Gavin Jones - Portman Square
Client The Portman Estate
Architect Collington Winter
Suppliers AHS, Gee Tee Bulb Company, Lindum Turf, Plants Limited, TCR Irrigation
Portman Square was originally laid out circa 1780 and completely relandscaped in the early 1900s, resulting in the form seen today with informal winding paths between the entrance gates and across the central lawn. There are many notable mature London planes grown over varied trees and shrubs.
Major rejuvenation in 2005 and 2014 dramatically improved the beauty of the private garden square even further, including vastly improved plantings and lawn areas, upgraded hard surface paths, an upgraded irrigation system, a play area, tree works, lighting and enhancement planting. The site consists of fine-turf amenity lawns, spring bulb meadows, mature specimen trees, garden beds, hedges, a playground, tennis court and event area for private use.
The garden provides an exclusive and tranquil environment nestled among trees, sculpted garden beds and green lawn. It is ideally suited for hosting outdoor private events with very good transport links, while also providing rare exclusiveness and privacy only minutes away from Oxford Street in the heart of London’s West End.
The judges commented: "One of the oldest garden squares in central London, Portman Square has been transformed by the contractor who has used excellent horticultural practice to reinvigorate the lawns and shrubs and nurture the mature trees, which are inspected on a regular basis. The hedging is trimmed on eight occasions each year and the overall attention to detail throughout the garden has created a very pleasant scheme and lovely atmosphere for those who live or work on the Portman Estate to enjoy."
Award sponsor: ICL