Awards honour house builders that make most of landscape

House builders and landscape architects recognised for quality outdoor design on new builds

An awards ceremony recognising the work of house builders who make outside space a significant part of new homes has also praised the contribution of landscape architects and garden designers. The second annual New Homes Gardens Awards (NHGA), held in London on 7 September, featured 19 award categories, rewarding projects ranging in size from courtyards to communal spaces. The awards, supported by the Society of Garden Designers and the Landscape Institute (LI), named Wakefield’s Whitelaw Turkington landscape architect of the year and Bowles & Wyer of Hertfordshire garden designer of the year. HNGS event director Denis Rawlings said: “There is a trend for builders to get garden designers and landscape architects involved in housing projects, so we have widened the platform of the awards. Our ambition to make the outside more important in new build projects is rubbing off on builders. Bowles & Wyer partner John Wyer said: “We were up against some stiff competition. The award is a tribute to the skill, imagination and dedication of all our staff.” Judges have already noted an improvement to the quality of entries in only the second year of the award and supporters believe the event has gone a long way to improve new build developments. LI director of communications Marco Forgione said: “The awards help to highlight the important issue of value of design in the development of communities. “There is a growing recognition among housing developers that there is a real benefit in investing in gardens and public space.”

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