Landscape Institute reveals award winners

Kinnear Landscape Architects has won the President's Award at the Landscape Institute's annual awards on 26 November for Brentford's 'Making the Connection', which aimed to reconnect the west London suburb with the River Thames.

Brentford's 'Making the Connection'
Brentford's 'Making the Connection'

Landscape Institute president Noel Farrer said: "The joy of this scheme is that it recognises good master planning practice. It successfully identifies opportunities to reconnect places safely focusing on the key challenges such as the neglected and perceived to be threatening areas; and a new public square. Each is done with extraordinary creative skill and lightness of touch with some pieces looking as if it was always like that. When a building gets in the way, the landscape architect has worked to turn it into a distinctive marker on the route rather than the previous foreboding obstacle.

"It is this combination of excellence which will undoubtedly reconnect many people and change people’s understanding and perception of the area that appeal. Landscape is a holistic quest requiring rigorous consideration at all stages. I want landscape architects to feel empowered to do it all and feel they can contribute to all parts of the process. This is an example we can all learn from."

Other winners at the Awards include the Design for a Large Scale Development category won by South Park Plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Littlehaven Promenade was winner of the Design for a Medium Scale Development category and also of the Fellows’ Award for Climate Change Adaptation. This project was a coastal defence scheme. Another winning project was ‘Bring Your Brolly Day’, which won the Local Landscape Planning category by asking local residents in Charlbury, Oxfordshire to model the effect of a proposed solar farm using their umbrellas. 

The Landscape Institute Awards are presented in association with Aggregate Industries, Brett Landscape, Frosts, Ground Control, Hardscape, Historic England, McParland Finn, Marshalls, Vestre and Wienerberger. The Awards ceremony was hosted by Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE on 26 November 2015 at The Brewery, London.  Awards were presented in the following categories:

President’s Award
Brentford High Street, London
‘Making the Connection’
Kinnear Landscape Architects

Adding Value through Landscape
Vauxhall Promenade of Curiosities, London
J&L Gibbons with erect architecture

Communications and Presentation
Cities Alive – Rethinking green infrastructure

Design for a Small Scale Development
Derbyshire Street Pocket Park, London
Greysmith Associates

Design for a Medium Scale Development
Littlehaven Promenade, South Shields

Design for a Large Scale Development
South Park Plaza at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
James Corner Field Operations

Design for a Temporary Landscape
Urban Physic Garden, London

Science, Management and Stewardship
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park park management plan 2014 to 2019
Land Management Services

Heritage and Conservation
Walpole Park, London
J & L Gibbons

Policy and Research
Second edition of book Great City Parks (2015)
Alan Tate

Local Landscape Planning
‘Bring your Brolly Day’, Southhill Solar, Charlbury
Clews Landscape Architecture

Strategic Landscape Planning
Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd and Snowdonia National Park Landscape Sensitivity and Capacity Study

Student Dissertation
Stuart Malcolm, MSc student, University of Edinburgh ‘Public Participation in Landscape Architecture: The Rationale and the Reality’

Student Portfolio
Fraser Halliday, University of Edinburgh /Edinburgh College of Art

Urban Design and Masterplanning
Brentford High Street ‘making the connection’
Kinnear Landscape Architects

Client of the Year
The Land Trust

Fellows’ Award for Climate Change Adaptation
Littlehaven Promenade, South Shields

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