Landscape architects reach shortlist for Canterbury Cathedral Design Competition

Two landscape practices have reached the shortlist for the Canterbury Cathedral Landscape Design Competition.

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan Landscape Design and Hyland Edgar Driver Landscape Architects will now develop more detailed concept designs for the space leading up to and around the 1,400 year-old cathedral.

They will work as part of a multidisciplinary team (see below) on the project, competing in a five-team race. The project is expected to cost around £1m overall.

Competition organiser Malcolm Reading said: "We had a fascinating response, roughly divided into teams led by architects and landscape architects, respectively.

"The selected teams reflect this mix but also bring a strong narrative, specialist or craft collaborator. They really got under the skin of the competition brief and we are looking forward to a stimulating second stage."

The shortlisted teams are now asked to reconsider the way visitors first encounter England’s leading cathedral and mother church in a design which is sustainable and recognises the spiritual, historic and national importance of the site.

The winners will be announced this autumn.

The shortlisted teams are:

  • Hyland Edgar Driver Landscape Architects in collaboration with architectural glass artists Andrew Moor Associates, Thorn Lighting and KLH Sustainability (UK).
  • Kossmann.dejong in collaboration with interdisciplinary planning studio Felixx, 'technical consultancy for outdoor space' Rod’or Advies and Van den Berk Nurseries (The Netherlands).
  • Michael Lee Architects in collaboration with Austin Winkley & Associates (UK), Danish design practice NORM, ecological consultancy Biodiversity by Design, garden designer Noel Kingsbury and Jackson Coles Construction Consultants.
  • Purcell in collaboration with Arup, architects Tonkin Liu, property consultants Bare Leaning & Bare (Synergy LLP) and Fletcher Teckman Consulting (UK).
  • Todd Longstaffe-Gowan Landscape Design in collaboration with Gianni Botsford Architects, artists Langlands & Bell, project managers Press & Starkey and consulting engineers Hockley & Dawson (UK).

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