Hard Landscaping Construction - all categories

Broadway, Salford Quays, Manchester - image: BALI
Broadway, Salford Quays, Manchester - image: BALI

Hard Landscaping Construction - Cost under £300,000

Principal Award Winner: Bartholomew Landscaping
Project: English Martyrs Primary School, Flint Street, London
Client: English Martyrs Primary School
Designer: Bartholomew Landscaping

This design and build children's play area in a built up area of south London was a revelation. The quality of the materials and the workmanship produced a complete scheme much appreciated by the staff and pupils. Comments included "a very positive addition to the outside space of the school" to "an integral part of the school fabric and curriculum". The professionalism of the company and the helpful nature of the staff working on the scheme were also mentioned.

Judges' comments: The playground of this primary school is virtually the only piece of open space in Southwark. The contractor has transformed an area of tarmac into a haven of play, security and community cohesion. Using fun play structures and different surfaces, with raised planters to grow vegetables, children and parents alike are benefiting from this outstanding scheme.

Award Winner: Jack Moody
Project: Five Ways Community Park, Birmingham
Client: Thomas Vale Construction
Designer: Anthony Down, The Landscape Practice

This "pocket park" provides an excellent focal point for this part of the city with innovative features for the local community, who were involved in its design and development. The contractor has undertaken the work to a high standard enhancing a main thoroughfare.


Hard Landscaping Construction - Cost between £300,000 - £1.5 million

Principal Award Winner: Land Engineering Scotland
Project: Garscube Road at Dobbies Loan, Glasgow
Client: Garscube Landscape Link
Architect: 7N Architects

Gabions containing porphyry stone have been used to excellent effect and crushed material from site re-used wherever possible. A large stone outcrop has been integrated into the scheme, which is softened by creative planting.

Judges' comments: The imaginative and clever use of a range of landscaping techniques has delivered an absolutely stunning piece of sculptural engineering. All elements have been executed to an extremely high standard by the contractor.

Award Winners

MacLay Civil Engineering
Project: St Andrews Cathedral, Glasgow
Client: St Andrews Cathedral Streetscape Project
Designer: Andrew Robb, GCC Design Services

The scheme had all the logistical issues associated with a busy public road and paving redevelopment. Fan-laid Italian Porphyry setts and Scottish Caithness flagstones provide a quality surface cut and laid with skill.

MacLay Civil Engineering
Project: Govan Cross, The Square, Glasgow
Client: Govan Cross Streetscape Project
Designer: Client designed

The regeneration of this central public area is an important step to breathing life back into this part of Glasgow. An imaginative natural stone has been beautifully installed to a demanding design.

Blakedown Landscapes (Operations)
Project: South Petherton Hospital, Somerset
Designer: Laing O'Rourke Wales & West

The hard landscaping surrounding this newly opened NHS hospital has been executed to a very high standard.

Features such as SUDS-compliant setts and sandstone seats provide a restorative environment for hospital staff and patients alike.

The Landscape Group
Project: Tudor Square, Sheffield
Architect: Zac Tudor, Sheffield City Council

The completion of hard landscaping enhances the nearby Crucible and Lyceum theatres. The scale and endeavour in the varied paving and features provides a relaxed feel to this important pedestrianised area.


Hard Landscaping Construction - Cost over £1.5 million

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Principal Award Winner: The Landscape Group
Project: Broadway, Salford Quays, Manchester
Client: Media City, Bovis Lend Lease
Architect: Katie Morral, Gillespies

A truly impressive hard landscaping scheme has been undertaken to the highest standards. The logistics in handling and laying the 40 barges of Chinese stone delivered via Manchester Canal was highly organised. The contractor had to liaise with many other contractors on site as well as clients moving into the new offices. At peak, more than 50 contractors and 2,000 staff were involved. The soft landscaping element was also carried out to a high standard. Both the client and contractor are to be congratulated on achieving the work to tight deadlines and within budget.

Judges' comments: The workmanship on this waterfront scheme is simply outstanding. The logistics involved were complex and the level of technical excellence achieved on this high-profile landmark provides a wonderful exemplar of BALI, and British, landscape contracting.

Award Winners

Elite Landscapes
Project: St Georges Wharf, London
Client: St Georges Developments
Architect: Broadway Malyan

A series of courtyards display quality craftsmanship in the cuts and changes in levels. The result is a collection of smart areas providing an outdoor environment commensurate with the quality of the apartments set within it.

Land Engineering (Scotland)
Project: Dandasvale Court, Glasgow
Architect: Assist Architects

A relatively simple design with important social benefits. Three large podium courtyards have been laid out with precision demonstrating good workmanship and technical ability.

Willerby Landscapes
Project: Elizabeth Street, London
Client: Grosvenor, Westminster City Council
Architect: BDP

The refurbishment of this Belgravia streetscape has been carried out to a very high standard. The finish on such detail as the cuts in the stonework, areas around the drains and the changes in levels have all been executed in exemplary fashion.

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