Willerby Landscapes scoops BALI Grand Award for a record fifth time

Willerby Landscapes has taken the Grand Award at the 38th BALI National Landscape Awards - the fifth time the firm has scooped the prestigious title.

Willerby Landscapes scoop Grand Award
Willerby Landscapes scoop Grand Award

The unprecedented achievement recognises Willerby's work to take the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, South Park Plaza into legacy.

"We are just over the moon, because of all the effort that goes into it and it is our fifth Grand Award," said John Melmoe, commercial director. "The staff gets such a buzz out of it, it really pushes them up, it's a true accolade."

Held annually at London's Grosvenor House in Park Lane the BALI National Landscape Awards, in association with Horticulture Week and headline sponsor Rigby Taylor, recognise excellence in landscape design, construction and maintenance achieved by registered members of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI).

Over 110 entries were received this year and a total of 79 awards made. This year's Awards ceremony was hosted by journalist, broadcaster and former Conservative Party politician and Cabinet Minister Michael Portillo who addressed guests during the luncheon and joined Awards sponsors on the stage to present the Principal and Special Awards to 25 BALI members.

The presentation of the Grand Award to Rick Davies, Operations Director of Willerby Landscapes, was made by sponsor Rigby Taylor's Executive Chairman Chris Clark.

The Awards were attended by a record 820 BALI members and guests, amongst them Baroness Fookes, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group, Mark Camley, Director of Park Operations at the London Legacy Development Corporation, Sue Biggs, Director General of the Royal Horticultural Society, and Tom Hart Dyke, horticulturist and plant hunter.

Also attending, and taking the opportunity to celebrate the company's 40 years of award-winning landscape design and construction with 37 of its employees, was BALI Registered contractor Graduate Gardeners.

Willerby Landscapes, was awarded the Grand Award - BALI's highest accolade - at this year's ceremony for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, South Park Plaza scheme. This very extensive and challenging project saw the successful transition of the Olympic Park's South Park and Carpenter's Lock areas into legacy under extremely tight completion deadlines.

Following clearance of the concourse 'post Games' by the main contractor, Willerby carried out extensive re-modelling of levels and grounds involving major engineering works, before undertaking the construction of hard landscape features across the entire area and constructing and installing decking and linear seating. The intelligent use of off-site prefabrication provided a solution to help overcome the challenging time constraints.

Commenting on the company's achievement, chair of the adjudication panel Greg Allen said:

"The amount of work achieved in such a short space of time was breathtaking and, given the scale and complexity of the project, the fit and finish was remarkable. Exceptional planning, project management and attention to detail are all in evidence, as is the excellent working relationship between the contractor and the architects to find solutions to seemingly intractable problems.

"This scheme is an exemplar of how to achieve a project of this scale to a tight deadline without compromising the very highest professional standards demanded by such an iconic, internationally-recognised, outdoor space. Willerby Landscapes is a worthy winner of this year's Grand Award, reinforcing their seemingly unassailable position as BALI's premier landscape contractor for large-scale projects."

Life Memberships were presented at the event by national chairmn Robert Field to Richard Gardiner, Martyn Mogford and Paul Cowell, all deemed to have made an exceptional contribution to the association and its membership.

BALI's chosen charities - Perennial and the BALI Chalk Fund, benefitted from a collection at the event. The BALI Chalk Fund supports education and training in the landscape industry and Perennial provides support and advice to those working in the industry, and their families, at times of crisis.

To view a digital edition of this year's awards supplement, click here.

The Grand, Principal and Special Award Winners 2014

The 2014 Grand Award winner – sponsored by Rigby Taylor
Willerby Landscapes for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, South Park Plaza, London, E20

The 2014 Special Award winners:

Design & Build – sponsored by British Sugar Topsoil
Graduate Gardeners for a Private Residence Overlooking Stroud Valley, GL6

Best newcomer - sponsored by Wienerberger
Bluefish Landscaping & Equestrian Development

The 2014 Principal Award winners:

Domestic Garden Construction - cost under £30K – sponsored by Cuprinol
Bartholomew Landscaping for a Private Residence London SW1V

Domestic Garden Construction - cost between £30K – £60K – sponsored by Marshalls
Water Gems (Alba) for a Private residence Edinburgh, EH4

Domestic Garden Construction - cost between £60K – £100K – sponsored by Johnsons of Whixley
Designscape for a Private Residence Stafford, ST17

Domestic Garden Construction - cost between £100K – £250K – sponsored by Crowders Nurseries
J & S Scapes for Walled Garden

Domestic Garden Construction - cost over £250K – sponsored by Euro Plants UK
Graduate Gardeners for a Private Residence Overlooking Stroud Valley, GL6

Soft Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost under £300K – sponsored by Bourne Amenity
Elmtree Garden Contractors for Bristol Harbourside Building 4 and Millennium Promenade, Bristol, BS1

Hard Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost under £300K – sponsored by Willerby Landscapes
The Outdoor Room for Guys & St Thomas' Charity, Orchard Lisle Courtyard, London

Hard Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost between £300K – £1.5 million – sponsored by Quintons
N T Killingley for Uppingham School Science Block, Rutland, LE15

Hard Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost over £1.5 million – sponsored by Sodexo
Willerby Landscapes for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, South Park Plaza, London, E20

Design Excellence Award, Overall scheme under £50K – sponsored by Vectorworks
Christine Whatley, Sylvan Studio for The Orchard House, Calne

BALI Registered Contractors and Registered Designers Join Submission
Davies White & Gerald Davies for Otter Nature Playground, Ferry Meadows Country Park, Peterborough, PE2

Community and Schools Development – sponsored by Brett Landscaping
Grace Landscapes for Kirkwood Hospice, Huddersfield, WF14

Restoration and Regeneration Scheme – sponsored by Topgreen
Ground Control for Burgess Park BMX Track, London, SE5

Grounds Maintenance – Private Value under £50k – sponsored by Kubota
Creative Landscape Company for a Private Residence Oxfordshire

Grounds Maintenance – Free Public Access – sponsored by QLawns
Quadron Services for Southwark Park, London, SE16

Grounds Maintenance – Limited Public Access – sponsored by Paynes Turf
Nurture Landscapes for Wellcome Trust Genome Campus

Sports Ground and Leisure Facilities – sponsored by Springbridge
MJ Abbott for London Irish RFC Training Facilities, Sunbury-on-thames, TW16

Interior Landscape – Installation only
GP Plantscape for Skyscanner, Edinburgh, EH3

Green Roof Installations and Roof Gardens – sponsored by Quadron Services
Gavin Jones Limited for Coca-Cola HQ, London, W1G

International Award – sponsored by CED
Beijing Tsinghua Tongheung Urban Planning & Design Institute for Huludao-Xingcheng Coastal Trail, Huludao, China

Best Innovation/Technology used in a Landscape Scheme – sponsored by Green-tech
Frosts Landscape Construction for Frosts Vertical Module (FVM)

Affiliate Exceptional Service – sponsored by Sureset
Harrod Horticultural

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Andersplus
GP Plantscape


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