well as flooding issues throughout construction. The paving along the development’s main thoroughfare involved complex patterns and despite being completed in sections the finish and symmetry is faultless and the precision breathtaking. The paved area around the large central “clock” water feature is equally perfect, and the workmanship across this extensive site, which includes an extension to Potters Field Park and associated works along adjacent roadways, is of the very highest quality. One Tower Bridge is a magnificent advertisement for British landscaping and Maylim is a worthy recipient of the 2017 BALI Grand Award.” 8 BALI National Landscape Awards 2017
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Principal Award Winner
Domestic Garden Construction — Between £30,000-£60,000
Spruce Landscapes The Eco Garden Designer David Keegan Suppliers A1 Reclaimation, John Henry Mayors, Manchester Deck Company, Stone Market
big part of the designer’s vision in setting out to design this garden was to truly create a connection between the inside and outside spaces, but as a garden distinct from a living room. The aim was to create a sense of being immersed in the garden even when seated inside. In setting out to achieve this, the designer deliberately decided not to follow the fashion of extending the inside out, but instead a separate space of nature that although it had a connection to the inside, its flow is complementary rather than continuous. In so doing, whilst the two spaces coexist and connect, they offer a very distinct set of moods and, consequentially, emotional responses. The end result when you are seated inside the house and looking upon the garden is that it acts as a calming backdrop and picture, as distinct to when you sit in the garden, where you are immersed and escape the connection, and its confines, of what we call house, home and room. In this way the garden becomes a distinct, but complementary, separate space.
Judges’ comments “This charming garden, created by superb workmanship and the use of high-quality materials, belies the challenges faced and overcome by the contractor as a result of difficult access. Southern yellow pine decking, Corten steel planters, cobbles, setts and a bee hotel in amidst beautiful naturalised planting have delivered a very theatrical, yet pretty and inviting, outdoor space.” BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 11
Domestic Garden Construction — Between £30,000-£60,000 City Gardens Project Private Residence in Exeter Designer Suzanne Ratcliffe & Nancy Hilland Suppliers Barton Block & Stone, Blamphayne Sawmills, Bradfords Building Supplies, Simply Paving, Unique Steel Supplies
aving completed a major upgrade of the house by a local builder, the client was recommended to City Gardens by the same builder. The company was presented with the garden design by Suzanne Ratcliffe and Nancy Hilland of Hybrid Gardens that very much reflected the house upgrade works and the client’s liking for clean modern lines. Throughout the construction process there were many minor changes from the original design but it has remained essentially true to the design ethos. Materials were chosen by the client in collaboration with City Gardens and included the use of ceramic paving as cladding as well as surfacing for the raised patio. Planting was not included in the original contract but added later. Again, through collaboration, a Mediterranean theme was chosen and plants were supplied by Rainbow Nurseries and Urban and Rural Plants.
Cube 1994 Project Our Space Designer Cube 1994 Maintenance Contractor Cube 1994 Suppliers Europlants, Grenvilles, Jewsons, London Stone, Natural Stone
contemporary garden design with three seating areas — for dining, relaxing and a bistro. The dominating factor in this small garden was the sheer height of the neighbouring garage walls. Taxus hedging was planted around the boundary so that when looking on the garden the focus is on the soft greenery. This was complemented by a new “Design Clad” system from London Stone. A 5m wide by 2m high “Steel Dark” section was designed as the backdrop to the dining area and two 5.5m-high Cupressus sempervirens were planted either side of the dining area to also soften the very tall brick wall. A bespoke designed steel pergola frames the view to the relaxing and dining areas, and tall copper “Florist” pots were placed to the rear of the patio. Strategic lighting is positioned around the garden to balance out the design at night.
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Principal Award Winner
Domestic Garden Construction — Between £60,000-£100,000
Graduate Gardeners Private Residence in Hatherop Architect/Designer Graduate Gardeners Suppliers Cotswold Stone Quarries, Piers Belmont Photography, Rand & Asquith (Aceblade), Senior Steel, Viridis Plants
he client’s work is based at home in a contemporary garden office. The brief was to create a modern feel to reflect the office while complementing the overall look of the period property and surroundings. Two main challenges were that the office was sat higher than the existing ground level and there was a slight twist in the length of the garden near to the office. Notable existing features included a box hedge, fastigiate yew and two trees — cherry and birch. After the design and build was accepted, the client wanted Graduate Gardeners to look at the area outside the cottage. The design and build of this area was also accepted and thus became one larger contract.
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Judges’ comments “This is a quintessential Cotswold garden with a definite contemporary feel, designed around and providing the setting for the client’s garden office. An area of beautiful soft planting with Corten steel pond in front of the office leads into the lawn area in which are set individual flagstones leading back to the house. At night, an enchanting lighting scheme brings the garden to life and provides safe passage. A lovely scheme, beautifully designed and executed by the contractor, that successfully links the client’s modern garden office with the period property that is her home.”
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Domestic Garden Construction — Between £60,000-£100,000 The Landscape and Garden Company Project Private Residence in Enfield Designer Gilly Leach Garden Design Suppliers H Butterfield, Instant Hedges, Island Stone, Rochfords, W Peck (Haulage)
his courtyard garden is entered through a recently built glass room. Millboard flooring inside continues out into the courtyard, fudging the boundary between house and garden. Elegant, sawn sandstone slabs, colour-matching the Millboard, pave the courtyard and clad walls as well as the tops of raised beds. The textural change of small setts slows the pace at a western red cedar arch. Wisteria sinesis and Rosa ‘Lady of the Lake’, trained up posts, scent the archway. This simple structure divides the garden, gives height and frames the focal point — a stone-clad wall and sheer-descent water blade. Cedar horizontal lath fencing contains the site and pleached Carpinus betulus provide screening.
Bowles & Wyer Project A Regent’s Park Garden Architect Kerr Parker Designer Bowles & Wyer Maintenance Contractor Bowles & Wyer Suppliers Bingley Stone, Deepdale Trees, Landscapeplus, Prima Industries, Vande Moortel,
n intimate family garden situated near Regent’s Park in the heart of London. The project involved a traditional property undergoing renovation and extension and in turn this required a complete redesign and construction of the garden to complement the scheme. Through close liaison with the client, architect and main contractor, Bowles & Wyer was able to come up with a restrained and cost-effective design solution to maximise the use of the external space.
Designscape Project Private Residence in Staffordshire Designer Alison Thomas Suppliers The Garden Trellis Company, Jewson-Talke, Lady Brook Plant Nursery, Light Ideas
he challenge for the Designscape team was to turn the design for this unloved rear garden, part of which had been laid to Tarmac, into a stunning backdrop for a family wedding. New boundary walls, painted trellis and cedar wood screening sit well alongside the sharp clean lines of the porcelain paving. A lush planting scheme and subtle lighting provide a perfect place to relax with family. The outdoor fireplace and breeze house will help to make the space usable all year round.
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Domestic Garden Construction — Between £60,000-£100,000 Skidmores of Hertford Project Private Residence in Kings Langley Designer Emma Austin Designs Suppliers Caithness Flagstone, Limegate, Springbridge Direct, Travis Perkins, UK Turntables
his scheme consisted of clearing a hard standing and car port then regenerating it with a new patio and resin areas, planting areas, perimeter wall, lighting, surface drainage and a car turntable, all finished off with a resin gravel driveway. The 1.8m-high perimeter wall was constructed using handmade bricks selected by the client. Specialist flint panels were also integrated into the wall and the client selected paving from Scotland. Further items included lighting and topsoil for planting areas. The car turntable involved constructing a suitable base. Resin bound gravel was then used to complete the scheme and the client was extremely happy.
PWP Landscape Project A Contemporary Garden Designer PWP Landscape Suppliers GH Brooks, Interceramica, Knotford Nook, Milfords Building Supplies, TLS Turf
WP was approached to design and build the garden for this semi-rural site and worked closely with the client to transform it into a modern, clean-cut space in keeping with the renovated house. The property benefits from a glorious sheltered south-facing aspect and rural views over surrounding fields. The design takes advantage of a natural flowing beck with a cantilevered viewing deck to capture the late sun. Multiple levels and feature steps lead up to the top “Pavilion Terrace”, which houses a sunken hot tub. Here the scheme has been future-proofed for the later installation of a steel-frame pavilion with beefriendly green roof.
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Principal Award Winner
Domestic Garden Construction — Between £100,000-£250,000
PWP Landscape An Urban Courtyard Designer/Maintenence Contractor PWP Landscape Suppliers D-tail Plants, David Harber, Laser Cut Screens, Marshalls, Terete Hot Tubs
ituated in the centre of York, a stone’s throw from the cathedral, this listed property was once council offices before being renovated into high-end residential town houses. The property was one of the few houses lucky enough to retain an outdoor space and the client wanted to create a wow-factor urban courtyard. With careful consideration to the neighbouring properties and listed building status, PWP designed a highly contemporary scheme in fitting with the client’s home and lifestyle. Bespoke CNC cut indigenous stone was used for step details and three “ripple” effect 2m-high stone wall panels were installed. Features include a specially designed cantilevered pergola with laser-cut copper screens housing an outdoor TV viewed from the sunken cedar hot tub and a “Dark Planet” David Harber sculpture nestled beneath a row of pleached hornbeam. PWP designed, built and continues to maintain this scheme.
Judges’ comments “The garden of this town dwelling in the shadow of York Minster has been utterly transformed by the contractor’s skilled installation of what is a largely hard landscaped scheme. CNC precision-cut stone paving has been expertly installed, as have the cantilevered pergola, bespoke laser-cut panels and sculpture. Corten steel has been well used and installed and all paving treads have been carefully recessed for lighting. This is a very well built scheme.” BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 17
Domestic Garden Construction — Between £100,000-£250,000 Windsor & Harris Landscapes Project Private Residence in Shepperton Architect Malcolm Jenkins Designer Windsor & Harris Landscapes Suppliers Champion Timber, Jewsons, Royce Turf and Irrigation, Travis Perkins
indsor & Harris Landscapes was tasked by the clients to bring some “Zen” to this garden and make it work seamlessly with architects’ plans for a single-storey extension. The company’s suggestions to alter the plans were taken on board by the clients. This allowed the creation of a floating corner, bi-fold doors and interior sliding doors. Many high-end materials were introduced across three different levels in the garden, providing a safe, practical and private space for the clients to thoroughly enjoy. The customers are extremely proud of the final outcome and cannot wait to see it flourish.
Graduate Gardeners Project Private Residence in Chedworth Architect/Designer Graduate Gardeners Suppliers Cotswold Stone Quarries, Westminster Stone Company, Viridis
sympathetic landscape scheme was needed to complete the overall look of this renovated Cotswold stone property. The clients wanted a simple, structured look to the garden. The scheme included paved seating areas and paths, working with a number of fixed levels and existing walls. It also included a small parterre garden with a water feature, a wild flower and topiary garden and the refurbishment of the drive area. A long path through the garden created a strong sight line towards timber steps that lead up to what was an adjacent paddock. Contoured paths allow you to walk across the steep slope, set within the wild flower meadow.
Cube 1994 Project Light on Water Designer/Maintenance Contractor Cube 1994 Suppliers Brooks Timber, Europlants, Hortimex, London Stone, Natural Stone
he brief was to transform the traditional courtyard into a very contemporary space. A clipped box hedge was retained because it works really well in a contemporary courtyard, while specimen plants created seamless maturity. The courtyard was designed into a series of spaces — a relaxing area with sofas and a 1.6m-long fire table; a sheltered dining space with outdoor kitchen; and an open-air dining space. A large Yorkstone water feature divides the relaxing area and open-air dining space, flanked by two parallel flower beds. The outdoor kitchen comprises a bespoke work surface, drinks cooler, sink, storage space and barbecue. BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 19
Domestic Garden Construction — Between £100,000-£250,000 Creative Landscape Company Project A Riverside Garden Designer Creative Landscape Company Suppliers The Big Plant Nursery, Bouchier Fencing, Landscapeplus, London Stone, Marshalls
reative Landscape Company was invited to develop the garden of a contemporary timber property to better exploit riverside views and harmonise house, garden and landscape. Elements include a new driveway, a greenhouse and vegetable garden, an outdoor kitchen, terrace paving, decking, lawns and planting, a water feature as well as irrigation and lighting. The key design challenge was to understand the extent, frequency and impact of any flooding on the garden and agree with the client the level of risk they were prepared to take, while a narrow bridge restricted deliveries. The result is an elegant, flowing and practical garden that closely fits the client brief and reinforces the strong sense of place.
Bowles & Wyer Project Private Residence in London Designer Thomas Hoblyn Garden Design Maintenance Contractor Bowles & Wyer Suppliers Lovell Stone Group, Studio Ewing
he construction of a Thomas Hoblyn-designed roof garden based on his 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden built by Bowles & Wyer. The garden is supported over a waterproofed roof on a drainage mat protected by a concrete screed. Galvanised steel planters and concrete blockwork make up the substructure. Portland stone paving, cladding and copings were installed onto this. Mature Taxus hedging, Italian cypress and a cork oak again hint at the 2012 garden — the planting has a distantly Mediterranean feel. Andrew Ewing designed and installed a brimming water feature, onto which “The Call” by sculptor Rick Kirby was installed to give the impression of it floating on the water’s surface.
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Principal Award Winner
Domestic Garden Construction — Over £250,000
Outdoor Creations Private Residence in Betchworth Designer Acres Wild Suppliers B&S Natural Stone, Chelmer Valley Brick Co, Grasslands Turf Farm, London Stone, Palmstead Nurseries
his scheme involved redeveloping a large garden following a major extension of the clients’ home. The new garden has been designed to better integrate with the house, provide more generous spaces for entertaining and better connect the house and terrace with the lawns and swimming pool. The original garden was truncated by a beech hedge, overgrown shrub borders and a massive Victorian greenhouse, the glazing and bricks of which were carefully dismantled and reclaimed for a smaller version to be incorporated into the new scheme. A potager-style kitchen garden was developed in a previously unused area of the garden. Reclaimed materials from the site have been incorporated where possible. Planting has been refreshed throughout the scheme and new areas have incorporated the clients’ love of Mediterranean plants, clipped box, lavender, alliums, scented roses and ornamental grasses, providing yearround interest.
Judges’ comments “Comprising the complete refurbishment of an extensive existing garden, this fantastic scheme has been executed with care, passion and thought. The changes in levels are seamless, the planting exceptional, and the detailing throughout is beautiful, including where reclaimed stone walling and paving has been used. The contractor worked closely with the client to introduce elements that help to make the garden work better for the entire family and the result is a garden where every aspect blends perfectly. This is, quite simply, a lovely scheme that reflects the excellent client/contractor relationship.” BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 21
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Domestic Garden Construction — Over £250,000 Outdoor Options Project Private Residence in Cobham Designer Charlotte Rowe Garden Design Suppliers Burlington Stone, The Garden Trellis Company, Hortus Loci, Johnsons Wellfield
nly viewed in December yet finished in May, Outdoor Options was proud to meet the exacting quality and time frame demands of this prestigious scheme designed by Charlotte Rowe Garden Design. Boundary to boundary — and those were changed too — every square metre is beautifully landscaped with the best products, trees, lighting and features that discerning landscapers could wish to use, indeed more akin to a show garden build.
Baikie Landscape Construction Project Private Residence in Goring on Thames Designer Acres Wild Suppliers Gordon Low Products, Kington Aggregates, Nigel Belcher Turf and Paving, Raymond Brown Aggregates
he aesthetic of the design was to reflect the organic flowing lines of the contemporary house, creating a naturalistic and informal landscape, relatively lowmaintenance but high in aesthetic and wildlife appeal. The project entailed constructing an entrance drive, extensive cedar wood decking, wildlife pond, lawns, numerous paths around the planting areas and a kitchen garden comprising retaining walls with basalt paving and raised planters. A new wild flower meadow was created with mown paths around the perimeter. Extensive excavations, earth moving and changes of level were required to prepare the accurate levels needed on a sloping site. The flowing curves of the decking, echoing the shape of the house, were a particular challenge.
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Domestic Garden Construction — Over £250,000 Outdoor Options Project Private Residence in Richmond Client Christoph and Poonam Von Mallinckrodt Designer/Maintenance Contractor Philip Collier Gardens Suppliers The Garden Trellis Company, The Pot Company, Oak Leaf Gates, Van Arnhem Nursery
utdoor Options was delighted to assist in this superb contemporary house and landscape scheme from concept to completion. Being the firm’s sixth Huf Haus project, it was called on for its experience and knowledge to assist all overlapping areas, but also to help guide Philip Collier Gardens through its first ever design-and-build scheme, which had to meet stringent planning and coding requests. The design encompasses many facets of modern landscaping and affords well-chosen products along with stylised planting. The garden displays great use of relatively compact spaces, giving the feeling of changing scenes as you journey around the property.
PC Landscapes Project Arle House Designer Annie Pearce Maintenance Contractor PC Landscapes Suppliers Folly Patterns, Grasslands Turf, Landscapeplus, Meon UK
C Landscapes worked closely with the designer and client to create a garden of “rooms”. Extensive new limestone paving was laid around the swimming pool and energy canal. A dining terrace was laid over tree cells planted with umbrella pear trees. Purbeck stone retaining walls create differences in levels and line the energy canal and plant room entrance. Oak timber bridges and jetty span the canal and into the existing pond. New planting of Taxus and hornbeam hedging, pleached hornbeam trees and herbaceous borders help delineate the rooms. Large turfed lawns run down to the stream and lead to the new orchard and wild flower meadow. Close collaboration resulted in the resolution of all issues that arose to achieve the client’s desired results.
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Principal Award Winner
Domestic Garden Construction — Soft Landscaping (Unlimited Cost)
NT Killingley Private Residence in North Yorkshire Architect/Designer Welch Design Maintenance Contractor NT Killingley Suppliers County Turf, Keyline Builders Merchants, Mansfield Sand Co, Smits Boomkwekerji, Van den Berk Nurseries
he works required a full renovation to the grounds of an existing property. Semi-mature trees provide defined perimeters, along with 15,000 hawthorns. Drainage was installed in the front lawn and along the entrance drive, followed by installing instant beech hedging flanking both sides of the drive. The surroundings were transformed to create a number of striking habitats. An evergreen garden comprises sandstone paving and raised edgings against high-quality turf, finished with structural box balls and a 6m specimen red maple. The main informal lawn includes 5,500sq m of seeding, ornamental structure planting, the renovation of a pond and installation of a helipad. The spa and sheltered garden is planted with ornamental shrubs, grasses, box balls, yew cones and cloud pines. Other areas include a wild flower orchard, kitchen garden and tennis court garden.
“A great deal of work was required to resurrect the extensive grounds of an existing residential property. The contractor worked closely with the landscape architect to deliver this simple scheme on a large scale, in very challenging ground conditions. Following extensive site clearance, groundworks and the installation of drainage and ducting, the contractor imported and spread major quantities of topsoil and ameliorants before planting huge quantities of bulbs, ornamental and specimen shrubs, topiary plants, semi-mature trees and instant hedging. The now beautiful grounds are the direct result of the contractor’s all-round horticultural professionalism.”
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Soft Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) — Under £300,000
Bowles & Wyer St Peter’s College, Perrodo, Phase 1 Client St Peter’s College, Oxford Architect Allies and Morrison Designer Bradley-Hole Schoenaich Landscape Architects Maintenance Contractor Bowles & Wyer Contracts Suppliers CED, Deepdale Trees, H Lorberg & Co, Joseph Rochford Gardens, Nederhoff Plants
his scheme involved the implementation of soft landscape to the Perrodo quad including soiling and drainage. Soft landscape works formed part of a total refurbishment of the landscaped areas in and around the main college. Planting ranged from mature amelanchiers, apple trees and hedging to herbaceous/bulb planting to ensure interest throughout the growing season. Lawn to main quad was laid on rootzone to accommodate heavy footfall. The location of the site in the centre of Oxford presented some challenging logistics, especially when unloading the larger stock. The installation was carried out within the correct seasonal parameters and was well received by all at St Peter’s. Contractor, designer, project manager and the client worked harmoniously to deliver on time and on budget.
“The successful co-operation of the contractor, designer, project manager and client is evident in this pleasing scheme, which has transformed a number of quadrangles in and around this Oxford college. The design’s clean lines are accentuated by the restrained planting palette. The herbaceous borders, shrubs, mature amelanchiers and espalier apples against old walls enhance rather than compete with the surrounding architecture. This is a very nice scheme that has been well executed.”
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Soft Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) â€” Under ÂŁ300,000 Elmtree Garden Contractors
Project Bath Western Riverside B11, 13 and 15 Podium Garden Client/Main Contractor Crest Nicholson Regeneration Architect Grant Associates Maintenance Contractor Elmtree Garden Contractors Suppliers Boningale Nurseries, Green-tech, Soils HS, Staddons Timber
his scheme comprised a communal podium landscape garden. Elmtree installed topsoil, planting, metal trellis, pergolas, seating, decking, play equipment, play surfacing and climbing boulders. The enclosed garden, accessible only to residents of the three surrounding apartment blocks, sits directly above an underground car park. The designers incorporated several different areas including a boules court, non-decking area with picnic benches, play area, climbing boulders, table tennis table and themed planted gardens. Residents use the space as a communal garden and are encouraged to pick fruit from the trees.
In-Ex Landscapes Project Woodberry Down, Block 1 Client/Main Contractor Berkeley Homes Architect Murdoch Wickham Maintenance Contractor Colin White Gardens Suppliers Bauder, Granitos del Louro, Lorenz von Ehren, Tamar Nurseries, Waterwise Water Solutions
his project is a mixed-use development for Berkeley Homes in north London. It comprises paved and pedestrian areas to accommodate interlinking walkways and communal areas for relaxation and socialising. Granite coping to raised planter walls and seating, timber decked courtyards, railings, podium vents and a fully automated irrigation scheme also feature. In-Ex Landscapes was given the task of taking the vision and making it a reality. Its scope of works involved all elements inclusive of bulk excavation, drainage, base and civil preparation, new services and ducting, all landscape finishes, lighting and irrigation.
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Principal Award Winner
Soft Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) Between £300,000-£1.5m
Kingston Landscape Group Dickens Yard Client/Main Contractor St George West London Architect JTP Designer Townsend Landscape Architects Suppliers Easigrass, Europlanters, Greenscape Services, Robin Tacchi Plants
his demanding high-density mixed-use project in the heart of Ealing is nestled among three stunning historic buildings — Ealing Town Hall, Christ the Saviour Church and The Old Fire Station — with retail and community uses at street level and 698 apartments on upper floors with private courtyards, terraces and balconies. Green roofs, terraces and podium gardens were installed across eight different locations among these high-value apartments. The sedum matting green roofs are inaccessible to residents but important due to the increase in biodiversity that will result. The project was full of logistical challenges. Being in the busy centre of Ealing made getting things to site difficult and the raised height areas meant moving materials by crane and hoist or moving materials through buildings. The finished result is a stunning mix of both public realm and private residential areas.
Judges’ comments “The landscaping of this high-end, phased residential development in Ealing, west London, presented the contractor with considerable logistical challenges resulting from its busy urban setting and the location, at height, of the green roofs, terraces and podium gardens they had to install. The exposed, windy site had resulted in some plant failures but it was clear that the contractor’s skill and project management capability had delivered a good scheme for the developer, commensurate with the high-quality build of the apartments.” BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 29
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Soft Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) Between £300,000-£1.5m Grace Landscapes Project Glasgow Fort MSCP and Retail Units Client/Main Contractor McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Architect/Designer Macgregor Smith Maintenance Contractor Grace Landscapes Suppliers Bruns, Dylan Group, Green-tech, Johnsons of Whixley, Sutcliffe Play (Scotland)
ppointed by McLaughlin & Harvey Construction, Grace Landscapes has installed a multifaceted scheme that not only compliments existing landscaping but also adds a further dimension by way of a children’s play area, sculptured mounds incorporating semi-mature trees and a wild flower turf green roof. With the concept of providing a leisurely shopping experience, the scheme incorporates an aesthetic blend of products including imported Robinia timber logs, feature boulders, a stainless steel crawl tunnel and an eclectic mix of plant material.
In-Ex Landscapes Project Providence Tower Client/Main Contractor Ballymore Group Architect CBA Associates Suppliers Boomkwekerij Arbor, Greenwood Group, John Desmond, Tamar Nurseries, Waterwise Irrigation Solutions
he scheme at this residential tower, which forms part of New Providence Wharf in Blackwall, east London, is comprised of extra-heavy standard tree planting, tree pits with structural soils and cells, seasonal drift planting and a fully automated irrigation system. In-Ex Landscapes’ scope of works covered all elements from the ground up, including all bulk excavation, the introduction of structural soils and the formation of undulating planting areas. Trees were mechanically lifted into position and anchored above podium structures, with mature specimen and herbaceous plants helping to soften the expanses of hard landscaping throughout.
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Principal Award Winner
Hard Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) — Under £300,000
In-Ex Landscapes Woodberry Down, Block 1 Client/Main Contractor Berkeley Homes Architect Murdoch Wickham Maintenance Contractor Colin White Gardens Suppliers Bauder, Granitos del Louro, Lorenz von Ehren, Tamar Nurseries, Waterwise Water Solutions
oodberry Down is a luxury development in north London, located on the banks of the New River and West Reservoir. Block 1 is the final phase, which completes the Kick Start Site 3 development and more than five years of works with In-Ex Landscapes. The architects were instructed to design a very high-specification landscape solution that would not only complement the development that sat within it but would showcase the knowledge and exacting standards the client has in regard to concept and finishes for landscape works. The scheme comprises paved and pedestrian areas to accommodate walkways and communal areas for relaxation and socialising. Granite coping to raised planter walls and seating, timber decked courtyards, railings, podium vents and a fully automated irrigation scheme also feature. In-Ex Landscapes was given the task of taking the vision and making it a reality, its scope of works involved all bulk excavation, drainage, base and civil preparation, new services and ducting, all landscape finishes, lighting and irrigation.
Judges’ comments “This lovely scheme is an exemplar for very high-quality hard landscape installation and reflects the exacting standards required by the client. The contractor was very involved with the selection of materials and demonstrated considerable landscaping expertise across the scheme. This final phase of the Woodberry Down development brings to a close more than five years on site for the contractor and this scheme is a fitting legacy for their work and professionalism.” BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 33
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Principal Award Winner
Hard Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) Between £300,000-£1.5m
Total Protection T/A Total Protection Landscaping Dollar Bay Client Mount Anvil Architect Ian Simpson Architects Designer SimpsonHaugh and Partners Suppliers Crowders, Keyline, Marshalls Paving, Soil and Stones, Travis Perkins
otal Protection was asked to supply and install all aspects of hard and soft landscaping to external areas of the Dollar Bay project. This included a diverse number of items ranging from paving and planting to the installation of a unique play area. All items have been supplied to meet the needs of the client (Mount Anvil) and installed by a professional and experienced labour force.
Judges’ comments “The installation of the extensive paved areas surrounding this new 37-storey apartment block on the Isle of Dogs, east London, shows the skill and professionalism of the contractor’s workforce. The construction of a new sports area involved working with significant changes in levels and the construction of innovative vertical fencing that remains solid despite having no lateral support. This was a complex scheme that has been very well executed.” BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 35
Hard Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) Between £300,000-£1.5m Endrick Landscapes Project Horatio’s Garden, Scotland Client Horatio’s Garden Designer James Alexander-Sinclair Suppliers Craigmarloch Nurseries, Deepdale Trees, The Fraser Bruce Group, Timberplay Scotland, WH Malcolm Construction Services
oratio’s Garden is a charity that creates and cares for gardens in NHS spinal injury centres. Leading garden designers develop the sanctuaries. Designed by James Alexander-Sinclair, Scotland’s Horatio’s Garden has transformed the view from wards and communal rooms. The planting encourages birds, butterflies and bees, adding interest for patients who can be on bed rest for weeks. A courtyard garden has become the heart of the spinal unit, giving an oasis of calm in the clinical environment. This uplifting space is brimming with colour and life. Sheltered pods allow use in bad weather while outer therapy gardens allow patients to grow plants and vegetables. There is also an area for children to play during long visits.
Blakedown Landscapes (SE) Project St Mary’s Churchyard Park, London Client London Borough of Southwark Council Architect/Designer BCA Landscape Suppliers Bourne Amenity, Fountains and Features, Hardscape, Robin Tacchi
he enhancement of St Mary’s Park is the final piece of public realm that completes the holistic vision for this part of Elephant and Castle. The park flows easily into the new public realm to create a unified urban space. It provides a significant increase in usable green space in a busy city environment, featuring a pond, fountain plaza, paving, street furniture and play area. The site’s location off a very busy road made the logistics of getting materials in and out very challenging. Blakedown completed the scheme, apart from the water feature, with skilled inhouse staff. The play area was completed in an earlier phase before Blakedown returned to complete the rest of the park enhancements. The high-quality paving was created using more than 300sq m of granite, blending three colours. The area has received high praise from the client and public users.
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Hard Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) Between £300,000-£1.5m idverde UK Project Gateway, University of Salford Client/Main Contractor BAM Construction Architect Stride Treglown Maintenance Contractor idverde UK Suppliers Hardscape, Instarmac, Specimen Trees
he Gateway Project aims to provide a distinctive, entrance to the University of Salford’s campus from Salford Crescent railway station. Hard and soft landscaping work was carried out by idverde around the university’s new building extension, creating access routes and recreational areas. Extensive paved areas and a granite block amphitheatre were created. Vehicular and pedestrian management was key to ensure site users’ safety and minimal disruption to the university’s day-to-day workings. The project programme took a phased approach as the work progressed. Close co-operation was necessary between idverde and other trades to ensure that underground services and ducting for lighting and handrails were not compromised.
NT Killingley Project Fielding Johnson Square, University of Leicester Client University of Leicester Architect/Designer Barry Chinn Associates Suppliers Aggregate Industries, Central Construction, Keyline Builders Merchants, Larsen Building Products, Marshalls
he brief was to create “a high-quality multi-use events space” to cater for the needs of various user groups. The paving layout was designed to create a clutter-free space with clear unobstructed access routes connecting to the surrounding campus buildings. A palette of carefully selected hard landscape materials was chosen to complement the architectural styling of the buildings. The planting palette was selected to provide spatial definition and attractive seasonal interest using a combination of ornamental and herbaceous species. Tree species were chosen to best meet the needs of the site with formal upright species selected along the central pedestrian access leading to the library and larger stature trees were used to frame the central square.
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Principal Award Winner
Hard Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) — Over £1.5m
Maylim One Tower Bridge
Client Berkeley Homes Architect Peter Taylor Associates Designer Murdoch Wickham Main Contractor Berkeley Homes (South East London) Suppliers Fountains Direct, Kent Stainless, Marshalls Mono, The Outdoor Deck Company/Miller Druck International Stone, Scotscape Group
ne Tower Bridge is a mixed-use development by Berkeley Homes spread across nine blocks. It includes residential and retail space as well as a variety of new restaurants and a state-of-the-art theatre. The scope of the external works landscaping package included the detailed design, procurement and installation of more than 8,000sq m of high-specification landscaping. Maylim’s remit included detailed paving designs, water features, granite cladding and a large range of soft planting with mature trees, specimens, hedging and shrubs. The work was split across four main sections — a ground-floor podium slab; a first-floor communal residents’ garden; the remodelling of Potters Fields Park adjacent to the mayor’s office and Tower Bridge; and S278 works to Tower Bridge Road and Tooley Street. Works were executed in 14 phases across a 30-month period and culminated in the construction of the focal point of the scheme, a large granite-clad water clock feature framed with bespoke timber seating and 12 Carpinus betulus mature specimen trees.
Judges’ comments “One Tower Bridge is an exemplar of the landscaper’s art, with skill, precision and attention to detail clearly evident in the hard landscaping of this mixed-use development adjacent to London’s iconic Tower Bridge. Every aspect of the landscape works had to reflect the quality of the development and the contractor has certainly delivered. Despite challenges with site conditions and its busy location, the contractor has delivered the perfect scheme.” BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 39
Hard Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) — Over £1.5m Elite Landscapes Project Chelsea Creek Client/Main Contractor St George Developments Designer Broadway Malyan Maintenance Contractor Elite Landscapes Suppliers Crowders Nurseries, CTS Bridges, Fountains Direct, George Lines, Kinley Systems
he Chelsea Creek development enjoys a peaceful dockside location on the north bank of the Thames. The 25th-floor roof garden shows a whole new dimension to outdoor living, with water features, alfresco kitchens, outdoor fireplaces, hot tub, mature planting, separate areas for dining and relaxing, and sun rooms. Ground-floor works included a spectacular pedestrian bridge lit by acrylic rods, extensive granite paving, bespoke benches and widespread soft landscaping.
Blakedown Landscapes (SE) Project Shadwell Estate Improvements Client Peabody Architect/Designer Turkington Martin Suppliers Alpharail, George Lines, Streetlife, Vande Moortel
he project involved the comprehensive refurbishment of courtyards within the listed Shadwell estate. The landscape regeneration aimed to break out of existing hard landscape areas to make way for new paving, planting, seating and play areas. It also involved new storage sheds, repairs, rebuilding a boundary wall and new drainage, water mains, power and lighting. As well as improving the space for residents, there are big benefits for wildlife. New habitats include chalk grassland, open mosaic habitat and mixed native hedge, while nectar-rich flowers on the green roofs will benefit priority species such as bumblebees, bats, house sparrows and the common blue butterfly.
Maylim Project Paddington Central, Phase 2 Client British Land Architect/Designer Townshend Landscape Architects Maintenance Contractor Willerby Landscapes Suppliers Boon Building Services, City Squared, Farrar Natural Stone/Rockford Stone & Slate Company, Kent Stainless, Willerby Landscapes
aylim’s remit was to create a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly public realm that can be utilised and enjoyed as well as remaining functional to the surrounding properties. The project included a full road construction, paving, kerbs, drainage and soft landscaping. Exciting social spaces include the “Games Room”, “The Library” and “The Kitchen Garden”, which provide ample seating and lawned areas. Maylim also installed electrical catering and USB points, an ambient lighting scheme and blocker benches. 40 BALI National Landscape Awards 2017
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Community and Schools Development
Garden Club London Merchant Square, Floating Pocket Park Client European Land and Property Designer Garden Club London Suppliers Europlanters, London Stone, Millboard, MKM Creations, Namgrass
his development involved careful consideration of the existing site and collaboration with a marine engineer to meet the brief. The footprint is proportionate to the body of water and ensures freedom of movement for ducks and swans. The scheme provides increased biodiversity, aesthetic interest and high-quality public amenity space. The floating pocket park is cohesive with its surroundings and great attention has been paid to the way in which people will relate to the space. Raised planters, hardwood benches, composite decking, an artificial lawn, lighting and hardy lowmaintenance planting ensure that the park delights and entertains visitors by encouraging interaction with the water and give a range of colours and scents throughout the year. There is a combination of secluded planted areas for quiet reflection and relaxation along with larger hard and soft surfaced open spaces for events and larger crowds.
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“This ‘garden’ of interlocking pontoons has created an entirely original communal space that is having the desired effect of bringing residents from the local community, as well as office/retail workers and tourists, into Merchant Square for relaxation, public events and private hire. The contractor worked closely with marine engineers on the design to achieve the correct buoyancy for the structure and then created a beautiful outdoor space. The quality of the workmanship is excellent and the artificial grass, containers with herbaceous planting and semi-mature trees, decking, seating, lighting and a covered pergola area have all been expertly installed by the contractor.”
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Community and Schools Development Northumbrian Landscaping Project A Homecoming Prayer Client 6 Royal Logistics Corps Designer Northumbrian Landscaping Suppliers Green-tech, Johnsons Wellfield, Lindum Turf, Percy Hudsons, Wilkinson Plant Centre
his garden forms part of a larger memorial project to commemorate the homecoming of 6RLC from Germany to their new home at Dishforth Airfield. Built in a Japanese style, it is intended to be a reflective space providing an oasis of peace amidst the hustle and bustle of a busy army barracks. The circular design and hedging create isolation from the garden’s surroundings, while a central cedar-clad prayer house and seating area offer the perfect place for thought and meditation.
Elmtree Garden Contractors Project Happy Dayz Pre-School Client Happy Dayz Pre-School Designer Elmtree Garden Contractors Suppliers Boningale, Namgrass UK, Staddons Timber
appy Dayz applied for funding from Bristol City Council to turn an area of sloped derelict land at the back of the site into a usable area for the children. Elmtree came up with ideas that incorporated terracing the area and including different smaller areas featuring sand play, artificial grass, fruit trees, decking and a raised planter. Sloping areas were filled with varying planting including scented shrubs to give year-round interest. A timber cabin was constructed as additional classroom space, especially during summer months. Although the works were completed during school holidays, there was only a narrow access to the left of the school entrance, so a lot of hand work and labour was required.
Scandor Landscape Contractors Project Porchester Community School Client Hampshire County Council Architect Property, Business & Regulatory Services, Hampshire County Council Designer/Maintenance Contractor Scandor Landscape Contractors Suppliers Aggregate Industries UK, Kinley Systems, Namgrass, The Resin Mill, Trade Partners International
orking to Hampshire Council’s design, Scandor regenerated this school courtyard over the summer holiday. The area was tired and uneven — a particular problem as the school is designated as accessible for wheelchair users. New surface water drains and a soakaway were constructed. Scandor installed new porous bitmac, resin bound surfacing and artificial grass areas that were gently mounded for wheelchair users, providing an element of fun. BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 43
Community and Schools Development Baylis Landscapes Project Dulwich Prep School, Early-Years Playground Development Client Dulwich Prep School Designer Baylis Landscape Contractors Suppliers AE Evans, Alexandra Security, Artificial Lawn Company, RTC Safety Surfaces, Tate Fencing
aylis Landscapes undertook a complete transformation of this aging earlyyears playground. The result is a multi-use space full of opportunities for learning through play. Themed zones were created for sport, role play, forest school, mud kitchen and music. An existing play ship was given a new lease of life by opening up the area and constructing an adventure island with shore line, underground mine, native camp and log scramble. Other features include a talk tube, natural boulders for climbing, water pump and interactive stream.
Glendale Project Monmouth Road Green, Open Space Client London Borough of Enfield Architect Hanna Solomansson Designer/Maintenance Contractor Glendale Grounds Management Suppliers AH Nicholls
his project was commissioned with the aim of breathing new life into a neglected urban space in Edmonton. An innovative approach to the landscape project, which exceeded the client’s expectations for its execution, was to involve the local community in the redevelopment of the green space. Ten children from a gardening club at nearby St Edmund’s School were invited to help plant up two shrub beds. Glendale’s staff showed the children the best planting techniques for each species and explained the features of each plant.
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Principal Award Winner
Regeneration Scheme — Over £500,000
Talbot Farm Landscapes Hyde Park Parade Ground Reinstatement Works Client The Royal Parks Architect LUC Designer Talbot Farm Landscapes Maintenance Contractor OCS Group Suppliers Acorn Tractors and Machinery, County Turf, Live Trackway, Talbot Turf, Tarmac Topsport
he Parade Ground needed to be reinstated in the winter following continued use for major events over the summer. Involving approximately 11ha, this was one of the largest turf reinstatement contracts issued in the UK. Talbot Farm Landscapes understand not only working with such a prestigious client but also what is required to manage the traffic in an open park situation. This has to be done carefully, taking into consideration the general public and tourists. The remit was to reinstate areas within the park, with multiple constraints — decompact ground taking into account underground services, prepare, cultivate and re-turf to the highest level. Arboriculture is an important factor within Hyde Park due to its specimen trees, so preparation and decompaction had to be considered. Talbot also had to take into account weight restrictions in some areas due to underground car parks.
“The scale of these reinstatement works is amazing and serves to illustrate the skills, horticultural and logistics expertise, and top-flight project management ability required by any contractor working in this area of specialist landscaping. Hyde Park is London’s best known Royal Park and had to remain accessible throughout the works to reinstate the turfed areas damaged by its annual Winter Wonderland. The contractor’s workforce operates with military precision, each member of the team knowing their precise role and responsibilities and achieving a remarkable turnaround within a tight time frame in what is an incredibly impressive operation.” BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 45
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idverde UK Project Houghton Hall Park Client Central Bedfordshire Council Architect Chris Burnett Associates Suppliers Ian Moran (Metal Moran), Wilby Tree Surgeons
oughton Hall Park in Houghton Regis has a rich heritage that is valued by the local community. It plays an important role in the history, culture and landscape of the local area and forms an integral part of people’s lives. Central Bedfordshire Council was awarded a grant of £2.2m to transform the park, from the Heritage and Big Lottery Funds’ “Parks for People” grant scheme. This enabled works to help restore the park to its former glory and provide better facilities for the community. Specific works included tree felling and scrub clearance, woodland management, the construction of 2.2m-high brick walls for the walled garden, planting beds and working areas for the walled garden, a new formal garden, fencing and gateways, paths and surfacing, seating and bins, parkland tree planting and preparatory works for a new play trail.
In-Ex Landscapes Project London City Island Client/Main Contractor Ballymore Group Architect CBA Associates Suppliers Eco Choice, Instant Landscapes, Lorenz von Ehren, Tamar Nurseries, Waterwise Irrigation Solutions
ondon City Island is a vibrant development that is key to the regeneration of Leamouth Peninsula. The landscape masterplan links a mixed-use development that incorporates 1,900 residential units, retail work spaces, leisure facilities, cultural exhibition space and offices. The scheme comprises large quantities of paved and pedestrian areas to accommodate walkways and communal areas for relaxation and socialising. These include a luxury decking and swimming pool area along with external lighting and fully automated irrigation. In-Ex Landscapes’ scope of works involved taking all elements from the ground up, including all bulk elevation, drainage, base and civil preparation, new services and ducting, all landscape finishes, lighting and irrigation.
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Grounds Maintenance — Free Public Access
idverde UK Manor Gardens Client Rother District Council
anor Gardens is a peaceful hidden gem of a park in the seaside town of Bexhill. Some of the key features of this 2.6-acre park include a walled garden, rose garden, rhododendron collection, lawn and pond. Dense, colourful borders are filled with seasonal planting, providing bold and cheerful displays, particularly in summer. Contractor idverde has been responsible for the maintenance of Manor Gardens since November 2013. The company employs one full-time gardener on-site to ensure the gardens are maintained to the contract specification. The gardener is supported by additional idverde contract staff as and when required. Typical tasks carried out include grass cutting, shrub and border maintenance, and hedge cutting. Manor Gardens is a venue for local events, which the idverde team is happy to support. The company works with event organisers to ensure that the gardens are well presented for each event and returned to the same condition afterwards — ensuring litter is cleared and working to minimise any wear and tear to the gardens.
Judges’ comments “These beautiful gardens in Bexhill-onSea are pristine and the warmth and passion that goes into their care shines through at every turn. The responsibility on a day-to-day basis of one on-site gardener, every flower bed is carefully weeded by hand and mulched with wellcomposted green waste obtained from the neat and orderly composting bays. It is clear from the attention to detail throughout the gardens that maintaining them is a labour of love for the gardener and for his colleagues who come in to support him when required.” BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 49
Grounds Maintenance — Free Public Access Ground Control Project Royal Museums Greenwich Client Royal Museums Greenwich
he National Maritime Museum in Greenwich is the worlds largest maritime museum, and the grounds are its showpiece. Ground Control has been maintaining the UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004, with a permanent maintenance team on site to ensure that the grounds are kept at show level, ready at all times for the annual 2.4 million visitors to enjoy. Ground Control’s works at the prestigious site include 12 acres surrounding the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and the Royal Observatory.
Turfsoil Project Greenwich Park Client The Royal Parks
he Royal Parks enjoy a reputation for horticultural excellence and nature conservation. The intention is to maintain and improve the already high standards. Turfsoil works to a detailed client specification to maintain the rigorously enforced standards of site cleanliness that the public has come to expect and the company supports The Royal Parks apprenticeship scheme. Greenwich Park contains a small number of deer in its “Wilderness” area, alongside the enclosed flower garden with its bedding displays, pond and waterfowl. Sports facilities include cricket and tennis. The park is open seven days a week from 6am to dusk, so many routine horticultural operations have to be carried out early in the morning. Maintenance operations other than litter collection and bins are not normally allowed when the gardens are at their busiest, to allow peace and quiet enjoyment for visitors.
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Principal Award Winner
Grounds Maintenance — Limited Public Access
Nurture Landscapes Chiswick Park, Enjoy-Work Client Chiswick Park, Enjoy-Work Suppliers Amenity Horticultural Supplies, Farnham Common Nurseries, Lister Wilder, Northend Nurseries, Rigby Taylor
hiswick Park, Enjoy-Work is a business park located in west London where a number of high-profile companies have based their UK head offices. The park currently has more than 8,000 guests working for the companies within the 12 buildings. Working with the local community is at the heart of Enjoy-Work’s values, with green and environmental initiatives embedded within the organisation. Nurture Landscapes has held the contract at Chiswick Park since June 2010 and employs a team of four full-time gardeners and one seasonal gardener on the contract. The site spans more than 32 acres with a mix of formal hedging, shrub borders, mature trees, amenity lawns and extensive hard surfaces, with a large feature lake and a waterfall situated in the centre of the park.
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“This prestigious business park, which hosts the UK offices of a number of high-profile companies, covers 32 acres and has complex grounds maintenance requirements. Regular liaison between the contractor and a representative from each of the businesses on the site ensures that very high standards are achieved. The grounds, with an impressive feature lake and waterfall, are beautifully maintained, much to the satisfaction of the client companies.”
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Grounds Maintenance — Limited Public Access Ground Control Project HM Tower of London Client Her Majesty’s Palace — Tower of London
round Control has been maintaining the Tower of London, one of the UK’s most iconic photographed landmarks, for more than 28 years. Visited by around 15,000 people per day and with a continuous programme of public and private events undertaken within the grounds all year round, Ground Control’s dedicated team works consistently to ensure that the grounds are always in pristine condition. Ground Control’s work at the UNESCO World Heritage site spans 1.6ha inside the tower and the surrounding area.
Ground Control Project Inverness Campus, Inverness Architect Harrison Stevens Main Contractor Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure Suppliers Green-tech, Johnsons of Whixley, Northern Recycling, Rigby Taylor, Scotia Seeds
fter successful completion of the landscaping to Inverness Campus, Ground Control was awarded the grounds maintenance contract to the nationally and internationally significant location for business, research and education. Maintenance areas include grassland, wild flower meadows, watercourse and aquatic planting areas, beach areas, shrub beds and woodland. Works include litter picking, grass cutting, meadow grass establishment cuts, robotic mowing on embankments, selective herbicide application and spot treatment, weeding, Japanese knotweed control, hedge cutting, pruning, fertilisation, removal of dead material, tree care and watering.
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Principal Award Winner
Grounds Maintenance — Private (Value Under £50,000)
Bowles & Wyer 18 Addison Avenue Designer Alice Coptcoat Suppliers Alan Hayward Joinery, Crocus, David Austin Roses
he owner of this garden wanted to develop the space into a secluded courtyard garden where she could relax and entertain. Being an experienced garden designer herself, having trained at the English School of Garden Design, she set about reorganising the space. Working alongside Bowles & Wyer’s maintenance team, plant selections were discussed and a few select plants were retained, including a Phyllostachys vivax aureocualis and two olive trees in the side border. Alan Hayward was used to create the Iroko trellis. The feature olive tree, which was craned over the rear wall by Crocus, was underplanted with Erigeron karvinskianus to evoke a memory of a former garden that the client owned in France. Sculptures were set on oak pedestals and most of the planting went in relatively small. The owner was happy to wait for plants to mature, allowing them to be shaped to fit the proportions of the space. The garden planting has a strong sculptural quality, throughout which seasonal flowers interweave and meander. Having maintained the garden since its creation, the maintenance team has been able to realise the owner’s design.
Judges’ comments “Having created this small courtyard garden with the owner in 2011 and continued to maintain it since, the contractor has been able to ensure her vision for the garden is being realised. It is beautifully maintained, with all pruning carefully undertaken as appropriate to the style and habit of each individual tree and shrub. This lovely scheme reflects the knowledge of the garden designer owner and the horticultural expertise of the contractor.” BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 55
Grounds Maintenance — Private (Value Under £50,000) Rowan Landscapes Project Henry Fawcett Primary School Main Contractor Trees for Cities Suppliers Evergreen Exterior Services, Evergreen Pots and Soil, Livingreen Design
enry Fawcett Primary School prides itself on investing in high-quality resources to keep up with a rapidly changing world. It has a brand new rooftop library alongside its roof garden, two Astroturf ball courts where its coach teaches the children a variety of sports, an edible playground where children grow fruits and vegetables and a child-sized kitchen in which all the children regularly cook their own grown produce. It is a beautiful school, with a purpose-built Children’s Centre, in the heart of Kennington that takes great pride in the learning environment and teaches the children to produce wellpresented work in a wide range of cross-curricular subjects, which parents can see displayed attractively throughout the building.
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Principal Award Winner
Grounds Maintenance — Private (Value Over £50,000)
Ground Control Lingley Mere Business Park, Warrington Client United Utilities
round Control has been undertaking grounds maintenance at this large commercial estate, United Utilities’ headquarters, since 2015. Working across the 65-acre site, Ground Control’s dedicated team of three maintains grass areas, wild flowers areas and large ponds in addition to general maintenance duties, utilising battery powered equipment to meet specific client requirements and cut carbon emissions. Ground Control works closely with the client and facilities management company EMCOR to offer training opportunities, supporting the local community.
Judges’ comments “This business park near Warrington represents a good balance of ecologically friendly areas and areas where more formal grounds maintenance is required adjacent to buildings. Although large areas of water on the site mean that geese present issues for the maintenance team in terms of keeping areas clear of mess, the site is extremely well looked after and a very pleasant working environment for those located in the various offices on the park.” BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 59
Principal Award Winner
Registered Designers & Registered Contractors Joint Submission
Chris Parsons (MBALI MSGD) & James Bird Landscapes Birch House, Sheffield Maintenance Contractor James Bird Landscapes Suppliers Pagets Builders Merchants, Partumis Metal, Rand and Asquith
“This scheme shows what can be achieved when designer, contractor and client work together as a team. The garden was created for a new house built in the grounds of an older property. With a 5m drop over 30m between the front and back garden and no access to the back garden for machinery, the challenges for the designer and contractor were immense, all materials having to be moved by hand. The garden has a slightly oriental feel and is delightful, viewed from above on the decking area or from amongst the lovely planting. The attention to detail is superb. The clients love it and the entire scheme exemplifies BALI professionalism across the disciplines.”
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he clients were sensitive to local objections when this house was built in 2014. It is now popular with neighbours because the garden is lush and green again with mature trees and climbers beginning to cover house walls. Access was very difficult. No machinery could be taken down to the back garden so dig-out and spoil had to be removed by hand. Very large mature hollies, a bespoke large metal pergola and all York stone had to be brought in the same way. The pergola and tall plants have brought the garden up to the level of an existing deck and supply a shady private garden beneath. The direction of the patterned paving draws the eye to a bespoke stone wall with cantilevered stone seat. A previously incomplete area left unusable by housebuilders is now a useful store place with ecogrid, gravel and concrete flags.
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Registered Designers & Registered Contractors Joint Submission Adam White (MBALI FLI) and Gerald Davies Project Badger Nature Play Space, Ferry Meadows Country Park, Peterborough Client/Maintenance Contractor Nene Park Trust Architect/Designer Adam White and Andrée Davies (Davies White) Main Contractor Gerald Davies
adger Nature Play Space offers limitless scope for imaginations to run wild and provides a place for children to explore, discover and be challenged. The idea behind the project was to provide a natural space that could become a play area with a difference. The design was developed by Adam White and Andrée Davies, who together with their BALI Registered landscape contractor Gerald Davies ran a series of design and hands-on build workshops with children from the local St Botolph’s Primary School and the Little Miracles Centre in Peterborough. The bespoke treetop badger nests and playful swales with bridges and stepping stones are a big success and solved the challenge of occasional flooding.
John Wyer (MBALI) and Bowles & Wyer Project A Notting Hill Garden Maintenance Contractor Bowles & Wyer Suppliers Alan Hayward Joinery, KAM Engineering, Palmer Group, Vande Moortel
he client wanted a garden that provides a haven as well as functional space for outdoor family gatherings. New raised beds now complement existing historic brick walls and accentuate the lush planting that aims to soften the boundaries of the garden and wraps around a dining space and lounge. New pleached trees provide a sense of privacy and four new specimen trees give further screening. Research showed that the back of the garden had been occupied by a garage that had later been removed. Using the historic garage as a precedent, Bowles & Wyer acquired planning permission for an outdoor room that now forms a focal point at the end of the garden and is used as a yoga space.
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Principal Award Winner
Green Roof Installations and Roof Gardens
Bowles & Wyer Roof Terraces Architect Aukett Swanke Designer Tom Stuart-Smith Main Contractor ISG Fit Out Maintenance Contractor Bowles & Wyer Suppliers Bourne Amenity, Crocus, Deepdale Trees, IOTA Garden and Home, Studio Ewing
igh-end office block Verde is the refurbished 11-floor Eland House building in Victoria. Bowles & Wyer, contracted by ISG Fit Out, installed bespoke zinc/wooden planters along with a water feature and replacement porcelain tiles over a total area of approximately 800sq m across floors nine and ten on behalf of a new tenant. The contract included a fully automated irrigation system with lighting and external plug sockets. Planters were filled with a bespoke lightweight soil specifically formulated to accommodate load-bearing constraints and were planted with a selection of mature olives, pines, multi-stemmed Buxus and herbaceous planting. All materials and trees had to be lifted via a tower crane over the course of two weekends, with 100 lifts over two days. Day-to-day access was restricted to one goods lift for all other materials and the total contract length was six weeks.
“The installation of these roof gardens across the ninth and tenth floors of a refurbished high-end office development in London has been beautifully executed by the contractor. Access was challenging, with large items and trees being lifted by tower crane during limited permitted periods and other materials brought up by goods lift, again with restricted usage. Works included the installation of a fully automated irrigation and lighting system, paving, bespoke seating and planters. Specially formulated lightweight soil was used to plant mature olives, pines, multi-stemmed buxus and herbaceous planting. This is a superb installation of a stunning Tom Stuart-Smith design.”
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his demanding high-density mixed-use project, nestled among three historic buildings in Ealing, features retail and community uses at street level and 698 apartments on upper floors with private courtyards, terraces and balconies. Kingston Landscape Group installed green roofs, terraces and podium gardens across eight different locations among the high-value apartments. The sedum matting green roofs are inaccessible to residents but important due to the increase in biodiversity that will result. The project was full of logistical challenges. Being located in the busy centre of Ealing made getting things to site difficult. Materials had to be moved by crane and hoist and through buildings. The result is a stunning mix of public realm and private residential areas.
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Principal Award Winner
Sports Grounds & Leisure Facilities
Blakedown Sport & Play Elite Player Performance Programme, Motspur Park Client/Maintenance Contractor Fulham FC Architect Rathbone Miller Suppliers Dove Construction, Edel Grass, ISF/SCS Steelwork, Musco Lighting, Zaun
his multi disciplined project was split into seven distinct and separate areas — site clearance and removal of the existing facilities, new 5,900sq m indoor floodlit training facility, LED floodlighting to the existing natural grass main pitch, new 70-person spectator stand to the arena pitch, provision of a new floodlit FIFA 2 star 3G pitch, creation of a new overflow car park and landscaping works including acoustic barrier fencing. Blakedown was given responsibility by Fulham FC for the final design and implementation of the above to enable the client to achieve “Elite Player Performance Plan” (EPPP) status, whilst at the same time having a Category 1 Academy Status venue as defined by the Football League.
“This was an extremely challenging project for the contractor, involving upgrading the main grass pitch and changing existing floodlights to LEDs; dismantling and then rebuilding an entire indoor floodlit training facility; construction of a FIFA-standard all-weather pitch; construction of a spectator stand and a car park, and associated landscaping. Achievement of the extremely exacting standards required whilst managing to keep the ground open for Fulham FC’s first team to train throughout the extensive works is testimony to the professionalism and outstanding project management demonstrated by the contractor.”
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Interior Landscape — Installation Only
Planters Horticulture Plant Wires, Orpic, Oman Client Orpic (Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company) Main Contractor Services & Trade Company Maintenance Contractor Planters Group Suppliers Fertiplant, GreenFortune
he installation of this revolutionary “plant wire” system is based on hanging structures found in the rainforest. A method of suspending lush foliage in a vertical column from ceiling to floor, it provides considerable planting mass while using up a very small amount of floor space.
“The apparent simplicity of this innovative method of introducing lush greenery into a building belies the challenges presented to the contractor responsible for completing this installation, not least from Orpic’s remote desert location on the east coast of Oman and the height of the atrium from which the wires now hang. The plant wires, which are inspired by the hanging plant structures in rainforests, are secured to the ceiling and use a similar technology to living walls. Automatic irrigation and fertiliser, together with a lighting system, ensure that the plants remain healthy. This is a beautiful installation that transforms the building.” BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 69
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Ecoland Planning and Design Corporation Raycom Infotech Office Park Landscape Renovation Design (Plaza B) Client Raycom Real Estate Development Co Architect Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Designer Ecoland Planning and Design Corporation Main Contractor/Maintenance Contractor Sunshine Landscape Corporation Suppliers Beijing Shufeng Co, Beijing Zhengyangjiaye Technology Co, Sunshine Landscape Corporation
his project involved refurbishing an urban space in a mixed-use commercial and office park in the central district of Beijing. The design creates an urban space that not only serves many high-end corporations but also extends outward to provide inviting spaces for nearby downtown residents. It is ideally suited for hosting various outdoor public and private events. By redefining the entrance space, the enhanced landscape renovation improves the identification of the entrance. It emphasises the main entrance of the office building while separating the flow of pedestrians and vehicular traffic to the office buildings and commercial shops. The redesign of the space around Lenovo Cottage refreshes the historic character of the site. The spirit of Lenovo’s “constant effort brings success” motto is creatively represented in a specially designed water fountain.
Judges’ comments “This striking and inspiring scheme for the regeneration of a mixed-use commercial and office park in the central district of Beijing has tree-lined avenues alongside large expanses of water to provide a beautiful setting for office buildings. The simple yet sophisticated planting works brilliantly within the business park environment and also provides an area for leisure and relaxation for residents in this part of the city. The sensitive incorporation of the area’s historic past into the scheme adds another fascinating dimension and reference to the city’s forebears.” BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 71
International Award Ecoland Planning and Design Corporation Project Landscape Design for JD.COM Headquarters Office Client Beijing JD Century Trade Co Designer Ecoland Planning and Design Corporation Main Contractor Guangzhou Pubang Landscape Architecture Co Maintenance Contractor Pubang Landscape Architecture Co Suppliers Beijing Yihua Jiangfeng Planting Centre, Guangdong Pubang Seedling Farming Co, Ling Shoulong Ze Stone Factory
o bring a unique character to the headquarters of prominent Chinese online shopping enterprise JD.COM, the landscape design thoughtfully blends contemporary comforts with a hint of inspiration from traditional Chinese garden elements, offering employees respite in relaxing spaces while enriching the surrounding community. Many site constraints have been ingeniously integrated into the design through the use of Chinese screen walls.
Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning and Design Institute Project Bikini Plaza Design, Xingcheng, China Client/Maintenance Contractor Xingcheng Urban and Rural Planning and Construction Bureau Architect Beijing Victory Star Architectural & Civil Engineering Designer Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute Main Contractor China Construction Second Engineering Suppliers Orangestone, Guangdong PAK Corporation
ikini plaza is approximately 10ha and was once a barren land. It is now an urban complex interpreted through the perspective of landscape architecture and a combination of Chinese and western culture. The design adopted the low-impact development model to let the plaza serve as a multifunctional urban stage.
Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning and Design Institute Project The Landscape Renovation of Chaka Salt Lake Client/Maintenance Contractor Qinghai Chaka Salt Lake Cultural Tourism Development Co Architect Beijing Oriental Elite Programming & Designing Co Designer Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute Main Contractor Sinohydro Engineering Bureau 4 Co Suppliers Tianjin Brother Electric Train Co, Wuhan Tiedong Railway Materials Co, Xi’ning Duocai Advertising Co
his deserted salt refinery has been transformed into a popular destination while recognising the need to protect the lake’s delicate ecosystem. The widely visited scenic location, which casts a majestic image of a “mirror of the sky”, was honored with designation as a 4A scenic spot in 2016.
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andscapeplus has a simple mantra — “best trade prices, professional products, direct to you”. The company’s unique selling point is simple too. It is a trade-only, one-stop shop for everything the landscape contractor or garden designer needs — apart from hard materials and plants — delivered overnight, anywhere in the country. Rather than being a traditional wholesaler, Landscapeplus is a customer-focused business, committed to helping landscape professionals grow their businesses by enabling them to provide a broader range of products to their customers.
Judges’ comments “This company has an enviable cohort of extremely satisfied customers who value their professionalism and knowledge. Since entering the industry they have worked hard to establish their reputation by identifying trends and meeting customer needs. They are known for their support for BALI and other industry organisations through events and sponsorship and are worthy recipients of this award.” BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 73
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ersimmon Homes’ new housing estate in Stalybridge required a crib retaining wall system that would need to ensure safety and stability for the families moving into the properties whilst being able to retain the land behind the homes. Timber retaining walls would not provide the required lifetime due to recent legislation banning certain timber treatments. Timber not only rots and decays, it also splinters, causing an unsafe environment for family gardens. Needing a material that would withstand the challenging environments and remain safe for years, Persimmon chose the hanit Eco-crib recycled plastic retaining wall for its material benefits. It is strong, durable, maintenance-free, weather- and rot-resistant, and comes with 120-year BBA approval, providing a reliable structure with a lifetime guarantee. The product is also aesthetically pleasing due to its timber-like finish. Hahn Plastics works closely alongside PC Construction in the manufacturing of Eco-crib retaining walls. BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 75
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tar Uretech has been formulating and manufacturing high-performance products for use in the construction, highways and landscaping industries for more than 20 years. Its patented range of innovative products has been used on some of Britain’s most iconic landmarks, including the London Eye, Clitheroe Castle and Ibrox Stadium. Since 2015, Star Uretech’s new management team has transformed the company into a modern, forward-thinking, honest and trustworthy supplier. As a company that takes great pride in doing the right thing, it has become the UK’s first supplier of resin bound and bonded products to receive accreditation as a “Living Wage” employer and has also received an Environmental Innovation Award for its low-carbon footprint bonded surfacing products.
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Principal Award Winner
Employer Excellence — Turnover Under £2.5m
Oak View Landscapes A
s Oak View continues to grow within a sector where there is an acute skills shortage, it becomes ever more important to invest in, retain and develop all the company’s staff for the future. The upturn in the economy and in the construction industry, coupled with Brexit, has put even more pressure on recruitment. To attract the best employees, Oak View has to demonstrate every day that it is a great employer that respects staff at all levels and shows a commitment to making them feel valued and supported whilst providing them with internal and external training to help them progress within the company. Strongly believing that its staff are the firm’s greatest asset, Oak View rewards and recognises them. Without the staff and their dedication and loyalty, Oak View would not be one of the most valued and respected landscape contractors in the region. With that in mind, it feels that they should be rewarded for their efforts. Oak View does not believe in working to minimums and has ensured that it has a reward and recognition package in place that, together with the company culture and values, helps it to recruit, engage, develop and retain the best candidates. In September 2016, Oak View was delighted to receive recognition for the way in which it supports, develops and manages its staff with silver accreditation from Investors in People.
Judges’ comments “It is obvious that everyone at Oak View has shared values that not only enable them to function highly effectively as a team to deliver outstanding customer service but also to develop as individuals. The company supports its staff wholeheartedly with training and mentoring, and encourages them to engage with the community on a charitable basis. This is a company whose success and growth can be wholly attributed to a valued workforce and enlightened leadership.” BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 81
Principal Award Winner
Employer Excellence — Turnover Over £2.5m
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urture Landscapes is an award-winning family business providing national landscape maintenance and winter gritting services. Nurture aspires to be the most respected and nurturing landscaping company in the UK as considered by its clients and employees and as important in its actions affecting the environment in which it works. Nurture is achieving this through developing its employees using its internal trainers, engaging apprentices to provide gardeners for the future and maintaining its customers with a current 91 per cent retention rate. Through its generous employee share scheme, of which they own 18 per cent, employees are able to join in the success of the business, which has seen rapid growth now with a current turnover of £35m with 500 employees. Employees benefit from new initiatives that are implemented following their feedback and they also have fun arranging and participating in community events.
“Despite its rapid growth this is clearly a company that values its staff and puts them at the centre of everything it does. From its support and understanding of individuals’ specific personal and family needs, through to its commitment to health and safety, training and development — including embracing apprenticeships — Nurture is a shining example of a company that has responded positively and very successfully to feedback received from the judges following their 2016 Awards entry. The staff testimonials alone indicate that this is a fun and caring company to work for and one that fully understands the importance of excellent communication with its staff at all levels.”
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Employer Excellence — Turnover Over £2.5m Harrod UK
arrod Horticultural has more than 60 years’ experience as the leading supplier to both designers and landscapers for the design and fabrication of garden structures. It offers a multiple award-winning range of standard products that can be delivered from stock and the ability to redesign any of these products to bespoke dimensions or colours — all manufactured in-house in the UK. Having worked with a number of leading designers and landscapers, it also has a large portfolio of unique structures supplied to private gardens, public realm projects and show gardens. Investment in staff was rewarded with gold status for Investors In People in 2015. A £1.4m “Innovation Centre” was opened in early 2017, housing 15 full-time design engineers, research and development workshops, a rapid prototyping facility and meeting rooms. This ensures that new products are designed, tested and brought to market efficiently. From humble beginnings supplying allotment nets, with adverts placed in Exchange & Mart back in 1954, Harrod now employs more than 160 staff and has a turnover of £15m.
ultons believes that having the right people working together in collaboration is the most important factor in its continued success. The company says it is passionate about training great people and supporting them to have rewarding careers. A large investment has been made in training, with its in-house programmes being designed to ensure that all its team are up-to-date with essential training requirements and also providing people with the opportunity to develop a diverse range of skills to promote job variety and satisfaction. All staff have been issued with a personal development plan, allowing progress towards achieving promotion while gaining industry recognised qualifications. Hultons continuously plans to launch further initiatives to ensure that its excellent reputation as a great place to learn and develop is maintained.
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Outstanding Charitable Contribution
Endrick Landscapes Horatio’s Garden, Scotland Designer James Alexander-Sinclair Suppliers Craigmarloch Nurseries, Deepdale Trees, The Fraser Bruce Group, Timberplay Scotland, WH Malcolm Construction Services
oratio’s Garden is a charity that creates and lovingly cares for gardens in NHS spinal injury centres. Leading garden designers develop the stunning sanctuaries for patients and their family and friends, creating an environment that becomes an integral part of their lives and care while spending many months in hospital. Scotland’s Horatio’s Garden has transformed the view from the wards and communal rooms. The planting encourages birds, butterflies and bees, adding a dimension of interest for patients. A stunning courtyard garden has become the heart of the spinal unit, giving an oasis of calm in the clinical environment. Sheltered pods allow use in bad weather while outer therapy gardens allow patients to grow plants and vegetables. There is also an area for children to play during long visits. See also page 36.
“The sublime construction of this beautiful garden, which now forms a major part of the spinal injuries unit at the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glasgow, was completed with the contractor’s customary care, precision and the absolute attention to detail that is so essential when patients are recovering from spinal injury. However, this Special Award is made by the adjudication panel in recognition of the tremendous amount of additional work, over and above the contracted element, that has been ‘gifted’ to this project by the contractor to extend the potential of this beautiful environment beyond the original scheme so that patients have an even greater chance of a positive outcome. This is community engagement at its very best.”
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Best Newcomer to BALI
Spruce Landscapes The Eco Garden Designer David Keegan Main Contractor Spruce Landscapes Suppliers A1 Reclaimation, John Henry Mayors, Manchester Deck Company, Stone Market
big part of the designer’s vision in setting out to design this garden was to truly create a connection between the inside and outside spaces, but as a garden distinct from a living room. The aim was to create a sense of being immersed in the garden even when seated inside. In setting out to achieve this, the designer deliberately set out not to follow the fashion of extending the inside out, but instead a separate space of nature that although it had a connection to the inside, its flow is complementary rather than continuous. In so doing, whilst the two spaces coexist and connect, they offer a very distinct set of moods and, consequentially, emotional responses. The end result when you are seated inside the house and looking upon the garden is that it acts as a calming backdrop and picture, as distinct to when you sit in the garden, where you are immersed and escape the connection, and its confines, of what we call house, home and room. In this way the garden becomes a distinct, but complementary, separate space. See also page 11.
Judges’ comments “Winning a BALI Principal Award on your first attempt is very impressive, and to win it as a new BALI member even more so. With The Eco Garden, Spruce Landscapes have demonstrated their ability to compete with the best in the industry and we are delighted to acknowledge their achievements with this Special Award for Best Newcomer.” BALI National Landscape Awards 2017 87
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Design & Build
Garden Club London Merchant Square, Floating Pocket Park Client European Land and Property Suppliers Europlanters, London Stone, Millboard, MKM Creations, Namgrass
evelopment of the design involved careful consideration of the existing site and collaboration with a marine engineer to meet the brief. The footprint is proportionate to the body of water and ensures freedom of movement for ducks and swans. The scheme provides increased biodiversity, aesthetic interest and high-quality public amenity space. The floating pocket park is cohesive with its surroundings and great attention has been paid to the way in which people will relate to the space. Raised planters, hardwood benches, decking, an artificial lawn, lighting and hardy planting ensure that the park delights visitors by encouraging interaction with the water and give a range of colours and scents. There is a combination of secluded planted areas along with larger open spaces for events and bigger crowds. See also page 41.
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“Covering approximately one-third of the Paddington Basin in Merchant Square, the floating pocket park provides an innovative and hugely popular solution to the client brief for a high-quality public amenity space for residents, workers and visitors. The contractor has thought outside the box to develop, with the help of marine engineers, a system of linked pontoons with a buoyancy specifically calculated for the environment, usage and footfall. This system, together with the design and subsequent construction of the pocket park, demonstrates the contractor’s ability to innovate and to complete landscaping works, however unusual the location, to an exceptionally high standard.”
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Best First-Time Entrant
Talbot Farm Landscapes Hyde Park Parade Ground Reinstatement Works
Client The Royal Parks Architect LUC Designer Talbot Farm Landscapes Maintenance Contractor OCS Group Suppliers Acorn Tractors and Machinery, County Turf, Live Trackway, Talbot Turf, Tarmac Topsport
he Parade Ground needed to be reinstated in the winter following continued use for major events over the summer. Involving approximately 11ha, this was one of the largest turf reinstatement contracts issued in the UK. Talbot Farm Landscapes understand not only working with such a prestigious client but also what is required to manage the traffic in an open park situation. This has to be done carefully, taking into consideration the general public and tourists. The remit of the contract was to reinstate areas within the park, with multiple constraints — decompact ground taking into account underground services, prepare, cultivate and re-turf to the highest level. Arboriculture is an important factor within Hyde Park due to its specimen trees, so preparation and decompaction had to be considered. Talbot also had to take into account weight restrictions due to underground car parks. See also page 45.
Judges’ comments “The adjudication panel was delighted to see this entry win a Principal Award because it shines a spotlight on an area of landscaping that is rarely recognised with awards, despite demanding broad horticultural expertise and excellent project management abilities. The scale of this particular undertaking alone warrants awarding Talbot Farm Landscapes the Best First-Time Entrant award and we hope their success encourages other BALI members working in less well-known areas of the industry to promote their work by entering the BALI Awards in the future.” 90 BALI National Landscape Awards 2017
Sensitive Land Restoration
Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute The Landscape Renovation of Chaka Salt Lake Client/Maintenance Contractor Qinghai Chaka Salt Lake Cultural Tourism Development Co Architect Beijing Oriental Elite Programming & Designing Co Designer Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute Main Contractor Sinohydro Engineering Bureau 4 Co Suppliers Tianjin Brother Electric Train Co, Wuhan Tiedong Railway Materials Co, Xi’ning Duocai Advertising Co
he Chaka Salt Lake, 3,000m above sea level and 200 miles from Xining City, is also known as the “Mirror of the Sky” in China. A deserted salt refinery has been transformed into a popular scenic spot. Recognising the need to protect the area’s delicate ecosystem, the tourist meeting and activity area was placed 700m away from the lake, ensuring that the lake itself was protected. After renovation, the area became the most popular scenic spot in Qinghai, visited by more than 1.7 million tourists from June to October in 2016 and generating an income of more than US $13m. See also page 72.
“This project represented an extreme challenge for both the design and landscape construction teams. Working in a very hostile environment, and with a very tight time limit of just nine months, they set about the sensitive ecological restoration of the salt lake margins using traditional craft methods to encourage regeneration of the area’s specific flora and fauna and restore the ecosystem of the lake area. Site activities, functions and use were carefully re-imagined to make maximum use of existing facilities and secure the future sustainable development of the area as a major regional tourist attraction. This had duly been achieved and is recognised with the Special Award for Sensitive Land Restoration.”
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