Soft Landscaping Construction (non-domestic) Between £300,000-£1.5m - BALI National Landscape Awards 2017

PRINCIPAL AWARD WINNER - Kingston Landscape Group

Sponsor: Todds Nursery

Dickens Yard 

Client/Main Contractor St George West London
Architect JTP
Designer Townsend Landscape Architects
Suppliers Easigrass, Europlanters, Greenscape Services, Robin Tacchi Plants

This demanding high-density mixed-use project in the heart of Ealing is nestled among three stunning historic buildings — Ealing Town Hall, Christ the Saviour Church and The Old Fire Station — with retail and community uses at street level and 698 apartments on upper floors with private courtyards, terraces and balconies.

Green roofs, terraces and podium gardens were installed across eight different locations among these high-value apartments. The sedum matting green roofs are inaccessible to residents but important due to the increase in biodiversity that will result.

The project was full of logistical challenges. Being in the busy centre of Ealing made getting things to site difficult and the raised height areas meant moving materials by crane and hoist or moving materials through buildings. The finished result is a stunning mix of both public realm and private residential areas.

Judges' comments

"The landscaping of this high-end, phased residential development in Ealing, west London, presented the contractor with considerable logistical challenges resulting from its busy urban setting and the location, at height, of the green roofs, terraces and podium gardens they had to install. The exposed, windy site had resulted in some plant failures but it was clear that the contractor’s skill and project management capability had delivered a good scheme for the developer, commensurate with the high-quality build of the apartments."


Grace Landscapes

Project Glasgow Fort MSCP and Retail Units
Client/Main Contractor McLaughlin & Harvey Construction
Architect/Designer Macgregor Smith
Maintenance Contractor Grace Landscapes
Suppliers Bruns, Dylan Group, Green-tech, Johnsons of Whixley, Sutcliffe Play (Scotland)

Appointed by McLaughlin & Harvey Construction, Grace Landscapes has installed a multifaceted scheme that not only compliments existing landscaping but also adds a further dimension by way of a children’s play area, sculptured mounds incorporating semi-mature trees and a wild flower turf green roof. With the concept of providing a leisurely shopping experience, the scheme incorporates an aesthetic blend of products including imported Robinia timber logs, feature boulders, a stainless steel crawl tunnel and an eclectic mix of plant material.

In-Ex Landscapes

Project Providence Tower
Client/Main Contractor Ballymore Group
Architect CBA Associates
Suppliers Boomkwekerij Arbor, Greenwood Group, John Desmond, Tamar Nurseries, Waterwise Irrigation Solutions

The scheme at this residential tower, which forms part of New Providence Wharf in Blackwall, east London, is comprised of extra-heavy standard tree planting, tree pits with structural soils and cells, seasonal drift planting and a fully automated irrigation system. In-Ex Landscapes’ scope of works covered all elements from the ground up, including all bulk excavation, the introduction of structural soils and the formation of undulating planting areas. Trees were mechanically lifted into position and anchored above podium structures, with mature specimen and herbaceous plants helping to soften the expanses of hard landscaping throughout.

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