Sawbridgeworth landscape designer Aralia has won double gold at the New Homes Garden Awards 2014.
The Lower Sheering Road company, run by Patricia Fox, triumphed in the ‘Best Roof Terrace Garden’ and ‘Best Rural Garden’ categories.
The winning roof terrace garden was designed for a leading international developer who wanted to renovate a late 19th-century property in Knightsbridge, west London, into luxury apartments with an adjoining roof terrace.
Aralia was appointed, together with a team of architects, engineers and interior designers, to overcome the site’s constraints and create “a beautiful and very high-quality roof garden”.
It had to reflect the high level of quality associated with the developer, as well as provide innovative design solutions to combat a difficult site, ultimately providing a series of elegant and contemporary garden spaces.
A spokesman for Aralia said: “Each area was unique in its design but shared the same material language to ensure a consistency throughout the garden.
“Beautiful and elegant features were included to give visual delight and provide focal features within the space, the most spectacular of which included a full-length water feature, consisting of clean and simple water chute which spilled seamlessly down hidden slots, creating a stunning, reflective element. A soft cascade sound from the water added to the overall ambience of the space.
“The roof terrace offers the user a sumptuous garden retreat, combining outdoor dining and luxury lounge area with beautiful features such as an extravagant fire pit, structural archways and raised planters. Together these features heighten a sense of journey and experience in this small urban garden.”
The garden at Wednesday House in Ware, winning the ‘Best Rural Garden’, was envisaged with an emphasis for Aralia’s design to add value to the property, making it both functional and more aesthetically pleasing.
The spokesman said: “The property had minimal kerb appeal and little logic to the parking area, so the front garden landscape design was given an overhaul with a complete new layout, including extensive planting beds and a seating area.
“The back of the house also suffered from a lack of unity, which Aralia addressed through thoughtful garden architecture and planting.
“The client’s wish for a contemporary influence nearer to the house was granted, allowing softer, classical landscaping at a distance, all linked with planted beds from the terrace to the wider garden.
“Other features include vegetable beds and a cut flower garden that the owner can access easily, plus an entertainment area by the pool complete with a fire pit and pizza oven.”