PRP Landscape wins British Homes Awards sustainable landscape contest

A design that features a community garden, green walls and porous paving has won a national competition for a project at the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

PRP Landscape has won the British Homes Awards Sustainable Landscape Competition with a design for the BRE Innovation Park. The Innovation Park, at the centre of BRE's Watford site, features a number of demonstration properties showcasing near zero-carbon homes and innovative and emerging technologies.

PRP Landscape's design will incorporate the existing park with its next phase of development.

The competition was run in conjunction with the Landscape Institute and BRE, and announced during Ecobuild last week.

PRP Landscape associate director Richard Hodgetts said: "Landscape has become a vital component not only in the creation of great places to live, but also in the provision of energy, waste and water management strategies for new developments.

"We hope that our pioneering approach on the Innovation Park will set new standards in landscape design," he added.

Key features of the scheme are a pedestrian-friendly Homezone, central plaza, community garden and children's play space, while green facades and walls aim to provide habitats for wildlife.

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