A park in London’s Canary Wharf has helped Willerby Landscapes win the top prize at the British landscape industry oscars.
The Jubilee Park scheme also led to Willerby taking first place in the category for mainly soft landscaping under one hectare at a ceremony last week in Grosvenor Square to present the awards.
This year saw 52 companies receiving prizes in 13 categories.
British Association of Landscape Industries marketing director Graham Postles said: “The people who have done us proud are the members. We had 108 entries and we applaud their expertise. We have introduced a highly commended category in the domestic and mainly hard landscaping categories to celebrate the high quality.”
Judges commended the close relationship between contractor Willerby and the design team, led by landscape architects Barry Chinn Associates and Wirtz International.
“The contractor was selected to join the design team and was able to make a helpful impact on the ultimate design. This aspect should be a model for all major contracts.”
Willerby contract director John Melmoe commented: “It was a technically challenging and unusual scheme.”
Lancashire-based landscape company J Mallison (Ormskirk) took first prize in the category for mainly soft landscaping over one hectare for its reconstruction work at Lord’s cricket ground. The category was sponsored by Horticulture Week. Manager John Lamoury said: “It is very satisfying to win, not just for ourselves but also for the consultant, designer and client.”
On a smaller scale, Bowles & Wyer took home the prize for grounds maintenance (limited public access) for its design and build scheme at Rose Square in Fulham.
The award-winning line-up will be featured in HW on 4 December
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