The Grand Award, the BALI National Landscape Awards' highest accolade, went to Frosts Landscape Construction for its "faultless" execution of a hard landscaping project at 3 Merchant Square in London.
Works included waterproofing the podium slab, formation of reinforced concrete over slabs, installation of bespoke stainless steel drainage and large canal coping stones.
More than 2000sqm of granite paving was laid, featuring radial cut paving for the bespoke water fountain and amphitheatre.
Frosts also installed cast-iron kerbs and benches incorporating hardwood seating, cast-iron walls to form planters and dividing walls.
The project was designed by Townshend Landscape Architects for client European Land, with architect Applied Landscape Design. Frosts also won the Principal Award for Hard-Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) costing more than £1.5m for the project.
Frosts Landscape Construction director Aidan Lane said he was "gobsmacked" to have won the Grand Award. But he said the job itself was incredibly challenging, and winning the award showed high quality landscaping was just as important as other elements.
Winners were drawn from a shortlist of 50 award winners, chosen from 108 entries.
Judges led by panel chair Greg Allen said Frosts’ work had resulted in "an exciting and inspiring space" and a delighted client.
"The quality and attention to detail has been driven by the client but the contractor has stepped up and undertaken a colossal engineering and landscaping challenge."
They added that every aspect of the job had been carried out with precision and represented "the very best in hard landscaping".
Other Principal Award winners in their respective categories included Willerby Landscapes in the Soft Landscaping Construction over £1.5m category for its work on the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch St in London; Linden Landscapes Domestic Gardens, winning the Domestic Garden Construction over £250,000 for its build of an Andy Sturgeon-designed private garden complete with glasshouse, paving and decking aspects; and P Casey Land Reclamation, which won the Restoration and Regeneration Scheme category for its work restoring Cathedral Gardens in Leicester.
The Landscape Group won the Hard Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) under £300,000 for its work on Mandeville Place, the Paralympics memorial garden at the Olympic Park, while Integritas Landscapes (now Nurture Landscapes) took home the award for Grounds Maintenance: Limited Public Access for its work at Capability Green Business Park in Luton.
The event was opened by BALI chief executive Wayne Grills. Horticulture Week's editor Kate Lowe also addressed the audience. A charity appeal run during the event raised £4,656, to be split evenly between Greenfingers and the BALI Chalk Fund, an education charity funding landscape training.
Read on for the full list of BALI National Landscape 2015, Grand, Principal, and Special Award Winners, plus the award winners that were in contention for principal awards.
The 2015 Grand Award winner - sponsored by Green-tech
Frosts Landscape Construction for 3 Merchant Square, London W2
Design & Build Special Award - Sponsored by British Sugar TOPSOIL
Northumbrian Landscaping for The Clock House, Wylam
Best Newcomer to BALI Special Award - sponsored by Penter Wienerberger
Rosemary Coldstream for The River Garden
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction Cost Under £30K - sponsored by MCM
Principal Award winner: Northumbrian Landscaping - The Clock House, Wylam
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction Cost Between £30K – £60K - sponsored by
Principal Award winner: Creative Landscape Company - Contemporary Courtyard, Warfield Berkshire
Winner: Landscaping Solutions - Private garden in London Borough of Wandsworth
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction Cost Between £60K – £100K - sponsored by Johnsons of Whixley
Principal Award winner: James Bird Landscapes - Private Residence, Sheffield
Winners: Greenmantle - Elsworthy, London, NW3, Robert Straver - The Circus, Bath, The Garden Company - Rear Garden Design & Construction, Wiggington
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction Cost Between £100K – £250K
- sponsored by Willerby Landscapes
Principal Award winner: PWP Landscape Limited - Private Garden Design & Build, Linton
Winners: Creative Landscape Company - Tranquil Town Garden, Berkshire, The Garden Company - Front & Rear Landscape Development, Harpendon
Domestic Garden Construction - Construction Cost Over £250K - sponsored by Europlants
Principal Award winner: Linden Landscapes - A garden in Sevenoaks, Kent
Winners: Bartholomew Landscaping - Private Residence, London, N2, Landform Consultants - Private Hampstead Garden, Bath, The Cotswold Garden Company - The Hermitage, Bath
Soft Landscaping Construction (Non-domestic) - Construction Cost Under £300K - sponsored by Paynes Turf
Principal Award winner: Gavin Jones Ltd (AKA The Plantation) - Montgomery House, Aldershot
Soft Landscaping Construction (Non-domestic) - Construction Cost Between £300K – £1.5 million - sponsored by The Landscape Group idverde
Principal Award winner: IN-EX Landscapes - Ebury Square & Gardens, London, SW1W
Winners: CGM Group - Hopton Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth, Frosts Landscape Construction - 5 Broadgate & Circle, London, EC2M, Land Engineering (Scotland) - Diagonal Walkway, Glasgow
Soft Landscaping Construction (Non-domestic) - Construction Cost Over £1.5 million - sponsored by Green-tech
Principal Award winner: Willerby Landscapes - 20 Fenchurch Street and Associated Sky Garden, London, EC3M
Winner: Blakedown Landscapes (SE) - Canary Wharf Crossrail Station, London, E14
Hard Landscaping Construction (Non-domestic) - Construction Cost Under £300K
Principal Award winner: The Landscape Group idverde - Mandeville Place, London, E20
Winners: Blakedown Landscapes (Operations) - Memorial Gardens, Tonbridge
The Landscape Group - Wythenshawe Hospital P4 Courtyard, Manchester
Hard Landscaping Construction (Non-domestic) - Construction Cost Between £300K – £1.5 million - sponsored by Quinton Edwards
Principal Award winner: Land Engineering (Scotland) - Burns Statue Square, Dumfries
Winners: Elite Landscapes - Goodmans Fields North West Block, London, E1, Ground Control - Queensland Terrace, London, N7, IN-EX Landscapes - 21 Wapping Lane, London, E1W
Hard Landscaping Construction (Non-domestic) - Construction Cost Over £1.5 million - sponsored by Bradstone
Principal Award winner: Frosts Landscape Construction - 3 Merchant Square, London, W2
Winners: Blakedown Landscapes (SE) - Brownfield Estate Regeneration, London, W14
P Casey (Land Reclamation) - Jubilee Square, Leicester
Design Excellence Award - Overall Scheme Under £50K - sponsored by Lateral Design Studio
Principal Award winner: Rosemary Coldstream, Rosemary Coldstream Garden Design - The River Garden
Winner: Anthea Harrison, Anthea Harrison Garden Design - Tewin Project
Design Excellence Award - Overall Scheme Over £50K - sponsored by Springbridge Direct
Principal Award winner: Patricia Fox, Aralia - Chelsea Creek Rooftop Terrace, London, SW6
Winner: John Wyer, Bowles & Wyer - A Garden in St James, London
Community and Schools Development - sponsored by Brett Landscaping
Principal Award winner: Ground Control - St Giles Churchyard, London, WC2H
Winner: Blakedown Landscapes (SE) - Camden Active Play, London, Endrick Landscapes - Cramond Primary Our P.L.A.C.E., Edinburgh
Restoration and Regeneration Scheme - sponsored by Topgreen / Rigby Taylor
Principal Award winner: P Casey (Land Reclamation) - Cathedral Gardens, Leicester
Winners: Blakedown Landscapes (SE) - Isabella Plantation Access Project, London, TW10, Blakedown Sport and Play - Farnham Riverside, Farnham, Gavin Jones Ltd (aka The Plantation) - Walpole Park, London, W5
Ground Control - Payers Park, Folkstone, Ground Control - Forty Hall, London, En2, Historic Royal Palaces - The Royal Kitchen Garden Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, The Landscape Group - West Hackney Recreation Ground, London, N16, Tony Benger Landscaping - Lyme Regis Environmental Improvements Phase iv
Grounds Maintenance - Free Public Access - sponsored by Harrowden Turf
Principal Award winner: The Landscape Group idverde - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20
Winners: Complete Ground Management - North & North East Parks, Milton Keynes, John O'Conner (Grounds Maintenance) - Ventnor Park, Isle of Wight, The Landscape Group - Jephson Gardens, Royal Leamington Spa, The Landscape Group - Bexhill West Parade (Next Wave), Bexhill
Grounds Maintenance - Limited Public Access - sponsored by Ransomes Jacobsen
Principal Award winner: Integritas Landscapes - Capability Green Business Park, Luton
Winners: Grace Landscapes - Rainton Bridge Retail Park, Sunderland,
Quality & Service - Green Park, Reading
BALI Registered Contractors and Registered Designers Joint Submission - sponsored by EasiGrass
Principal Award winner: Oak View Landscapes & Jason Lock - Private Residence, Salfron Walden
Green Roof Installations and Roof Gardens - sponsored by Bourne Amenity
Principal Award winner: Blakedown Landscapes (SE) - Canary Wharf Crossrail Station, London, E14
Winners: Bartholomew Landscaping - Penthouse Roof Terrace Oracle Apartments, London, NW3, Ground Control - Queensland Terrace, London, N7
Best Innovation / Technology used in a Landscape Scheme - sponsored by Makita UK
Principal Award winner: Bartholomew Landscaping - Penthouse Roof Terrace Oracle Apartments, London, NW3
Interior Landscape - Installation Only
Principal Award winner: Nurture Landscapes - Spring Restaurant, London, WC2R
Winners: Gavin Jones Ltd (aka The Plantation) - Atrium 2 - Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital, London, SE1, Planters Interiors - Leopolds of London, Dubai, Rowan Landscapes - Sonangol Interior Landscape Installation, London, SW3
Interior Landscape - Maintenance Only
Principal Award winner: Rob Flavell Landscapes - Calton Exchange Office Plant Maintenance, Edinburgh
International Award - sponsored by CED
Principal Award winner: Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute - Landscape Planning and Design of Haiyang Wetland Park, Shandong Province, China
Winners: Atelier DYJG - Qinglongshan Cultural Plaza, Shandong Province, China, Landform Consultants - Gibraltar Commonwealth Park
Affiliate Exceptional Service - sponsored by Kubota
Principal Award winner: Harrod Horticultural
Winners: Makita UK, SureSet UK
Employer of the Year - sponsored by Andersplus
Principal Award winner: Quadron Services
Winners: Green-tech, Ground Control, Oak View Landscapes