Judging Criteria

Unless stated otherwise in the category details, all LI Awards will be judged against four criteria

  • Design
  • Sustainability
  • Value
  • Professionalism

Read this page carefully for the definition and sub-criteria of each.  When you submit your entry, make sure you clearly identify how your work meets the specific criteria for your category.

Design sub-criteria to demonstrate in your entry

The entry: 

  • is highly functional and useable  
  • is thoughtful and sensitive to its context and character 
  • is beautiful, appealing both visually and to other senses 
  • is inclusively designed and accessible for all users 
  • has overcome site challenges in an innovative or creative way 

Sustainability sub-criteria to demonstrate in your entry

The entry: 

  • has made demonstrable effort towards (net) carbon neutrality and mitigating climate change 
  • has maximised adaptation and resilience to future climate changes, including increased temperatures and associated risks 
  • has sought to make a positive contribution towards healthy, connected habitats for biodiverse species   
  • has mitigated other environmental harms and pollution wherever possible, including air and water pollution 
  • makes a positive contribution towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals more broadly 

Value sub-criteria to demonstrate in your entry

The entry: 

  • Meets or exceeds its original brief  
  • Makes best and most-efficient use of available resources and space  
  • Has considered its impact oall users and evidences community involvement where appropriate 
  • Maximises its impact on human health and wellbeing, and other social outcomes  
  • Maximises the opportunity of local regeneration and economic development  

Professionalism sub-criteria to demonstrate in your entry

The entry: 

  • Is consistent with current UK best practice and standards  
  • Relies upon thorough and robust analysis of impacts, risks, and benefits 
  • Is described in clear, authoritative terms with well-designed documentation 
  • Has maximised the potential of collaboration and multi-stakeholder working  
  • Commits to quality across all stages of the landscape lifecycle, from design and plan to maintenance