Landscape Institute Award winners 2011

A scheme to green up one of London's densest urban areas with ten community horticulture schemes has won the president's award in this year's Landscape Institute awards.

Making Space in Dalston, J&L Gibbons and muf architecture - image: Sarah Blee
Making Space in Dalston, J&L Gibbons and muf architecture - image: Sarah Blee

The £1m scheme in north London was chosen from a shortlist of 30 and was headed by landscape architect J&L Gibbons with muf architecture/art.

Judges said it was a trailblazer for the Government’s Big Society and praised its sophistication.

The project, Making Space in Dalston, aimed to create better public space without sacrificing the existing flavour and feel of the neighbourhood.

Projects included the planting of a linear vegetable garden and community orchard on the Somerford Grove estate, a green wall for the Princess May School and the transformation of a piece of abandoned railway land into a community garden.

"The team was recognised for successfully creating better quality public space while avoiding neighbourhood sanitisation," said the judges. "This is a strikingly graceful approach to understanding an area and sets a model for how it should be done.

"By resisting the traditional top-down approach the practice chose to with local residents, businesses and organisations to develop a shared vision for regeneration. The landscape architects encouraged local partners to take ownership of the projects.

"As such, it acts a test case for how the ‘Big Society’ might work at the point of delivery of new urban plans." Other green initiatives in Dalston included a large mirrored container with a pack-away playground and an eco-garden with a new barn to host community events.

Now in its fifth consecutive year the Landscape awards were hosted in London last week by Eden Project founder Tim Smit. Other winners included Studio Engleback for a Grow 2 Eat landscape manual for a residential eco-development in Swindon for TV presenter Kevin McCloud.

HTA Landscape Design was singled out for the rejuvenation of Stevenage New Town Gardens and LDA Design for a greening of Leeds city centre scheme.

The awards included:

Peter Youngman Award
Winner - David Scott, former partner and founder of TEP

President’s Award
Winner - Making Space in Dalston by J&L Gibbons/muf architecture

Communications and Presentation
Winner - Grow 2 Eat, edible landscape manual by Studio Engleback
Highly commended - The Spell of the Ancient Market Area Kingston by Outerspace and Room 60
Highly commended - Ingrebourne Valley Wayfinding Strategy by J&L Gibbons/muf architecture

Design under 1ha
Highly commended - Angel Field, Liverpool Hope University by BCA Landscapes
Commended - Crow Wood Playscape, Cheshire by Davies White Ltd
Commended - Bank Street Basin, North Lanarkshire by the Paul Hogarth Company

Design 1ha to 5ha
Highly commended - Stanislavsky Factory, Moscow by John McAslan + Partners

Design over 5ha
Winner - Old Pale Community Woodland, Cheshire by TEP

Heritage and Conservation
Winner - Stevenage New Town Gardens by HTA Landscape Design
Highly commended - Boundary Gardens, London by LDA Design
Highly commended - Great Lines Heritage Park, Kent by HTA Landscape Design

Landscape Management
Winner - Luton Hoo Hotel, Bedfordshire by Lloyd Bore

Landscape Policy
Winner - Leeds City Region Green Infrastructure Strategy by LDA Design
Highly commended - Study on Green Roof Application in Hong Kong by Urbis

Landscape and Research
Winner - Public Realm Design Guide for Hostile Vehicle Mitigation by Capita Lovejoy
Commended - Overlooking the Visual: Demystifying the Art of Design by Kathryn Moore

Landscape Sciences
Highly commended - Gallic Heathland Restoration at the Point of Ayre by SLR Consulting

Local Landscape Planning
Winner - Great Lines Heritage Park, Kent by HTA Landscape Design
Commended - Clay Cross Regeneration Framework, Derbyshire by Maxim Urban Design
Commended - Sow and Grow Everywhere (SAGE), Glasgow by erz Limited

Strategic Landscape Planning
Winner - The Sensitivity of the Coastal Landscapes and Seascapes of Wales to Tidal Stream
Developments by Land Use Consultants
Highly commended - Newlands, North West England by the Forestry Commission
Commended - Dorset Coast and Seascape Character Assessment by LDA Design

Urban Design and Masterplanning
Winner - Making Space in Dalston, London by J&L Gibbons/muf architecture
Highly commended - Msheireb: Heart of Doha by AECOM
Commended - North West Lands, Wembley by Macfarlane Wilder

Student Dissertation
Winner - Resilient Landscapes: What are They and How Useful is it for Landscape Architects to Adopt the Concept as a New Design Paradigm? By Amy Harley-Jepson, Edinburgh College of Art
Commended - The Effect of Provenance on Winter Cold Tolerance of Western South African species with the Potential for Use on Green Roofs in the UK by Helen Cummins, University of Sheffield
Commended - 21st Century Sublime: What is the Place of the Sublime in the Modern World? By Nick Tolley, Edinburgh College of Art

Student Portfolio
Winner - Templehof, Germany and Al Ain Oasis, UAE by Oliver Barden, Edinburgh College of Art
Commended - Portfolio of Works (2006-2011) by Andrew Pringle, Edinburgh College of Art
Further information about the Landscape awards can be found at:

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