Iconic London landmark development scoops BALI Grand Award for Maylim

BALI Registered Contractor Maylim has scooped the coveted Grand Award for One Tower Bridge, a stunning mixed-use development directly adjacent to one of London's most iconic landmarks.

Maylim scoops Grand Award, BALI National Landscape Awards 2017
Maylim scoops Grand Award, BALI National Landscape Awards 2017

The event also saw Bowles & Wyer take three Principal Awards.

A BALI member since 2013, Maylim achieved the BALI Grand Award with what was its first BALI Awards entry. 

The BALI National Landscape Awards, in association with Horticulture Week and headline sponsor Green-tech, are held annually at London’s Grosvenor House on Park Lane and are the largest landscape Awards scheme in Europe.

The Awards recognise excellence in landscape design, construction and maintenance, and in affiliate customer service, achieved by registered members of the British Association of Landscape Industries.

The presentation of the Grand Award to Maylim’s Managing Director Thomas O’Mahony, was made by headline sponsor Green-tech’s Sales Director, Richard Gill.

North London based Maylim was awarded the Grand Award - BALI’s highest accolade - for their landscaping of One Tower Bridge. The BALI Awards adjudication panel highlighted the company’s attention to detail throughout the project and their ability to overcome huge logistical challenges as key to their Awards success.

Although Maylim has undertaken numerous high profile projects, including phase one of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment and work to extend Tate Modern, this is the first time the company has entered a project into the BALI National Landscape Awards.

Managing director Thomas O’Mahoney said: "I’ve always kept my head below the parapet and we’ve never entered before. This year we thought we would enter and we’re very glad we did. After working hard for the past 10 years we felt we were ready.

He added: "We love quality. It’s all about detail. If it’s not right, we’ll go and do something else, that’s what we’re about. We stand by our quality."

Commenting on the company’s achievement, chair of the adjudication panel Greg Allen said:  "One Tower Bridge is a magnificent advertisement for British landscaping and Maylim is a worthy recipient of the 2017 BALI Grand Award....To receive the highest possible landscaping accolade at their first attempt is remarkable". 

"Our choice of One Tower Bridge as the Grand Award winner was unanimous and we applaud and congratulate everyone at Maylim for delivering a beautiful piece of landscaping artistry."

Commenting on Bowles & Wyer's success at this year's event, chief executive John Wyer said: "I’m delighted because all three schemes are real collaborations between the client and the construction team and in some cases the designer as well.

"The maintenance award that we won I’m really pleased about because I think that good gardening skills are not valued enough in our industry. I’m really pleased to see that being seen as important and valued. I’m really pleased for Jeff Stephenson, who’s our head of horticulture and aftercare and has been with us for over 20 years. He’s one of the stars of the industry and I’m really pleased to see him recognised."

For full details of the Grand, Principal and Special Award-winning projects click here

The event which was held at Grosvenor House on Park Lane, London, was opened by Wayne Grills who revealed that Green-tech will continue as headline sponsor for the next three years of the awards scheme. 

A total of 115 entries were received this year and 80 awards made - and 29 Principal and Special Awards announced the awards ceremony, hosted by BBC journalist and Breakfast business presenter Steph McGovern, who addressed the record-breaking audience of over 1000 BALI members and guests.

The 2017 Principal and Special Award winners:

• Domestic Garden Construction - cost between £30k – £60k – sponsored by Hedges Direct Spruce Landscapes for The Eco Garden

• Domestic Garden Construction - cost between £60k – £100k – sponsored by Johnsons of Whixley Graduate Gardeners for Private Residence in Hatherop

• Domestic Garden Construction - cost between £100k – £250k – sponsored by Makita UK PWP Landscape Design for Urban Courtyard

• Domestic Garden Construction - cost over £250k – sponsored by Europlants UK Outdoor Creations for Private Residence in Betchworth

• Domestic Garden Construction – Soft Landscaping – Unlimited Cost - presented by GoLandscape NT Killingley for Private Residence in North Yorkshire

• Soft Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost under £300k – sponsored by Ground Control Bowles & Wyer for St Peter’s College, Perrodo, Phase 1

• Soft Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost between £300k-£1.5m – sponsored by Todds Nursery Kingston Landscape Group for Dickens Yard

• Hard Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost under £300k sponsored by Vande Moortel In-Ex Landscapes for Woodberry Down, Block 1

• Hard Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost between £300k – £1.5m – sponsored by Quinton Edwards Total Protection T/A Total Protection Landscaping for Dollar Bay

• Hard Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost over £1.5 million – sponsored by NatraTex by BituChem Maylim for One Tower Bridge

• Community and Schools Development – sponsored by Brett Landscaping Garden Club London for Merchant Square, Floating Pocket Park

• Regeneration Scheme over £500k – sponsored by Rigby Taylor/Top Green Talbot Farm Landscapes for Hyde Park Parade Ground Reinstatement Works

• Grounds Maintenance – Free Public Access – sponsored by Harrowden Turf idverde UK for Manor Gardens

• Grounds Maintenance – Limited Public Access – sponsored by Toro Nurture Landscapes for Chiswick Park, Enjoy-Work

• Grounds Maintenance – Private, value under £50k – sponsored by John Chambers Wildflower Seed Bowles & Wyer for 18 Addison Avenue

• Grounds Maintenance – Private, value over £50k – sponsored by ICL Monsanto Ground Control for Lingley Mere Business Park, Warrington

• Registered Designers and Registered Contractors Joint Submission – sponsored by Easigrass Chris Parsons (MBALI MSGD) & James Bird Landscapes for Birch House, Sheffield

• Sports Grounds and Leisure Facilities – sponsored by Kubota Blakedown Sport and Play for Elite Player Performance Programme, Motspur Park

• Interior Landscape – Installation only – sponsored by Adtrak Planters Horticulture for Plant Wires, Orpic, Oman

• Green Roof Installations and Roof Gardens – sponsored by Green-tech Bowles & Wyer for Roof Terraces

• International Award – sponsored by CED Stone Group Ecoland Planning and Design Corporation for Raycom Infotech Office Park Landscape Renovation Design (Plaza B)

• Affiliate Exceptional Service – sponsored by idverde Landscapeplus

• Employer Excellence – Turnover under £2.5 million - sponsored by Adtrak Oak View Landscapes

• Employer Excellence – Turnover over £2.5 million - sponsored by Fresh Horticultural Careers Nurture Landscapes

• Special Award: Sensitive Land Restoration – presented by Thrive Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute for Landscape Renovation of Chaka Salt Lake

• Special Award: Design & Build – sponsored by British Sugar TOPSOIL Garden Club London for Merchant Square, Floating Pocket Park

• Special Award: Outstanding Charitable Contribution – sponsored by GreenBlue Urban Endrick Landscapes for Horatio’s Garden, Scotland

• Special Award: Best First Time Entrant – presented by BALI Chalk Fund Talbot Farm Landscapes for Hyde Park Parade Ground Reinstatement Works

• Special Award: Best Newcomer – sponsored by Natural Paving Products a member of the Talasey Group Spruce Landscapes for The Eco Garden

• Grand Award – sponsored by Green-tech Maylim for One Tower Bridge

VIP guests this year included Professor Nicola Spence, Defra’s Chief Plant Health Officer; Neil Parish MP, Chair of the EFRA Select Committee; Dr Phil Askew, Director of Landscape & Placemaking, Peabody; Martin Simmons, Director of Operations, Horticultural Trades Association; Daniel Cook, Chief Executive Officer, Landscape Institute; Matthew Bradbury, Chairman, The Parks Alliance; Sarah Morgan, Chair, and Craig Moyes, COO, Society of Garden Designers.

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