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Revealed: finalist schemes in Canterbury Cathedral entrance landscape contest

Images of the five schemes shortlisted in the competition to redesign the landscape around the Canterbury Cathedral main entrance have been revealed.

Kossmann.dejong (The Netherlands) with Felixx, ROD’OR Advies and Van Den Berk Nurseries


The £1 million project will revamp the area next to the grade I-listed building’s West Front and Church Gate.

The shortlist

  • Hyland Edgar Driver Landscape Architects (UK) with Andrew Moor Associates, Thorn Lighting and KLH Sustainability
  • Kossmann.dejong (The Netherlands) with Felixx, ROD’OR Advies and Van Den Berk Nurseries
  • Michael Lee Architects (UK) with Austin Winkley & Associates, NORM, Biodiversity by Design, Noel Kingsbury and Jackson Coles Construction Consultants
  • Purcell (UK) with ARUP, Tonkin Liu, Bare Leaning & Bare (Synergy LLP) and Fletcher Teckman Consulting
  • Todd Longstaffe-Gowan Landscape Design (UK) with Gianni Botsford Architects, Langlands & Bell, Press & Starkey and Hockley & Dawson

Despite receiving more than a million visitors each year the approach to the 1,400 year-old building has not been improved since the 1940s.

Malcolm Reading, competition organiser and the jury chairman, said the teams had ‘tuned in to some of the essential themes of a classic English landscape’.

He added: ‘It’s a very sensitive site and the jury will need to weigh carefully these different approaches to choose the one that resonates and offers the best way forward. They have been successful in balancing visitor needs with the history and the spiritual aspects of the space,’ added Reading.

The schemes will go on public display at The Beaney, close to Canterbury Cathedral next week (8 October), and in the meantime can be viewed online.

The winner of the competition will be announced in November.

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