Cardiff firm wins President's Award at 2016 Landscape Institute Awards

Presidents' Award goes to scheme aimed at boosting pollinators.

Wales is leading the way in tackling the pollinator decline. Image: Dr Tim Rich
Wales is leading the way in tackling the pollinator decline. Image: Dr Tim Rich

TACP Landscape Architects has won the top award at today’s Landscape Institute Awards for a green infrastructure plan for pollinators.

The practice, based in Cardiff, picked up the President’s Award at the event, held at The Brewery in London for its Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Pollinators in South East Wales, which supports and inspires landscape projects on public land to redress the decline in biodiversity and provide pollinator-friendly environments.

Wales has the first action plan of its kind in the UK to tackle the pollinator decline. It outlines actions that could encourage bees and others such as developing wildflower meadows or certain types of

Landscape Institute president Merrick Denton-Thompson said: "This plan touches a raw nerve. It tackles the appalling state of the biological quality of so many of our landscapes and demonstrates that we have to improve the biological health of every landscape.

"The Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Pollinators in South East Wales sets out to transform the number of pollinating insects, looking at the whole lifecycle, across numerous landscape types, from schools to roadside verges, public parks to private gardens. 

"For me what was so exciting about the project is that it took a national policy through to local delivery, through collaboration across a number of local authorities and across a number of professions. At the same time it empowers non-specialist members of the public to participate in delivery. There is a strong commitment to monitoring success by both landscape scientists and citizen scientists. The project has produced a range of advisory booklets to help the public participate in the programme, covering numerous different landscape settings." 

Groundwork London won the Fellows’ Award for Climate Change Adaptation won for LIFE+ Climate proofing social housing landscapes, which delivered a low-cost retrofit of climate change adaptation measures across three social housing estates in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.

BCA Landscape, AECOM and Colour won the design for small, medium and large-scale development categories respectively.

The Hive at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, by BDP and Wolfgang Buttress  won the Design for a Temporary Landscape Award.

Three lottery-funded parks and gardens were also honoured in the arwards. The National Lottery funded Worth Park in Crawley, Surrey secured the Heritage and Conservation Award, with runners-up Kennington Park’s Flower Garden and Felixstowe Seafront Gardens also National Lottery funded. 

The Heritage Lottery Fund's head of landscape and natural heritage Drew Bennellick said: "Congratulations to the team at Worth Park. This prestigious award recognises their hard work, dedication and professional delivery of this exemplar project, made possible thanks to National Lottery players.

"Parks are facing challenging times and it’s important that everyone works together to share good practice and great exemplar projects such as these to help secure the future of all our parks and green places."

The full of winners are:

President’s Award

Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Pollinators - TACP


Adding Value through Landscape

Sidcup High Street Revival Programme (OLF2) - Untitled Practice


Communications and Presentation

B|D Landscape Architects Review Journal - B|D landscape architects ltd


Design for a Small-Scale Development

Rotunda Community Campus - BCA Landscape


Design for a Medium-Scale Development

Piazza Gae Aulenti - AECOM

Design for a Large-Scale Development

Royal Stoke Hospital - Colour


Design for a Temporary Landscape

The Hive at Kew Gardens - BDP and Wolfgang Buttress


Science, Management and Stewardship

The Crown Estate London Ecology Masterplan - Arup and The Crown Estate

Heritage and Conservation

Pulham Gardens at Worth Park - Allen Scott


Policy and Research

Trees and Design Action Group - Capita Lovejoy


Local Landscape Planning

Woodside, Firhill & Hamiltonhill Development Framework - LUC


Strategic Landscape Planning

South Downs National Park: View Characterisation and Analysis - LUC


Student Dissertation

Phenomenology within Design - James Trevers, University of Edinburgh


Student Portfolio

Peter Kennedy


Urban Design and Masterplanning

Torpoint Vision - Clifton Emery Design with Torpoint Town Council


Client of the Year

Nene Park Trust

Fellows’ Award for Climate Change Adaptation

LIFE+ Climate proofing social housing landscapes - Groundwork London


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