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The Landscape Group wins two BALI awards

At the annual BALI awards ceremony held on Friday 4th December 2015, The Landscape Group (TLG) were delighted to receive two Principal Awards for its work.Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London was announced as the Principal Winner in the category Ground Maintenance – Free Public Access and Mandeville Place, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London was announced as the Principal Winner in the category Hard Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) under £300K. TLG also received another four awards.

The prestigious awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London pays tribute to members who have demonstrated exceptionally high standards of professionalism and skill in landscaping. To receive an award is one of the landscape industries’ highest accolades and is recognition of those that have demonstrated exceptionally high standards of professionalism and skill in the execution of a wide variety of landscaped schemes.

The grounds maintenance at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is carried out on behalf of London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) where TLG is responsible for the management and maintenance of the Park which spans 200ha in Stratford, East London. Services include the management of horticulture, cleansing and waste management, waterways, play, irrigation and the surveying and reporting of the Biodiversity Action Plan, which was authored by TLG in 2014.

Following a procurement process in 2011, TLG was selected as grounds maintenance partner in early 2012 in alliance with Cofely Workplace as facilities management partner delivering a comprehensive estates and facilities management contract. The Landscape Group team moved onto site in September 2012 to help monitor the transformation works on behalf of LLDC and began managing this new and unique landscape in April 2013 building its team from the local population.

The BALI judges commented:

It is important the company responsible for the maintenance of this successful public park and visitor attraction fully understands the legacy of the landscape they are maintaining. This is the case with this contractor who is upholding the ethos of the landscape. All borders are kept weed free and the planting palette and colours are being carefully maintained. Areas of wildflower meadow are good and lawn areas are healthy and correctly cut. The overall standard of maintenance is excellent, aided by the control of the public who use the park.

Mark Camley, Executive Director of Park and Venues at LLDC said”

“With over 8 million visitors since it opened, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is one of the many successful legacies of the 2012 Games. This award recognises that the parklands that were enjoyed by so many during the Games continue to be well managed and maintained.”

The Mandeville Place scheme was also carried out for LLDC and was designed by Churchman Landscapes Architects and Studio Weave. The rationale behind the scheme was to dedicate an area of the park to the Paralympics. The LLDC was keen to ensure that visitors continued to remember the huge impact the Paralympics had.

Mandeville Place is the delivery of an urban orchard in four lenses and bowls. It is set on a grid that runs across the entire space, connecting the lenses/bowls while allowing them their individual characteristics. It brings together a technically challenging bespoke hard landscaping scheme with strong community benefits through the delivery of a community orchard.

The BALI judges commented:

This was a well-executed and technical build. Operating within a tight lead to completion date, the contractor had to first construct a concrete beam grid system beneath ground level to support the structure above. Metal supports had to be redesigned so the pink free-form roof could be built on the supporting struts in situ and the struts subsequently clad in bespoke brickwork. The contractor has overcome construction and time constraint challenges to create an intriguing space that has been planted with fruit trees native to the homes of the 34 Paralympics GB gold medalists from London 2012.

Andrew Thornhill, Director at Churchman Landscape Architects said:

‘’This project was designed to celebrate the interrelationships that have enabled the Paralympics to become the success it was in 2012. Inspired by the apple depicted in the opening ceremony to represent the role of science in this journey, the scheme was conceived to express these themes by intertwining an orchard and pavilion, which in time will grow together.

The project was created using a careful selection of elements, including acrylic up-cycled from the games Truce Wall which had been signed by many competing Paralympians and many wonderful varieties of fruit trees. It was assembled by crafts men and women and urban orchard project volunteers and in many ways this combination of materials and labour was representative of the underlying theme of the project, made a success by the dedication, effort and skill of The Landscape Group team.’’

Regional Operations Director, Alistair Bayford commented:

“We are absolutely delighted to be awarded these two Principal Awards, for our work at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Mandeville Place. The award for our ground maintenance work is recognition for the hard work and dedication of our staff, many of whom hadn’t even considered the industry three years ago. Together with Cofely, Groundwork London and Renaissance we have formed a Community Interest Company Our Parklife which connects local people to the Park through jobs, skills and volunteering. We have worked tirelessly over the past three years training local people for jobs on the Park. Our team have successfully established this complex landscape amongst the numerous challenges that face the Park day to day – weather, mass participation events and concerts to name a few. We are proud to be delivering services at London newest park and continuing to deliver on the legacy of London 2012.”

“The Mandeville scheme was technically challenging and coupled with a number of bespoke aspects, concrete and acrylic brought the best out of the team and our supply chain. The scheme has contributed successfully to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and we are pleased to continue our links through managing the scheme and activating it through volunteering.”

You can see the full list of the Principal, Special and Grand Award Winners on the BALI website.

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