Willerby Landscapes scoops sixth top award at record-breaking 40th BALI National Landscape Awards

Willerby Landscapes' work on the regeneration of London's King's Cross has earned the contractor the Grand Award at the BALI National Landscape Awards 2016 which took place at London's Grosvenor House on Friday.

Willerby Landscapes earns 6th Grand Award - image: HW
Willerby Landscapes earns 6th Grand Award - image: HW



The win marks the sixth time Willberby’s has taken the top accolade at the event which is run in association with Horticulture Week and headline sponsor Green-tech.

This year’s event saw a record-breaking 956 members of the landscape industry gather to celebrate the very best projects from across the UK in what is the 40th anniversary of the premier industry scheme.

Willerby’s landscaping for an area to the north of King’s Cross station that has seen enormous investment to create a vibrant new city quarter has been instrumental in helping to market the mixed-use development which has attracted leading global companies who have located their headquarters there.

Judging panel chair, Greg Allen said:

"The landscaping works were complex and challenging and it is apparent that the huge success of the scheme is down to Willerby’s emotional as well as operational investment to ensure it is the best that it could possibly be.  As an example of public realm landscaping it is outstanding."

The Special Award for Design & Build was won by Northumbrian Landscaping for the second year in succession and the Affiliate Exceptional Service Award was won by Harrod UK for the third year in succession.  A full list of all Principal and Special Awards presented is below.

This year’s Awards ceremony was hosted by broadcaster and former MP Gyles Brandreth. Opening the event was BALI chief executive officer Wayne Grills. Horticulture Week editor Kate Lowe and BALI chairman Paul Downer also addressed the audience at the event where VIP guests included Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at Defra, The Lord Gardiner of Kimble and Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group, The Baroness Fookes DBE.

Grand, Special and Principal Award Winners: 

The 2016 Grand Award winner – sponsored by Green-tech

  • Willerby Landscapes for Regeneration of King’s Cross, London

Design & Build – sponsored by British Sugar TOPSOIL

  • Northumbrian Landscaping for Beach Bears

Best Newcomer to BALI – sponsored by Wienerberger Penter

  • Swinburne Horticultural Services for Wynyard Hall Rose Garden

Precision Civil Engineering in a Landscaping Project – presented by the BALI Chalk Fund

  • Land Engineering (Scotland) for The Maze, Dumfries House, Ayrshire

Principal Award winners:

Domestic Garden Construction - cost under £30k – sponsored by Ground Control

  • Northumbrian Landscaping for Beach Bears

Domestic Garden Construction - cost between £30k – £60k – sponsored by Green-tech

  • The Cotswold Garden Company for Private Residence in Hatherop

Domestic Garden Construction - cost between £60k – £100k – sponsored by Johnsons of Whixley

  • Landscaping Solutions for Private Residence, London Borough of Richmond

Domestic Garden Construction - cost between £100k – £250k – sponsored by Makita UK

  • Water Gems (Alba) for Private Residence, Merchiston, Edinburgh

Domestic Garden Construction - cost over £250k – sponsored by EuroplantsUK

  • Living Landscapes for Private Residence, Kingston upon Thames

Soft Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost under £300k – sponsored by Paynes Turf

  • Acre Landscapes for Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Hyde Park, London

Soft Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost between £300k - £1.5m – sponsored by Bourne Amenity

  • In-Ex Landscapes for Woodberry Down (Kick Start Site 3)

Hard Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost under £300k – sponsored by Woodscape

  • The Outdoor Room for Mayfair Roof Terrace

Hard Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost between £300k – £1.5m – sponsored by Quinton Edwards

  • Swinburne Horticultural Services  for Wynyard Hall Rose Garden

Hard Landscaping Construction (Non-Domestic) Cost over £1.5 million – sponsored by MCM

  • idverde for Exchange Quay, Salford

Community and Schools Development – sponsored by Brett Landscaping

  • Ground Control  for Alexandra Road Park

Regeneration Scheme under £500k – sponsored by Rigby Taylor/Topgreen

  • Ground Control for Woodhouse Urban Park

Regeneration Scheme over £500k – sponsored by idverde

  • Willerby Landscapes for Regeneration of Kings Cross

Grounds Maintenance – Free Public Access – sponsored by Harrowden Turf

  • idverde, entry submitted by Quadron Services for Queen’s Park, Loughborough

Grounds Maintenance – Limited Public Access – sponsored by The Toro Company

  • Nurture Landscapes for Farnborough Business Park

Grounds Maintenance – Private, value under £50k – sponsored by ICL and Monsanto

  • Gavin Jones Group for Portman Square

BALI Registered Contractor’s and Designer’s Joint Submission – sponsored by Easigrass

  • ESSE Landscapes & Louisa Bell for Holly House

Sports Grounds and Leisure Facilities – sponsored by Springbridge Direct

  • Blakedown Sport and Play for Greenwich Peninsula Golf

Interior Landscape – Maintenance only – sponsored by Adtrak

  • Nurture Landscapes for Swiss Re Offices, London

Best Innovation/Technology used in a Landscape Scheme – sponsored by Kubota

  • Land Engineering (Scotland) for The Maze, Dumfries House, Ayrshire

Green Roof Installations and Roof Gardens – sponsored by Willerby Landscapes

  • Elite Landscapes for Fulham Riverside          

International Award – sponsored by CED Natural Stone

  • Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute for Poetic Reinterpretation – Landscape Design of DULE Garden, Mandarin Palace

Design Excellence Award, Overall scheme over £50k – sponsored by Adtrak

  • Anne Jennings of Viridian Landscape Studio, for Private Residence, Chelsea

Affiliate Exceptional Service – sponsored by Adtrak

  • Harrod UK

Employer Excellence – Turnover over £2.5 million -  sponsored by Andersplus

  • Ground Control

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