Hard Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) - Over £1.5m - BALI National Landscape Awards 2017

PRINCIPAL AWARD WINNER - Maylim

Sponsor: NatraTex

One Tower Bridge

Client Berkeley Homes
Architect Peter Taylor Associates
Designer Murdoch Wickham
Main Contractor Berkeley Homes (South East London)
Suppliers Fountains Direct, Kent Stainless, Marshalls Mono, The Outdoor Deck Company/Miller Druck International Stone, Scotscape Group

One Tower Bridge is a mixed-use development by Berkeley Homes spread across nine blocks. It includes residential and retail space as well as a variety of new restaurants and a state-of-the-art theatre. The scope of the external works landscaping package included the detailed design, procurement and installation of more than 8,000sq m of high-specification landscaping.

Maylim’s remit included detailed paving designs, water features, granite cladding and a large range of soft planting with mature trees, specimens, hedging and shrubs. The work was split across four main sections — a ground-floor podium slab; a first-floor communal residents’ garden; the remodelling of Potters Fields Park adjacent to the mayor’s office and Tower Bridge; and S278 works to Tower Bridge Road and Tooley Street.

Works were executed in 14 phases across a 30-month period and culminated in the construction of the focal point of the scheme, a large granite-clad water clock feature framed with bespoke timber seating and 12 Carpinus betulus mature specimen trees.

Judges' comments

"One Tower Bridge is an exemplar of the landscaper’s art, with skill, precision and attention to detail clearly evident in the hard landscaping of this mixed-use development adjacent to London’s iconic Tower Bridge. Every aspect of the landscape works had to reflect the quality of the development and the contractor has certainly delivered. Despite challenges with site conditions and its busy location, the contractor has delivered the perfect scheme." 

AWARD WINNERS

Elite Landscapes

Project Chelsea Creek
Client/Main Contractor St George Developments
Designer Broadway Malyan
Maintenance Contractor Elite Landscapes
Suppliers Crowders Nurseries, CTS Bridges, Fountains Direct, George Lines, Kinley Systems

The Chelsea Creek development enjoys a peaceful dockside location on the north bank of the Thames. The 25th-floor roof garden shows a whole new dimension to outdoor living, with water features, alfresco kitchens, outdoor fireplaces, hot tub, mature planting, separate areas for dining and relaxing, and sun rooms. Ground-floor works included a spectacular pedestrian bridge lit by acrylic rods, extensive granite paving, bespoke benches and widespread soft landscaping.

Blakedown Landscapes (SE)

Project Shadwell Estate Improvements
Client Peabody
Architect/Designer Turkington Martin
Suppliers Alpharail, George Lines, Streetlife, Vande Moortel

The project involved the comprehensive refurbishment of courtyards within the listed Shadwell estate. The landscape regeneration aimed to break out of existing hard landscape areas to make way for new paving, planting, seating and play areas. It also involved new storage sheds, repairs, rebuilding a boundary wall and new drainage, water mains, power and lighting. As well as improving the space for residents, there are big benefits for wildlife. New habitats include chalk grassland, open mosaic habitat and mixed native hedge, while nectar-rich flowers on the green roofs will benefit priority species such as bumblebees, bats, house sparrows and the common blue butterfly.

Maylim

Project Paddington Central, Phase 2
Client British Land
Architect/Designer Townshend Landscape Architects
Maintenance Contractor Willerby Landscapes
Suppliers Boon Building Services, City Squared, Farrar Natural Stone/Rockford Stone & Slate Company, Kent Stainless, Willerby Landscapes

Maylim’s remit was to create a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly public realm that can be utilised and enjoyed as well as remaining functional to the surrounding properties. The project included a full road construction, paving, kerbs, drainage and soft landscaping. Exciting social spaces include the "Games Room", "The Library" and "The Kitchen Garden", which provide ample seating and lawned areas. Maylim also installed electrical catering and USB points, an ambient lighting scheme and blocker benches.


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