Grontmij's landscape architects look "beyond engineering" to win hat-trick of awards

Landscape architects at Grontmij, who recently won a hat-trick of prizes at an awards event, have credited success to the team's onus on hard-core creative thinkin

Grontmij won a gong at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) East of England merit awards for a seafront regeneration and two awards for an infrastructure scheme involving terraced gardens, a new square and a lake.

Technical director Adrian Judd said: "These projects clearly exemplify our value beyond engineering approach, as we worked to create forward-thinking and inspiring projects that improve places for both people and nature."

His practice won a team achievement award for Southend-on-Sea seafront regeneration, which created more space for pedestrians, new planting and high-mast lighting.

The other two ICE awards went to a West Cambridge infrastructure project for the University of Cambridge including a new square, terraced gardens, bio-diverse lake and new pedestrian and cycling routes.

The three awards follow success in June at the RIBA Awards where judges praised a sustainable urban drainage scheme that improved site biodiversity at a student village for the Royal Veterinary College.

Leeds-based Grontmij took over the practice Whitelaw Turkington four years ago and rebranded to the parent name in 2011.

The group has more than 100 landscape architects and urban designers.

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