2020 Winners and Finalists

We are pleased to announce the finalists of the LI Awards 2020!

The LI had another record-breaking year for entries – a staggering array of inspiring, innovative projects that show how our sector is tackling the foremost challenges of our age. 2020’s shortlist boasts projects that improve physical and mental health and wellbeing, promote sustainability, build resilience to climate change, and help address the biological diversity crisis.

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Building with Nature National Award 2020

πŸ† WINNER

Forth Valley Hospital and Larbert Woods
RaeburnFarquharBowen

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‘Green infrastructure has been fully integrated into thinking about health – for patients, visitors, staff, and the wider community. The scheme has been designed both to help patients get better and to prevent ill health, encouraging physical activity and emotional wellbeing. Landscape and nature have been an integral part of the redevelopment and the imaginative thinking about what a hospital should be. There are lessons here for the whole NHS.’

Lower Mill Estate
Habitat First Group & The Landmark Practice

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Silverlake, Dorset
Habitat First Group & The Landmark Practice

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Landscape Innovation Award

πŸ† WINNER

Thinking with my ears: Guidance on sound for Landscape Architects
Usue Ruiz Arana

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‘A compelling, timely and immersive study that breaks new ground exploring an area of landscape practice not commonly known or understood. This authoritative guidance is backed up by thorough evidence linked to clear advice and inspirational yet practical design solutions that contribute positively to healthy, future landscapes for all. Thinking With My Ears has the potential to both fundamentally alter and broaden our professional approach to design and analysis of the outdoor environment, and excitingly opens the door to a fascinating, relevant and new area of practice.’

Autonomy, Wellbeing, and Social Interaction: Landscape Design for Active Ageing in Neighborhoods
South China Agricultural University

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Greenkeeper : Enhancing urban green infrastructure
Barton Willmore, Vivid Economics & ECEHH

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Partnership and Collaboration Award

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The Children’s Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Ground Control Ltd & Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

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‘The Children’s Garden project is a strong example of partnership and collaboration across a range of disciplines. The team should be congratulated for their efforts in working together to achieve such a strong, community-positive project outcome. The result is an exceptional, innovative project that sets an excellent precedent for playground design, and illustrates what can be achieved in a very sensitive site with a professional landscape design team.’

Organizing Multi-faceted Collaboration: Beijing-Zhangjiakou Railway Green Corridor Plan
Beijing Forestry University, Atelier DYJG

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RHS Back to Nature Garden at RHS Wisley
Davies White Ltd

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The Dame Sylvia Crowe International Award

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Da Sha River Ecological Corridor
AECOM Ltd.

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‘As Dame Sylvia Crowe wrote: “Man needs nature. And if the genuine country is beyond his reach, he must be given a substitute.”

‘The Da Sha River Ecological Corridor project uses a dynamic and fruitful narrative to organize space in different ways and at multiple scales. It demonstrates an internationally class-leading design standard, successfully transforming a polluted river into an expansive new urban park… a landscape adaptation of the first order.’

Changchuan Culture of Water Ecology Park
SHUISHI

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Heiqiao Park in Cuige Zhuang, Chaoyang District of Beijing
Ecoland Planning and Design Corp.

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Nanchang Red Earth Park
SHUISHI

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Excellence in Community Engagement

πŸ† WINNER

Data and Design for Property Planning
Jenny Elliott CMLI

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‘Jenny undertook this project with a generous and respectful spirit, putting first the requirements and lived experiences of the communities with bespoke, appropriate, flexible and responsive engagement. The holistic nature of the community engagement is in itself significant, but that its findings will inform future projects of this nature is commendable and inspiring – as well as sustainable.’

RHS Back to Nature Garden at RHS Wisley
Davies White Ltd

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Excellence in Flood and Water Management

πŸ† WINNER

Eastcote Town Centre Rain Gardens
Project Centre

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‘This is an excellent scheme: the difference between the before and after state of the area; the evidence of strong community consultation and involvement; the use of the space and how the scheme worked within the constraints of the area; and the well-thought out choice of planting and habitat creation. The reduced impact from flooding on local businesses, the better use of the public realm by residents, and the improvement in the feeling of safety all contribute to the success of the project.’

Excellence in Heritage and Culture

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Hillsborough Castle
The Paul Hogarth Company

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‘A beautiful and transformational scheme for a site of very significant heritage value. Particular highlights included the detailed analysis of a location that is both culturally and environmentally sensitive; genuine community engagement; the use of apprenticeships and training; strong environmental sustainability outcomes; and the potential boost to the local community through creation of new jobs. Hillsborough clearly holds many connotations for both sides in the conflict in Northern Ireland, from Royalty and loyalty to betrayal, subjugation, and oppression. Northern Ireland needs assets like this to tell both sides of the complex story.’

Command of the heights, Fort Amherst
MEI LOCI LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

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Tintagel Castle Footbridge and Landscape Enhancements
Nicholas Pearson Associates

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Worsley Delph Heritage Restoration & Environmental Improvements
Salford City Council

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Excellence in Horticulture and Planting Design

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The Water Gardens. Hyde Park Estate, London
Refolo Landscape Architects

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‘An inspiring example of a planting-led scheme, this project went beyond the original brief to explore the potential of planting across the site, and to take every opportunity to increase the green content. The range and diversity of planting and the commitment to sustainable practices, including the unforeseen use of SuDS to provide water for irrigation, were impressive. This is a highly inclusive and innovative project that has taken a refreshing and forward-looking approach to a historic site, and that has overcome and worked within considerable constraints.’

Chelsea Barracks
Gustafson Porter + Bowman

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South East New Territories (SENT) Landfill Landscape Restoration: One-off Interim Monitoring Exercise
URBIS Limited

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Excellence in Landscape and Parks Management

πŸ† WINNER

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
London Legacy Development Corporation

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‘This comprehensive and detailed document gives a full and complete overview of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the agencies and partners involved, governance structures, and operational details for all aspects of the park. It comprises a great depth of information, and is therefore a very useful source of material on the design, planning and management of the Park.’

Excellence in Landscape Construction

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The Green Heart, University of Birmingham
Churchman Thornhill Finch

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‘The ambitious vision for this high-profile space was successfully delivered through all stages of the project, including detailed design and implementation. Attention to detail is evident throughout all areas within the scheme. It provides a well-balanced approach to hard and soft design and includes extensive and exciting water management interventions, innovative paving detailing, wildflower meadows and a pavilion cafe and bridge structure subtly integrated into the scheme. Designed and built for the large number of users that will study, socialise, play and move through it, the scheme will deliver value for the University’s immediate and wider community.’

Greenford Quay
HTA Design LLP

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RHS Back to Nature Garden at RHS Wisley
Davies White Ltd

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The Children’s Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Ground Control Ltd & Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

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Excellence in Landscape Design

πŸ† WINNER

The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Glasgow
erz Ltd

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‘Given the recent health crisis, the focus and attention here for the landscape to be singularly important to the health and wellbeing of the hospice residents and visitors marked this as an important and exemplar scheme. Its design was considered, elegant and lyrical, demonstrating a variety of different scales of space, from intimate courtyards to open vistas. The spaces are importantly multigenerational, with exciting and thoughtful planting structures allowing good seasonality.’

Greenford Quay
HTA Design LLP

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Silkstream Park and Montrose Playing Fields
Jon Sheaff and Associates

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The Children’s Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Ground Control Ltd & Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

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Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Revitalization – Avenue of Stars & Salisbury Garden
James Corner Field Operations and URBIS Limited

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Windermere Jetty
Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects Ltd (aka JCLA)

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Excellence in Landscape Planning and Assessment

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South Essex Green and Blue Infrastructure Study
Alexandra Steed URBAN Ltd

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‘This brilliant study demonstrated a holistic approach; the collaboration between local authorities, specialists and other key stakeholders shows an impressive level of leadership. The evidence underpinning the document was exceptional, and in terms of value, the work was outstanding: presenting new practices for planning and development to reconfigure the way we look at, understand and shape our environment in the future. It is an exemplar for sub-regional landscape assessment and planning.’

Edinburgh Sustainable Rainwater Management Guidance
Atkins

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Jersey Integrated Landscape and Seascape Character Assessment
Fiona Fyfe Associates Ltd.

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Living in the Landscape
LDA Design and Peabody

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πŸ† WINNER

South Essex Green and Blue Infrastructure Study
Alexandra Steed URBAN Ltd

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Excellence in Masterplanning and Urban Design

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Waterbeach Barracks and Airfield
Bradley Murphy Design Ltd (BMD)

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‘With its strong landscape-led approach, this well-presented and clearly explained submission felt rooted in the historical and contemporary landscape. There was a consistency of approach across all scales, from sub-regional context to detailed design, and strong evidence of engagement with the local community. The masterplan clearly sets out design principles for a wide variety of landscape typologies that one can imagine being developed into places with strong character and identity in the future. ‘

Shenzhen Bay East Extension, Shenzhen, China
Morphis & WilkinsonEyre

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York Central
Gustafson Porter + Bowman

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Excellence in Place Regeneration

πŸ† WINNER

Urban Childhoods Belfast City Centre
Arup

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‘The uniqueness and importance of the approach here is what really captured our judges; imagination. Children and young people are important users of city centre space, so the benefits of including them in the design process – clearly outlined in this entry – will, we hope, inspire similar practice across the profession. This is simply an exemplar of what designed, inclusive, regeneration is all about. An excellent and inspirational project and hugely worthy winner.’

DundasHill Landscape and Public Realm Framework in association with Scottish Canals, Glasgow City Region City Deal and igloo
rankinfraser landscape architecture

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The Lakes Estate, Milton Keynes
HTA Design

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The Meadow at Elephant Park
B|D landscape architects

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Excellence in Public Health and Wellbeing

πŸ† WINNER

Gallions Park Play Area, Thamesmead
LUC and Peabody

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‘The client, Peabody, should be congratulated for setting a clear brief regarding the health and well being of the community and their requirements. LUC understood the target users, accommodated their multiple needs – while not excluding others – and sought to monitor and evaluate the impact and benefits. The design integrates standard and bespoke play equipment sensitively within the existing and modified landscape, all in a socially inclusive manner, adding amenity in an area facing multiple challenges.’

Catherine Street Inclusive Play Park & Community Garden
Munro Landscape

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Healthy Croydon
Jon Sheaff and Associates

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Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure

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Sauchiehall Street Avenue
Urban Movement Limited and Glasgow City Council

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‘This excellent example of sustainable infrastructure seems particularly relevant in the current pandemic, delivering an environment fit for the future and for the current needs of social distancing, healthier living and, hopefully, economic improvements to the high street. The end result is simple, robust and replicable, setting an example for future projects of this type.’

Cleve Hill Solar Park
Arcus Consultancy Services Ltd

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Excellence in Tackling Climate Change

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South Essex Green and Blue Infrastructure Study
Alexandra Steed URBAN Ltd

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‘This was an excellent document setting out direction and policy. The judging panel felt it was a very thorough study with some strong approaches and aspirations. As a policy document setting out future directions for green and blue infrastructure, it does cover tackling climate change as part of its remit, and represents a good example of how this can be done and where emphasis can be placed.’

Sir David Attenborough Award for Enhancing Biodiversity

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πŸ₯‡ LI PRESIDENT’S AWARD

Cator Park, Kidbrooke
HTA Design LLP

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‘Cator Park is an inspiring example of applying a new, nature-inclusive approach to parkland design. The redesign shows a new attitude to nature, benefitting biodiversity and the local community. Novel design principles include elements rarely used in landscape design, such as biodiverse Habitat Mosaic.

‘Cator Park acts as an example that other urban developments should follow, making places that are genuinely shared by people and nature. Bringing children and adults in contact with nature benefits their physical and mental health and helps them understand the vulnerability of wildlife. Cator Park does this in many playful and surprising ways.’

AlUla Framework Plan and Guidelines
Alexandra Steed URBAN Ltd

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Keyn Glas – Green Ribs
Arup and Highways England

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Landscape Legacy Award

πŸ† WINNER

Brian Clouston

‘We are delighted to recommend the award of the Landscape Legacy Award to Brian Clouston in recognition of his outstanding international contribution to the landscape profession.

‘Brian has made an enormous contribution to the discipline through his roles as Past President, author, successful practitioner, major employer, and supporter of the profession. There are few practitioners who can claim such a rich and diverse legacy of work and influence. Brian’s contribution to the profession is internationally recognised and respected, and the Clouston brand lives on with Clouston Associates, who operate from design studios in Sydney and Darwin, Australia.’

Student Dissertation

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Climate change policy at the local level, does it go far enough?
Rosie Hammonds, University of Sheffield

‘This focus on climate change policy at the local level is acutely relevant in the context of the global climate crisis. The dissertation is well-focussed, with a clear, strong storyline running throughout. Findings are presented with some excellent and original graphics, which together communicate ideas well. The dissertation communicates strong, relevant recommendations for climate change policymakers at the local level.’

Defensive Architecture in Urban Public Space: Case Study of Hong Kong
Ho Shun Yuen, University of Sheffield

From Wilderness to Rewilding – Muir and Monbiot on the Idea of the Wild
Kaisa Mikkola, University of Edinburgh

Designing for mental health: Bloedel Reserve, a case study
Lisa Peachey, University of East London

The intangibility of the landscape: A case study on the relocation of Kiruna, Sweden
Victoria Marie Johnson, University of Edinburgh

Student Portfolio

πŸ† WINNER

Pomona Island Ecological Park and Botanical Gardens
Beatrice Freeman, Leeds Beckett University

‘This beautifully presented portfolio demonstrates a thorough understanding of contextual site history, and sound analysis of the future potential of a complex site. Thorough examination of the setting of this inner city Manchester site – partly abandoned and derelict but biodiversity rich – inspires design solutions at a variety of scales. A clear design development process leads to realistic solutions for a range of site situations, with excellent visualisations at a variety of scales. An excellent example of an overall holistic approach to Design and Placemaking, illustrated with excellent graphics throughout.’

Edgelands Bird Continuum
Harry Lavelle, University of Greenwich

Bring City to Eco-Urbanism: Urban Nature-led Renewal Landscape Planning and Design
Ningjun Feng, University of Sheffield

Prototype Oldham & The Plant Factory
Karsan Karavadra, Manchester Metropolitan University

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Reclaiming Public Space in Oslo
Jiamin Li, University of Edinburgh

Reimagine Urban Landmarks – the Akersnes Peninsula
Yanqin Pan, University of Edinburgh, ESALA – Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture