Best First-Time Entrant - BALI National Landscape Awards 2017

SPECIAL AWARD WINNER - Talbot Farm Landscapes

Hyde Park Parade Ground Reinstatement Works

Client The Royal Parks
Architect LUC
Designer Talbot Farm Landscapes
Maintenance Contractor OCS Group
Suppliers Acorn Tractors and Machinery, County Turf, Live Trackway, Talbot Turf, Tarmac Topsport

The Parade Ground needed to be reinstated in the winter following continued use for major events over the summer. Involving approximately 11ha, this was one of the largest turf reinstatement contracts issued in the UK. Talbot Farm Landscapes understand not only working with such a prestigious client but also what is required to manage the traffic in an open park situation. This has to be done carefully, taking into consideration the general public and tourists.

The remit of the contract was to reinstate areas within the park, with multiple constraints — decompact ground taking into account underground services, prepare, cultivate and re-turf to the highest level. Arboriculture is an important factor within Hyde Park due to its specimen trees, so preparation and decompaction had to be considered. Talbot also had to take into account weight restrictions due to underground car parks.

Judges' comments

"The adjudication panel was delighted to see this entry win a Principal Award because it shines a spotlight on an area of landscaping that is rarely recognised with awards, despite demanding broad horticultural expertise and excellent project management abilities. The scale of this particular undertaking alone warrants awarding Talbot Farm Landscapes the Best First-Time Entrant award and we hope their success encourages other BALI members working in less well-known areas of the industry to promote their work by entering the BALI Awards in the future." 


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