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Royal Arsenal Riverside housing development wins landscape award.

Background

Royal Arsenal Riverside development has scooped the inaugural Sunday Times' British Homes Awards Landscape Institute Trophy.

The award recognises how public open spaces encourage biodiversity and good landscape and benefit local communities and the environment.

Landscape architect GMA Associates worked with Berkeley on the project, which includes courtyards with water features, bamboo planting and fountains.

Outcome

Nearly 1km of riverfront was opened up to the public for the first time in a century. Expansive greenery is punctuated by seating, play kit and a restored statute of the Duke of Wellington.

Berkeley spent £100m to build a Crossrail station at the site and a pier to offer river taxi services. Just under half of the 5,000 homes have been built.

Berkeley managing director Paul Vallone said: "We are honoured to be the first scheme to be awarded this honour."


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