World's first tidal lagoon by LDA Design scoops top prize at Landscape Institute Awards

Designers of the world’s first tidal lagoon have scooped the prestigious President’s Award at this year’s Landscape Institute Awards.

Landscape architects LDA Design impressed new president Noel Farrer with the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, an ambitious project that harnesses tidal power to generate renewable electricity.

Other winners at the event held in central London today (27 November) included Birmingham’s Eastside City Park, designed by Patel Taylor to fulfil a part of Birmingham City Council’s Big City Plan, which scooped an award for public space design, Maida Hill Market, by landscape architects Gillespies, which provides a valuable area of open space to north London’s Harrow Road community, South Pennines Watershed Landscape Projects by South Pennines Local Nature Partnership, a project which engages local communities with the landscape and Urbis Limited’s A Comprehensive Street Tree Management Plan for Hong Kong, which helps the city to get the most in environmental, social and economic returns from its trees.

Farrer said: "This year’s winners are outstanding examples of landscape architecture. In addition to exceptionally designed schemes, projects range from a communications strategy, waking people up to the role landscape can play in their lives, to a dissertation about ethical design.

"The President’s Award winner, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, sees the winner lead a complex project, whilst also truly bringing landscape out into the open, showing how a large infrastructure scheme can contribute positively to our environment."

The Landscape Institute Awards are presented annually to encourage and recognise outstanding examples of work by the landscape profession.

The full list of winners are:

Category: Adding Value Through Landscape

Winner: Maida Hill Market, London W9, Landscape Architect: Gillespies

Highly Commended: Columbia Road Discovery Park, Sunderland, Landscape Architect: Sunderland City Council

Highly Commended: The Landscape Strategy Team: Hampshire City Council, Landscape Architect: Hampshire City Council Property Services

Category: Communications and Presentation

Winner: South Pennines Watershed Landscape Project, Landscape Architect: South Pennines Local Nature Partnership

Category: Small Scale Private

Highly Commended: Vermillion, Rathbone Market, Landscape Architect: Churchman Landscape Architects

Category: Small Scale Public

Winner: Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park, London, Landscape Architect: LUC

Highly Commended: Liverpool Central Library, Landscape Architect: Austin-Smith Lord

Category: Medium Scale Public

Winner: Eastside City Park, Birmingham, Landscape Architect: Patel Taylor

Highly Commended: City Park, Bradford, Landscape Architect: Gillespies

Highly Commended: Lon Gwyrfai, Multi Use Path, Landscape Architect: Harrison Design Development Ltd

Category: Medium Scale Private

Highly Commended: LSBU Public Realm, London, Landscape Architect: B|D landscape architects

Highly Commended: Battersea Power Station Pavilion and Pop-Up, London, Landscape Architect: LDA Design Consulting LLP

Category: Large Scale Public

Highly Commended: Burgess Park Regeneration, London, Landscape Architect: LDA Design Consulting LLP

Highly Commended: Wandle Park, Croydon, Landscape Architect: Croydon Council

Category: Heritage and Conservation

Highly Commended: The Restoration of Brockwell Park, London, Landscape Architect: LUC

Category: Policy and Research

Winner: A Comprehensive Street Tree Management Plan for Hong Kong, Landscape Architect: Urbis

Highly Commended: Environmental Stewardship & Historical Parkland, Landscape Architect: Cookson & Tickner

Highly Commended: Monitoring the Effects of Environmental Stewardship on Landscape Character and Quality, and Developing Indicators and Thresholds for Monitoring the Landscape Impacts of Environmental Stewardship, Landscape Architect: LUC

Highly Commended: The State of UK Public Parks 2014, Landscape Architect: Peter Neal Consulting Ltd

Category: Neighbourhood Planning

Winner: Church Street and Paddington Green Infrastructure and Public Health Plan, Landscape Architect: Grant Associates

Category: Strategic Landscape Planning

Winner: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, Landscape Architect: LDA Design Consulting LLP

Highly Commended: Seascape Assessment for the South Marine Plan Areas, Landscape Architect: LUC

Category: Student Dissertation

Winner: A New Ethical Design Process, Student: Jacqui Jobbins

Highly Commended: Addressing open space pressures in urban centres: Assessing and planning for the recreational use of historic English urban cemeteries, Student: David Hammett

Highly Commended: Minami-sanriku Disaster Resilient Planning, Student: Vanessa Powell

Highly Commended: Memory-Sensitive Architecture, Student: Lauri Mikkola

Category: Student Portfolio

Winner: Portfolio submission, Student: Paloma Stott

Highly commended: Portfolio Submission, Student: Freddie Egan

Category: Urban Design and Masterplanning

Highly Commended: Canal Park Design Guide, Landscape Architect: J & L Gibbons LLP

Highly Commended: Masterplan for East Village, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Landscape Architect: Broadway Malyan

Category: Fellows’ Award for Climate Change Adaptation

Winner: Adapting to Climate Change: Launching the debate in the Lower Ouse Valley, Landscape Architect: LDA Design Consulting LLP

Category: President’s Award

Winner: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, Landscape Architect: LDA Design Consulting LLP

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