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Winners announced in prestigious Landscape Institute Awards

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

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

Adam White, president of the Landscape Institute comments:

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

Mathew Haslam, managing director of Hardscape, headline sponsor of the Awards, comments:

“Hardscape has supported the Landscape Institute Awards since 2006 when the first event was hosted by BBC presenter, Evan Davis. Since then the numbers attending the Awards have doubled, becoming a major event in the annual calendar for landscape professionals. We are delighted to have been involved for the past eleven years. The 2018 shortlist in particular really shows what landscape design can achieve in transforming our outdoor spaces and the impact this can have on creating communities, encouraging interaction and improving wellbeing for the people who use them.”

Dame Sylvia Crowe Award

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

Landscape Institute Fellows’ Award

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

Landscape Institute President’s Award

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

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

For the full list of winners from the Landscape Institute Awards winners are below:


Open category:

Dame Sylvia Crowe Award for Outstanding International Contribution to People, Place and Nature

Winner: Quarry Garden in Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute

Fellow’s Award

Winner: Beech Gardens and The High Walk, Barbican Estate, Nigel Dunnett and the Landscape Agency

President’s Award

Winner: South Gardens, Elephant Park, Churchman Landscape Architects

Professional categories:

Adding Value Through Landscape / Environmental Improvement Award

Winner: Maritime Streets, Farrer Huxley Associates

Design for a Small Scale Development Award

Winner: South Gardens, Elephant Park, Churchman Landscape Architects

Design for a Medium Scale Development Award

Winner:  Aberfeldy phases 1 and 2, Levitt Bernstein

Design for a Large Scale Development Award

Winner: Learning Forest, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Stephen Caffyn Landscape Design

Design for a Temporary Landscape Project Award

Winner: Forest of Imagination, Grant Associates

Communications and Presentation Award

Winner: Bluegreen Liverpool, reShaped

Heritage and Conservation Award

Winner: Cassiobury Park, LUC

Science, Management and Stewardship Award

Winner: Thamesmead, Land Management Services

Landscape Policy and Research Award

Winner: Wandle Vistas, Untitled Practice Ltd and Fiona Fyfe Associates

Local Landscape Planning Award

Winner: Connecting Burton and the Trent Washlands: A New Vision, Black and Veatch Ltd

Strategic Landscape Planning Award

Winner: London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Parks and Open Spaces Strategy and Corporate Natural Capital Accounts, Jon Sheaff and Associates

Urban Design and Masterplanning Award

Winner: Residential Regeneration at Poole Park Road, Barne Barton, Plymouth, Clifton Emery Design

Strategic ecology, horticulture and planting design

Winner: Beech Gardens and The High Walk, Barbican Estate, Nigel Dunnett and the Landscape Agency

Student categories:

Student Dissertation Award

Winner: Displaced Ecosystems: Can implementing an ecosystem services approach improve the quality and sustainability of refugee settlements? Joelle Darby

Student Portfolio Award

Winner: Indulge me, Michael Ekers

Special Awards:

Client of the Year Award

Winner: HUB (in collaboration with B|D Landscape Architects)

New Landscape Professional of the Year Award

Winner: Anneliese Walker

Volunteer of the Year Award

Winner: Mike Browell


The Landscape Institute Awards herald the finest projects in landscape architecture. Entrants new and old are preparing for next year’s awards which are sure to be a runaway success.

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