Domestic Garden Construction - all categories

A private residence in London - image: BALI
A private residence in London - image: BALI

Domestic Garden Construction - Cost up to £20,000

Principal Award Winner: James Bird Landscapes
Project: Stone Cottage, Manor Road, Sheffield
Client: Mr Lee Bestall and Miss P Carey Stone
Designer: Inspired Gardens

The property owner's garden design has been exceptionally well implemented by the contractor. The attention to detail and the quality of work is superb. Site conditions were difficult and 120 tonnes of rock/shale had to be removed to create the formation levels and to allow the patio to finish flush with the room extension floor. The overall contemporary finish to this modern semi gives it a real wow factor. The client is delighted with the completed project.

Judges' comments: This superb scheme was difficult to fault, with exceptionally good execution. Faced with a plot with very little topsoil and in close proximity to a major arterial route, the contractor has delivered an excellent concept with great attention to detail. The clever use of both a regulated water feature to mask traffic noise and artificial grass combine with a quality finish to make this small scheme a delight.

Award Winner: Transform Landscape Design & Construction

Project: A private residence in Haslemere, Surrey
Designer: Nick Hart

A courtyard has been transformed with predominantly hard landscaping to meet the client's brief for an outside dining area. Clever use of brick planters complements the sandstone paving, while thoughtful planting gives year-round effect.


Domestic Garden Construction - Cost between £20,000-£50,000

Principal Award Winner: Landscaping Solutions
Project: Private residence in London
Designer: Simon Thomas, London Garden Design Company

Clean, crisp contemporary design and build with joint decisions by family and contractor have delivered a pleasing result for outdoor living, transporting the client back to her native Brazil. The kitchen leads cleverly into the garden at the same level continuing with the same paving throughout. The hard landscaping is of a very high standard with smooth rendering to walls and raised beds incorporating a David Harper water feature, outdoor lighting and fire feature for evening entertaining and chilling out. Planting of pleached Carpinus allows screening while summer herbaceous planting with yew box hedges gives structure.

Judges' comments: This was a clean, crisp and competent build with exceptionally good detailing. Rendered walls, pleached trees, purposely light planting and new fencing all combined to create a stylish garden for this terraced house.

Award Winners

Aqua Gardens
Project: A private garden in Derbyshire
Designer: Jacquetta Menzies

On the edge of the Peak District, the garden is divided by a single track road, making the boundary dry stone walls a key feature. Where necessary, these were rebuilt in a sympathetic way. The excellent workmanship of paved and hard-surfaced areas took a difficult site and embraced it.

J&S Scapes
Project: Loosley Dene, Buckinghamshire
Client: Mr and Mrs Halliday
Designer: Sarah Halliday Garden Design

Terracing and the incorporation of pat hways and retaining walls, supported by varied planting, have created an interesting and mature garden that has delighted the client.

James Bird Landscapes
Project: Millstones, Chesterfield
Client: Mr and Mrs Beecroft
Designer: N Beecroft

The client's brief required a functional area for entertaining in a secluded setting. Necessitating removal of 600 tonnes of rock to achieve the appropriate levels, the design consists mainly of decking, gabions and dry stone walling. The whole project has been achieved to great effect.

Landscape Associates
Project: Private residence in London
Designer: del Buono Gazerwitz

A simplistic design with great practicality and usability that has been faultlessly installed.

The guest room, sited half way down the garden, is an unusual but delightful use of the garden space.


Domestic Garden Construction - Cost between £50,000-£100,000

Principal Award Winner: Nurture Landscapes
Project: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Client: Mr and Mrs Martin Jones
Designer: Alison Page, Envy Garden Design

The client's brief was to create an outdoor space that could be used for entertaining friends. This space was to feel like an extension to the open-plan kitchen/dining area.

Judges' comments: This garden is a stunning modern creation that transforms what was a perfectly ordinary suburban garden into a stylish outdoor room. The skill and care demonstrated by the contractor in implementing the 45 degs angular design approach brought much praise from the delighted clients. The high-quality materials used give it a true show garden appeal.

Award Winners

Tony Benger Landscaping
Project: Great House, Colyton, Devon
Designer: Penny Pritchard

A courtyard and garden pathways have been laid using local rough round cobbles and sandstone flags to a very high quality, with amazing areas of hard landscaping and practical raised vegetable beds. This is an extremely competent scheme.

Sandstone Design Solutions
Project: A private garden in Tunbridge Wells
Designer: Allister Dempster

This garden had limited access and a number of existing trees that had to be incorporated into the new design, which evolved along with the project and with the involvement of the client.

Graduate Gardeners
Project: A private garden in Cheltenham
Designer: Mark Draper, Graduate Gardeners

Soft buff sandstone setts and paving provide a stylish design complementing the property. At the rear, a contemporary terrace sits amid cool green planting and bubbling water features.


Domestic Garden Construction - Cost between £100,000-£250,000

Principal Award Winner: Outdoor Options
Project: Great Oaks, Fairmile Lane, Cobham
Client: Mr and Mrs Gush
Designer: Anthony Paul

This high-impact scheme required outstanding skills in both hard and soft landscaping to meet the designer's and clients' high expectations. The contained, controlled design has been achieved by meticulous attention to detail with crisp lines and bold topiary planting. The refrained use of plant material, using specimens of the highest quality planted with exacting spacing, gives full effect to a scheme that required the highest quality workmanship to achieve its full potential.

Judges' comments: A brilliantly-executed Anthony Paul design, delivering the incredibly crisp, clean and contemporary lines demanded. Despite this new build home coming with a newly landscaped garden this was taken out to allow the contractor to deliver landscaping perfection, to the absolute delight of the client.

Award Winners

Creative Landscape Company
Project: A private residence in Buckinghamshire
Designer: Andy Sturgeon

The garden surrounds a Huf Haus in an area of outstanding natural beauty and stringent planning restrictions had to be met. Block planting of yew gives structure to the rear terrace with distinctive step planting in the lower courtyard garden.

Graduate Gardeners
Project: Winchcombe, Cheltenham
Designer: Stuart Gibbs

Built and planted to a very high standard featuring dry-stone steps and walls linking the house to the outdoor landscape. A swimming pond is finished with soft timbercapped edges.

Nurture Landscapes
Project: Weybury, Guildford, Surrey
Client: Mrs Susi Strange
Designer: Lionel Fanshaw, Terra Firma Consultancy

On a challenging site, this feat of engineering and endeavour has achieved a garden with a flat lawn and raised walkway out of a steep chalk bank. It achieves a feeling of space while providing a comfortable and contained entertaining area on generous timber decking.


Domestic Garden Construction - Cost over £250,000

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Principal Award Winner: Bartholomew Landscaping
Project: A private residence in London
Designer: Bartholomew Landscaping

An outstanding urban garden where the materials and the workmanship were of the highest calibre. The brief asked for a low maintenance, high-quality garden with ample entertaining space and architectural features to terminate an otherwise bland boundary wall. This design and build scheme fulfils all the client's wishes. Classical columns frame a copper wall cascading water feature. Hard surfaced areas of the drive and front entrance lead to an unusual pedestrian pathway of slabs interspersed with cobbles. Planting was well established and softened the boundaries to the site.

Judges' comments: Following the construction of a new residence, the gardens of this St John's Wood property have met the exacting requirements of the client. The columns were "distressed" on site, an impressive water feature created and all elements implemented using high-quality materials and excellent workmanship.

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