Finalists announced in prestigious Landscape Institute Awards

The LI received over 160 entries from firms and practitioners around the world.

The 36 shortlisted projects showcase the breadth of exceptional work across the landscape profession, including landscape design, planning, management and research – in particular, the powerful impact this work has on people’s lives.

The winners will be announced at theAwards ceremony on Thursday 22 November at The Brewery in London. New York Times best-selling author and journalist Florence Williams will be the ceremony’s keynote speaker, while broadcast journalist and BBC London radio contributor Ebs Akintade will compère the event.

The shortlist is:

  • Mill Lane and De Montfort University Public Realm - AECOM - The new design of the main pedestrian spine running through De Montfort University in Leicester promotes walking and cycling, and the rain gardens support ecology and managing water.
  • Neighbourhood Planning Support Services: Heritage and Character Assessment - AECOM - Since 2015, AECOM have provided a national programme of technical support to groups engaged in preparing neighbourhood plans. This project draws specifically on the delivery of over 50 Heritage and Character Assessments, which apply the best of local landscape planning practice.
  • Quarry Garden in Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden - Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning and Design Institute - Inspired by the concept of “Taoyuan” (an ideal paradigm of East Asian natural landscape), the quarry creates a series of attractions, re-establishing the connection between human beings and natural wasteland which is integrated with the adjacent botanical garden.
  • Connecting Burton and the Trent Washlands: A New Vision - Black and Veatch Ltd - Combining Ecosystems Services Valuations, and more traditional heritage and landscape techniques, including hand-drawn visualisations, to connect Burton to the Trent Washlands in Staffordshire.
  • Seething Lane Gardens, Ten Trinity Square - Capita Lovejoy - Facilitating the reuse of the listed Ten Trinity Square in London, which was at risk due to non-occupancy, a pocket park was created that balances the needs of people, environment, heritage and townscape.

Landscape Institute CEO Dan Cook said: "The Landscape Institute Awards aim to really push the boundaries of landscape design, and to bring together professionals from the entire sector to collaborate and inspire.

"They demonstrate what is unique about the profession, which at its heart is focussed on creating and managing places that benefit people, place and nature.

"Interestingly, one of the common themes this year across many entries is the importance of community engagement. This is symbolic of the values held by the next generation of the profession."

LI President Adam White remarked upon the huge diversity of projects, which were chosen from a record number of entries.

"We have had an impressive number of entries this year, all of an incredibly high calibre," Adam said. "The shortlisted projects range from small but creative UK projects to hugely innovative international designs.

"With 21 different Awards categories in the Awards, there is tremendous diversity in the approaches demonstrated. And as a landscape design professional myself, it is really satisfying to see the contrasts in design, planning and management across the 36 projects that have made it to this year’s shortlist.

‘I wish all of the finalists the very best of luck at the Awards ceremony on 22 November."

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