Restoration & Regeneration Scheme

Arundel Square Gardens, Islington, London - image: BALI
Arundel Square Gardens, Islington, London - image: BALI

Principal Award Winner: The Landscape Group
Project: Arundel Square Gardens, Islington, London
Client: Arundel Square Gardens
Architect: Francis Christie, Remapp Chartered Landscape Architects

One third of the landscaped site was decked to cover a railway cutting belonging to Network Rail. The working methods to achieve the levels and planting media over the decking was undertaken with great skill. The planting quality is exceptional and the play and kick-about areas have been well executed. The contractor overcame difficult site access and restrictions on equipment weight on the decking area.

Judges' comments: This was a unique scheme to renovate a derelict square. Network Rail installed an engineered deck to cover the tracks and cutting and the contractor installed the newly landscaped garden on top. The resulting square is a delightful enhancement to the area, installed to an excellent finish and achieved through careful management and execution of a complex brief.

Award Winners

Blakedown Landscapes (SE)
Project: Broadley Street Gardens, London
Client: Broadley Street Gardens
Architect: Joe Todd, Farrer Huxley Associates

Collaboration with landscape architects and client was key to the regeneration of this pocket park. The design called for a range of soft and hard landscape skills from the contractor including bespoke playground items and natural stonework.

The Landscape Group
Project: Herschel Park, Slough, Berkshire
Client: Herschel Park
Designer: Brendan O'Neill, Slough Borough Council

The sympathetic renovation of the park and Coach House and the addition of a contemporary kiosk has returned this rundown area to its Victorian glory.

Grace Landscapes
Project: Gorsewood Pond Restoration, Runcorn
Client: The Riverside Group
Designer: 2020 Knowsley

Hoggin style paths, hardwood seats and a wooden hide structure have completed a scheme to sensitively restore two derelict ponds on the edge of a housing area into a small but useful wetland nature area to benefit a local school and community.

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