Principal Award Winner: Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design Institute
Project: Tangshan Nanhu Eco-city Central Park
Client: Tangshan Nanhu Eco-city Management Committee and Tangshan Urban & Rural Planning Bureau
Architect: Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design Institute
This extensive scheme involved the transformation of a 630ha wasteland in Hebei province into one of the largest urban parks in China. Planning commenced in 2008 to develop a world-class eco-city with a green public park at its core. The focus was on the ecological restoration of a vast area left polluted and derelict from coal mining, refuse dumping and subsidence following an earthquake in 1976. The site echoes the London 2012 Olympic Park with recreation activities and water sports in the North park with conservation of natural wetland environments in the South park.
Judges' comments: All completed in one year. A brilliant overseas scheme.
Project: West Lake District Hangzhou, China
Client: Hangzhou Garden Cultural Heritage
Architect: Xiaodong Zheng
The West Lake project in the Jiang Yangfan valley followed the clearing of a sludge reservoir and swampwood vegetation. Ecological habitats have been created with curving boardwalks leading to observation platforms for nature lovers.
Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design Institute
Project: Shanghai Chen Mountain Botanical Garden
Good use has been made of the reflective qualities of the former stone quarry floor pools. Warm rusty steel plate walls contrast with the vertical walls to emphasise the industrial past, softened by plantings.
Blakedown Landscapes (Operations)
Project: Masdar Institute of Science & Technology, Abu Dhabi
Client: Masdar Institute of Science & Technology
Architect: Oliver Smith
This impressive scheme in the university campus of the developing city features extensive paved areas of mosaic pavers and natural stone. Complex lighting and water features tested the contactor's technical ability in desert temperatures.
Project: The Elysian, Cork, Ireland
Client: The Elysian
Architect: Martin Hallinan
A lush landscape has been created in the courtyard development with water cascades complementing carefully chosen trees and shrubs. Rocks, boulders and paving have been crafted into a natural looking setting.